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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.

Monday 12 October 2015


Sunshine was the order of the day across the Alps, leading to some great skiing conditions at our featured glacier resorts. Perhaps the best conditions were in Switzerland at Saas Fee and Zermatt, but the best variety is in Austria – where six resorts were open. A real wintry blast is forecast this week, with snowfall down to low levels expected, particularly on Thursday. Expect more slopes to open up by the weekend as the forecasts are calling for 50cm+ in some places by Friday.

Meanwhile down in the Southern Hemisphere, skiing is only available at two resorts – both of which are in New Zealand. Turoa and Whakapapa are set to remain open until October 26th, but with base depths well above 2.5m expect some great spring skiing over the course of the next two weeks.


Some fantastic skiing conditions were reported on Monday across the Austrian Alps. The sun was shining, temperatures were hovering just below freezing and conditions on piste were fantastic thanks to a light top up of fresh snow on Sunday 11th October.

More lifts and pistes have opened up in recent days at all three of our featured resorts. The Molltal Glacier (60cm) was running both chairlifts on the glacier due to the volume of skiers using the pistes for race training. Meanwhile at the Hintertux Glacier (90cm) the Kaserer 2 T-bar opened up for the winter, adding a further 2km of groomed pistes – taking the total to 26km. The Stubai Glacier (40cm) also added further lifts, with 12 now running across the resort. Nine pistes were open and snowmaking has commenced on the lower runs, hopefully raising the possibility of skiing down to Gamsgarten in the coming days.

The possibility of this occurring is likely to be bolstered by the very snowy forecast for the week ahead. Clouds are set to move in on Tuesday accompanied by a drop in the freezing level to around 2,000m – and by Friday we could be looking at upwards of 50cm of new snow, with more possible in some favoured spots.

Away from our featured resorts and there is great skiing on offer at Solden, Kaunertal and Pitztal – with the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun due to open on Thursday 15th October.


Tignes (50cm) remains the only resort offering skiing in France at present, with five lifts running on the Grande Motte glacier. Conditions were good on Monday 12th October, although a few clouds had moved in to block out the sun. It looks like more lifts should open up shortly, with chairs fixed on to both the Vanoise and Lanches chairlifts out of Val Claret. If all of the forecast snow falls and the snowmaking systems can fire this week then perhaps the Double M piste back into town can open up.

A snowy week is forecast, with around 50cm expected by Friday. Thursday should bring the heaviest falls which is great news as the temperatures then are likely to be lowest – with a freezing level sitting at around 2,000m (below the village level of Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret). 


Great skiing remains on offer at our two featured Swiss resorts – Saas Fee (99cm) and Zermatt (149cm). Thanks to temperatures remaining below freezing and sunny skies, it was a great day to be out in the mountains.

At Zermatt, the Furgsattel 6-man high-speed chair has reopened, adding two excellent groomed reds to the open ski terrain. This means that almost 1,000m of ski vertical is now on offer, with runs right down to Trockener Steg at 2,939m.

A snowy week is forecast for both resorts, with the potential for some heavy falls on Thursday/Friday. If sunshine is more your thing then Wednesday is likely to be your best bet, although be sure to take lots of layers as the freezing level is forecast to lie well below the glacier slopes.

If you’re looking to ski elsewhere, then both Engelberg and Diavolezza (above St Moritz) are set to open up for business on Saturday 17th October.


Summer skiing in Cervinia has now ended, with the lifts set to reopen once again on October 18th to access the Plateau Rosa Glacier for weekend sliding. Some great skiing is however possible at the small Passo Stelvio ski area and also on the glacier at Val Senales. 

North America

The summer ski season has ended at both Timberline in the USA and at Whistler in Canada. The first snow of the winter has fallen however, ramping up the excitement for the approaching ski season.


Skiing has now ended across Australia and all of our featured resorts are now closed.

New Zealand

The end of the Kiwi season is fast approaching, with most resorts now closed. Mt Hutt and Cardrona closed on Sunday after one last day of spring riding following what has been a fantastic winter.

Skiing remains possible on Mt Ruapehu on the North Island, with both Turoa (276cm) and Whakapapa (289cm) due to remain open right through to 26th October. Poor visibility limited the ski operations on Monday 12th October, but with such a deep base in place expect the great conditions to last right up until closing day.

Tuesday looks like being a washout, with high winds and heavy rain expected. After this blip however spring is set to return for the second half of the week, so expect warm sunshine and spring snow conditions on and off piste.

South America

Skiing has now ended for the season in South America, following the closure of Chapelco, Cerro Catedral, Las Lenas and Valle Nevado. This brings to an end a great winter – despite the very slow start!
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