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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 08 December 2016

Summary

Europe was looking stunning this morning under clear blue skies. The best skiing in France is still to be found in the Southern Alps. No snow is in the forecast for the foreseeable. The Pyrenees are also offering a fair amount of skiing with fantastic views.

In Austria, some of the slopes are becoming patchy in places, and the lower runs are largely reliant on an artificial base. Over in Italy and Switzerland, conditions remain much the same as they have been, with the best options available at higher altitude.

Norwegian and Swedish resorts didn’t have the best day today. Many resorts had to close lifts due to high winds and there is still a lack of snow in most places. It is, however, still very early days. Over in In Scotland, all resorts are currently closed whilst they await further snowfall.

Canada is looking in great shape at the moment thanks to recent snowfalls in both the east and west of the country. It is unsurprisingly very, very cold in Canada at the moment, with resorts recording temperatures below -20 – wrap up warm if you are lucky enough to be heading up the mountain. The USA shares a similar outlook to this, where plenty of snow has been falling, especially for those resorts in Colorado and Utah.

Austria

The sun just keeps in shining in Austria. Thursday 8th December saw a continuation of the conditions of late across the country. Snow on the lower slopes is now starting to suffer in places, and is becoming patchy at resorts such as Galltur (0/30cm) and Seefeldd(20/50cm).

As has been the case in recent weeks, Hintertux (25/105cm) continues to boast some of the best conditions at present. The resort was running 19/20 lifts on Thursday, and conditions on the upper slopes remain well groomed and in good nick.

No change in the forecast for the weekend. The sun in set to hover over the country for most regions, with the odd cloud predicted for resorts on Sunday 11th December.

France

Thursday the 8th of December was a good early season day in for both of France’s mountain ranges. The best conditions are undoubtedly around the Southern Alps, which benefited most from the second dump of the season that occurred towards the end of November. Resorts like Serre Chevalier (0/145cm) (opened today), Montgenevre (70/180cm), Vars (25/110cm) and Isola 2000 (30/100cm) have slope in good condition, though off-piste is variable and certainly not fresh. Great skiing also on offer in Tignes (40/140cm) and Val d’Isere (5/140cm), as well as Val Thorens (60/135cm). It’s a hot day all over France, so don’t forget your sun cream, a bottle of water and a couple of bananas to keep you going.

Switzerland

No great change in conditions in Switzerland on Thursday 8th of December. Clear sunny and dry is the standard at all of the currently open resorts. The best options still remain the high altitude resorts around The Matterhorn or resorts with north facing slopes. On piste conditions are still good but becoming a mix of hard pack and loose sugar snow. New snow is desperately needed.

Looking forward, the high pressure weather trend continues. For the first time this month, however, snow is appearing in the long range forecast. Snowfalls may start by mid-December but are far more likely to start later. 

Italy

Clear sunny and dry is still the pattern right across the Italian ski fields on Thursday 8th December. Artificial snow and expert grooming is the order for most of the open resorts currently as most of Europe awaits fresh snowfall.  Resorts in the Milky Way opened today with 31 lifts in operations, conditions were excellent. Sestriere (40/120cm) and Sauze d’Oulx (40/120cm) were both very busy with pistes packed with opening day crowds. Val Senales (10/90cm) is also continuing to offer excellent on piste skiing thanks to grooming operations dragging snow from the off-piste areas onto ski runs to keep the top layer light and fresh. To the east the Sella Ronda area still looks bare, off piste areas are grassy, but on piste skiing is still fantastic thanks to artificial snow operations. 

Looking forward, the high pressure weather trend continues. However, for the first time this month snow is appearing in the long range forecast. Snowfalls may start by mid-December but far more likely slight later. 

Andorra

It was a sunny day in Andorra on Thursday 8th December. There was some good skiing to be had across our featured resorts, with the likes of El Tarter (20/50cm) and Arcalis (20/50cm) providing some well-groomed pistes.  For most resorts the best condition can be found on the upper slopes, as the country waits for its next snowfall since the end of November.

The weekend is set to be sunny and bright, temperatures are expected to be around +7C, and sun scream is a must.

Norway/Sweden

Thursday the 8th of November was a mixed day for Scandinavian resorts. Strong winds closed quite a few lifts in Norway, with both Geilo (80/80cm) and Hemsedal (25/25cm) running limited operations. Snow levels are falling for most places as storms are concentrated on the west coast of Norway and failing to get to most of the major ski resorts. In Sweden, Are (47/47cm) is in the best shape snow wise, but only 2 lifts are currently operating.

Germany

There is currently no skiing available at any of our featured German ski resorts. Feldburg (0cm) is currently closed as it awaits more snow.

Bulgaria

None of our featured Bulgarian resorts are open at present, with skiing expected to begin in the middle of December.

Scotland

There is currently no skiing at any of the Scottish ski centres. However, preseason preparation has been completed on most mountains, and the lifts are ready to start spinning as soon as the weather gets spicy.

USA

Our featured ski resorts in the USA continued to improve on Thursday 8th December. Snow has been falling across many regions, with Colorado and Utah both receiving some fresh. Aspen (74cm) however was one expectation to this, where the sun did manage to weasel its way out at times during the day.

For the best skiing at the moment, look to the likes of Jackson Hole (67/120cm), where 5cm has fallen in the build up to the start of the Ski Clubs Leaders service for the season. Elsewhere, Mammoth (71/63cm) in California is certainly worth a mention, where packed powder and excellent skiing can be found on the upper slopes of the resort.

Snow is on the forecast for much of the country this weekend. Alta (84cm) may be one of the resort to benefit from this the most, with over 90cm expected before the weekend is out.

Canada

Thursday the 8th of November was a great day for skiing in Canada as recent snowfalls begin to taper down. Most resorts are looking great at the moment, but particularly Mont Tremblant (54/54cm), Sunshine Village (106/106cm) and Revelstoke (130/130cm). Kicking Horse (102/102cm) and Panorama (22/71cm) are both set to open on Friday the 9th. Kimberley (90/90cm) and Red Mountain (101/101cm) are set to open on Saturday the 10th. These latest openings will complete a nearly full set of open featured resorts.

European Weather Outlook

It’s been dry and sunny for most of Europe recently, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Austria and Eastern Europe could see some snow over the next week but it will be mostly dry. It’s a similar story in the Pyrenees, where sunshine is set to dominate.

North American Weather Outlook

North America has seen lots of snow over recent days and this is set to continue over the next 7. The biggest beneficiary has been the pacific north western regions: resorts like Mt Baker and Whistler have been on the receiving end of some serious dumps. Heading east there is plenty of snow on the way for resorts in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Over in the east of the continent, things are picking up in Quebec, where Mount Sainte Anne and Mont Tremblant have both had much needed snowfall. It’s a similar story in the eastern U.S in areas like Vermont. Overall the picture is very positive for the North American winter season.
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