After the heavy snowfalls of last weekend, ski resorts across the Alps are reporting great conditions on the slopes. But that’s not all . . . temperatures are set to drop again and some huge snow dumps are on the way this weekend. More than a metre of snow is forecast for the French Alps over the next four days! There’s also around half a metre of snow forecast for Switzerland, Italy and Austria.
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It’s snowing in the French Pyrenees today – 35cm in Val d’Azun, 20cm in Le Mourtis and 15cm in Saint Lary Soulan, Les Mont d’Olmes and Gourette. There’s also been some light snow to freshen the slopes in the French Alps today with 5cm in Chamonix, Avoriaz, Flaine, La Clusaz, Morzine and Les Gets.
The heavy snowfall reported last weekend brought around 20cm of powder to the Southern French Alps – Serre Che, Montgenevre, La Grave – and lighter snow was reported on Monday/Tuesday this week to freshen the slopes, with around 5cm for the Northern French Alps – La Plagne, Megeve, Courchevel and Alpe d’Huez.
Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country are Isola 2000 (265cm), Val d’Allos (240cm) and Gavarnie (240cm).
Snow forecast: Temperatures will continue to fall, bringing more snow across the French Alps this weekend and is expected to continue into the middle of next week. Total snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 24-27): 125cm for Morzine and Avoriaz; 118cm for Les Gets; 100cm for Alpe d’Huez; 96cm for La Plagne; 94cm for Chamonix; 93cm for Les 2 Alpes and Meribel; 92cm for Courchevel; 90cm for Val Thorens; 88cm for Les Arcs; 82cm for Megeve; 71cm for Tignes; 64cm for Val d’Isere, 32cm for Serre Chevalier; and 19cm for Montgenevre.
Plenty of snow in Alpe d'Huez Jan. 22, 2014
Italian ski resorts reported up to 40cm of snow early this week: 40cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo; 35cm in Madonna di Campiglio, Pila and Canazei; 30cm in La Thuile and Bormio; 20cm in Bardonecchia; and 15cm in Livigno. The Milky Way resorts of Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere and Claviere all reported 50cm of powder last Friday.
Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country are Passo Tonale (450cm), Madesimo (350cm) and Val Senales (290cm).
Snow forecast: Some substantial snowfalls are on the way for Italian ski resorts this weekend. Total snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 24-27): 39cm for Courmayeur; 37cm for La Thuile; 26cm for Cervinia-Breuil; 19cm for Bardonecchia; 15cm for Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere and Claviere; 7cm for Livigno, Madonna di Campiglio, Bormio and Cortina d’Ampezzo; and 5cm for Val Gardena.
Snow clouds in Sauze d'Oulx Jan. 17, 2014
Austrian ski resorts reported up to 30cm of snow early this week: 30cm for Moelltal Glacier and Kitzbuehel; 20cm for Kuhtai and Bad Kleinkirchheim; 15cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Pitztal, Zell am Ziller and Solden; and 10cm for Kaprun, Zell am See, Lech-Zuers, Ellmau, Soll, St. Anton Kaunertal, Kirchberg, Wildschonau, Mayrhofen, St. Johann in Tirol and Loferer Alm.
Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country are the Moelltal Glacier (300cm), Pitztal Glacier (265cm) and Nassfeld (250cm).
The biggest event of the year is coming up with the alpine races in Kitzbuehel. But they had problems with warm temperatures and lack of snow, although 29cm of snow is forecast for Kitzbuehel over the weekend, so things are looking up.
Snow forecast: More snow is forecast for Austrian ski resorts tomorrow and through the weekend into Monday. Total snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 24-27): 35cm for St. Anton and Lech-Zuers, 29cm for Kitzbuehel, 26cm for Ischgl; 27cm for Zell am See, and 24cm for Mayrhofen, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Kuhtai.
Snow clouds in Kitzbuehel Jan. 22, 2014
Swiss ski resorts reported up to 35cm of snow early this week: 35cm in Zermatt; 20cm in Gstaad; and 10cm in Murren, Verbier, Villars, Grindelwald, Nendaz and Arosa.
Andermatt has by far the biggest snow depth in the country with 380cm. Eight other resorts have a snow depth higher than 200cm including Saas Fee with 275cm.
Snow report: New snow is on the way for Swiss resorts and they expect to receive up to 20cm tomorrow and more throughout the weekend. Total snow forecast for the next four days (Jan. 24-27): 53cm for Grindelwald, Murren and Wengen; 48cm for Andermatt; 46cm for Gstaad; 42cm for Villars-Gryon; 41cm for Champery; 38cm for Verbier; 26cm for Zermatt; 22cm for Laax; 18cm for Davos-Klosters and Arosa; and 15cm for Saas-Fee.
Perfect conditions in Davos Klosters Jan. 22, 2014
10cm of snow was reported on Wednesday in Vallnord – Pal Arinsal and Grandvalira. There’s more snow on the way this weekend. Total snow forecast for the next four days (Jan. 24-27): 44cm for Grandvalira, Vallnord – Arcalis and Vallnord – Pal Arinsal.
Grandvalira Jan. 17, 2014