We've seen a return to snowier conditions in the Alps, Scotland and Canada, with snowfalls of up to 120cm in the past week and, in some cases, as much as 80cm in 24 hours. The French Alps and British Columbia, Canada have fared especially well for big snowfalls.

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In recent days, the French Alps has seen its biggest snow dumps for some months now. Almost all resorts in the Alps have received 30/40cm on Sunday/Monday, and some much more. Alpe d’Huez reported by far the biggest falls – an astonishing 125cm over the past week with 80cm of that falling on Sunday/Monday alone taking its base up to 420cm. It’s the only resort in the French Alps to be back over the 4m base mark.

In 24 hours we also saw  35cm fall at La Plagne and 30cm in MeribelFlaine and Avoriaz. For many the latest snowfall ended a largely snowy week which brought accumulations of 60-70cm in total over the seven days, including at Avoriaz, MeribelTignes and Val Thorens.


There has been huge snowfalls in most ski resorts in Austria, particularly in the regions of Carinthia, Salzburg and the Tyrol. Last week was comparatively quiet with 10-20cm, but that all changed Sunday/Monday with up 80cm of snowfall in 24 hours. Nassfeld Hermagor reported 80cm on Monday following 70cm on Sunday so 1.5m of snow in two days. Big snowfalls were also reported in the last 24 hours in Bad Kleinkirchheim (40cm), Großglockner (40cm), Kaprun’s Kitzsteinhorn (40cm), Molltal Glacier (40cm), Obertauern (40cm), Lech Zuers (25cm) and St Anton (25cm).

Skiing conditions are excellent in Austria at the momeny and ski resorts are now looking forward to the Easter Weekend. The deepest snow depthd at the moment can be found at: Pitztal glacier (365cm), Molltal Glacier (360cm), Dachstein Glacier (310cm), Solden (265cm), Lech Zuers (250cm) and St Anton (245cm).


Italian resorts have also had their share of heavy snowfall. Resorts in the west of the country have done especially well, such as 60cm of new snow for Bardonecchia over Sunday/Monday. Other big winners in the Alps included Sauze d’Oulx (40cm), Courmayeur (35cm), Livigno (25cm), La Thuile (35cm) and Claviere on the French border (30cm). 

But there have also been healthy snowfalls in the Dolomites in the east too: Arabba got 55cm and Cortina 45cm in the last week, both saw their biggest falls – 20cm in 24 hours – on Sunday/Monday this week. Passo Tonale got another 25cm, bringing its base to 350m – the deepest in Italy.


Big snowfalls were reported in Switzerland in the last 48 hours, with most receiving fresh powder between 20-50cm. The slopes are now in a great shape for the season finale. The biggest snowfalls have been seen in Airolo (60cm) on Monday; Champoussin (50cm) in the last 24 hours and many others, including Gstaad and St Moritz, got 35cm of powder. Gstaad is now not far away from the 5m mark, with 490cm at the top. Elsewhere, Davos had 20cm, Zermatt 15cm and Andermatt, Adelboden and Arosa received around 30cm. Other resorts with deep bases in Switzerland include Engelberg (472cm), Andermatt (380cm), Crans Montana (305cm), Laax  (280cm) and Saas Fee (275cm).


Despite all the snow in the Alps, the Pyrenees still have the deepest snow in the world with 590cm on upper slopes reported by Cauterets in France, which got 30cm of new snow in the past week. Baqueira Beret in Spain got another 60cm of snow spread through the last week and it has one of the world’s deepest bases at 440cm so looks ever better for its extended season into May.

Eastern Europe

Fresh snow in Eastern Europe too as Bansko in Bulgaria reports 10cm, taking its base up to 190cm, the deepest in the region. Other Bulgarian areas still have good cover though, with 100-150cm bases. Kranjska Gora in Slovenia also reports 10cm of fresh snow, with a 60cm base. In Romania, there's no fresh snow for Poiana Brasov but base depths remain at 60cm.


There’s been light snow in much of Scandinavia where bases are typically around the metre mark right across Norway, Finland and Sweden’s ski slopes. No resort reported more than 5cm of fresh snow. The deepest bases can be found at Voss (1.7m) and Are (1.2m).


There has been fresh snow across Scotland’s ski areas leading to powder conditions and a general freshening up of the already excellent top-to-bottom cover. Resorts in the west of the Highlands (Glencoe and Nevis Range) reported good falls for the weekend but all five areas have had fresh snow over the past 48 hours, amounting to 20cm, and the snowfall is on-going and expected to last until at least Thursday.


There have been big snowfalls in Canada once again with Fernie reporting a remarkable 70cm of new snow in the past week, taking its base up to 280cm, which remains the deepest in the country. Whistler has had more than a foot of snow too (37cm) and now has a 260cm base. Although it’s still snowing, the last big accumulations were on Sunday and the powder is starting to get tracked out in the obvious places, although those in the know can still find the secret stashes. The heavy snowfall continued to Alberta where Banff and Lake Louise added 40cm of new snow and have great snow conditions – good news as the slopes there remain open in to May. There’s been less new snow in Quebec and bases are declining a bit but Tremblant, which only had 3cm of fresh snow in the past week, stll has a 40-95cm base.


The snowfall has slowed in the western US over the past seven days with most resorts only seeing a centimetre or two. Of those that have had fresh snow, Aspen and Vail in Colorado both had 10cm of new snow on Monday and have some of the best powder conditions in the country at present as a result. Mammoth in California still has the deepest snowbase in the US, for a major resort, at 480cm which means things are good for late spring skiing, although that total has thawed down about 15cm from last week’s tally. On the east coast totals remain around the metre mark with 13cm at Killington – the biggest reported snowfall of the past week.

The week ahead  

The snow in the Alps, Dolomites, Pyrenees and Scotland is expected to continue over the next few days although gradually reduce in volume leading to additional accumulations of another 10-40cm. Across the Atlantic moderate snowfalls, typically 10-20cm, are expected in the west of North America, although some resorts including Whistler may get as much as 40cm of fresh snow.

See our 'where is the snow' pictures at our Recent snowfall Gallery

Our next 'where is the snow in Europe and North America' report will be published March 27, 2013.