Snow report 10/3/20: Calm returns after heavy, widespread snowfall in the Alps

10th March 2020 | OTS Staff

Powder on the rooftops of Val Thorens 9/3/20

Powder on the rooftops of Val Thorens 9/3/20

Copyright: Val Thorens/Facebook

It's been another week of big powder dumps in the Alps: 85cm in Elm, 80cm in Nendaz, 75cm in Chamonix, 63cm in Val Thorens; 55cm in Galtur, Champery, Morgins, Laax, Verbier, La Plagne, Megeve and Saas-Fee; 40cm in Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, Courchevel, Alpe d'Huez, Warth, Davos-Klosters, Morzine and Flaine. See our 7-day snowfall totals

Calm has now returned to the Alps and we're only expecting light snow flurries this week. Most French ski resorts are in great shape after the recent widespread, heavy snowfalls. Standout ski resorts include La Plagne, Meribel, Val Thorens, Avoriaz, Morzine, Megeve, Courchevel and Chamonix.

Other great skiing conditions at the moment can be found in the Swiss resorts of Nendaz, Engelberg, Saas-Fee, Verbier and Murren; and in Austria's Tyrolean resorts like Warth and Galtur. Unfortunately many Italian ski resorts have been forced to close due to coronoavirus. For more information, keep an eye on our Open Ski Resorts page.

See our current snow base levels and our 3-day snow forecast.

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Avoriaz 10.3.20  - © Avoriaz Tourism/Facebook

Avoriaz 10.3.20

Copyright: Avoriaz Tourism/Facebook

Powder on the rooftops of Val Thorens 9/3/20  - © Val Thorens/Facebook

Powder on the rooftops of Val Thorens 9/3/20

Copyright: Val Thorens/Facebook

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Find the best snow conditions at our top 40 most popular ski resorts table below. Compare current snow conditions and short and long-term snow forecasts for your favourite resorts before booking a last-minute ski trip.

Top 40 ski resorts (A-Z)

Snow base (lower/upper)

