After the heavy November snowfalls, the sun is back in the Alps making for beautiful bluebird conditions. The picture is even snowier in the Pyrenees where you can find the best conditions in Europe at present – 100cm of snow at 1,700m and 160cm at 2800m across the region. This weekend sees more big-name ski openings in the Alps – Megeve, Meribel, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Alpe d’Huez, Lech-Zuers, St. Anton and more.
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The Northern French Alps has a snow base of 50-70cm above 2,000m and 200cm above 2,800m. The biggest news this weekend is the opening of the colossal 3 Valleys ski area – Courchevel (105cm), Meribel (105cm), les Menuires (85cm), and La Tania. Also opening this weekend is Megeve and Alpe d’Huez (150cm). Alpe d’Huez is reporting excellent snow conditions and already opened temporarily for skiers after the big snow dumps of November, but it’s officially kicking off this weekend. Resorts already open in the Northern Alps include Tignes (170cm), Val Thorens (105cm) and Autrans (70cm).
In the Southern French Alps, the last significant snowfall dates back to Nov. 20 (40cm) so for now, any new slopes opening are reliant on snow guns. Opening this weekend are the ski resorts of: Les Orres (30cm), Isola 2000, Auron (15cm) and Praloup (35cm). Already open in the Southern Alps is Montgenevre (60cm).
Ski resorts in the Massif Central are also cranking up their snow guns and the average cover does not exceed 35cm at the bottom of slopes and 50cm at the top. Finally, in the Vosges and the Jura (where it has also snowed during the past two weeks), the cumulative drop is still insufficient to consider opening ski areas not equipped with snow guns.
No new snow is forecast for French ski resorts this coming week. Click here for a full list of open French ski resorts
The Pyrenees is reporting the best snow conditions in Europe at present – 100cm at 1,700m and 160cm at 2,800m across the region. The French Pyrenees have seen up to 30cm of fresh snow this week, making for excellent conditions. Open ski resorts include Cauterets, Ax 3 Domaines, Piau Engaly, Les Angles, Font-Romeu/Pyrenees 2000, La Mongie and Formigueres. Opening this weekend is Saint-Lary.
Saint Lary, French Pyrenees Dec. 3, 2013
Andorra has reported some huge snow dumps in the last week and both ski areas are open with 100cm on lower slopes, 170cm at the top. There’s been 60cm of fresh snow in Vallnord and 35cm in Grandvalira. Both are reporting excellent skiing conditions.
All ski resorts in Spain are open and reporting good conditions: Baqueira-Beret (185cm), Formigal (70cm) and Sierra Nevada (40cm)
No new snow is forecast for the Pyrenees this coming week. Click here for a full list of ski resorts open in the Pyrenees.
Austrian resorts reported snow last weekend: 19cm in Soelden (150cm) and 10cm in Kitzbuehel (65cm) and Hochfuegen (60cm). The biggest snow depth right now is still the Kaunertal Glacier with 272cm followed by Moelltal Glacier with 250cm. Many resorts could open last weekend because of good conditions. Among them were Bad Kleinkirchheim (80cm), SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental (50cm), Zell am See-Schmittenhöhe (54cm) and Mayrhofen (100cm).
This weekend brings many big-name ski openings, including Lech Zuers (40cm), St. Anton (60cm), Serfaus Fiss Ladis and the Zillertal Arena. There are also resorts switching from weekend-only openings to full-week openings, like the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser. Ski resorts already open include Ischgl (60cm), Mayrhofen (100cm), Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (170cm), Kitzbuehel (65cm), Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen (57cm), Axamer-Lizum (80cm) and Kuhtai (40cm).
Many Austrian ski resorts are forecast light snow for the coming week, up to 16cm to freshen up slopes nicely.
Click here for full list of open Austrian ski resorts.
There are already more than 40 resorts open in Switzerland and among the most recently opened are Verbier (90cm), Arosa Lenzerheide (60cm) and Grindelwald (71cm). Swiss ski resorts also saw snow last weekend: 14cm for Adelboden (40cm) and 10cm for Lenk. Saas-Fee (275cm) currently has the highest snow depth in Switzerland followed by Gstaad Mountain Rides (240cm) and Andermatt (200cm).
Opening this week is the Aletsch Arena (90cm). Already open Swiss ski resorts include Adelboden (40cm), Crans Montana (50cm), Davos-Klosters (50cm), Engadin St. Moritz (23cm), Engelberg (157cm), Grindelwald (71cm), Laax (70cm), Samnaun (55cm) and Saas-Fee (275cm).
Very light (1-4cm) of snow is forecast for some Swiss resorts this coming week. Click here for a full list of open Swiss ski resorts
Italy has seen 10cm of snow in the last week for big-name resorts like Sestriere (100cm), Madonna di Campiglio (60cm) and Val Gardena (40cm), freshening up the slopes. All the big resorts in the north of the country are open and in further south – the new snow enabled the Milky Way ski area –
Sauze d’Oulx (100cm), Sestriere (100cm) and Claviere (100cm) to open last weekend – they are now closed temporarily before their official kick off tomorrow (Nov. 6). Other ski openings this week include the smaller ski resorts of Antagnod – Monterosa Ski (70cm), Canazei, Vigo di Fassa, Merano 2000, Arabba Marmolada and Sella Nevea.
Already open Italian resorts include Cervinia (185cm), Bormio (120cm), Bardonecchia (80cm), Alta Badia (60cm), Courmayeur (40cm), Cortina d’Ampezzo (120cm), La Thuile (40cm), Livigno (78cm)and Madonna di Campiglio (60cm).
No new snow is forecast for Italy over the next week. Click here for a full list of open Italian ski resorts
More ski resorts have opened in Germany, including the Zugspitze with now 125cm snow depth and 12km slopes open. Some resorts in the Black Forest are also open including Feldberg (50cm) Todtnauberg (40cm). This weekend, resort openings include Fellhorn-Kanzelwand in Oberstdorf, one of the biggest resorts in Germany.
There was no snowfall in Germany this week, but a big snowstorm is forecast for Germany on Friday (Nov. 6) with snowfall all over the country and even resorts in lower altitude will most likely receive up to 20cm. Click here for a full list of open German ski resorts
The Bulgarian resorts of Borovets and Bansko officially kick off their seasons next week (Dec. 14), but Borovets is also opening just for this weekend (Dec. 7-8). 6-8cm is forecast for Bulgaria over the next week.
Kranjska Gora (40cm) in Slovenia is open with 2 out of 20 lifts running. No new snow is forecast for the coming week. See full list of open Slovenian ski resorts.
Czech Republic & Slovakia
The Czech ski resorts have reported fresh snow last weekend and new openings from Černá hora - Janské lázně (50cm) and Branná (30 cm). This week brings a big wave of openings: Klínovec (45cm), Deštné (30cm), Rejdice and Říčky (40cm). Three lifts will also be running in Špindlerův Mlýn (40cm), although the official opening date is planned for Dec. 13. Tomorrow, 15cm of snow is forecast for Czech resorts. See full list of open Czech ski resorts.
In Slovakia, there are seven ski resorts open, some of them for weekends-only, but another four will open this week. Tomorrow, 20cm of snow is forecast for Slovakian resorts. See full list of open Slovakian ski resorts.
Go to our Recent Snowfall Gallery for all the latest pics in Europe. Our next snow report will be published Dec. 12.