Powder alarms have been triggered in France, Italy and Austria already this week, but things are only just hotting up (or rather cooling down) and the best is yet to come . . . Temperatures are plummeting and some massive snowfalls are on the way today and this weekend. The most substantial snowfalls are expected in Italy where more than a metre is forecast for the Dolomites: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Alta Badia, Madonna di Campiglio and Val Gardena. Things aren’t looking too shabby for the Italian Alps either where up to 80cm of snow is forecast by Sunday. The rest of the Alps will also see white: up to 70cm for Austria, 60cm for Switzerland, and 30cm for France.
French ski resorts have seen the best snow so far this week, with some significant dumps in many big-name resorts on Monday/Tuesday: 47cm in Val Thorens; 28cm in La Plagne; 25cm in Courchevel; 20cm in Val d’Isere; 15cm in Tignes, Morzine, Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes; and 10cm in Serre Che and Les Arcs.
The top snow depths in the country can be found in Flaine (285cm) and Morillon (285cm).
Snow forecast: More snow is forecast for French ski resorts this weekend, with the heaviest dumps on Saturday. Snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 30-Feb. 2): 31cm for Chamonix; 29cm for Val d’Isere; 25cm for Tignes and Montgenevre; 23cm for Serre Che and Les Arcs; 20cm for Courchevel, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Meribel, Morzine and Megeve; 15cm for Les 2 Alpes and Alpe d’Huez.
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Val d'Isere (Jan. 27, 2014) is expecting 29cm by Sunday
Snow was reported at a handful of Italian ski resorts early this week: 35cm in Val Gardena; 25cm in Courmayeur; 20cm in Alta badia and Cortina; 15cm in Cervinia; and 10cm in Sestriere.
The biggest snow depths in the country, and in Europe for that matter, are Colere (500cm), Presena Glacier (450cm), Aprica (400cm) and Passo Tonale (400cm).
Snow forecast: Some massive snow dumps are forecast for Italian ski resorts today (Jan. 30) and through the weekend. Four big-name ski resorts are expecting more than a metre of powder! Snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 30-Feb.2): 172cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo; 160cm for Alta Badia; 122cm for Madonna di Campiglio; 108cm for Val Gardena; 86m for Bormio; 83cm for Livigno; 40cm for Cervinia and Sestriere; 36cm for Claviere; 33cm for Courmayeur; 27cm for Sauze d’Oulx; and 22cm for Bardonecchia.
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Alta Badia (Jan. 29, 2014) is expecting more than 1.5 metres of snow over next four days
Monday and Tuesday this week brought snow for many Austrian ski resort: 40cm of snow was reported on the Moelltal Glacier and Ramsau am Dachstein; 30cm in St. Anton, Solden, Lech-Zuers and Kaprun; 20cm in Mayrhofen; 15cm in Zell am See; 10cm in Kitzbuehel;
Moelltal Glacier currently has the highest snow depth in the country with 310cm followed by Nassfeld (270cm), Pitztal Glacier (265cm) and Kaunertal Glacier (258cm).
Snow forecast: More snow is forecast for Austria this weekend. Snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 30-Feb.2): 77cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; 70cm for Solden; 33cm for Zell am See and Kaprun; 24cm for Ischgl and Mayrhofen; 15cm for St. Anton and Lech-Zuers; and 10cm for Kitzbuehel and Kuhtai.
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Skiing down to Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria
Copyright: Obergurgl Tourism
A handful of Swiss ski resorts received snow Monday and Tuesday this week (15cm in Verbier, Arosa and Murren), but the majority saw white last Friday (Jan. 24) when more substantial dumps were reported, such as 25cm in Engelberg and 20cm in Grindelwald.
Andermatt-Sedrun currently has the highest snow depth in the country with 380cm followed by Engelberg (285cm), Saas Fee (280cm) and Zermatt (260cm).
Snow forecast: More snow is forecast for Swiss ski resorts between today and Sunday. Snow forecast over the next four days (Jan. 30-Feb.2): 63cm for Andermatt; 50cm for Zermatt; 36cm for Davos-Klosters, Grindelwald and Laax; 30cm for Arosa and Murren; 26cm for Wengen and Gstaad; and 15cm for Verbier and Champery.
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Davos Klosters (Jan. 25, 2014) is expecting 36cm by Sunday
No new snow has been reported in Andorra this week, but light snow is forecast over the weekend: 9cm for Grandvalira and 8cm for Vallnord.
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At last Germany has received snow at low altitude resorts, such as Willingen, finally allowing them to open for the season. There was snowfall throughout the country last weekend and more at the beginning of the week. Fellhorn/Kanzelwand received 45cm over the past days, Feldberg got 35cm, Winterberg 25cm, and even small resorts got up to 20cm snow.
Oberstdorf-Nebelhorn has the biggest snowdepth in the country at present with 140cm, after receiving almost 50cm over the last week, followed by Zugspitze with 135cm.
Temperatures are way colder now and resorts hope to get a good second half of the winter. More snow is on the way with 10-15cm forecast over the next few days.
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