Skiing conditions in the alps are generally good for this time of year. Spring temperatures mean slopes are at their best in the morning (hard-packed) but tend to soften up in the afternoon. High-altitude resorts and north-facing slopes offer optimal skiing conditions. More snow is on the way this weekend, with up to 32cm expected in France, 14cm in Austria, 8cm in Italy, and 2cm in Switzerland.
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Some of the best skiing can be found at Isola 2000 (305cm), Avoriaz (250cm), Val Thorens (220cm) and Tignes (210cm). The Pyrenees resorts have the highest snow depths at present: Cauterets (430cm) and La Mongie/Bareges (320cm).
A handful of French ski resorts have reported light dustings of snow this week: 5cm in Morzine, Avoriaz and La Clusaz.
Snow forecast: Snow is in the forecast for French ski resorts tomorrow and Saturday, with powder alarms expected to sound off in Chamonix and Val Thorens. Snow forecast this weekend (April 4-6): 32cm for Chamonix; 28cm for Val Thorens; 19cm for Val d’Isere; 18cm for Meribel; 16cm for Tignes; 15cm for Les 2 Alpes; 13cm for Courchevel; 12cm for Les Arcs and Alpe d’Huez; 8cm for La Plagne; 6cm for Serre Chevalier; 4cm for La Rosiere; 3cm for Montgenevre; and 1cm for Avoriaz.
Some of the best skiing can be found at the high-altitude ski areas of Solden (279cm), Moelltal (430cm), Hintertux (400cm), Kaunertal (355cm), Stubai (350cm) and Pitztal (315cm). Around 50 resorts closed last weekend, it was the first big swing of closing resorts, some due to warm weather. Around 100 resorts still open in Austria including all the big resorts. Solden is the only Austrian resort to have received any new snow so far this week with11cm.
Snow forecast: Some light snow is forecast for Austrian ski resorts this weekend, with the most snow expected Saturday and Sunday. Snow forecast for Fri-Sun (April 4-6): 14cm for Kaunertal Glacier; 12cm for Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; 11cm for Solden; 8cm for Kaunertal and Stubai glaciers; 7cm for Mayrhofen; 6cm for St. Anton; 5cm for Kitzbuehel and Pitztal Glacier; 3cm for Ischgl; and 2cm for Moelltal and Hintertux glaciers.
Italy has some of the biggest snow depths in Europe and in the world right now. Skiing is particularly good in the Dolomites. Some of the best skiing conditions can be found in Sella Nevea (650cm), Madesimo (450cm), Cortina d’Ampezzo (350cm), Val Senales (315cm), Cervinia-Breuil (310cm) and Livigno (282cm).
The Milky Way ski resorts of Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx and Claviere all have good coverage thanks to the 40cm of new snow in the last week.
Snow forecast: Some light snow is forecast for the Italian Alps this weekend, with most falling on Saturday. Snow forecast for Fri-Sun (April 4-6): 8cm for Bardonecchia; 7cm for Sauze d’Oulx; 6cm for Sestriere; 5cm for Bormio; 3cm for Livigno; 2cm for Claviere and Cervinia-Breuil; and 1cm for Courmayeur.
The biggest snowdepths in Switzerland right now can be found at the Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun (400cm), Engelberg (350cm) and Saas Fee (341cm). There are around 80 ski resorts still open, including all the big resorts, which will most likely be open until after Easter such as Engelberg, St. Moritz and Crans Montana.
There has been no new snow this week for Swiss ski resorts.
Snow forecast: Just a dusting of snow is forecast for Swiss ski resorts tomorrow. Snow forecast Fri-Sun (April 4-6): 2cm for Engelberg, Crans Montana, Zermatt and Murren; and 1cm for Verbier, Grindelwald and Saas-Fee.
The snow base depths in Andorran resorts are still good thanks to the heavy snowfall last month: Grandvalira (230cm), Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (170cm) and Vallnord/Arcalis (170cm).
Snow forecast: There has been no new snow this week, but some light snow is in the forecast for tomorrow (Fri, April 4): 6cm for Grandvalira and Vallnord.
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