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Weekly Snow Report 18/1/17

18th January 2017 | OTS Staff

Les Arcs 14.1.17 - ©Les Arcs/Facebook

Les Arcs 14.1.17

Copyright: Les Arcs/Facebook

Where is the snow?

OnTheSnow's Weekly Snow Report is updated every Wednesday to give you the best skiing conditions across Europe.

Ski resorts across the Alps and Pyrenees have been transformed this week with plenty of powder to go around. Some of the biggest snow dumps have been recorded in France, with more than a metre in the French Alps and a whopping two metres in the French Pyrenees - in fact Cauterets had to close for a day because it had too much snow! Conditions on the slopes are great right across Europe at the moment.

See our latest snow galleries:

Gallery: Powder in Andorra 17.1.17

Gallery: Big snowfalls in the Alps 14.1.17


The French Alps really benefitted from the substantial snow dumps of last weekend. We've seen new lifts and links opening between resorts and at last it really feels like the season is in full swing.

In the last week, some of the biggest snowfalls in Europe have been recorded in the French Alps: 140cm in Flaine, 130cm in La Rosiere 1850; 80cm in Val Thorens; 65cm in La Plagne, Alpe d'Huez, Val d'Isere; 50cm in Avoriaz, Morzine, Tignes and Les Gets; 35cm in Megeve and Les Arcs; and 20cm in Chamonix, Les 2 Alpes, Meribel, Les Menuires, Montgenevre and Serre Chevalier

Conditions are fantastic both on and off the piste across the French Alps, but standout powder skiing can be found in Chamonix (40-150cm), La Clusaz (50-130cm), La Plagne (70-160cm) and Les Arcs (60-180cm).

So things are great in the French Alps, but what about the French Pyrenees? Well things are even better! Snow depths have been roughly double that of the Alps - ski resorts here have been inundated with around two metres of snow! In the last week we've seen 220cm in Cauterets and Ax 3 Domaines; 190cm in Gourette and Saint Lary Soulan; and 180cm in Formigueres. Off-piste skiing in the French Pyrenees is among the best in the world at present.

Val d'Isere 13.1.17 - ©Val d'Isere/Facebook

Val d'Isere 13.1.17

Copyright: Val d'Isere/Facebook

7-day snowfall totals for France

3-day snow forecast for France


The regular snowfall in the Austrian Alps over the last few weeks has ensured the continuation of great conditions across the area. The last seven days has brought 70cm for Silvretta Montafon and Seefeld; 65cm for Alpbach, Flachau and Saalbach; 40cm for Lech-Zuers; 35cm for St. Anton am Arlberg, Ellmau, Brixen im Thale, Westedorf, Gerlos and Soll; and 30cm for Kitzbuehel and Zell am See; and 20cm for Serfaus Fiss Ladis, Schladming and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.

Skiers booking a last-minute holiday in Austria are spoilt for choice at the moment. For excellent skiing both on and off the piste, the Arlberg has some of the best powder in Europe right now: St. Anton am Arlberg (65-160cm) and Lech-Zuers (90-130cm).

Zürs, Austria 14.1.17

Zürs, Austria 14.1.17

7-day snowfall totals for Austria

3-day snow forecast for Austria


Conditions are much improved across the Swiss Alps thanks to last weekend's huge snowfalls: 111cm for Melchsee-Frutt, 95cm for Elm, 75cm for Engelberg, 70cm for Arosa Lenzerheide and Anzere; 60cm for Laax and Aletsch Arena; 50cm for Villars-Gryon and Adelboden; 30cm for Verbier, Crans Montana, Andermatt-Sedrun, Leukerbad; and 20cm for Saas-Fee, Engadin St. Moritz, Samnaun and Morgins.

For once some of the best skiing isn't necessarily found at high-altitude: the strong winds on the upper slopes of Zermatt (10-125cm) and Saas-Fee (30-160cm) have been hampering conditions of late, but things are set to settle down and bright sunshine is returning.

Some of the best snow conditions in the Swiss Alps at present can be found in Nendaz (40-185cm), Laax (55-145cm), Verbier (30-140cm) and Elm (50-140cm).

7-day snowfall totals for Switzerland

3-day snow forecast for Switzerland


Ski conditions in Italy are excellent following the widespread snow dumps of last week. Most ski resorts received snow, anywhere between 5-50cm. Excellent skiing can be found in the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn ski areas. Elsewhere the Dolomites only received light snowfall and skiers are still largely using an artificial base.

Some of the best skiing at present can be found in Courmayeur (20-50cm) and Cervinia-Breuil (35-115cm) both with powder conditions.

7-day snowfall totals for Italy

3-day snow forecast for Italy


Andorran ski resorts have seen so much snow in the last few days, with 80-120cm for all of them. Conditions are currently excellent all round and powder is abundant: Grandvalira (80-150cm), Vallnord/Pal-Arnisal (90-140cm) and Vallnord/Arcalis (55-100cm).

Big snowfalls in Grandvalira, Andorra 16.1.17 - ©Grandvalira/Facebook

Big snowfalls in Grandvalira, Andorra 16.1.17

Copyright: Grandvalira/Facebook


Cairngorm Mountain says today: "Sorry to say that with the continuing mild temperatures we have lost too much snow to operate the Ciste T Bar. There are still suitable areas for standing ski school classes under instruction."

Nevis RangeThe Lecht, Glencoe and Glenshee are also closed awaiting snowfall.








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