It has been a warm week across the Alps with plenty of sunshine, which has taken its toll on lower resorts in France, Switzerland and Italy. Austrian ski resorts however are faring well on the whole, thanks to the heavy snowfalls since Christmas, and continue to offer some of the best skiing in the Alps. This weekend temperatures are expected to drop and the snow will return, with heaviest dumps in Austria and France.
It’s been a week of blue skies and warm sunshine in the French Alps. Skiing conditions are best above 2,000m, particularly in Avoriaz (50-80cm) with 31/34 open lifts and Val Thorens (90-130cm) with 28/28 open lifts. Lower resorts such as Montgenevre, Villard de Lans and Le Grand Bornand are in desperate need of snow.
Hardly any snow has fallen in French ski resorts this week, just 15cm in Peisey Vallandry, 10cm in Valfrejus, St. Foy Tarentaise and Chamonix, 7cm in Avoriaz, and 5cm in Val d’isere. See full France 7-day snow report.
But the good news is the snow is set to return on Sunday.
3-day snow forecast (Jan. 9-11):44cm for La Clusaz; 40cm for Avoriaz, Le Grand Bornand, Chamonix, Montriond and Morzine; 30cm for Megeve and Les Gets; and 22cm for Les Arcs and La Plagne. See full France 3-day snow forecast
Thanks to the heavy snowfalls since Christmas, Austrian ski resorts are offering some of the best skiing conditions in the Alps right now, particularly in Obergurgl–Hochgurgl (46-134cm) and Solden (10-240cm).
The snow has been falling this week too, with power alarms in numerous resorts over the last 7 days: 70cm in Obertauern; 55cm in Flachau; 50cm in Saalbach and Kitzsteinhorn-Kaprun; 33cm in Zell am See; and 30cm in Westendorf, Soll, Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, Schladming and Ellmau. See full Austria 7-day snow report.
And the snow is back this weekend! More snow is forecast for Austria over the next 3 days, with the heaviest dumps on Friday and Sunday.
3-day snow forecast (Jan. 9-11): 50cm for Lech-Zuers and St. Anton am Arlberg; 48cm for Warth-Schrocken; 40cm for Kitzbuehel; 37cm for Ischgl; 33cm for Zell am Ziller; and 28cm for Mayrhofen, Ellmau and SkiWelt. See full Austria 3-day snow forecast.
The higher Italian resorts are offering some good conditions on the piste, but very limited off-piste. Lower Italian ski resorts are struggling for snow since temperatures have risen. Some of the best conditions can be found at Livigno (31-123cm) and Cervinia (40-145cm).
Some snow has fallen in Italy this week, but only at a few resorts, including 30cm in Val Senales and 25cm in Livingo and Belpiano. See full Italy 7-day snow report.
Light snow is forecast for Italy over the weekend, particularly in Sudtirol.
It’s been a sunny week for Swiss resorts. Although lovely skiing weather, the warm temperatures have made lower slopes soft and best conditions can be found above 2500m. Some of the best conditions can be found in Samnaun (20-84cm) and 44/44 lifts open and Laax (35-170cm) and 28/29 lifts open.
Like Italy, Swiss resorts have had some light snow this week: 20cm in Arosa Lenzerheide; 15cm in Les Crosets and Champery; and 7cm in Samnaun and Melchsee-Frutt. See full Switzerland 7-day snow report.
It is good news for Swiss ski resorts this weekend, with light-to-moderate snow forecast, particularly in the Jungfrau.
It’s been another sunny week in Andorra leading to some softer snow at lower levels, but on the whole skiing is good thanks to the huge snow dumps last month. No new snow is forecast over the weekend. Current conditions are: Grandvalira (50-120cm) with 58/66 open lifts; Vallnord/Arcalis (80-125cm) with 10/15 open lifts; and Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (40-65cm) with 22/30 open lifts.
After a chilly week and some light snowfall, conditions are great in Bulgaria: Bansko (30-110cm), Borovets (65-65cm), and Pomporovo (25-35cm). New snow is expected early next week.