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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.
The weather wasn’t as fortunate in Austria on Thursday as our featured resorts saw thick clouds and occasional rain showers.
The French glaciers saw some decent sunny spells on Thursday and were recording lower temperatures than of recent weeks. Despite this the slopes are suffering and base depths are falling.
The Plateau Rosa glacier above Zermatt and Cervinia remains one of the best summer skiing options in Europe, with its high altitude offering some protection against the mild weather. The pistes are showing signs of wear and tear but most remain open along with the famous snowpark.
Timberline is the only summer ski area still in operation in North America. Yet more heatwave conditions were in place on Thursday, with the hot sunshine expected to last into the weekend.
Fresh snow has been falling in Australia throughout this week. All of our featured resorts have reported snowy conditions, followed by clouds on Thursday and the occasional flurry.
Excellent piste conditions were reported across New Zealand on Thursday, with some decent windblown stashes of fresh snow to be found off piste. The sun was shining and is expected to remain in place for much of the weekend.
Fresh snow has fallen in Argentina with all of our featured resorts picking up a few centimetres. Thursday brought a cloudy morning with the sun breaking through in the afternoon. Chile was more on the cloudy sky and didn’t pick up any fresh snow this week.
Over the weekend Austria will most likely see quite a variety of weather patterns with sunshine followed by rain showers.
Wet weather is forecast for the end of the week before warm sunshine returns on Monday, with the freezing level set to rocket once more towards 5,000m, so how much longer the slopes can remain open remains in doubt. Tignes is set to close on August 9th and Les Deux Alpes on August 29th – hopefully both will make it through to these dates.
Another heatwave has hit Timberline Lodge (40cm) in the USA, with temperatures on the Palmer Snowfield topping +20C during the day. The sun was shining brightly on Thursday and is forecast to remain firmly in place over the weekend.
Ben Lomond (10/20cm) has remained closed so far throughout the season but it has now opened. Skiing is very limited and only one lifts was turning on Thursday but the resort opened, which is excellent news for Tasmania.
All other resorts that we currently feature picked up around 10cm of fresh snow between Tuesday and Wednesday. Resorts such as Mount Baw Baw (40-62cm) and Mount Buller (56/82cm) have seen a nice rise in their base depths this week, so slope conditions have improved nicely.
Our weather forecasts are indicating that over the weekend there will be lots of clouds and a high chance of snow to all of our featured resorts, which could continue right into next week.
Both resorts on Mt Ruapehu on North Island, Whakapapa (137cm) and Turoa (165cm), saw 20cm of fresh snow on Tuesday 28th July which led to some great skiing conditions across the mountain. Head to the sheltered bowls and gullies for the best chance of finding some powder as gusty winds have stripped the ridgelines of the fresh snow. The wind also closed several of Whakapapa’s highest lifts and with some strong gusts expected over the weekend be sure to check the resort’s website in the morning before heading up the mountain for the latest lift information.
Down on South Island all resorts were reporting excellent on piste conditions thanks to between 5 and 10cm of new snow during the week. Cool temperatures allowed for snow machines to fire too, topping up the soft cover on piste. Some decent off piste tracks are also there to be found at resorts such as Mt Hutt (75/105cm) and Cardrona (70/250cm) where slightly more snow fell, although watch out for areas of frozen snow where the wind has stripped off the fresh snow.
A mostly sunny weekend is forecast, with temperatures remaining nicely below freezing. A change is expected early next week, bringing fresh snow to all of our featured resorts.
Cerro Caterdral (5/150cm) has had a good boost to its upper base depth, which meaning the pistes are a much higher quality and pockets of fresh powder are there to be found if you are seeking a change to the pistes. On Thursday 30th July it was a mixture of sunshine and cloud, with 24 lifts in operation. There are still a good portion of lifts yet to open but there is still an extensive range of slopes open, which all received fresh snow over the last two days.
Chile was quite cloudy on Thursday, with a few spots of rain seen at lower altitudes. The recent rain has brought about heavier conditions on some of the slopes. Portillo (69/91cm) seems to be reporting better slope conditions. The warmer climate recently has reduced the base depth slightly but overall the conditions are quite good. 13 lifts were open on Thursday, so despite the cloudy sky, plenty of slopes were open for the visitors.