After the widespread snowfalls of last weekend, many resorts have been bathed in early spring sunshine this week. The higher temperatures have decreased base levels slightly, but skiing conditions are still good throughout the Alps thanks to the recent heavy snowfalls. More snow has fallen over the last 24 hours too, with 70cm reported in Italy, 50cm in France and 30cm in Switzerland. The snow clouds are set to return this weekend with the heaviest snow dumps forecast tomorrow and Saturday.
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Some of the best skiing right now can be found in Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d’Isere) and Three Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires). These resorts have had powder alarms sounding off this week followed by clear blue skies. Courchevel has particularly good conditions with 12cm of snow on Wednesday and 25cm today.
Snow has been reported across the Northern and Southern French Alps over the last three days: 50cm in La Grave; 40cm in Auron and Courchevel; 33cm in Serre Chevalier; 30cm in Les Orres; 25cm in Val Thorens, Isola 2000, La Clusaz and Flaine; 20cm in Alpe d’Huez, La Rosiere 1850 and Les Gets; 15cm in Samoens, Orelle, Montgenevre, Morzine, Avoriaz, La Plagne; and 10cm in Les Arcs, Val d’Isere, Les Menuires, Megeve, Tignes, Meribel and Les 2 Alpes.
Snow forecast: More snow is on the way this weekend, with the heaviest dumps expected on Friday, Feb. 28. Snow forecast Feb. 28 – March 2: 37cm for Alpe d’huez; 33cm for Chamonix; 30cm for Les 2 Alpes; 26cm for Val d’Isere; 25cm for Les Arcs; 23cm for La Plagne, Avoriaz and Morzine; 22cm for Megeve; 21cm for Tignes and Meribel; 20cm for Courchevel; 19cm for Les Menuires; 18cm for Val Thorens; 13cm for Serre Chevalier; and 11cm for Montgenevre.
Fresh powder in Val Thorens today Feb. 27, 2014
Italian ski resorts benefited from some great snow last weekend. Cortina reported 30cm on Saturday followed by clear blue skies Sunday. More snow has arrived this week, with up to 70cm reported in Argentera in Piemonte on Wednesday. The Milky Way resorts in Piemonte also received snow Wednesday: 20cm in Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx and Claviere.
Snow forecast: More snow is one the way this weekend, with the heaviest dumps expected on Saturday, March 1. Snow forecast Feb. 28 – March 2: 43cm for Cervinia; 34cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo; 32cm for Madonna di Campiglio; 30cm for Alta Badia; 27cm for Courmayeur; 23cm for Val Gardena; 12cm for Sauze d’Oulx; 11cm for Sestriere and Bardonecchia; 9cm for Claviere; and 6cm for Livigno.
Beautiful conditions in Courmayeur Feb. 23, 2014
Last weekend brought some good snowfalls to Austrian ski resorts: 40cm on Stubai Glacier, 25cm in Nassfeld and 20cm in Lienz. No new snow has fallen in Austria since Feb. 22. This week, the sun has been shining for some beautiful spring skiing conditions. The higher temperatures however have brought the closure of the first two Austrian resorts: Forsteralm and Glasenberg-Maria Neustift.
Snow forecast: New snow, but not much, is forecasted for the weekend. The heaviest dumps are expected on Saturday, March 1. Snow forecast Feb. 28-March 2: 15cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; 14cm for Mayrhofen; 13cm for Zell am See and Lech-Zuers; 9cm for Ischgl; 8cm for Kitzbuehel; 5cm for St. Anton am Arlberg; and 3cm in Kuhtai.
Fresh snow in Lech Zürs, Feb. 27, 2014
Swiss ski resorts reported some light snowfall last weekend with 10-15cm in many places, followed by sunny spring conditions. But it was all change today with substantial snow dumps reported: 30cm in Nendaz and Verbier; 22cm in Adelboden and Les Diablerets; 20cm in Gstaad and Champery; and 10cm in Arolla, Morgins, Brig, Leysin, Villars-Gryon and Wengen. A few Swiss resorts are temporarily closed because of lack of snow but mainly all the resorts are open and especially the big-name resorts have great conditions.
More snow is on the way for the weekend, with the heaviest dumps expected Saturday, March 1. Snow forecast Feb. 28-March 2: 65cm for Saas Fee; 57cm for Zermatt; 44cm for Grindelwald; 39cm for Murren; 36cm for Engelberg; 35cm for Wengen; 22cm for Adelboden; 20cm for Engadin St. Moritz; 19cm for Verbier; 17cm for Champery; 16cm for Crans Montana; 15cm for Laax; 13cm for Davos-Klosters; and 11cm for Gstaad Mountain Rides.
Powder in Verbier Feb. 27, 2014
No new snow has fallen this week in Andorra resorts, but on-piste conditions are good following the light snowfall of last weekend: Grandvalira (230/120cm) and Vallnord (260/160cm). More snow is on the way this weekend, the heaviest dumps expected tomorrow. Snow forecast Feb. 28-March 2: 19cm forecast for Grandvalira and 21cm for Vallnord.
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