3-day snow forecast

Long-range snow forecast

Alpe d’Huez, FR


Alpe d’Huez 3-day snow forecast

Alpe d’Huez 8-day snow forecast

Avoriaz, FR


Avoriaz 3-day snow forecast

Avoriaz 8-day snow forecast

Bansko, BUL


Bansko 3-day snow forecast

Bansko 8-day snow forecast

Borovets, BUL


Borovets 3-day snow forecast

Borovets 8-day snow forecast

Cairngorm, SCO


Cairngorm 3-day snow forecast

Cairngorm 8-day snow forecast

Cervinia-Breuil, IT


Cervinia-Breuil 3-day snow forecast

Cervinia-Breuil 8-day snow forecast

Chamonix, FR


Chamonix 3-day snow forecast

Chamonix 8-day snow forecast

Courchevel, IT


Courchevel 3-day snow forecast

Courchevel 8-day snow forecast

Courmayeur, IT


Courmayeur 3-day snow forecast

Courmayeur 8-day snow forecast

Flaine, FR


Flaine 3-day snow forecast

Flaine 8-day snow forecast

Grandvalira, AND


Grandvalira 3-day snow forecast

Grandvalira 8-day snow forecast

Ischgl, AU


Ischgl 3-day snow forecast

Ischgl 8-day snow forecast

Kitzbuehel, AU


Kitzbuehel 3-day snow forecast

Kitzbuehel 8-day snow forecast

La Clusaz, FR


La Clusaz 3-day snow forecast

La Clusaz 8-day snow forecast

La Plagne, FR


La Plagne 3-day snow forecast

La Plagne 8-day snow forecast

La Rosiere, FR


La Rosiere 3-day snow forecast

La Rosiere 8-day snow forecast

La Tania, FR


La Tania 3-day snow forecast

La Tania 8-day snow forecast

Les 2 Alpes, FR


Les 2 Alpes 3-day snow forecast

Les 2 Alpes 8-day snow forecast

Les Arcs, FR


Les Arcs 3-day snow forecast

Les Arcs 8-day snow forecast

Les Gets, FR


Les Gets 3-day snow forecast

Les Gets 8-day snow forecast

Les Menuires, FR


Les Menures 3-day snow forecast

Les Menuires 8-day snow forecast

Levi, FIN


Levi 3-day snow forecast

Levi 8-day snow forecast

Mayrhofen, AU


Mayrhofen 3-day snow forecast

Mayrhofen 8-day snow forecast

Megeve, FR


Megeve 3-day snow forecast

Megeve 8-day snow forecast

Meribel, FR


Meribel 3-day snow forecast

Meribel 8-day snow forecast

Montgenevre, FR


Montgenevre 3-day snow forecast

Montgenevre 8-day snow forecast

Morzine, FR


Morzine 3-day snow forecast

Morzine 8-day snow forecast

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, AU


Obergurgl 3-day snow forecast

Obergurgl 8-day snow forecast

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, AU


Saalbach 3-day snow forecast

Saalbach 8-day snow forecast

Sauze d’Oulx, IT


Sauze d’Oulx 3-day snow forecast

Sauze d’Oulx 8-day snow forecast

Serre Chevalier, FR


Serre Chevalier 3-day snow forecast

Serre Chevalier 8-day snow forecast

Sestriere, IT


Sestriere 3-day snow forecast

Sestriere 8-day snow forecast

St. Anton am Arlberg, AU


St. Anton 3-day snow forecast

St. Anton 8-day snow forecast

Sierra Nevada, SPA


Sierre Nevada 3-day snow forecast

Sierre Nevada 8-day snow forecast

Tignes, FR


Tignes 3-day snow forecast

Tignes 8-day snow forecast

Val d’Isere, FR


Val d’Isere 3-day snow forecast

Val d’Isere 8-day snow forecast

Val Thorens, FR


Val Thorens 3-day snow forecast

Val Thorens 8-day snow forecast

Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, AND


Pal-Arinsal 3-day snow forecast

Pal-Arinsal 8-day snow forecast

Verbier, FR


Verbier 3-day snow forecast

Verbier 8-day snow forecast

Zermatt, SW


Zermatt 3-day snow forecast

Zermatt 8-day snow forecast


When the forecast is full of powder, we all wish we could just down tools and jump on the next plane to the Alps, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Many of us have to book our ski holidays much further in advance and just hope we're lucky enough to be met with plenty of fresh powder when we get there.

Resorts with the most reliable snowfall year after year make for some of the best skiing in Europe. Here's our pick of the snowiest ski resorts in the Alps . . . 

Obergurgl, AT (1630-2315m)

Obergurgl is one of the most snowsure non-glacier resorts in the Alps. Its 100km of high-altitude slopes received just under 800 metres of snow last ski season. Neighbouring Hochgurgl is even higher still at 2150m. The resort is smaller than most but does have a handful of ski-in/ski-out hotels.

High-altitude skiing in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl  - © Alexander Lohmann / Ötztal Tourismus

High-altitude skiing in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Copyright: Alexander Lohmann / Ötztal Tourismus

Lech-Zuers, AT (1450-2450m)

The exclusive ski resorts of Lech (1,450m), Zuers (1,716m) and Oberlech (1,660m) are some of the highest ski resorts in Austria and have plenty of powder, in fact some of the best in Europe, with around six metres each season. Lech-Zuers makes up part of the Arlberg ski area which has a total of 340km of slopes. The majority of ski-in/ski-out hotels are situated in Oberlech. 

Picturesque Lech-Zuers in the Arlberg  - © Lech Zürs Tourismus by Markus Hahn

Picturesque Lech-Zuers in the Arlberg

Copyright: Lech Zürs Tourismus by Markus Hahn

Avoriaz, FR (1800m)

Avoriaz enjoys an excellent position in the Portes du Soleil. Its 70km of varied slopes are among the best and most snowsure in the whole ski area (650km). Skiers can reach a height of 2466m. Situated above Morzine, this car-free resort has lots of ski-in/ski-out hotels and an average snowfall of nearly eight metres per season.

Avoriaz has an excellent powder record

Avoriaz has an excellent powder record

Warth-Schröcken, AT (1270-2050m)

Warth is a tiny village with a huge reputation. With a 11 metres of average annual snowfall, Warth is well-deserving of its title as the snowiest ski resort in the Alps. Its 68km of local slopes are set between 1500 and 2050 metres and are largely north-facing. In 2013 a cable car linked it with nearby Lech, joining its slopes with the popular Arlberg ski area.

Making fresh tracks in Warth-Schröcken  - © Skigebiet Warth-Schröcken

Making fresh tracks in Warth-Schröcken

Copyright: Skigebiet Warth-Schröcken

Tignes, FR (2100m)

As one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, Tignes is always the first French resort to open each winter. Its Grand Motte Glacier guarentees a long season, opening at the end of September each year and not closing until May. The resort's 150km of pistes are shared with Val d'Isere which make up the 300km Espace Killy ski area.


Tignes has the longest ski season in France  - © Tignes/Facebook

Tignes has the longest ski season in France

Copyright: Tignes/Facebook

Val d'Isere, FR (1850m)

Val d'Isere obviously has easy access to Tignes' glacier, but it deserves a place on our most snowsure ski resorts' list all on its own. The resort has numerous north-facing local slopes which hold the snow well and many of which are set between 2300-2900m. Val d'Isere is known for its ski-in/ski-out accommodation and its excellent lift-served off-piste.

Pretty snow-covered Savoyard houses in Val d'Isere  - © Val d'Isere/Facebook

Pretty snow-covered Savoyard houses in Val d'Isere

Copyright: Val d'Isere/Facebook

Val Thorens, FR (2300m)

As the highest ski resort in Europe it is also one of the most snowsure with around six metres of snow each season. Its 150km of local slopes make up part of the huge 600km ski area and reach up to 3200m. Its extensive slopes are also largely northfacing so hold the snowcover well.

Val Thorens is the highest resort in France  - © Val Thorens/Facebook

Val Thorens is the highest resort in France

Copyright: Val Thorens/Facebook

La Rosiere, FR (1175-2610m)

La Rosiere has good snow reliability as storms tend to roll in up the valley. The local slopes are largely south-facing, which can be a bonus for beginners, while the Italian side of the mountain is north-facing so holds the snow better. Most slopes are high-altitude and above the treeline with good views but there are a few wooded runs too.

Snowy rooftops in La Rosière 1850  - © La Rosière Tourisme

Snowy rooftops in La Rosière 1850

Copyright: La Rosière Tourisme

Arosa Lenzerheide, SW (1800-2655m)

The traditional Swiss ski resort of Arosa enjoys a vast linked ski area with neighbouring Lenzerheide. The ski area reaches heights of 2865 metres and are largely east-facing slopes make it ideal for morning skiing. Freeriders can expect to find deep snow areas around the Weißhorn.

Arosa Lenzerheide  - © Arosa Lenzerheide

Arosa Lenzerheide

Copyright: Arosa Lenzerheide

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