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Snow report 19/1/20: Blue skies break over 40cm of snowfall

19th January 2020 | OTS Staff

Powder and sunshine in Meribel today (19.1.20)

Powder and sunshine in Meribel today (19.1.20)

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Skiers in the Alps and Pyrenees welcomed 40cm of powder on Friday after what had been a very dry start to 2020. Skiing conditions across France, Austria, Switzerland and Spain are vastly improved. The sunshine has returned today and we're seeing beautiful bluebird conditions across much of the region.

See our 7-day snowfall totals, our current snow base levels in Europe and our 3-day snow forecast

Sunshine after the snow storm in Alpe d'Huez 18/1/20  - © Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Sunshine after the snow storm in Alpe d'Huez 18/1/20

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Bluebird conditions in La Clusaz (18/1/20)  - © La Clusaz/Facebook

Bluebird conditions in La Clusaz (18/1/20)

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After the storm in Val Thorens 18/1/20  - © Val Thorens/Facebook

After the storm in Val Thorens 18/1/20

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Sunny skies return to Les Arcs 18/1/20  - © Les Arcs/Facebook

Sunny skies return to Les Arcs 18/1/20

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Sunny skies return to Les Arcs 18/1/20  - © Les Arcs/Facebook

Sunny skies return to Les Arcs 18/1/20

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Sunshine after the snow storm in Alpe d'Huez 18/1/20  - © Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Sunshine after the snow storm in Alpe d'Huez 18/1/20

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Sunshine after the snow storm in Alpe d'Huez 18/1/20  - © Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Sunshine after the snow storm in Alpe d'Huez 18/1/20

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Video: Snow day in Sierra Nevada, Spain 18/1/20 (Credit Sierra Nevada/Facebook)

Read on to get the latest pics/videos, interactive snow forecast and compare snow conditions at our top 40 ski resorts.

Snow forecast (17/1/20) by SkiBro/OnTheSnow:

COMPARE SNOW AT OUR TOP 40 RESORTS

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

118-245cm

Alpe d’Huez 3-day snow forecast

Alpe d’Huez 8-day snow forecast

Avoriaz, FR

125-205cm

Avoriaz 3-day snow forecast

Avoriaz 8-day snow forecast

Bansko, BUL

5-75cm

Bansko 3-day snow forecast

Bansko 8-day snow forecast

Borovets, BUL

0-30cm

Borovets 3-day snow forecast

Borovets 8-day snow forecast

Cairngorm, SCO

0-20cm

Cairngorm 3-day snow forecast

Cairngorm 8-day snow forecast

Cervinia-Breuil, IT

90-220cm

Cervinia-Breuil 3-day snow forecast

Cervinia-Breuil 8-day snow forecast

Chamonix, FR

5-180cm

Chamonix 3-day snow forecast

Chamonix 8-day snow forecast

Courchevel, IT

101-135cm

Courchevel 3-day snow forecast

Courchevel 8-day snow forecast

Courmayeur, IT

65-200cm

Courmayeur 3-day snow forecast

Courmayeur 8-day snow forecast

Flaine, FR

76-230cm

Flaine 3-day snow forecast

Flaine 8-day snow forecast

Grandvalira, AND

30-70cm

Grandvalira 3-day snow forecast

Grandvalira 8-day snow forecast

Ischgl, AU

30-110cm

Ischgl 3-day snow forecast

Ischgl 8-day snow forecast

Kitzbuehel, AU

48-103cm

Kitzbuehel 3-day snow forecast

Kitzbuehel 8-day snow forecast

La Clusaz, FR

10-125cm

La Clusaz 3-day snow forecast

La Clusaz 8-day snow forecast

La Plagne, FR

120-225cm

La Plagne 3-day snow forecast

La Plagne 8-day snow forecast

La Rosiere, FR

140-185cm

La Rosiere 3-day snow forecast

La Rosiere 8-day snow forecast

La Tania, FR

77-135cm

La Tania 3-day snow forecast

La Tania 8-day snow forecast

Les 2 Alpes, FR

40-200cm

Les 2 Alpes 3-day snow forecast

Les 2 Alpes 8-day snow forecast

Les Arcs, FR

150-215cm

Les Arcs 3-day snow forecast

Les Arcs 8-day snow forecast

Les Gets, FR

30-130cm

Les Gets 3-day snow forecast

Les Gets 8-day snow forecast

Les Menuires, FR

87-166cm

Les Menures 3-day snow forecast

Les Menuires 8-day snow forecast

Levi, FIN

45-45cm

Levi 3-day snow forecast

Levi 8-day snow forecast

Mayrhofen, AU

0-145cm

Mayrhofen 3-day snow forecast

Mayrhofen 8-day snow forecast

Megeve, FR

30-180cm

Megeve 3-day snow forecast

Megeve 8-day snow forecast

Meribel, FR

65-145cm

Meribel 3-day snow forecast

Meribel 8-day snow forecast

Montgenevre, FR

230-280cm

Montgenevre 3-day snow forecast

Montgenevre 8-day snow forecast

Morzine, FR

70-120cm

Morzine 3-day snow forecast

Morzine 8-day snow forecast

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, AU

103-200cm

Obergurgl 3-day snow forecast

Obergurgl 8-day snow forecast

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, AU

40-120cm

Saalbach 3-day snow forecast

Saalbach 8-day snow forecast

Sauze d’Oulx, IT

35-140cm

Sauze d’Oulx 3-day snow forecast

Sauze d’Oulx 8-day snow forecast

Serre Chevalier, FR

54-175cm

Serre Chevalier 3-day snow forecast

Serre Chevalier 8-day snow forecast

Sestriere, IT

35-150cm

Sestriere 3-day snow forecast

Sestriere 8-day snow forecast

St. Anton am Arlberg, AU

60-170cm

St. Anton 3-day snow forecast

St. Anton 8-day snow forecast

Sierra Nevada, SPA

20-80cm

Sierre Nevada 3-day snow forecast

Sierre Nevada 8-day snow forecast

Tignes, FR

140-230cm

Tignes 3-day snow forecast

Tignes 8-day snow forecast

Val d’Isere, FR

105-230cm

Val d’Isere 3-day snow forecast

Val d’Isere 8-day snow forecast

Val Thorens, FR

176-226cm

Val Thorens 3-day snow forecast

Val Thorens 8-day snow forecast

Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, AND

70-100cm

Pal-Arinsal 3-day snow forecast

Pal-Arinsal 8-day snow forecast

Verbier, FR

50-210cm

Verbier 3-day snow forecast

Verbier 8-day snow forecast

Zermatt, SW

48-124cm

Zermatt 3-day snow forecast

Zermatt 8-day snow forecast


SNOW FORECAST

Interactive snowfall map

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

> Move the map to find your chosen ski area then click on it

> 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Our snow report article is updated three times a week.

 

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