This week the temperatures have risen, bringing spring-like conditions and slushy lower runs. But the substantial snowfalls last weekend has meant skiers have been enjoying powder snow conditions on upper runs in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Andorra. The good news is temperatures are set to fall again this weekend/early next week and snow is forecast across the Alps once more.
Skiers in the French Alps are continuing to enjoy powder conditions at many big-name resorts, especially in the Northern French Alps. Last weekend brought major snow dumps, particularly in the Portes du Soleil which now has some of the best skiing in Europe: 60cm of snow was reported last weekend in Avoriaz (180cm) and Morzine (180cm). Sunday was a good snow day for many of the big-name ski resorts: 40cm was reported in La Grave (120cm) and Les Carroz (30cm); 30cm in Les 2 Alpes (180cm), Samoens (30cm) and Le Grand Bornand (90cm); 20cm in Alpe d’Huez (190cm), La Rosiere (130cm), Valmorel (80cm); and 10-15cm in Meribel (87cm), Vaujany (190cm), Tignes (140cm), Chamonix (150cm), La Tania (87cm), Les Menuires (101cm).
Many ski resorts that missed out on the major dumps on Sunday, received snow Saturday instead. Saturday brought 20cm to Les Gets (120cm) and Les Saisies and 10-15cm to Val d’Isere (109cm), Les Arcs (130cm), Val Thorens (160cm), La Plagne (145cm), Montgenevre (110cm), Orcieres (110cm), Isola 2000 (145cm) and Flaine (175cm).
Snow forecast: More snow is forecast for the Northern French Alps tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 10) with around 10cm expected in La Tania, La Plagne, Val Thorens, Meribel, Courchevel, Les Arcs, Megeve (100cm), Alpe d’Huez, Tignes, La Rosiere, Avoriaz, Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Les 2 Alpes, Morzine, Les Menuires, Vaujany, Valmorel, La Clusaz (155cm), Flaine, Les Gets, Les Carroz, Samoens, Le Grand Bornand and La Grave.
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Italian ski resorts have received consistently heavy snowfalls recently, with more major dumps reported last weekend: 60cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo (180cm) and Madesimo (350cm); 50cm in Bormio (110cm), Val Senales and Val Gardena; 40cm in Livigno; 30cm in La Thuile (130cm), Bardonecchia (160cm); 20cm in Arabba (280cm), Passo Tonale (400cm), Cervinia (160cm), Madonna di Campiglio (130cm), Pila (100cm); and 10cm in Courmayeur (110cm), Champoluc (140cm) and Gressoney-la-Trinite (200cm).
Snow forecast: Light snow is forecast for Italian ski resorts early next week (Mon/Tues): 10-15cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo, Bardonecchia, Sauze d’Oulx (130cm), Sestriere (130cm), Claviere (130cm), Courmayeur and Pila and 5-10cm for Madonna di Campiglio, Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney-la-Trinite, Madesimo, Bormio and Passo Tonale.
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Austrian ski resorts reported some significant snowfalls early this week to freshen up the hard-packed conditions. On Monday (Jan. 6) 25cm of fresh snow was reported in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (189cm); 20cm in Kaprun (110cm), Axamer Lizum (90cm), Bad Gastein (130cm) and Kaunertal (198cm); 15cm in Kitzbuehel (80cm); and 10cm in Zell am See (68cm), Flachau (100cm), Pitztal (265cm), Ischgl (65cm), Mayrhofen (60cm), Saalbach (50cm), Serfaus (70cm), Soll (40cm) and Ellmau (40cm).
Snow forecast: 5-10cm of snow is forecast tomorrow for Mayrhofen, Saalbach, Soll, Axamer Lizum, Zell am See, Kitzbuehel and Kaprun followed by another 10cm or so next Tuesday (Jan. 14) for Obergurgl, St. Anton (80cm), Mayrhofen, Ischgl, Soll, Kuhtai (80cm), Solden (204cm), Axamer Lizum, Serfaus, Pitztal, Flachau, Zell am See, Bad Gastein and Kaunertal.
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Like its alpine neighbours, Switzerland reported fresh snow last weekend: 20cm in Saas Fee (250cm) and Crans Montana (125cm) and 10-15cm in Villars (90cm), Zermatt (150cm), Gstaad (185cm), Arosa (80cm) and Lenk (70cm).
Snow forecast: More snow is forecast for early next week (Mon/Tues): 15-20cm for Champery (70cm), Wengen (85cm), Grindelwald (89cm), Villars, Crans Montana, Nendaz (120cm), Lenk, Verbier (120cm) and Gstaad. And around 10cm is forecast for Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Arosa and Davos-Klosters (88cm).
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All Andorran ski resorts are reporting good conditions after the significant snowfalls last weekend: 15cm in Vallnord (120cm) and 20cm in Grandvalira (170cm). Light snow is forecast early next week in Andorra.
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The French Pyrenees ski resorts also reported around 10cm of snow last week and some of the best conditions are in Formigueres (160cm), Puyvalador (150cm), Piau Engaly (145cm) and Cauterets (140cm). Light snow is forecast for early next week in the French Pyrenees.
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Glencoe (190cm) and Cairngorm (80cm) have the best snow conditions in Scotland at the moment, although heavy winds mean terrain is a little uneven. More snow is expected early next week.
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