Bumper snowfalls are expected in the Alps this weekend, with a metre of snow forecast for France, Italy and Switzerland and half a metre for Austria.

Tomorrow (Sat, Nov. 15) will bring the heaviest snow dumps with nearly 80cm to France’s northern alpine resorts of Les 2 Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. The snow will continue Sunday and Monday, bringing the 3-day total to a whopping metre of powder.


3-day snow forecast for France (Nov. 15-17): 105cm in Les 2 Alpes, 101cm in Alpe d’Huez, 70cm in Chamonix, 55cm in La Grave, 46cm in La Clusaz, 42cm in Montgenevre, 41cm in Val d’Isere, 40cm in Val Thorens, 38cm in Isola 2000 and La Rosiere 1850, 37cm in Serre Chevalier, 35cm in Tignes, La Plagne and Avoriaz, 33cm in Les Arcs, 30cm in Morzine, Meribel and Les Menuires, and 26cm in Courchevel and La Tania. See full France snow forecast.

Ski openings: Tignes’ Grande Motte glacier is the only skiable area in France right now (6 lifts open/40cm of snow). But next weekend will see Val Thorens kick off its season (Nov. 22) with the Ski Force Winter Tour. The following weekend (Nov. 29) Les 2 Alpes and the Espace Killy ski area (Val d’Isere and Tignes) open their doors to skiers. See all projected openings in France.


3-day snow forecast for Italy (Nov. 15-17): 114cm in San Domenico di Varzo, 77cm in Madonna di Campiglio, 71cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo, 70cm in Alta Badia and Arabba Marmolada, 60cm in Madesimo and Val Senales, 58cm in Livigno, 55cm in Bormio and Val Gardena, 49cm in Cervinia-Breuil, 39ccm in Kronplatz, 31cm in Sestriere and Pragelato, 30cm in Claviere, 25cm in Courmayeur and Sauze d’Oulx , and 23cm in Bardonecchia. See full Italy snow forecast.

Ski openings: Four Italian ski resorts are currently open: Cervinia-Breuil (8 lifts open/185cm snow); Val Senales (6 lifts open/205cm snow); Solda (4 lifts open/75cm snow); and Ghiacciaio Presena (4 lifts open/150cm snow). A handful of big-name Italian resorts are expected to open Nov. 29, including Cortina d’Ampezzo, Courmayeur, Madonna di Campiglio, Kronplatz and La Thuile. See all projected openings in Italy.


3-day snow forecast for Austria (Nov. 15-17): 68cm in Nassfeld Hermagor, 42cm in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, 40cm in Solden, 38cm in Bad Gastein, 33cm in Ischgl, 30cm in St. Anton am Arlberg, 27cm in Galtur, 26cm in Serfaus Fiss Ladis, 24cm in Lech-Zuers, 22cm in Innsbruck, 22cm in Axamer Lizum, 21cm in Mayrhofen, 20cm in Kuhtai, and 12cm in Kitzbuehel. See full Austria snow forecast.

Ski openings: Austria currently has 10 ski resorts open – the highest number in the world. The largest open ski areas include the Stubai glacier (17 lifts open/105cm snow); Solden (14 lifts open/142cm snow); Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (13 lifts open/60cm snow); Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun (12 lifts open/150cm snow); and Hintertux glacier (11 lifts open/185cm snow). The popular ski resort of Ischgl is set to open Nov. 27 with James Blunt headlining the Top of the Mountain Concert. See all open resorts in Austria.


3-day snow forecast for Switzerland (Nov. 15-17): 103cm in Saas-Fee, 92cm in Brig, 87cm in Bellwand and Belalp, 85cm in Aletsch Arena, 80cm in Bettmeralp, 67cm in Engadin St. Moritz, 53cm in Zermatt, Murren and Grindelwald, 44cm in Siarena Andermatt-Sedrun, 42cm in Wengen, 37cm in Engelberg, 34cm in Samnaun and Melchsee-Frutt, 33cm in Davos Klosters, 28cm in Leukerbad, Verbier and Villars-Gryon. See full Switzerland snow forecast.

Ski openings: Switzerland currently has nine ski resorts open. Davos Klosters opened yesterday (5 lifts open/50cm snow). The biggest Swiss ski area running is Zermatt (17 lifts open/130cm snow). Other open resorts include Saas Fee (5 lifts open/270cm snow), Laax (6 lifts open/120cm snow), Gstaad Mountain Rides (5 lifts open/50cm snow) and Engadin St. Moritz (2 lifts open/75cm snow). Crans Montana is expected to open next weekend (Nov. 22), followed by the week after Verbier (Nov .29). See all open resorts in Switzerland.


3-day snow forecast: Colorado resorts are still enjoying the 40cm of snow received in the last couple of days, but there’s more on the way over the next three days across the country: 27cm in Alyeska Resort, 19cm in Steamboat, 17cm in Boyne Highlands and Jiminy Peak, 16cm in Stratton Mtn, 15cm in Telluride, 11cm in Crested Butte and Monarch Mtn, and 9cm in Beaver Creek and Copper Mtn. See full USA snow forecast.

Ski openings: Eight US ski resorts are open for skiing at present and some of the best conditions can be found in Colorado – Arapahoe Basin (3 lifts open/46cm snow), Copper Mountain Resort (3 lifts open/46cm snow), Keystone (4 lifts open/23cm snow), Loveland (1 lift open/46cm snow), and Wolf Creek (3 lifts open/15cm snow).  See all open resorts in the US.

CANADA – Just a smattering of snow for Canadian resorts this weekend, with the most (8-9cm) in Quebec. Banff-Lake Louise ski resorts were scheduled to open this weekend, but there’s not enough snow yet.

BULGARIA – Expecting first snow of the season on Monday (Nov. 17) with 2cm in Bansko and Borovets. Both resorts are scheduled to open Dec. 6.

ANDORRA – The Andorran resorts of Grandvalira and Vallnord are just expecting a dusting of snow this weekend (1cm), but both are scheduled to open Nov. 29.

SPAIN – It’s snowing around 20cm in Sierra Nevada today and the webcam shows whiteout conditions. More snow is on the way over the weekend, with a 3-day snow forecast of: 35cm in Astun and Candanchu, 24cm in Formigal and Panticosa, 11cm in Manzaneda and 5cm in Cerler and Alto Campoo. The resorts of Formigal and Cerler are expected to open Nov. 28. See full Spain snow forecast.