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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 15 September 2014

latest Ski Club Snowcast

Summary

With the weekend now over, there has been fresh snow reported in Austria followed by sunny skies on Monday morning. Switzerland also had nice sunshine with some patches of cloud. New Zealand was quite fortunate over the weekend with light snow fall to certain areas. Australia remains very much in a spring time state with sunny skies gracing the country on Monday. South America had some snow over the weekend but the majority was unchanged and Monday morning brought lovely sunny weather.

Austria

Conditions are excellent in Austria right now. There has been fresh snow fall over the weekend with The Hintertux Glacier (110cm) having a light dusting and The Molltal Glacier (210cm) reporting up to 20cm falling.

In other news The Stubai Glacier (50cm) has reopened and on Monday 15th September the resort had sunny skies initially with more clouds developing in the afternoon. In total the resort team had five lifts running for those out enjoying the fresh new pistes.

If you are heading out to any of any featured resorts in Austria this week the weather forecast is indicating a bright start to the day followed by thicker clouds developing in the afternoon. This is potentially good news as there is a chance of light snow fall.

France

All our featured French resorts are now closed for the summer and will reopen when winter arrives.

Switzerland

The sun was making itself known in Switzerland on Monday 15th September with bright starts to the day with the odd patch of cloud cover at altitude.

Good riding is available at Zermatt (110cm) up on the Klein Matterhorn. With 15 lifts in operation, there was plenty on offer for those out on the pistes. They had 14 pistes open, one snow park and one half pipe if you’re keen to practice some tricks. Weather wise it was quite a nice day as the sun was shining with a few patches of cloud and the temperature averaged around 6C at mid mountain level.

The forecast for the next few days is predicting quite a lot of cloud cover, which could bring light snow fall. There should be some early morning sunshine though if you are heading out early.

Italy

Cervinia, The Presena Glacier and Val Senales are closed for the summer.

North America

Timberline, USA and Whistler, Canada are closed for the summer.

Australia

It was a pleasant morning for Australia on Monday 15th September with sunny skies being seen in the morning and early afternoon followed by clouds in the later afternoon. The pistes are softening up as the day wares on but despite the spring conditions good riding is still widely available in Australia.

Perisher (133cm) still has a good base depth with the spring conditions setting in. The piste quality is regarded as soft but the pistes are well packed and groomed.

It’s a similar story at Thredbo (133cm) with spring conditions across the resort but providing you ski on nice groomed runs you can be assured of great spring skiing.

Selwyn Snow fields has now closed for the season.

The forecast for the next few days is indicating lots of cloud cover in the afternoons and into the evenings, which could bring fresh snow to all of our featured resorts.

New Zealand

Monday 15th September was quite widespread with its weather patterns with a range of sunshine to snow showers being reported across the region. The overall temperatures are cold to begin with but it does rise enough to soften the pistes in the afternoon.

Treble Cone (142cm) has reported up to 12cm of fresh snow falling on Saturday 13th September. With spring conditions setting in across the region this is excellent news as the pistes have been strengthened considerably and there’s fresh powder to be found off the piste.

Porter Heights (50cm) had around 5cm on Sunday and on Monday all seven lifts were open for those out enjoying the fresh pistes.

The weather forecast for the week ahead looks quite promising regarding fresh snow as there’s dense cloud expected, which means there is a really good chance of fresh snow falling to all of our featured resorts so fingers crossed.

South America

Monday 15th September was a very sunny day for South America with both Argentina and Chile basking in the sunshine. There has been recent snow fall in South America so overall riding is excellent at the moment.

Portillo (84cm), Chile stands out at the moment as the resort has had lots of snow recently and more fell over the weekend with up to 13cm being recorded on Sunday 14th September. They had a total of 13 lifts running on Monday to go with the lovely sunshine. The pistes are in excellent shape at the moment and there’s plenty of fresh powder off the piste.

After recent snow fall last week in Argentina the riding conditions are excellent with well groomed pistes and pockets of fresh powder to enjoy.

Chapelco (75cm) had the most recent snow fall with up to 10cm falling last week. Monday was very sunny and was relatively hot with an average mid mountain temperature of 8C. The off piste is tracked out but if you devote some time there are still pockets of fresh powder to be found.

If you are skiing this week in South America you can expect more sunshine so do look after yourself by packing sun tan lotion into your ski packs. The clouds are expected to return around Thursday but in the mean time there’s lots of sunshine to enjoy so get out there and get your turns in.
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