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Snow report: Huge snowfalls forecast for France

6th February 2014 | OTS Staff

Serre Chevalier Feb. 6, 2014

Serre Chevalier Feb. 6, 2014

Skiers have been enjoying blue skies and powder conditions on the slopes after the huge snow dumps of last week, particularly in Italy and Austria. But there’s no let up for powder hounds just yet as this weekend is set to bring more substantial snowfalls. This time France will see the biggest dumps with the majority of big-name French ski resorts expecting more than a metre of snow by Monday! Italy will receive around 50cm and Austria and Switzerland 20-40cm throughout.

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A few French ski resorts reported some good snowfall this week, particularly on Wednesday: 45cm in Serre Chevalier; 40cm in Montgenevre; 35cm in Courchevel; and 20cm in Megeve and Avoriaz. But that is just the beginning of what’s in store this week . . . powder alarms will be ringing throughout the French Alps this weekend.

Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country right now are Isola 2000 (310cm), Flaine (290cm) and Morillon (290cm) and Auron (290cm).

Snow forecast: Massive snowfalls are forecast for ski resorts in both the Northern and Southern French Alps over the next few days, with the biggest dumps tomorrow and Monday. Most big-name French ski resorts are expecting more than a metre of snow! Snow forecast in France over the next four days (Feb. 7-10): 150cm in Les 2 alpes; 143cm in Alpe d’Huez; 138cm in Chamonix; 120cm in Les Arcs, Avoriaz and Megeve; 115cm in Val d’Isere and Tignes; 110cm in La Plagne, Meribel and Courchevel; 100cm in Morzine, Serre Chevalier and Val Thorens; and 84cm for Montgenevre.

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Courchevel Feb. 3, 2014

Courchevel Feb. 3, 2014


Italy has reported the biggest snow dumps over the last week, with massive amounts of powder recorded last weekend, especially in the Dolomites: 170cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo and 100cm for Madonna di Campiglio and Val Gardena. Other big snowfalls were seen in Livingo and Bormio with around 80cm and 30-40cm in Courmayeur and the Milky Way resorts last weekend. Wednesday this week brought more snow to the Milky Way resorts, with 40cm of powder reported in Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx and Claviere. Nearby Bardonnechia also reported 30cm over Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country, and in Europe for that matter, are Sella Nevea (600cm), Passo Tonale (510cm), and Aprica (435cm).

Snow forecast: It’s snowing in Italy today and more is on the way for the weekend. The biggest dumps will be tomorrow and Monday. Snow forecast in Italy over the next four days (Feb.7-10): 65cm for Sella Nevea; 47cm for Cervinia; 46cm for Passo Tonale; 44cm for Bardonecchia; 40cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo, Madonna di Campiglio, Claviere and Livigno; 38cm for Sestriere and Bormio; 36cm for Courmayeur and Alta Badia; 33cm for Sauze d’Oulx; and 30cm for Val Gardena.

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Cortina d'Ampezzo Feb. 6, 2014

Cortina d'Ampezzo Feb. 6, 2014


Over the last week, Austrian ski resorts have reported huge snowfalls, especially in Carinthia and East Tyrol, where some villages were without electricity for days because of the snow. Nassfeld for example received nearly 350cm of snow in the last seven days and now has a snow depth of 400cm. More than a metre of snow has also been reported in Katschberg and Ankogel over the last week and the Pitztaler Glacier has had 50cm.

Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country are Nassfeld (400cm), Moelltal Glacier (350cm), Obertilliach (315cm) and the Pitztal Glacier (295cm).

Snow forecast: More snowfall is on the way this weekend and again at the beginning of next week. Snow forecast in Austria over the next four days (Feb. 7-10): 30cm for Mayrhofen, Zell am See and Kaprun; 27cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Solden; 25cm for Ischgl and Pitztal glacier; 23cm for Lech-Zuers; 22cm for St. Anton; and 19cm for Kitzbuehel.

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Ischgl Jan. 29, 2014

Ischgl Jan. 29, 2014


Swiss ski resorts have also reported some snow this week, but not as much as Austria. There was consistent but moderate snowfall. In the last week 25cm of snow has been reported in Engelberg; 40cm in Andermatt-Sedrun; and 20cm in Saas Fee 20cm and Gstaad.

Ski resorts with the biggest snow depths in the country right now are Andermatt-Sedrun (400cm), followed by Saas Fee (335cm) and Engelberg (310cm). 10 other Swiss ski resorts have a snow depth higher than 200cm including Corvatsch, Zermatt and La Punt.

Snow forecast: Swiss ski resorts are expecting snowfall this weekend too, the biggest dumps will be tomorrow and Saturday. Snow forecast in Switzerland over the next four days (Feb. 7-10): 36cm for Champery; 28cm for Zermatt; 26cm for Gstaad; 25cm for Davos-Klosters; 24cm for Arosa; 23cm for Andermatt; 18cm for Verbier and Murren; 17cm for Laax and Wengen; and 16cm for Grindelwald.

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Snow-clad Zermatt with the Matterhorn in the background - ©Zermatt Tourist Office

Snow-clad Zermatt with the Matterhorn in the background

Copyright: Zermatt Tourist Office


Andorra hasn’t seen much snow over the last week, but they’re expecting some good snow dumps this weekend. Snow forecast in Andorra over the next four days (Feb. 7-10): 29cm forecast for Vallnord-Arcalis and Vallnord-Pal Arinsal and 26cm for Grandvalira.

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Germany hasn’t reported much snowfall in the last few days, just a few centimetres on Feb. 2: 5cm in Felberg and Fellhorn/Kanzelwand. Temperatures have since risen and lower resorts have once again closed due to lack of snow. However skiing is still possible at higher resorts. The biggest snow depth in Germany is on the Zugspitze with 180cm followed by Nebelhorn with 140cm. There’s some snow in the forecast this weekend, up to 10cm.

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