It’s been spring-like across the Alps recently, but it’s all change this weekend with more than half a metre of powder on the way. The biggest dumps will be seen in Austria’s Arlberg region and the Northern French Alps. See our 3-day snow forecast.
Right now base levels are pretty good across the Alps, particularly above 2000m, with the best skiing still in the Northern Alps.
The high-altitude resorts in the large ski regions of the 3 Valleys, Espace Killy and Paradiski have a huge amount of open terrain and some of the best skiing conditions in the Alps. Base depths are particularly good in Val Thorens (110-190cm), Val d’Isere (97-178cm), Tignes (92-178cm), Les Arcs (92-180cm), La Plagne (85-160cm), Les Menuires (71-165cm), Courchevel (86-156cm), Meribel (69-156cm), Avoriaz (90-150cm) and Morzine (50-150cm). See France snow depths for more resorts.
Some of the biggest snowfalls are expected this weekend in Chamonix (45cm), Tignes (33cm), Val Thorens (26cm), and Avoriaz/Morzine (24cm). See full France snow forecast.
The best skiing conditions are still in the west of the country, which has had the best snow so far this season. Ski resorts like Lech-Zuers (95-125cm), St. Anton (60-135cm), Warth-Schroecken (115-150cm) and Damuels (80-160cm) have a lot of open terrain. See Austrian snow depths for more resorts.
Austria will benefit from some of the most widespread snowfalls this weekend, with the biggest dumps expected in the west: St. Anton (60cm), Lech-Zuers (57cm), Ischgl (56cm), Kappl (52cm), Galtuer (47cm). See full Austria snow forecast.
As in the rest of the Alps, the best snow is on upper runs while lower runs have softened a little, particularly by the afternoon. Some of the best conditions can be found in Zermatt (20-180cm), Melchsee-Frutt (130-200cm), Grindelwald (20-105cm), Murren-Schilthorn (400-142cm) and Verbier (15-155cm). See Swiss snow depths for more resorts.
Substantial snow dumps are expected this weekend, with around half a metre forecast for Samnaun (52cm), Murren-Schilthorn (50cm), Aletsch Arena (49cm), Bellwald (46cm), Gstaad Mountain Rides (45cm), Villars-Gryon (43cm), and many more. See full Switzerland snow forecast.
Italian ski resorts have been bathed in sunshine this week, but temperatures are now falling again. Some of the best skiing can be found in the Dolomiti Superski where the vast majority of lifts and slopes are open, and in the high-altitude resort of Cervinia (80-180cm), which has seen some of the biggest snowfalls this season, and has 15/15 lifts running. Good skiing can also be found in Courmayeur (110-180cm), La Thuile (60-150cm) and Pila (60-120cm). See Italy snow depths for more resorts.
The Milky Way resorts have seen spring-like conditions this week, and the best skiing here is in the French resort of Montgenevre (90-110cm) with 21/25 lifts open.
Slightly more moderate snowfall is forecast for Italy over the weekend, with the biggest dumps expected in La Thuile (44cm), Courmayeur (41cm), Val Senales (20cm), Livigno (15cm) and Cervinia-Breuil (15cm). See full Italy snow forecast.
Andorra’s ski resorts have seen warm, spring-like conditions this week but the vast majority of slopes remain open and in pretty good condition: Vallnord/Arcalis (60-100cm), Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal (50-80cm) and Grandvalira (35-70cm). The sunny weather will continue here over the weekend.
The Bulgarian ski resorts of Bansko and Borovets have been bathed in sunshine of late but remain in great condition with all lifts and slopes open: Bansko (30-90cm) and Borovets (70-90cm). The warm, sunny weather looks set to continue beyond the weekend.