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Where is the snow Nov. 7, 2013?

6th November 2013 | OTS Staff

Piste basher in Alpe d'Huez Nov. 6, 2013 - ©Alpe d'Huez

Piste basher in Alpe d'Huez Nov. 6, 2013

Copyright: Alpe d'Huez

Skiing in the Alps is still restricted to glaciers, but with all the recent snowfall it's only a matter of time before skiers can stretch their legs at lower altitudes. The first big-name non-glacial resorts are set to open at the end of this month. 
 
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France

Winter has arrived in the French Alps this week - up to 10cm has fallen at 2,000m and 20cm at 2,500m on Nov. 5-6. Big-name ski areas to see the white stuff include Alpe d'Huez, Les 2 Alpes, Les Arcs, La Clusaz, Meribel, La Rosiere, Val d'Isere, Serre Che and Vars.
 
This snowfall occurs less than three weeks before the opening of the ski areas: Val Thorens on Nov. 23, followed by a dozen of other ski areas - Les 2 Alpes, Chamonix, Montgenevre and Val d'Isère, all on Nov. 30.
 
For the moment, the only French ski area open is Tignes (10-90cm) which has four runs and four lifts open on its Grand Motte glacier. So far this week Tignes has received a very satisfactory 30cm of powder!

Les Arcs Nov. 5, 2013

Les Arcs Nov. 5, 2013

 
Austria

The Austrian glaciers have seen more snowfall: the Pitztal Glacier (84-134cm) got 100cm in the last seven days including 18cm Tuesday; the Kaunertal Glacier (111-141cm) got 85cm altogether last week including 20cm Tuesday. Kitzsteinhorn-Kaprun (10-110cm) has had 30cm in the last 72 hours. The biggest snow depth is still the Moelltal Glacier with 150cm. Hintertux Glacier has 34km of slopes open (14 out of 18). 19cm arrived in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (19-35cm) yesterday. Reiteralm and Schladming-Planai will open as soon as there's enough snow!
 
Pitztal glacier Nov. 2, 2013

Pitztal glacier Nov. 2, 2013


Switzerland

High-altitude Swiss ski areas have received snow this week: Gstaad Mountain Rides (0-36cm) received 30cm on Nov. 4; Zermatt (1-190cm) had 9cm and Saas Fee (0-190cm) 8cm on Nov. 3. The biggest Swiss snowdepth at the moment can be found in Zermatt and Saas Fee, both with 190cm. Engelberg (0-34cm) is closed Nov. 4-15 due to maintenance.
 
Davos-Klosters Nov. 7, 2013 ahead of Nov. 15 opening

Davos-Klosters Nov. 7, 2013 ahead of Nov. 15 opening

 
Italy

Italian ski resorts have benefitted from a sprinkling of snow this week - Cervinia, Courmayeur and Kronplatz. The most snow has fallen in Bormio with 15cm on Tuesday. 
 
The Presena Glacier (0-100cm) has one slope open. Cervinia-Breuil (0-80cm) is open all week now (not just weekends) and Solda (60-150cm) opened from last weekend. Italy still has the highest snow depth in Europe right now: Val Senales with 260cm on the Schnals glacier with 6/17 lifts open. Passo Stelvio is now closed.
 
Snow in Courmayeur, Italy Nov. 6, 2013

Snow in Courmayeur, Italy Nov. 6, 2013

 
Scandinavia
 
The Norwegian ski resorts of Gala, Tyin-Filefjell, Geilo, Skeikampen received 15-25cm of snow in the last three days. Hemsedal in Norway is scheduled to open Nov. 15 but for a few keen skiers and snowboarders this isn't soon enough.
 
Hemsedal, Norway Nov 5, 2013 - ©Kalle Hägglund

Hemsedal, Norway Nov 5, 2013

Copyright: Kalle Hägglund

 
Pyrenees

Andorra's Vallnord and Grandvalira ski areas have had a sprinkling of snow this week, but are not expected to open until Nov. 30.

Vallnord, Andorra Nov. 5, 2013

Vallnord, Andorra Nov. 5, 2013


Eastern Europe
 
Resorts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have received a good sprinkling of snow this week.
 
Harrachov, Czech Rep. 6.11.2013

Harrachov, Czech Rep. 6.11.2013

 
 
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