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Snow report 20/11/19: Val Thorens & Chamonix open Saturday!

20th November 2019 | OTS Staff

Hintertux Glacier (20/11/19) has seen 80cm of snow in the last 7 days

Hintertux Glacier (20/11/19) has seen 80cm of snow in the last 7 days

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Snow overview (20/11/19)

Snow conditions in the Alps are looking fantastic as big-name ski resorts prepare to open this weekend!

The huge, widespread powder that's blanketed the region over the last two weeks has built substantial snow bases for numerous resorts. More than two metres has fallen in the last week!

See our 7-day snowfall totals.

Cervinia is open after 2m+ snow in the last 7 days; its Valtournenche lifts also open this weekend!  - © Cervinia/Facebook

Cervinia is open after 2m+ snow in the last 7 days; its Valtournenche lifts also open this weekend!

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Open ski resorts.

The number of open ski resorts has doubled in the last week, with skiers now flocking to 40 resorts across Europe. Some of the best skiing right now can currently be found in Cervinia (70-250cm) with 12/13 open lifts and the Stubai Glacier (70-280cm) with 11/12 open lifts. See our list of Open ski resorts

Projected ski openings   

Ski resort openings this week include: Obertauern (21/11), Zell am See (22/11), Laax (23/11), Grindelwald-Wengen (23/11), Val Thorens (23/11) and Chamonix (23/11)

Ski resort opening next week include: Ischgl (28/11), Samnuan (28/11), St. Anton am Arlberg (29/11), Lech-Zuers (29/11), Sestriere (30/11), Bardonecchia (30/11), Courmayeur (30/11), Les 2 Alpes (30/11), Alpe d'Huez (30/11), Val d'Isere (30/11), Sierra Nevada (1/12), Pal Arinsal (1/12), Arcalis (1/12) and Grandvalira (1/12). See all Projected ski openings

RECENT SNOW VIDEOS . . . 

Video: 30cm of snow in Val d'Isere (15/11/19)

Video: Bardonecchia blanketed in snow (15/11/19)

Video: Taking a walk in the powder of Val Thorens (15/11/19)

Video: Looking good St. Anton! (17/11/19)

RECENT SNOW PICS . . . 

Stubai Glacier 20/11/19  - © Facebook Stubaier Gletscher

Stubai Glacier 20/11/19

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Fresh snow in Zell am See (20/11); opens this weekend!  - © Zell am See/Facebook

Fresh snow in Zell am See (20/11); opens this weekend!

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Fresh snow in Chamonix (19/11); opens this weekend!   - © Chamonix/Facebook

Fresh snow in Chamonix (19/11); opens this weekend!

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Snow piling up in Les 2 Alpes 15/11/19  - © Les 2 Alpes/Facebook

Snow piling up in Les 2 Alpes 15/11/19

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Prato Nevoso 18.11.19  - © Prato Nevoso Ski Facebook

Prato Nevoso 18.11.19

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Limonte Piemonte 18.11.19  - © Riserva Bianca Limonte Piemonte Facebook

Limonte Piemonte 18.11.19

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Madonna di Campiglio 19.11.19  - © Madonna di Campiglio Facebook

Madonna di Campiglio 19.11.19

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Cervinia 17/11/19  - © Cervinia/Facebook

Cervinia 17/11/19

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Alpe d'Huez 16/11/19  - © Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Alpe d'Huez 16/11/19

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Alpe d'Huez 16/11/19  - © Alpe d'Huez/Facebook

Alpe d'Huez 16/11/19

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Powder in Livigno 15/11/19  - © facebook | Livigno

Powder in Livigno 15/11/19

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Les 2 Alpes 15/11/19  - © Les 2 Alpes/Facebook

Les 2 Alpes 15/11/19

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Bardonecchia 15/11/19  - © Bardonecchia/Facebook

Bardonecchia 15/11/19

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Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 14/11/19  - © Obergurgl-Hochgurgl/Facebook

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 14/11/19

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Snow forecast

The 3-day snow forecast is looking fantastic too! With another metre on the way for Italian ski resorts. See our 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.

Move the map to find your chosen ski area then 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

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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

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