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Snow report: Powder in the Alps & Pyrenees

21st November 2013 | OTS Staff

Peyragudes, Pyrenees 20.11.2013

Peyragudes, Pyrenees 20.11.2013

This week the biggest snow dumps have been reported in the Pyrenees with more than a metre already this week and up to 60cm forecast over the weekend. Fresh snow has also fallen across the Alps – particularly in French ski areas – and more ski resorts are popping open this week in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

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Ski resorts in the French Alps have reported plenty of snow in the last seven days and more resorts are opening.

Val Thorens (90-100cm) is reporting 70cm of fresh snow – perfect timing of its opening this weekend. From Saturday, about a third of its ski area will be open (19 runs, 12 lifts).

Courchevel (25-82cm) is celebrating the fresh snow with a pre-season ski day this Saturday which will be 100% free of charge (skipass and parking). The Verdons and Saulire lifts will turn from 9am to 4pm.

La Clusaz (10-70cm) will officially open the Balme area on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24 from 9am to 4pm.

Alpe d'Huez (40-170cm) received 30cm of fresh snow today and is reporting excellent conditions on the slopes. As of last week, Alpe d’Huez partially opened its upper slopes, and and will again be open this weekend.

Week after week, the ski conditions in France’s first open ski resort, Tignes (40-220cm), have been improving. The recent snowfall (20cm on Tuesday) has meant the resort will most likely be opening more lifts and slopes very soon.

The next wave of ski openings in the French Alps is set for Nov. 30: Montgenevre, Chamonix, Les 2 Alpes and Val d'Isere.

Val Thorens Nov. 20, 2013

Val Thorens Nov. 20, 2013


The Aosta Valley has seen Italy’s biggest snow dumps this week. In the last three days: 50cm in Gressoney-La-Trinite-Monterosa Ski, 40cm in Antagnod and Champoluc-Monterosa Ski , 30cm in Brusson, 25cm in Cervinia-Breuil and 20cm in La Thuile and Pila. The Trentino resorts also saw up to 20cm.

Open resorts in Italy include Cervinia-Breuil (30-150cm) with 6/20 lifts open; Solda (20-70cm) with 4/11 lifts open; Presena Glacier (80-100cm) and Val Senales (20-280cm) with 6/17 lifts open.

Cortina d’Ampezzo (3-25cm) plans to open this weekend, from Friday (Nov. 22).

Courmayeur Nov. 21, 2013

Courmayeur Nov. 21, 2013


In the last three days, there has been a metre of snowfall in the French Pyrenees and up to 60cm more is forecast by the end of the weekend. Current snow depths: Cauterets (100-150cm), Font-Romeu/Pyrenees 2000 (100-120cm), Peyragudes (80-120cm), La Pierre St Martin (58-75cm), Les Monts d’Olmes (60-100cm) and Etang de Lers (32-40cm), Luz Ardiden (25-35cm), Piau Engaly (60-80cm.

Andorra’s Grandvalira(70-110cm) has had 40cm this week and Vallnord (50-80cm) 30cm this week.

Opening this weekend . . .

Les Angles (10-50cm) saw 60cm of snow in 48 hours over last weekend and will open tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 22). The nearby resort of Porte Puymorens will also open Friday. And La Mongie (60-100cm) announced on Tuesday that it will open Sunday, Nov. 24 – for one day only.

With all the recent snow in Pyrenees, the next wave of ski openings are on target for Nov. 30 including Cauterets, Font Romeu/Pyrenees 200, Piau Engaly, and Grandvalira and Vallnord in Andorra.

Cauterets, 20.11.2013

Cauterets, 20.11.2013


There has been some snowfall in Austria this week, on Wednesday, with 13cm on the Pitztal Glacier (100-159cm) and 10cm on the Stubai (15-120cm) freshening up the slopes.

New ski openings this week include Obertauern (40-45cm) which opened yesterday with three lifts and 4,5 km of open slopes. Reiteralm opens tomorrow (Nov. 22) and Zauchensee (15-25cm) on Saturday, (Nov. 23).

Other Austrian ski areas already open include Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (25-85cm) which partially opened from last week; Schaldming-Planai (0-30cm), which opened last weekend with two lifts, and Silvretta Montafon (0-50cm) which is open at weekends only at the moment. Soelden (10-121cm) now has 55km of open slopes and a snow depth 121cm. The biggest snow depths are in Kaunertal Glacier (0-221cm) and the Moelltal Glacier (0-180cm).

Pitztal glacier Nov. 17, 2013

Pitztal glacier Nov. 17, 2013


Up to 20cm of snow has fallen in Switzerland this week, freshening up the slopes, and more resorts are opening.

Andermatt (28-180cm) reported 20cm of fresh snow today and is currently open at the weekends. Zermatt (10-140cm) has reported 15cm this week and has one of the largest open ski areas in Switzerland: 55km and 16 lifts. Saas-Fee (12-243cm) currently has the highest snow depth in the country and has 20km of open pistes and ski lifts running. Verbier (5-80cm) is now open with 7km of slopes. Laax is set to open for weekend skiing this Saturday, Nov. 23. Engelberg (25-107cm) has had 12cm of snow this week and has just reopened 10km of pistes.

Verbier Nov. 14, 2013

Verbier Nov. 14, 2013


Germany’s first resort opened last weekend: Feldberg (20-25cm) had two lifts and two runs open with 30cm snow depth. Now they are closed until Saturday (Nov. 22) when they’re hoping to reopen – it’s looking good with 10cm of fresh snow today and another 10cm expected tomorrow. Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, is set to open this weekend – not yet 100% sure. Snow is on the way this weekend (26cm forecast Saturday, 15cm Sunday) so things are looking hopeful.


In Eastern Norway, Hemsedal and Geilo (30cm) are both partially open with 5/20 lifts and 3/20 lifts running.

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