Now that’s the start to the season we were looking for! The heavy snow between Boxing Day and Dec. 28 was widespread across the Alps with almost all resorts seeing a big improvement to skiing conditions. More than a metre of snow has been reported in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland in the last 7 days. The snow has barely stopped in Austria – in fact it is still snowing today – while the other Alpine countries are now seeing higher temperatures and blue skies. However the snow clouds are moving in again this weekend and around 30-50cm of powder is expected in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

See our recent snowfall galleries:

Gallery: Powder in French Alps Dec. 29, 2014

Gallery: Snowfall in Italy Dec. 27, 2014

Gallery: Fresh snow in Austria Dec. 27, 2014

AUSTRIA

After a slow start to winter many Austrian ski resorts it has been snowing in Austria almost non-stop since Boxing Day. Skiing conditions are dramatically better in the vast majority of resorts and the number of lifts and slopes have greatly increased. Unlike much of the Alps, Austrian resorts have seen little or no sun since the big snow dumps of last week, so conditions are some of the best in Europe. Some of the biggest snowfall totals over the last 7 days have been reported in Kleinwalsertal (130cm), Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen (125cm), Anton am Arlberg (95cm), Lech-Zuers (90cm) and SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental (80cm) and Bad Gastein (65cm). See full Austria 7-day snow report.

Austria 3-day snow forecast: 46cm for Lech-Zuers, 44cm for Warth-Schrocken, 42cm for St. Anton, 41cm fr Saalbach-Hinterglemm, 37cm for Kitzbuehel, 37cm for Flachau, 37cm for Mayrhofen, 35cm for Ischgl. See full Austria 3-day snow forecast.

FRANCE

French ski resorts have been transformed by the Christmas snow and skiing conditions are very good across the country. Since the heavy snow, temperatures have increased offering beautiful bluebird conditions, although lower slopes are now a little hard-packed. The best skiing can be found on higher ground. The snowfall totals over the last 7 days have been substantial: Les Angles (130cm), Combloux (120cm), Valfrejus (115cm), Megeve (85cm), Morzine (85cm), Avoriaz (78cm), Chamonix (68cm), Meribel (58cm), La Clusaz (45cm), Les Menuires (42cm). See full France 7-day snow report.

France 3-day snow forecast: 57cm for Chamonix, 47cm for La Plagne, 47cm for Les Arcs, 44cm for La Rosiere 1850, 43cm for Courchevel , 41cm for La Tania, 40cm for Meribel, 39cm for Avoriaz, 37cm for Morzine.  See full France 3-day snow forecast.

ITALY

The snow has arrived and fell widespread across Italian ski resorts. Since then temperatures have increased and it’s been blue-sky skiing. Some of the biggest snow dumps over the last 7 days have been reported in Roccaraso-Rivisondoli (140cm), Ovindoli (110cm), Abetone (40cm), Sestriere (30cm), Cervinia-Breuil (25cm), Alta Badia (20cm) and Courmayeur (20cm). See full Italy 7-day snow report.

Italy 3-day snow forecast: 32cm for La Thuile, 29cm for Courmayeur, 19cm for Cervinia-Breuil, 16cm for Bardonecchia, 6cm for Sauze d’Oulx. See full Italy 3-day snow forecast.

SWITZERLAND

As with the rest of the Alps, Swiss ski resorts are reporting plenty of new snow and much better skiing conditions. Some of the biggest snow dumps over the last 7 days in Switzerland have been reported in Champery (150cm), Elm (70cm) Engelberg (65cm), Verbier (63cm), Crans Montana (50cm) and Adelboden (46cm). See full Switzerland 7-day snow report.

Switzerland 3-day snow forecast: 37cm for Grindelwald and Murren, 35cm for Wengen, 31cm for Gstaad, 31cm for Leukerbad and Brienz-Axalp, 30cm for Adelboden, Engelberg and Crans Montana. See full Switzerland 7-day snow forecast.

ANDORRA
The snow also fell in Andorra last week and nearly all slopes/lifts are open. The sun has come out again this week and softened lower pistes, although there is still great skiing and good snow cover: Grandvalira (50-120cm), Vallnord/Arcalis (80-125cm) and Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (40-70cm). No new snow is forecast for Andorra over the next 3 days.

BULGARIA

New snow was reported in Bulgaria on New Year’s Eve adding around 15cm to each resort. Current snow conditions on upper and lower pistes are good: Bansko (30-110cm), Borovets (65-65cm), and Pamporovo (25-35cm).  Bulgarian resorts are expecting light snowfall (1-5cm) in the next 3 days. 

See our recent snowfall galleries:

Gallery: Powder in French Alps Dec. 29, 2014

Gallery: Snowfall in Italy Dec. 27, 2014

Gallery: Fresh snow in Austria Dec. 27, 2014