It’s been a windy week across Europe, with many lifts forced to close particularly in the Northern Alps. Spring has definitely sprung in the Southern Alps, as well as the Pyrenees, although snow bases in the latter are still among the best in Europe.
As well as strong winds this week we’ve seen some healthy late-season snowfalls, particularly in France and Austria where over a metre has been recorded in the last 7 days. St. Anton has had a whopping 155cm! More snow is in the forecast for Easter weekend too, making for some excellent skiing over the Easter holidays.
Heavy late snowfalls have been reported in France over the last week: 101cm in Tignes, 82cm in Chamonix, 73cm in Val Thorens, 58cm in La Rosiere, 40cm in Val d’Isere and 38cm in La Plagne and Les Arcs. See full 7-day snowfall in France.
3-day snow forecast: And more snow is on the way, particularly for the Portes du Soleil and the Grand Massive: 37cm for Avoriaz, Flaine, La Clusaz, Les Carroz and Chamonix; 29cm for Samoens and Les Gets; 25cm for Courchevel, La Plagne, Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Arcs, Les Menures, La Tania and La Rosiere 1850. See full 3-day France snow forecast.
The last 7 days has brought some excellent snow to the Austrian Alps: 155cm in St. Anton am Arlberg, 115cm in Galtur-Silvretta, 100cm in Flachau, 89cm in Silvretta Montafon, and 70cm in Zell am See and Solden. See full 7-day snowfall in Austria.
3-day snow forecast: Some light snow is forecast for Austrian resorts over the Easter weekend: 14cm for Lech-Zuers and Warth-Schrocken, 13cm for St. Anton, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Silvretta Montafon, Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, and 12cm in Solden, Axamer Lizum, Kuhtai and Seefeld. See full 3-day Austria snow forecast.
Snow has fallen in Italy over the last week too, although not as much as in France and Austria: 60cm in Gressoney-La-Trinite-Monterosa Ski, 50cm in Cervinia-Breuil and Champoluc-Monterosa Ski, 43cm in Arabba Marmolada, 40cm in Valtournenche, and 11cm in Livingo. See full 7-day snowfall in Italy.
3-day snow forecast: Some moderate snow is forecast over the weekend: 30cm in Pila and Usseglio; 20cm in Abetone, Cimone and Ovindoli; 16cm for Sestriere, Pragelato, La Thuile and Limone Piemonte; and 15cm in Courmayeur, Cervinia-Breuil, Sauze d’Oulx and Sansicario-Cesana. See full 3-day Italy snow forecast.
Many Swiss ski resorts have accumulated around half a metre or more of snow this week: 91cm in Aletsch Arena; 60cm in Samnaun and Braunwald; 50cm in Melchsee-Frutt and Davos Klosters; 45cm in Murren, Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun and Arosa; and 22cm in Engadin St. Moritz and Samedan. See full 7-day snowfall in Switzerland.
3-day snow forecast: Light snow is in the forecast over the weekend with 14cm in Leysin, Stoos, Schwarzsee, Adelboden, Gstaad Mountain Rides, Kandersteg, Rigi, Braunwald, Les Diablerets and Villars-Gryon. See full 3-day Switzerland snow forecast.
Andorran ski resorts have been bathed in sunshine this week making lower slopes slushy but higher up there’s still good skiing to be had thanks to the good snow bases accumulated last month. Don’t forget your sun cream! No snow is in the forecast for Andorra this weekend.
Temperatures have warmed up in Bulgaria too, making pistes slushy by the afternoon, but there are still healthy snow bases in all resorts making for some good spring skiing. Temperatures are set to drop this weekend though with 20-35cm of snow forecast for Bansko, Borovets and Vitosha. See full 3-day Bulgaria snow forecast.