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Get the latest snow and weather conditions in all major ski areas updated on Monday and Thursday afternoons by the Ski Club's information department.
Today saw a return to sunshine for most French resorts after a weekend of snowfalls. Lots of new snow has been recorded in a number of resorts, but this is set to soften up very quickly thanks to the weather. Though you could ski powder in places this morning, spring conditions remain the predominant theme.
The snowpack is thinning quickly in Germany as spring weather takes its toll on slopes. Some good skiing can still be had at the higher altitude resorts however. In Italy a snowy weekend has delivered more than half a metre of new snow to resorts around The Matterhorn and in the Monterosa Ski area.
Switzerland is currently offering some excellent spring skiing at its high altitude resorts, although the snowpack is melting quickly below 2000 metres.
Andorra was in great condition today thanks to recent snowfalls. Slopes there are fresh and enjoyable.
There isn’t much new snow report in Scandinavia, where the weather was changeable today. Conditions were also very variable, but remain generally good for this late in the year.
There was light snow today in Bulgaria, however the season is coming to a close as the snow cover becomes thinner every day.
There were plenty of good conditions in Canada today, but spring conditions were creeping in as temperatures rose. There were nonetheless a few powder days in a number of our featured resorts. Spring storms bought mixed precipitation across the USA today.
Good skiing remains up high in the Arlberg region at Lech/Zurs (65/155cm) and St Anton/St Christoph (50/280cm), but by the afternoon it was more of a t shirt and sun deck type of day.
A couple of our featured resorts are now closed for the season. Seefeld, St Wolfgang and St Johann have all stopped operating, but for the nearest skiing to the latter, look to the likes of Kitzbuhel (48/92cm) where 43/57 lifts where still spinning on Monday.
Expect the skies to remain sunny for the majority of the week, and conditions are likely to deteriorate as a result. The weekend is likely to bring a change in the weather, with a band of low pressure forecast to move over and bring some rain.
People skiing in Alpe d’Huez (100/200cm) over the weekend woke up to 20cm of new snow, and for a few hours at least, were able to put down some fresh tracks in the sunshine. It didn’t take long for the slopes to return to spring conditions, however, thanks to the warm weather. Slopes softened up fast today and resort runs were slushy early on. With these late season powder days, you need to be there when the snow is falling or you will miss the best of it.
Alpe d’Huez wasn’t the only place to get new snow towards the end of last week and over the weekend, as a number of places experienced a late season top up. Among the biggest winners were Bonneval sur Arc (90/310cm) and Val Cenis (40/235cm) – both got around 40cm of fresh snow. It’s worth bearing in mind that this is already tracked out and snow is fast returning to spring conditions. There were also some fantastic conditions in Montgenevre (140/250cm), where 30cm of new snow fell yesterday, and fresh powder can be skied for a little while longer. Finally, Val d’Isere (98/227cm) is a great option today with 60cm falling yesterday. Tignes (98/227cm) got marginally less, but still lots of new snow there.
Overall, yesterday and today were great days for many resorts in the Alps and the Pyrenees. As the sun is set to stay out this week, we can expect spring conditions to get more and more intense, with slushy slopes throughout resorts.
In the forecast, aside from a brief cloudy period tomorrow sunny and dry weather is expected this week. The weekend forecast is looking pretty interesting with heavy snowfall forecast around The Matterhorn, check back on Thursday for a more accurate look at this storm.
This week will see a broad continuation of the current weather pattern. Although long range forecasting is currently showing some snow for this weekend.
In Sweden, it was a miserable day in Are (78cm), where visibility was affected by the cloud and fog but it was a different story in Salen (88cm) where it was a predominantly sunny day. Spring conditions are creeping in in both resorts.
It was a tough year for the German ski fields, a poor dry start to the season meant that a solid base of snow was never laid down. Light rain and a few weeks of warm temperatures was all it took to wash away the thin base.
The week ahead is expected to be mostly sunny with some light rain this weekend.
Cairngorm (10/25cm) is the only other resort currently open, where 4/11 lifts where running, an providing access to good skiing on a firm base that will soften quickly as the day goes on.
Wednesday 29th March is forecast to bring a change in the current weather, with rain expected across our featured resorts.
In the forecast cloudy stormy conditions a set to remain this week, some excellent snowfalls are expected in Colorado in the next 72 hours.
There was the possibility of laying down fresh tracks in Sunshine Village (227cm) thanks to a dusting of fresh snow overnight. It’s starting to really feel like spring in Banff at the moment, but an excellent spring at that, thanks to the incredible amounts of snow that have fallen this month.
Elsewhere, spring conditions had kicked in at Fernie (299cm), Kicking Horse (243cm) and Kimberley (178cm) among other places. Expect resorts to soften up as the day goes on.
In Quebec, it was a miserable day in Mont Tremblant (88cm) where it was cloudy and sleety. Conditions were better in Mont Sainte Anne (94/144cm) as the snow was falling there.
European Weather Outlook
In the Pyrenees light snow and rain is currently falling, weather conditions will remain changeable until the weekend when moderate snow is forecast for the region. Finally in the far north Nordic area conditions will remain the normal pattern of light snow and dull weather.
North American Weather Outlook
The outlook for the next 6 days shows things starting to peter out as we get into spring. Again, the west coast of Canada will keep getting snow, but other ski regions will experience dwindling snowfalls.