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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 05 May 2016

Summary

It was a snowy weekend across the European summer skiing locations, and many of these resorts have received further fresh snowfall since then.

All of our featured Austrian resorts are currently open for skiing and boarding and the riding conditions on Thursday 5th May were excellent.

In France this is the last week of winter skiing at Tignes before the resort closes down in preparation for their summer season. Zermatt in Switzerland is also open although the linked resort of Cervinia, Italy is closed during the week. Cervinia will open again for snowsports on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May. The Italian resort of Val Senales is open daily for snowsports and seven lifts were operating on Thursday.

Spring riding conditions dominated at Whistler in Canada. At Timberline there is still an impressive snow depth, but uplift has been affected by rain and lightning.

Our featured southern hemisphere resorts are yet to open for the 2016 skiing season.

Austria

The excellent riding conditions at our featured Austrian summer skiing locations has been enhanced by further snowfall at many of the resorts since Tuesday 3rd May.

Molltal (340cm) currently reports the deepest base depth of the Austrian resorts we report on over the summer. Here 20cm of new snow has been reported over the last week and a similar amount is forecast by the end of next week.

Kaprun (300cm) has reported the greatest amount of fresh snowfall over the last seven days of all of our featured summer skiing locations. Half a metre of new snow’s fallen this week and the skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier was superb on Thursday 6th May. There were some clouds overhead but the visibility was excellent.

The weather is forecast to be predominantly cloudy across the Austrian resorts as move into next week. The freezing level is predicted to range from 2,700m to over 3,300m and rain could hit many areas as a result. The good news is that fresh snow should land on the glacier slopes on some days.

France

This is the last week of Tignes’ winter season and with base depths of 50-150cm there is still great skiing to enjoy, enhanced by the snow that has fallen over the last week. 45cm of fresh snow has been reported this week at Tignes on the Grande Motte glacier and the skiing up there on Thursday 5th May was excellent. You could still ski back down to resort level too.

Val d’Isere and Les Deux Alpes are currently closed for snowsports.

Switzerland

Zermatt (250cm) was open for snowsports on Thursday 5th May, offering some great skiing under sunny skies served by five lifts. Following the snow that fell earlier this week, there were still some pockets of fresh powder to be found up high, which is being preserved nicely with temperatures under freezing towards summit levels.

Italy

Val Senales (10/175cm) is open daily for skiing and conditions on Thursday 5th were excellent up high, with seven lifts spinning and sunny skies overhead.

Cervinia (40/235cm) is currently closed for snowsports during the week but will open for visitors over the weekend of 7th and 8th May.

North America

Warm weather and blue skies in British Columbia continued to provide spring skiing conditions at Whistler (176cm) where there’s still a good base depth.

In the USA, Timberline (276cm) was disrupted by rain and lightning on Thursday 5th May, meaning that lifts closed earlier than expected for the day.

Australia

Our featured Australian resorts are yet to open for the 2016 ski season.

New Zealand

Our featured New Zealand resorts are yet to open for the 2016 ski season.

South America

Our featured South American resorts are yet to open for the 2016 ski season.
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