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Snow report: Winter is here to stay

15th November 2013 | OTS Staff

Megeve Nov. 12, 2013

Megeve Nov. 12, 2013

Snow, snow snow! The floaty white stuff we all love so much has well and truly arrived in the Alps! And it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon with a further metre forecast over the next week.

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This time, no doubt about it, winter is well established in France, accompanied by a marked drop in temperatures and heavy snowfall last weekend. Snow fell continually for almost 24 hours, during Saturday night and throughout the day on Sunday, bringing up to 90cm to the French Alps.

The Southern Alps saw 20cm at 1,800m, but the biggest snowfalls were reported in the Northern Alps: 90cm in Tignes, 60cm in Val Thorens, 50cm in Alpe d'Huez and 40cm in Val d’Isere, and around 20cm was reported in Morzine, Meribel and Megeve.

All the new snow means we’re expecting to see more resorts opening their slopes, at least partially. First up is Alpe d'Huez (0-40cm) which has already confirmed that five runs and four lifts will be open Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16-17). Skiers and snowboarders will be able to ski for €25 a day.

Val Thorens opens next week with the Ski Force Winter Tour Nov. 23-24 – offering the chance to test the new models from more than 18 top ski manufacturers and benefit from professional advice. Val d’Isere and Les 2 Alpes are scheduled to open Nov. 30.

This recent snow has also significantly improved conditions in Tignes (30-200cm), which until now has been the only open ski area in France, bringing snow levels from 90cm to 200cm. There is now 16 km of open pistes and seven lifts running. Note that the 3km "Double M" which connects the Grande Motte glacier (3,450m) to the resort (2,100m) is now open ensuring a return to the resort on skis!

Val Thorens Nov. 12, 2013 - ©Chalet de la Marine (Val Thorens)

Val Thorens Nov. 12, 2013

Copyright: Chalet de la Marine (Val Thorens)


There’s been lots of snow reported in Austria this week, particularly on Monday which brought 40cm to Lech Zuers (30-40cm); 15cm to Zauchensee (15-25cm); and 20cm to the Kaunertal Glacier (143-181cm) - that’s a total of 65cm for Kaunertal over the last week! No wonder it has the biggest snow depth in the country at the moment with 181cm on upper slopes, this is followed by the Moelltal Glacier with 170cm.

New ski openings this week include Austria’s first non-glacier ski resorts: Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (10-55cm) which opened today and Silvretta-Montafon, Planai and Hauser-Kaibling which are due to open this weekend.

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Nov. 14 2013

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Nov. 14 2013


Italian ski resorts have also benefitted from the recent snowfall – particularly Cervinia-Breuil, Passo Tonale, Sestriere, Bardonecchia, Val Senales and Kronplatz. As of yesterday, it’s now possible to ski on the Italian side of Cervinia-Breuil (30-110cm), thanks to the recent snowfall, making it 6/20 lifts open. Other open ski resorts include Val Senales (260cm) with 6/17 lifts open, Solda (10-60cm) with 6/12 lifts open and Passo Tonale (0-100cm) with 1/40 lifts open. Val Senales is still leading on the snowfall chart with 260cm on its Schnals Valley Glacier.

Sestriere, Italy Nov. 13, 2013

Sestriere, Italy Nov. 13, 2013


The big news in Switzerland is that Davos Klosters (2-38cm) opens today!. Laax (0-40cm) was also due to open today but has postponed awaiting further snowfall (they won't have long to wait - Laax is forecast 25cm of snow next Tuesday and Wednesday). Gstaad Mountain Rides (0-150cm) is open and received 40cm on Monday. The biggest snow depths in Switzerland can be found on the glaciers of Zermatt (2-205cm) and Saas Fee (0-195cm), both of which are open.

Davos-Klosters Nov. 13, 2013. Pistes in perfect condition ahead of today's opening

Davos-Klosters Nov. 13, 2013. Pistes in perfect condition ahead of today's opening


No new snow has been reported in the Pyrenees this week but Andorra's Grandvalira and Vallnord ski areas are expecting 13cm this coming week.


There hasn’t been any major snow reported in Scandinavia’s open ski resorts this week, just 3cm to freshen the slopes of Geilo (30-30cm), Lillehammer (10-30cm), Levi (20-20cm) and Ruka (20-20cm). Skiing is opens in Hemsedal (20-20cm) tomorrow (Nov. 16) with five slopes and five lifts running. Skiing is not yet possible in Sweden.

See a full list of open ski resorts in Europe.


Further snow is forecast today for France, Switzerland, Italy and Andorra and more is on the way next Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 19-20) in Switzerland and Austria. The biggest snow dumps will be seen in Saas-Fee and Zermatt, both of which are expecting a metre by next Wednesday.

Snow forecast for today Nov. 15:

Switzerland: 45cm for Saas-Fee and Zermatt; 10-15cm for Engelberg and Grindelwald.

Italy:  35-40cm for Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski; 26cm for Alta Badia, 24cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo; 15cm for Val Gardena,  Kronplatz and Courmayeur.

France: 20-30cm in Morzine, Avoriaz, La Clusaz,  Chamonix; 15-18cm in Meribel , Megeve, Couchevel, Alpe d’Huez, and Les Menuires; and 10-15cm in Flaine, Val Thorens, and Les 2 Alpes.

Andorra: 13cm in Grandvalira and Vallnord

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