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Snow report 15/10/19: Snow is falling in the Alps

15th October 2019 | OTS Staff

Snow report 15/10/19: Snow is falling in the Alps- ©Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Fresh snow in Alpe d'Huez 15/10/19

Copyright: Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Snow overview (15/10/19)

There's currently 11 open ski areas across Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Finland. Where is the best skiing in Europe today and over the next few days? See our list of open ski resorts and projected ski openings.

After postponing the opening of its glacier last month (due to lack of snow), Tignes has announced the partial opening of its Grand Motte Glacier this Saturday, Oct. 19. But we're trying to remain calm as the resort has added that this opening date is under close surveillance. Tignes is forecast 8cm of snow tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!#

And it is snowing today with more to come in the next few days.

Check out today's snow pics . . . 

Fresh snow in Sestriere 15/10/19

Fresh snow in Sestriere 15/10/19

A good sprinkling of snow in Tignes 15/10/19  - © Tignes webcam/OTS

A good sprinkling of snow in Tignes 15/10/19

Copyright: Tignes webcam/OTS

Fresh snow in Alpe d'Huez 15/10/19  - © Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Fresh snow in Alpe d'Huez 15/10/19

Copyright: Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Video: Snow has arrived in Serre Chevalier

Snow forecast

There's around 20cm of snow forecast for the Alps over the next three days, including 10cm+ for Tignes, Val d'Isere and Chamonix. So fingers crossed Tignes can finally open its glacier as planned on Saturday.

See our full 3-day snow forecast.

Interactive snowfall map

Find the best skiing in Europe right now and see the snow forecast for the next 9 days . . . 

1. Zoom in on the Windy.com map to find an exact ski location and click on it

2. For a 9-day snow forecast for your chosen location, use the slider at the bottom to change days and watch the snow density increase!

Snow-sure ski resorts

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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