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Snow overview - our twice-weekly round up of the latest snow conditions in the mountains

Snow Overview

Our twice-weekly round up of the latest snow conditions in the mountains

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.

Thursday 24 July 2014

latest Ski Club Snowcast

Summary

It has been quite a wet and cloudy day across most of Europe today. Parts of Austria and France have seen rain showers which have seen some Austrian resort temporarily close and Switzerland has had light snow fall. The Southern Hemisphere has been a mixture of sunshine and cloud with a few scattered snow showers.

Les Deux Alpes (235cm) and Tignes (180cm), France both had rain on Thursday 24th July.

Austria has suffered a little more with rain showers, which has seen Kaprun and the Dachstein Glacier close temporarily along with The Stubai Glacier.

This is the last week of summer skiing operations at Whistler, Canada so head up onto Blackcomb and enjoy the sunny skies and snowy slopes.

The snow showers have subsided in Australia and it was mainly overcast with the odd sunny spell on Thursday.

New Zealand has benefitted from recent snow fall this week with a number of resorts receiving a fresh drop.

Chile has had fresh snow falling across all of our featured resorts this week. Argentina was mainly a mixture of sun and cloud with the potential for evening snow showers.

Austria

The weather was wet and overcast across Austria on Thursday 24th July. The rain showers have seen The Dachstein Glacier (130cm) and Kaprun (160cm) join the Stubai Glacier (120cm) in a temporarily closed state.

The Hintertux Glacier (300cm) still offers good summer time skiing on well groomed pistes. The snow park was closed and the off piste is becoming limited but there is still a good base depth of 300cm and there were 11 lifts running on Thursday.

The forecast is predicting more rain for Friday 25th July, which could continue into the weekend. There is a good chance of light snow fall though higher up on the mountains.

France

Les Deux Alpes (235cm) and Tignes (180cm) were both wet and rainy on Thursday 24th July. Good skiing can still be enjoyed though as recent snow falls have strengthened up the pistes in both resorts. The off piste is varied but the well groomed pistes are providing excellent skiing conditions.

The clouds are expected to remain over the weekend but there is a good chance of snow fall on Friday and Saturday afternoon and in each evening. The forecast then indicates sunshine for Sunday 27th July.

Val D’isere has snow closed for the summer season.

Switzerland

Zermatt (190cm) is currently a choice pick of our featured European resorts for its conditions. Yesterday on Wednesday 23rd July The Klein Matterhorn received around 10cm of fresh snow, which has firmed up the pistes and provided fresh powder off piste. It was quite cloudy on Thursday 24th July and the clouds are expected to remain throughout Friday 25th July and across the weekend, however it does bring a high chance of fresh snow.

Saas Fee (295cm) was on standby due to the conditions not being suitable enough.

Italy

Good skiing is readily available in Cervinia (130cm). A fresh drop of snow earlier in the week has strengthened up the pistes. On Thursday 24th July it was mainly cloudy with some early sunny spells. Three lifts were in operation to take you from Plan Maison up to the Plateau Rosa area. The clouds developed more into the afternoon and the forecast indicates the possibility of snow late into Thursday evening, with more snow forecast for Friday 25th July and into the weekend.

North America

Timberline, USA has now closed after rain showers and a warm climate has melted the pistes.

This is the final week of summer skiing on Blackcomb at Whistler (100cm), Canada. On Thursday 24th July it was quite a wet and cloudy day but good skiing is still available on the groomed pistes.

Australia

Overcast skies were apparent across Australia on Thursday 24th July. The skiing conditions are excellent however due to recent heavy snow fall across all of our featured resorts.

Perisher (169cm) has a great base depth along with Thredbo (169cm). Other resorts such as Mount Baw Baw are growing more, now with a base depth of 90cm. Ben Lomond (15cm) is open for snow sports but it would benefit from more snow fall.

The overcast skies looks likely to continue as the weekend approaches, there is a chance of light snowfall on the mountain tops. The temperature looks likely to average around the freezing mark so wrap up warm. The sun is expected to return on Sunday.

New Zealand

There has been more light snow fall across parts of New Zealand this week. The majority of New Zealand was sunny with scattered clouds on Thursday 24th July. Since opening Mount Lyford has had regular snow falling on the ski area. On Wednesday 23rd July around 12cm fell to add to the growing depth. Cardrona (52cm) and Coronet Peak (52cm) also had fresh snowfall on the Wednesday.

Turoa (145cm) offers great winter snow sports in New Zealand at the moment, with an increasing base depth and a recent snow fall this week, you can be assured of good piste skiing. The off piste still needs more snow but pockets of fresh powder can be found for those who are hungry for the soft stuff.

The forecast for Friday 25th July indicates scattered snow showers to parts of New Zealand with the majority of the ski regions receiving sunshine. As the weekend draws near, the clouds look set to fade and the sun will shine across all of New Zealand.

South America

It was a predominantly cold and cloudy day across Argentina on Thursday 24th July. Cerro Catedral (51cm) has the freshest pistes at the moment after recent snow fall and there were 20 lifts in operation. Good skiing is available in our other featured resorts due to the cold climate. Chapelco (46cm) had 11 lifts running on Thursday and Las Lenas (79cm) had seven. There is snow forecast for late on Thursday evening and into Friday 25th July. It looks like it will be quite a cloudy weekend ahead for Argentina but there is a good chance of fresh snow.

All of our featured resorts in Chile have been fortunate with fresh snow fall this week. In Particular Portillo (84cm) had around 13cm fall on Wednesday 23rd July. Of the 14 lifts in the resort, 13 were running which provided access to some fabulous pistes and fresh powder off piste. The overall temperature across Chile is rather cold at the moment with temperatures averaging around -3C. The sun is expected to shine throughout Chile on Friday afternoon but clouds look likely to develop as the weekend approaches, which could see more fresh snow.
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