After another week of sparse snow, at last we’re going to see some substantial snowfalls – in the double digits – today and tomorrow. Over the next 48hrs, up to 40cm of snow is forecast for the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.
It’s going to be a white Christmas! Even more snow is forecast next week – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – 10-40cm of snow for the Alps and Pyrenees.
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The French Pyrenees still has excellent snow conditions and many of its resorts are boasting some of the highest snow bases in the country: Puyvalador (230cm), St .Lary Soulan (170cm), Formigueres (160cm). Ski resorts with the biggest snow bases in the Alps are Les 2 Alps (170cm); Alpe d’Huez (150cm); and Chamonix (140cm).
Forecast: Ski resorts in the French Alps (Northern and Southern) are forecasted significant snow dumps over the next 48hrs: 38cm for Orcieres; 27cm for Alpe d’huez; 24cm for Isola 2000; 23cm for Chamonix; 20cm for Auron; 19cm in Les 2 Alpes; 14cm for Serre Chevalier; 8cm for Montgenevre; and 10cm for Morzine.
Andorran ski resorts still have good conditions thanks to the great November powder. In Andorra, Grandvalira (170cm) has 185km of open slopes; Vallnord-Arcalis (120cm) 30km open; and Vallnord-Pal Arinsal (80cm) with 45km.
Forecast: Over the next 48hrs, 5cm is forecast for Grandvalira and 8cm for Vallnord.
Italy has also been missing the snow over the last week. All the main Italian ski resorts are now open for the season. The country’s highest snow depth is Val Senales (280cm) with 5km of open slopes; Cervinia-Breuil (150cm) with 120km open; Cortina d’Ampezzo (120cm) with 62km open; Sestriere (100cm) and Sauze d’Oulx (100cm) with 180km; Livigno (82cm) with 115km; Bardonecchia (80cm) with 36km; Alta Badia (55cm) with 115km; Madonna di Campiglio (50cm) with 30km; Courmayeur (40cm) with 7km; Val Gardena (40cm) with 132km.
Forecast: The Italian Alps is also expecting some major snowfalls today and tomorrow with 32cm forecast for Cervinia; 25cm for Livigno and Courmayeur; 23cm for Bardonecchia; 22cm for Sauze d’Oulx; 21cm for Sestriere. No significant snowfall is forecast for the Dolomites.
There’s been no ‘real’ snowfall in Switzerland either this past week. There are around 100 Swiss ski resorts open right now and many openings this weekend. Gstaad (240cm) has the biggest snow depth and 77km open slopes; Saas Fee (215cm) has 45km open slopes; the new combined resort Andermatt-Sedrun (200cm) has 22km open; Verbier (100cm) has 100km; and Zermatt (190cm) has 245km.
Forecast: Swiss ski resorts are expecting some huge snow dumps! Over the next 48hrs, a massive 37cm is forecast for Saas-Fee; 34cm for Zermatt; 30cm for Andermatt-Sedrun; 24cm for Gstaad; and 22cm for Verbier.
There has barely been any snow in Austria over the last week and many slopes are described as ‘packed’. Around 30 ski resorts will open this weekend and then every resort in Austria will be open! The biggest snow depth in the country is the Moelltal Glacier with 250cm. St. Anton (60cm) now has 188km of open slopes; Ischgl (60cm) has 186km open; Mayrhofen (60cm) has 86km; Lech-Zuers (60cm) has 188km; and Kitzbuehel (65cm) has 95km open.
Forecast: Over the next 48hrs, some Austrian ski resorts will see a light flurry of snow to freshen up the slopes – 6cm of snow is forecast for St. Anton, Ischgl and Lech-Zuers.
It’s still pretty warm and many resorts are in desperate need of snow before they can open. Many have had to postpone openings, especially in the lower altitudes. The Zugspitze (135cm) still has the biggest snow depth, receiving an extra 20cm Dec. 15-16, and has 11km of open slopes. No real snowfall is forecast for Germany this week, except some light snow at high altitudes.
This last week has brought no new snowfall to Czech Republic or Slovakia, but conditions are good thanks to the snowfall the previous week. Slovakia’s biggest resort, Tatranska Lomnica, in the High Tatras has been open since the beginning of December. This weekend, all big-name Czech ski resorts will open, but the smaller resorts plan to open after Christmas. No new snow is forecast this weekend.
Colder temperatures are moving in and light snow is falling on the upper runs. Conditions are being reviewed daily.
Keep an eye on our recent snowfall gallery