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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 21 August 2014

latest Ski Club Snowcast


Since our last report on Monday, Europe has seen fresh snow fall in France and Austria. On Thursday 21st August it was mainly sunny across Europe with the odd patch of cloud cover. It the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand has seen light snow fall on Thursday whereas Australia had a foggy start with clearer skies later on. Across the globe in South America, Argentina and Chile enjoyed sunny skies with nice, cold temperatures.


Fresh snow has finally fallen in Austria with up to 10cm falling on Thursday 21st August at The Hintertux Glacier (125cm). Thanks to this recent drop the pistes have been strengthened but the off-piste is still limited. On Thursday, The Hintertux had 11 lifts running and it was quite a cold day with a temperature at mid mountain level of around 5C.

The Molltal Glacier (270cm) is also open for summer skiing. Here it was mainly overcast so visibility was quite low but good skiing can be enjoyed on well groomed pistes.

As the weekend approaches it appears it will be mainly cloudy but with bright starts. There is a chance of light snow fall if the freezing level remains low enough.


Fresh snow has fallen in Les Deux Alpes (160cm) this week with around 4cm falling mid week. This was followed by clear skies and sunshine on Thursday 21st August. The pistes are in a good state after the recent snow fall. The resort had 22 lifts running on Thursday and a nice, fresh temperature of around 7C made for a great ski day.

If you are heading out to Les Deux Alpes this weekend then don’t forget your sun screen as the forecast in indicating clear skies and lovely sunshine, so wax up your skies and enjoy.

Tignes and Val d’Isere are currently closed for snowsports.


Switzerland enjoyed sunny skies on Thursday 21st August with the odd patch of cloudy spells. Good summer skiing is always available in Zermatt (140cm) or Saas Fee (230cm). Both have plenty of well groomed pistes to glide across. The off piste is a little varied and limited in some parts but the pistes are in a great state.

For the weekend it looks like it will be sunny mornings followed by afternoon clouds which could bring light snow fall.


Cervinia (130cm) was open for snow sports at the Plateau Rosa ski area on Thursday 21st August with all four lifts in operation. It was a nice and sunny day for those out on their skies and boards, with well groomed pistes on offer.

The weekend looks like it will be sunny mornings followed by increasing clouds which could bring light snow fall.

North America

The sun was shining at Timberline Lodge, Oregon again on Thursday 21st August. Good skiing can still be enjoyed but only on the well groomed pistes. The resort is nearing its summer closure which is scheduled for 1st September, so hurry if you want to hit the slopes.

It looks like its going to be a very sunny weekend so if you are heading out don’t forget your sun screen.

Whistler, Canada is closed for the summer.


The majority of Australia had a foggy start to the day on Thursday 21st August. The fog did clear as the day wore on, which brought better visibility. Australia enjoyed lots of snow in July and early August and their resorts are in great shape.

Perisher (160cm) had the most recent snow fall with a light dusting on the 19th August. Falls Creek was not far behind with 2cm falling on the 18th August, along with 2cm falling at Mount Hotham (129cm) and another 2cm at Thredbo (158cm).

The weekend looks quite varied for weather conditions. It looks to be a mixture of sunshine across the majority of our featured resorts, with Perisher and Selwyn Snowfields having more clouds. Sunday looks much cloudier for all of Australia but fortunately there is a chance of fresh snow if the freezing level stays low enough.

New Zealand

Some of our featured resorts in New Zealand have benefited from fresh snow fall on Thursday 21st August.

Cardrona (107cm), Coronet Peak (65cm), Mount Hutt (80cm) and Porter heights (65cm) all had a light snow fall on Thursday which has been great for the pistes as it has added a fresh layer.

The rest of our resorts saw sunny skies with increasing clouds, which may bring fresh snow in the early hours of Friday morning.

All of our featured resorts in New Zealand have had fresh snow in the past fortnight and as a result their pistes are in good shape.

The forecast is showing that the current clouds will move on in time for the weekend went the sun will shine. It will be cold however so do dress accordingly and don’t forget the sun tan lotion.

South America

It was a lovely day in South America on Thursday 21st August, with sunny skies and nice cool temperatures of around 7C. Fantastic skiing continues to be available in Chile and Argentina.

Termas de Chillan (340cm), Chile has an excellent base depth after recent heavy snow fall so if you are looking for some strong pistes and pockets of fresh powder then Termas De Chillan could be an excellent choice for you.

Las Lenas (130cm), Argentina also has great piste skiing available. On Thursday there were 11 lifts running for those out on their boards and skis. The off piste is a little varied at the moment but a good snowfall should be able to add enough powder.

For Chile, the weather forecast looks like it might turn a little cloudy when the weekend arrives but this could bring fresh snow, particularly on Saturday.

Argentina looks a little sunnier but Saturday could be a very cloudy day, with a chance of fresh snow.
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