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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.
Warm weather continued in Austria this week as St Anton and the Arlberg ski area gets ready for opening day on Friday 6th December. Although there has been little new snow recently our featured Austrian resorts are still providing excellent on-piste conditions.
There are a host of resorts opening in Switzerland this weekend and the first turns of the season will be made in the Jungfrau ski area on Saturday 7th December. More resorts are also starting their season early in France as well, including Avoriaz and Flaine which will hold bonus weekends.
Bardonecchia and Sauze d’Oulx will be opening up more terrain in Italy this weekend while Norway received some much needed snowfall this week – Geilo benefitting from a 12cm dump on Thursday.
Skiers and snowboarders across the west coast of America enjoyed powder days this week after heavy snowfall at many of our featured resorts. Aspen and Durango, which opens this weekend, both received over 30cm on Thursday.
Jackson Hole enjoyed nearly half a metre this week and has fantastic skiing on offer while there was also good snowfall in Canada. Kimberley is preparing to start the season this weekend and had over 50cm this week.
St. Anton (10cm/50cm) will kick off the new season on Friday 6th December along with nearby Lech (30cm/40cm) and Zurs (30cm/40cm). There has been no new snow in the Arlberg ski area but each resorts should offer good on-piste conditions.
Serfaus (10cm/55cm) and Fiss (10cm/55cm) will also start operations on Friday 6th December and are expected to have 31 lifts and 85km of pistes available.
Despite a mostly sunny week there are still excellent early season conditions at our featured glacial resorts. Solden (10cm/142cm) now has top to bottom skiing on offer and there is a strong base and good on-piste conditions at Kaunertal (0cm/272cm).
The big news in France is that many resorts will open for snowsports this weekend – either for weekend skiing or for the season fully.
Alpe d’Huez (22/150cm) is scheduled to open for the season on Friday 6th December.
Isola 2000 (55cm/60cm) was open for a pre-opening ski on Sunday 1st December but will open for the season daily from 7th December.
Meribel (30/105cm), Les Menuires (43/85cm) and Courchevel (45/105cm) in the Three Valleys ski area, as well as Chamrousse (15/25cm) and Les Orres (30/50cm), will open for the winter season on Saturday 7th December.
Grands Montets, at Argentiere (20/150cm) in the Chamonix valley (10/150cm) will open this Saturday 7th December. Les Houches, also in the Chamonix area will open for weekend skiing on 7th and 8th December.
Chatel (30/65cm) and Avoriaz (30/60cm) in the Portes du Soleil and Flaine (18/80cm) in the Grande Massif ski area, along with Foux d’Allos (32/45cm) and Villard de Lans (50/70cm), will open for weekend skiing on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December, before opening for the season fully on Saturday 14th December.
Les Saisies (25/45cm) will open for weekend skiing in 7/8th December and 14/15th December before opening for the season fully on 19th December.
There is further good news for fans of skiing in Switzerland as more resorts will open this weekend.
Crans Montana (10/50cm) will open for snowsports on Friday 6th December.
Champery (10/50CM), on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Nendaz (10/90cm) and Lenk (15/50cm) will open for the season this Saturday 7th December.
The Jungfrau area, including Grindelwald (25/71cm), Murren (25/65cm) and Wengen (20/60cm), will be open for weekend skiing 7/8th December.
Les Mosses (10/20cm) is already open for snowsports although with only one piste available. Leysin (10/20cm) will open for snowsports this weekend, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December.
Bardonecchia (40cm/60cm) began the new season on Thursday 5th December with four lifts in operation. There was good skiing on-piste on offer under clear skies and more terrain is set to open throughout the weekend.
After a successful bonus weekend last week Sauze d’Oulx (60cm/100cm) will re-open this weekend for the start of the season proper.
Elsewhere there are still excellent snow bases at both Val Senales (20cm/280cm) and Passo Tonale (50cm/200cm) despite strong sun throughout the week. The best riding at both resorts can be found on-piste with sun-baked snow off piste.
Following heavy snowfall over the weekend there is fantastic on-piste skiing on offer in Grandvalira. Pas de la Casa (70cm/180cm) and Soldeu (70cm/140cm) have most of their lifts open and impressive snow bases for this time of the year. The resorts both enjoyed a week of warmer, sunny weather.
Pal/Arinsal (50cm/100cm) and Arcalis (90cm/180cm) also both have strong snow cover and, although the off-piste has become variable after a week of strong sun, skiers and boarders enjoyed perfect conditions on groomed runs on Thursday 5th December.
In Norway, Geilo (31/41cm), Hemsedal (5/50cm), Lillehammer (5/50cm) and Trysil (17cm) are all open for snowsports during the week, while Oppdal (46/71cm) is open for weekend skiing.
Both of our reported Swedish resorts, Are (28/35cm) and Salen (5/40cm) have also benefitted from fresh snow although this was only a very light dusting at Are. Both resorts are open for skiing.
It has been sunny throughout the week at our featured German resorts and the warmer weather continued at Garmisch (0cm/135cm) on Thursday as well. Although there has been no new snow on the Zugspitze glacier there are seven lifts now open and good skiing on groomed runs.
There were similar conditions at Feldberg (40cm/50cm) which was able to make new terrain available after 10cm of fresh snow late last week.
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With temperatures as low as -18C on Thursday 5th December, and more forecast, conditions in Colorado are particularly impressive. Aspen (48cm/100cm) provided the best conditions on Thursday 5th December after 35cm of fresh powder fell overnight. Durango (83cm/83cm) is due to open early this weekend and also received 30cm on Wednesday 4th November in preparation.
Jackson Hole (94cm/116cm) has some of the best conditions in North America at the moment with over 280cm cumulative snowfall already. The resort received 25cm of fresh powder on Wednesday and a top up of 3cm the following day.
Temperatures are much warmer on the east coast with snow-making forced to halt in Killington (25cm/61cm) on Thursday with spring conditions across the resort.
Kimberly (104cm/104cm) is set to open for a bonus weekend on Saturday 7th December and prepared with a dump of 55cm on Monday 2nd December. There was a further dusting of 3cm on Wednesday and the cold snap should keep the snow in prime condition for the first turns of the season.
There are also excellent conditions in Banff (58cm/77cm) which has received light top-ups all week. A light dusting improved the pistes on Wednesday 4th December but temperatures dropped as low as -30C.
On the east coast Tremblant (60cm/60cm) is providing fantastic early-season conditions thanks to 10cm of fresh snow on Tuesday 3rd December. The best skiing can be found on the upper slopes however due to much milder temperatures around 5C.
European Weather Outlook
Strong winds have affected the Scottish resorts this week, with some damage reported at Nevis Range. Some fresh snow could land over the weekend.
Fresh snow has already been reported in Norway and Sweden too, and more snow could land over the weekend.
North American Weather Outlook
In the USA most resorts will continue to receive consistent snowfall, although in smaller amounts than their northern neighbours. Temperatures are also expected to increase slightly and most resorts will enjoy their fresh snow in sunny weather towards the end of next week.