Since the beginning of March, we’ve seen plenty of sunshine and just a few light snow showers across the Alps. But things are all set to change over the next few days: move over spring, winter is making a comeback! Substantial snow dumps are expected between Fri 21st – Tues 25th, with up to 130cm in France; 90cm in Switzerland; 75cm in Italy; and 60cm in Austria.
French ski resorts have been bathed in warm, sunny weather this week and temperatures even reached double digits in the French Pyrenees. Lower slopes have been prone to slushiness in the afternoons, but conditions are still healthy higher up. There has been no new snow so far this week.
The biggest snow depths in the country are, on the whole, found in the Pyrenees, thanks to the heavy dumps last month: Cauterets (330cm), Isola 2000 (310cm), Luz Ardiden (305cm) and Gourette (300cm), Piau Engaly (300cm), and Puyvalador (300cm).
France snow forecast: More than a metre of snow is forecast for this weekend in France, with the heaviest dumps expected on Sunday. Five-day forecast for France Fri 21st – Tues 25th: 131cm for Chamonix; 124cm for Avoriaz; 111cm for Morzine; 106cm for La Plagne; 97cm for Alpe d’Huez; 96cm for Tignes; 95cm for Les Arcs and Val d’Isere; 93cm for Val Thorens, Megeve, Meribel and Courchevel; 90cm for Les 2 Alpes and Flaine; 89cm for Isola 2000; 76cm for Serre Chevalier; 63cm for Montgenevre; and 27cm for Cauterets.
The spring conditions in Austrian ski resorts were punctuated with some light snow at the beginning of the week – 17cm in Solden and 10cm on the Kitzsteinhorn – followed by a dusting of snow on Wednesday: 5cm in St. Anton, Obertauern and Flachau and 2cm in Silvretta Montafon and Solden.
The biggest snow depth in the country is the Moelltal Glacier with 410cm followed by Hintertuxer Glacier with 345cm and Stubai Glacier and Nassfeld with 330cm each.
Austria snow forecast: Around half a metre of snow is forecast for this weekend in Austria, with the heaviest dumps expected Sunday and Monday. Five-day forecast for Austria Fri 21st – Tues 25th: 60cm for Solden and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; 56cm for Mayrhofen; 52cm for St. Anton; 51cm for Zell am See; 50cm for Ischgl; 49cm for Obertauern; and 37cm for Kitzbuehel.
Despite the spring temperatures, there’s still good snow coverage at many of the Italian ski resorts. Italy has the highest snow depths in Europe still, topping six metres at some resorts: Sella Nevea (670cm) and Presena Glacier (600cm). There’s also great skiing at Cervinia (310cm) and Cortina (350cm).
There’s been no new snow so far this week in Italy, but it’s all set to change at the weekend.
Italy snow forecast: Over half a metre of snow is forecast for this weekend in Italy, with the heaviest dumps expected Saturday and Sunday. Five-day forecast for Italy Fri 21st – Tues 25th: 75cm for Livingo; 74cm for Cortina d’Ampezzo; 70cm for Madonna di Campiglio; 66cm for Alta Badia; 65cm for Val Gardena; 57cm for Cervinia-Breuil; 39cm for Sestriere; 37cm for Courmayeur; and 34cm for Sauze d’Oulx, Claviere and Bardonecchia.
Like the rest of the Alps, Swiss ski resorts have been experiencing spring conditions of late, but more than 100 ski resorts are still open and a few received a little fresh snow last weekend: 8cm in Arolla and Aletsch Arena and 5cm in Arosa Lenzerheide.
The biggest snow depth in the country is Andermatt-Sedrun with 400cm followed by Saas Fee with 345cm and Engelberg with 342cm. There are still quite a few resorts with more than 200cm snowdepth including Gstaad (255cm), Zermatt (215cm) and Savognin (200cm).
Switzerland snow forecast: There’s also plenty of snow in the forecast for Switzerland this weekend, with the heaviest dumps expected on Sunday. Five-day forecast for Switzerland Fri 21st – Tues 25th: 87cm for Laax; 83cm for Engadin St. Moritz; 80cm for Engelberg; 81cm for Saas Fee; 64cm for Davos-Klosters; 63cm for Murren; 59cm for Wengen; 56cm for Zermatt; and 47cm for Gstaad.
No new snow so far this week, but conditions are still good thanks to the heavy snowfalls in February. Current snow depths are Vallnord/Arcalis (260cm), Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (160cm) and Grandvalira (230cm).
Andorra snow forecast: Some light snow expected this weekend (particularly Saturday). Five-day forecast for Andorra Fri 21st – Tues 25th: 12cm for Vallnord and Grandvalira.
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