The sunny skies and unseasonably mild temperatures continue to plague much of Europe’s ski scene. However good skiing can be found high up, particularly in France’s Espace Killy, Three Valleys and Paradiski regions; on Austria’s glaciers and the Arlberg region; the Italian Dolomites; and the French Pyrenees and Andorra where conditions are consistently better than in the Alps.
The 3-day snow forecast isn’t showing any significant snowfall, just a light dusting for the Les Portes du Soleil ski area in France.
Given the lack of fresh snow, a surprising amount of good skiing is on offer in France’s Espace Killy, Three Valleys and Paradiski regions. Val d’Isere (29-60cm) and Tignes (29-60cm) have some of the best skiing in Europe at present, with around two-thirds of lifts and slopes open. Good skiing can also be had in Val Thorens (45-90cm), La Plagne (15-80cm) and Les Arcs (12-89cm). However lower resorts are suffering badly and, in particular, the southern French Alps is having an awful start to the season. Over in the French Pyrenees, some good skiing can be found in Cauterets (25-55cm) and Formigueres (30-80cm) with the vast majority of terrain now open.
For the best snow in Austria, head high or head west! The glaciers of the Hintertux (25-110cm) and Stubai (15-100cm), have some great on-piste conditions thanks to the cold temperatures. For the best non-glacier skiing in the country, the Ski Arlberg region in the west of Austria has the most open terrain, in particularly Lech-Zuers (30-35cm). Looking to the east, the resorts of the Ski Welt, like Ellmau (10-25cm) and Westendorf (10-25cm), are offering 135km of open terrain largely thanks to snow machines.
By far the best skiing in the country can be found in the Dolomites. Although next to no snow has fallen here, temperatures have been low enough for snow machines to be working round the clock. As a result the Dolomiti Superski area has more than 700km of open slopes and particularly good skiing can be found in Val Gardena (20-30cm) and Kronplatz (10-20cm). Outside the Dolomites, the best skiing is at Cervinia (10-120cm) and Livigno (10-20cm).
In the Southern Italian Alps, the Milky Way ski area is suffering badly with just 12km of open slopes.
Despite the absence of new snow, some good skiing can be found in a handful of resorts. In particular the high-altitude resorts of Zermatt (0-125cm) and Saas-Fee (10-120cm), but also in the resorts of Gstaad (5-80cm) and Nendaz (10-60cm).
A good choice of lifts and slopes are open despite the lack of recent snowfall. Snow conditions are good on piste. Grandvalira has opened 148km of terrain and conditions are particularly good in Pas de la Casa (20-50cm) and Soldeu (20-50cm). Skiing is also good in Vallnord’s Arcalis (30-65cm) and Pal-Arinsal (40-60cm).