The substantial snowfalls of the last week have set skiers up for a great half-term holiday on the slopes. Good snow conditions are reported throughout the Alps and many have been enjoying sunny skies. The snowiest resort of the week is Morzine in the Portes du Soleil in France which has seen 120cm in the last 7 days. More snow is on the way this weekend, keeping slope conditions fresh. Around 10-30cm of snow is forecast for the big four – France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland – with the heaviest dumps expected on Friday Feb. 21.
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French ski resorts reported some heavy snowfalls last weekend and into Monday. Slope conditions are good across the French Alps, but particularly good in the Portes du Soleil (300cm) and the Three Valleys (220cm).
Last 7 days’ snowfall: Over the last week, as much as 120cm of fresh snow has been reported. Total snowfall in the last seven days: 120cm in Morzine; 80cm in Serre Chevalier and La Rosiere 1850; 75cm in Avoriaz and Val Thorens; 70cm in Montchavin-Les Coches and Les Saisies; 65cm in Alpe du Grand Serre and Montriond; 60cm in La Plagne and Val d’Isere; 55cm in Courchevel, Les 2 Alpes, Samoens; and 50cm in Les Gets, La Tania and Les Menuires.
Snow forecast: It’s going to be another snowy weekend in France with moderate snowfall on the way. The biggest snow dumps are expected Friday, Feb. 21. Snow forecast over the next three days (Feb. 21-23): 35cm for Morzine and Avoriaz; 30cm for Chamonix and Megeve; 25cm for La Plagne; 20cm for Courchevel and Meribel; 15cm for Alpe d’Huez and Val Thorens; and 10cm for Val d’Isere, Tignes, Les 2 Alpes and Les Arcs.
Italian ski resorts reported moderate snowfall last weekend and into Monday. Slope conditions are good for the half-term week with some healthy snow depths across the country: Alta Badia (310cm), Cervinia (300cm), Val Gardena (280cm), Courmayeur (220cm), Bardonecchia (220cm) and Sestriere/Sauze d’Oulx (160cm).
Last 7 days’ snowfall: Over the last week, up to 85cm of snow has been reported in Italy. Total snowfall reported in the last 7 days: 85cm in Courmayeur; 65cm in Arabba Marmolada; 60cm in Asiago; and 55cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Snow forecast: Some light-to-moderate snowfall is forecast for Italian ski resorts this weekend, with the heaviest dumps expected on Friday, Feb 21. Snow forecast over the next three days (Feb. 21-23): 17cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo; 15cm for Courmayeur, Alta Badia and Val Gardena; 5cm for Cervinia; 3cm for Sauze d’Oulx; and 2cm for Sestriere.
Austrian ski resorts reported the biggest snowfalls at the beginning of the week, with up to 85cm on Monday and more moderate snow dumps, of around 10cm, were widespread on Wednesday/Thursday. The biggest snow depths in the country can be found in: Nassfeld (420cm), Moelltal Glacier (410cm), Pitztal Glacier (335cm), and Kaunertal Glacier (335cm).
Last 7 days’ snowfall: The big snowfalls on Monday boosted 7-day accumulations. Over the last week there has been 85cm in Falkert; 80cm in Grebenzen and Innerkrem; 70cm in Lech-Zuers and Solden; 60cm in Sirnitz amd Gletscherwelt Weissee; 55cm of new snow in Nassfeld; 50cm on Moelltal Glacier; 39cm on Pitztal Glacier; and 20cm on Kaunertal Glacier.
Snow forecast: There is light-to-moderate snow forecast for this weekend in Austria, with the most snow expected Friday, Feb. 21. Snow forecast over the next three days (Feb. 21-23): 22cm for Solden; 20cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; 14cm for St. Anton am Arlberg and Kuhtai; 12cm in Lech-Zuers and Ischgl; 11cm for Mayrhofen; 10cm in Zell am See and Kaprun; and 7cm for Kitzbuehel.
There has been good snowfall reported in Switzerland recently and conditions are generally good throughout the Swiss Alps. Monday brought some heavy snowfall: 40cm in Sarn/Heinzberg 20cm in Verbier. The deepest snow depths in the country right now can be found in Andermatt-Sedrun (400cm), Saas Fee (361cm), Zermatt (340cm), and Engelberg (310cm)
Last 7 days’ snowfall: Last Saturday and Monday this week brought the biggest dumps. Over the last week there has been 80cm in Evolene and La Fouly-Val Ferret; 65cm in Verbier and Nendaz; and 55cm in Zermatt (40cm in the last four days), Engadin, St. Moritz and Brig.
Snow forecast: Light snow is expected in Switzerland this weekend, with the biggest dumps forecast for Friday, Feb. 21. Snow forecast over the next three days (Feb. 21-23): 13cm for Laax; 12cm for Crans Montana, Grindelwald and Murren; 10cm for Zermatt, Verbier and Wengen; and 8cm for Arosa and Davos-Klosters.
There's great skiing conditions in Andorra at the moment both on upper and lower slopes: Grandvalira (120/230cm), Vallnord (160/260cm). 10cm of snow was reported in both ski areas on Monday, keeping the slopes in good condition. Around 5cm of snow is expected this weekend.
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The next snow report will be published Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.