After two weeks of no significant snowfall, many resorts in France, Italy and Switzerland are reporting packed slopes. Austria currently has the best snow conditions after some light snow last week. Over in Central Europe the picture is looking snowier after some major powder dumps reported last weekend for Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic.
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After a very promising November, the last two weeks haven’t brought any significant snowfalls to France. Snow conditions are still good in the Pyrenees and in high-altitude resorts of the Northern Alps. But the situation is less encouraging in the Southern Alps, the Massif Central, the Jura and the Vosges where snow is rarely exceeding 30cm. To make matters worse, no new significant snowfalls are forecasted for the next 10 days (at least) and temperatures are expected to rise a little.
Snow machines are cranking away at night, but during the day the temperature is too high so artificial snow cannot be made. Fingers crossed for more snow in time for Christmas – just two weeks away.
Here are some of the biggest snow depths reported in French ski resorts:
Formigueres (200cm), Orelle (200cm), Saint Lary Soulan (180cm), Les 2 Alpes (170cm), Chamonix (150cm), Alpe d’Huez (150cm), La Mongie (150cm) Vaujany (150cm), Tignes (150cm), Ax 3 Domaines (130cm), Les Angles (120cm), Font-Romeu/Pyrenees (120cm), Cauterets (115cm), Val Thorens (105cm), Les Menuires (98cm), Couchevel (80cm), Meribel (80cm), Val d’Isere (75cm), Montgenevre (60cm), Isola 2000 (60cm), and La Rosiere 1850 (55cm).
Ski resorts openings this weekend include Les Arcs (80cm) and Megeve (60cm). While most resorts maintain their opening, Serre Chevalier (10cm) decided to postpone until Dec. 21 (instead of Dec. 14 as originally planned). Other big-name resorts scheduled to open next week (Dec. 21) include: La Plagne, La Clusaz (70cm) and Morzine (50cm).
Austria is reporting the best snow conditions in the Alps thanks to the light snowfall Dec. 6-7. The last few days have seen a rise in temperature and plenty of sunshine.
The next big push of ski openings will be this weekend – and then most of the resorts will be open. Mayrhofen is celebrating the Winter Opening RISE&Fall ski race this weekend (Dec. 14). One of the biggest ski areas open is Sölden (156cm) with more than 135 kilometers of slopes already. The biggest snow depth in Austria is the Moelltal Glacier with 250cm.
Only light snow is forecast for Austrian ski resorts this coming week.
No new snow has been reported in Italy over the last week and nothing is forecast for the coming week either. Slopes are reported as ‘packed’. We saw some new openings last weekend: Sauze d’Oulx (100cm), Sestriere (100cm) and Claviere (100cm) in the Milky Way officially kicked off the season.
There’s been no new snow in Andorra this week, but conditions are still very good thanks to the great powder of late November and all resorts are open: Grandvalira (170cm), Vallnord/Arcalis (120cm) and Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (80cm).
Some light snow is forecast for the Pyrenees over the coming week.
Germany received some snowfall Dec. 6-7, with up to 10cm reported Brauneck-Wegscheid (42cm) and Feldberg (40cm). Around 20-30 ski resorts are only open so far, but lots of mid-altitude ski resorts are delaying their openings because of lack of snow and warmer temperatures. The biggest snow depth right now is the Zugspitze with 140cm. Light snow is forecast for Feldberg over the next week.
Through last weekend, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland reported huge snowfalls. There’s no significant snowfall forecast for the coming few days, but with temperatures still at zero, most resorts can use snow machines to help lower slopes.
14 ski resorts are already open and have 50cm-70cm of snow. The biggest snowfall was reported from Klínovec with 150cm in the last 72 hours. Two biggest Czech ski resorts prepare ski openings with celebrations this weekend: Špindlerův Mlýn (70cm) on Friday and Harrachov (40cm) on Saturday.
All the biggest ski resorts are now open – seven ski resorts including the most popular Jasná Nízke Tatry (30cm) and Tatranská Lomnica (40cm). The other 12 are open only for weekends and 14 Slovakian ski resorts report openings this weekend.
The most popular polish ski resorts, Białka Tatrzańska – Kotelnica (70cm) and Zakopane – Kasprowy Wierch (55cm) are open, Kotelnica started last weekend, Kasprowy Wierch reported opening at saturday 14.
No new snow for Slovenian resorts, but the main resort – Kranjska Gora (10cm) – is reporting good snow conditions on-piste with 5/20 lifts running.
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Or next snow report will be published Dec. 19, 2013.