This week we’ve seen light snow across the Alps, but a rise in temperatures has brought some unwelcome rain too. There’s good skiing to be had at high altitude though, especially in resorts such as Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere and Solden. Temperatures are expected to drop and snow is forecast for the weekend.

Check out the latest snow pics here: Gallery: Snow in the Alps Dec. 18, 2014


The French resorts have benefitted from the most snowfall in the Alps this week, with 31cm in Val d’Isere, 30cm in Courchevel, 27cm in Val Thorens, 20cm in Tignes and Les Menuires, 15cm in Avoriaz and Alpe d’Huez, and 10cm in Meribel.

Some of the best skiing can be found at altitude, especially in the resorts of Val Thorens (60-100cm), Val d’Isere (10-40cm) and Tignes (25-40cm).

France 3-day snow forecast: 18cm for La Clusaz, 15cm for Avoriaz, 14cm for Chamonix and Morzine, 9cm for La Tania, 8cm for Courchevel, Meribel and  Les Gets, 7cm for La Plagne, Megeve, Les Arcs, Les Menuires, La Rosiere, and 5cm for Alpe d’Huez, Tignes and Val Thorens. See full forecast here.


Austria has seen some moderate snow at high altitude this week, including 17cm for the Piztaler Glacier, 15cm in Obertauern and Kitzbuehel, and 10cm in St. Anton am Arlberg and Ischgl.

Some of the best skiing conditions can be found on the high-altitude slopes of Solden (5-193cm).

Austria 3-day snow forecast: 19cm for Lech Zuers, 18cm for Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang, 16cm for Kitzbuehel, 14cm for St. Anton am Arlberg, and 12cm for Ischgl, Zell am See, Ellmau and Mayrhofen. See full forecast here.


Italian resorts have received similar snowfalls to Austria this week: 20cm in Sestriere, 15cm in Val Senales, Pila and Canazei, 12cm in Madonna di Campiglio and Livigno, and 10cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Cervinia.

Again it’s a case of heading high for the best conditions, which can currently be found on the Presena glacier (0-350cm). Courmayeur and Claviere remain closed awaiting more snowfall.

Italy 3-day snow forecast: 5cm for Courmayeur, 4cm for La Thuile, 3cm for Cervinia, and 2cm for Bardonecchia. See full forecast here.


There was less snow in Switzerland this week, but resorts still welcomed the light snow which has helped freshen conditions on the slopes: 15cm in Zermatt and 12cm in Saas Fee and Davos-Klosters.

Head high for the best skiing, particularly in Zermatt (5-95cm) and Saas-Fee (0-190cm).

Switzerland 3-day snow forecast: 13cm for Engelberg and Melchsee-Frutt, 10cm for Grindelwald and Andermatt-Sedrun, and 9cm for Murren and Wengen. See full forecast here.


Despite no new snowfall this week, the Andorran resorts of Grandvalira (20-90cm) and Vallnord (45-85cm) have the majority of lifts running and conditions are good thanks to last week’s snow.  No new snow is forecast for Andorra.


Bulgarian resorts haven’t had more snow this week, but Bansko (0-60cm) has the best condition particularly at the top of the mountain. Just a sprinkling of snow is forecast for Sunday: 2cm at Borovets and 1cm in Vitosha.

Check out the latest snow pics here: Gallery: Snow in the Alps Dec. 18, 2014