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Snow report: November powder boosts resort openings

28th November 2013 | OTS Staff

Montgenevre, Italy blanketed in snow today ahead of season start this weekend

Montgenevre, Italy blanketed in snow today ahead of season start this weekend

The biggest snowfalls this week have once again been reported in the Pyrenees, where up to 150cm has fallen. The Austrian Alps has had lots of snow – up to 80cm in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl – and the French Alps has received around 40cm. Lighter snow has been reported in Italy and Switzerland and the first flakes have fallen in Central Europe.

The great November snow conditions have led to early openings across the continent and the recent low temperatures have enabled resorts to crank up the snow canons.

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33 French alpine ski resorts are now ready to welcome skiers and snowboarders, eager to take advantage of the outstanding early snow conditions. In the Northern Alps, around 10-20cm of snow has been reported this week. Tignes (40-220cm) and Val Thorens (75-110cm) are open and reporting powder snow conditions.

Val d’Isere (50-130cm) and Les 2 Alpes (40-160cm) are to open permanently from this Saturday, Nov. 30, both also with powder conditions. At the same time, a dozen stations will temporarily open (only for the weekend) with discounted ski passes: Chamonix (0-280cm), Chatel, La Clusaz (15-70cm) and Grand Bornand, Alpe d'Huez (40-170cm), Les 7 Laux, Lans en Vercors, Autrans and Orelle. French ski resorts in the Southern Alps have reported  40cm of fresh snow in the last week, enough for Montgenevre and Isola 2000 which are opening from this weekend.

Val Thorens Nov. 26, 2013

Val Thorens Nov. 26, 2013


Austrian resorts have reported lots of snow this week, especially over the last few days: 40cm for the

Moelltal Glacier; 80cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; and almost a metre for Zauchensee. The biggest snow depth right now is on the Kaunertal Glacier with 272cm followed by Moelltal Glacier with 250cm.

The big news in Austria this week is that Ischgl is kicking off its ski season today (Nov. 28)! Nickelback is will headline at the Top of the Mountain Opening Concert this weekend, Nov. 30. Zauchensee also opened this week, Nov. 23, with three lifts and 8.5km of slopes available.

Other open ski resorts include Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (77-160cm) with 18 lifts and 77km open; Kitzbuehel (15-65cm) with six lifts and 3km; Kitzsteinhorn-Kaprun (25-160cm) with 13 lifts/23km; Solden (20-136cm) with 17 lifts/63km; and Obertauern (80-120cm) with 15 lifts/6km.  All the Austrian glaciers are open with excellent snow conditions.

Early morning in Hochgurgl Nov. 28, 2013

Early morning in Hochgurgl Nov. 28, 2013


There was some snow reported in Switzerland this week, but not that much. The biggest snow depth in the country is Saas Fee (20-285cm) followed by Gstaad – Mountain Rides (0-220cm). Davos (19-54cm) reported 10cm of snow last weekend and is currently running 6 lifts/6km slopes. St. Moritz (20-23cm) received 25cm and has 7 lifts/22km slopes open. Saas Fee has now 40km slopes open and Engelberg (30-147cm) has 15km open.

The big news in Switzerland is the official opening of Verbier (10-90cm) tomorrow (Nov. 29), which has already been opening at weekends.

Fresh snow in Verbier Nov. 22, 2013

Fresh snow in Verbier Nov. 22, 2013


Light snow has been reported in Italy over the last week. Open ski resorts include Cervnia-Breuil (45-185cm); Cortina d’Ampezzo (20-100cm); Solda (20-70cm); Presena Glacier (150-200cm) and Val Senales (20-280cm).

The Milky Way ski area has announced resort openings this weekend (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1). Sestriere (80-120cm) will open chairlifts Cit Roc, Trebials, New Cloud, Garnel, Baby 1 and 2 on the ski lift and the Jolly and Principles magic carpets. Sauze d'Oulx (80-120cm) will open chairlifts Prariond-Sportinia, Black Rocks, Chamonier, Colo and the Sportinia magic carpet. The link will be provided from the cable Sestriere-Fraiteve. To celebrate the start of the ski season, ski pass daily will have a promotional price of €25.

Sestriere, 27 Nov 2013

Sestriere, 27 Nov 2013


Two German resorts are now open:  Feldberg (30-40cm) and Grasgehren (20-20cm). And up to 20cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last few days. Three German resorts have announced openings next week, Dec. 7: Fellhorn-Kanzelwand, Garmisch-Classic, and Reit im Winkl (20-65cm).


The French Pyrenees has reporeted heavy snowfall in the last week (more than 150cm in some places). As a result 12 ski resorts are open or set to open this weekend in the French Pyrenees: Les Angles (open a week already), Ax 3 Domaines, La Pierre St Martin, Font Romeu/Pyrénées 2000, Piau Engaly, Gourette, Luz Ardiden, La Mongie and Cauterets will open about 80% of their ski areas on Saturday morning. Porte Puymorens, Peyragudes and Luchon will also open their lifts/slopes but only for the weekend. At all these ski areas, there is already about 100cm of fresh snow at the base of the mountain and 120-180cm at the top of the slopes.

Andorra and Spain are set to kick off their ski seasons this weekend! In Andorra, both Vallnord and Grandvalira have announced season openings this Saturday. Nov. 30. Andorran resorts have seen up to 35cm of snow in the last week, making for great snow bases: Arcalis (50-80cm) and Pal/Arinsal (50-80cm) in Vallnord and Pas de la Casa (70-110cm) and Soldeu (70-110cm) in Grandvalira. Spanish resorts have seen lighter snow over the last week, but still enough for Baquiera Beret, Formigal and Sierra Nevada to announce ski season openings this weekend.

Blue skies and fresh snow for Grandvalira, Andorra Nov. 28, 2013

Blue skies and fresh snow for Grandvalira, Andorra Nov. 28, 2013


Snow has arrived in Central Europe, bringing ski openings this weekend.

Three Slovakian ski resorts have announced openings this weekend: Štrbské PlesoTatranská LomnicaPark Snow Donovaly and Jasná Nízke Tatry.

Ski resorts in the Czech Republic have also reported snow this week and, thanks to the low temperatures, have started to use snow guns. So far, it’s just a handful of ski resorts to announce openings: Špindlerův Mlýn (Dec. 13-15), Harrachov (Dec. 14), Ski Branná (Nov. 29) and Klínovec (Nov. 29).

Light snow is forecast over the coming days for Slovenia and Kranjska Gora is set to open Dec. 14. Over in the east, Bulgaria is also expecting light snow this coming week and the two major resorts  Borovets and Bansko  are opening Dec. 14.

NEXT WEEK – Around 10-20cm of snow is forecast over the coming week across the Alps and Pyrenees.

For all the latest snow pictures, visit our Recent Snowfall Gallery

Our next snow report will be published Dec. 5, 2013.




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