The warm, sunny conditions, which look set to continue, have melted the snow that fell back in November. This last week has brought far less snow than was hoped to the Alps - just a light dusting above 2000m on Wednesday night. There is no off-piste skiing in Europe and even the on-slope conditions have been softening up. Despite this, most resorts are open as planned and there is a suprising amount of open terrain due to artificial snow. As you'd expect, the best skiing can be found at high-altitude.
The high-altitude ski areas of Espace Killy and Three Valleys still have the best skiing conditions in France and received a mid-week dusting of snow to help freshen conditions: Tignes (32-70cm) and Val d'Isere (30-60) in Espace Killy have opened roughly half their slopes. Similarly, Val Thorens (50-90cm), Meribel (23-41), La Tania (24-60cm), Courchevel (23-53cm) and Les Menuires (25-50cm) in the Three Valleys are running at about 50% open terrain. Elsewhere good skiing can be found at high ground: The Paradiski resorts of Les Arcs (16-93cm) and La Plagne (20-80cm) as well as Alpe d'Huez (27-60cm) and Les 2 Alpes (5-60cm).
The Southern Alps has little or no skiing at present.
While the high-altitude glacial resorts of Stubai and Hintertux had around 10cm of fresh snow this week, resorts below 2000m reported rainfall. Some of the best conditions can be found at Lech-Zuers (30-35cm) which recieved some fresh snow this week and currently has 60/97 of it lifts open and some the most extensive skiing in the country. Up to 10cm of snow also fell in Silvretta Montafon (0-40cm) this week which has good on-piste conditions and 20/36 lifts running.
Cervinia (5-120cm) and Val Senales (5-85cm) have some of the best natural snow. The best skiing in the country can be found in the Dolomites, which has perfected the art of artificial snow, offering 500km of open slopes and 268 open lifts. Heading south, unfortunately things are looking dire in the Milky Way resorts of Sauze d'Oulx, Sestriere and Claviere, with only 10km of open terrain out of 320km.
Up to 10cm was reported at high altitude no Wednesday. Zermatt(4-125cm) and Saas-Fee (12-118cm) continue to offer the best skiing in the country, even on lower slopes thanks to excellent artificial snow, and both have around half their lifts operating. Other resorts with good skiing in Switzerland include Engelberg (20-155cm), Murren (18-54cm) and Verbier (6-65cm).
Despite the sunny weather, Andorra is offering some good skiing conditions at present: Vallnord/Arcalis (30-65cm) has all but one of its lifts open; Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (40-60cm) has 25/30 open lifts; and Grandvalira (20-50cm) has 55/67 open lifts.