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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 29 September 2016

Summary

In Europe, good glacier skiing was on offer in Austria and Switzerland. In Austria, both Hintertux (45cm) and Molltal (100cm) were open, with clear skies and a lovely alpine summer day on the 29th of September. Similarly fantastic weather in the Switzerland glacier resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fe, as summer ski hunters basked in glorious sunshine. France’s glacier resorts of Tignes and Deux-Alpes are now closed until October.

As the southern hemisphere bravely faces up to the end of the season, many resorts continue to close. In South America, all Chilean resorts have now shut, leaving Argentina to keep the flame alive. Cerro Catedral, Chapelco and Las Lenas offer some good options for skiers in that neck of the woods.

Over on the far side of the world, there are plenty of options for skiers in Australia and New Zealand. Australia suffered a difficult day on the 29th of September, however, with adverse weather affecting operations in resorts that remain open. In New Zealand, weather was variable, but Cardrona and Treble Cone was where the best snow and weather conditions could be found.

Austria

There were lovely clear skies in Austria on Thursday 29th September, where glacier skiing continued at two of our featured summer ski resorts.

 The best conditions could be found at Hintertux (45cm), where 10 lifts were running, and serving 18km of nicely groomed slopes. At Molltal (100cm) three lifts were open and were providing access to limited late season skiing on three pistes.

 Friday and Saturday are currently forecast to be a continuation of the current weather; sunny skies are predicted for the most part, and temperatures are likely to be at around +10C. On Sunday there may well be some rain at times for Molltall.

France

Les Deux Alpes and Tignes are now closed for summer skiing. Both are set to open again in October for the French holidays.

Switzerland

It was a glorious sunny day In Switzerland on Thursday 29th September, where there was clear skies and good summer skiing at two of our featured resorts.

 Zermatt (160cm) had 14 lifts open and skiing was available on 14km of groomed slopes. At Saas Fee (125cm), seven lifts were spinning and summer riding was on offer on five pistes. The weather for the weekend is currently predicted to be a mixed bag.

 Friday and Saturday are forecast to be pleasant and sunny, but rain and cloud is then expected to take its place by Sunday.

Italy

There is currently no summer skiing at any of our featured Italian ski resorts.

North America

Timberline has now closed for their summer ski season and is scheduled to reopen for the start of their winter season in October.

Australia

Thursday September 29th was a down day for the resorts in Australia, with strong winds, rain and snow affecting lift operations. Falls Creek (64/90cm) was unable to open, while Thredbo (122cm) and Perisher (122cm) opened limited lifts for wet windy storm skiing.

The short forecast for the three resorts is for a mix of heavy snow and rain with snow levels starting around 1800m and potentially falling to 1200m during colder evening periods. Winds will ease however strong gusts are likely.

New Zealand

There were spring conditions across New Zealand on the 29th September in what is the last week of the season for most resorts.

 Mt. Ruapehu on the north island opened one of its two resorts: Turoa (178cm). Whakapapa was closed due to adverse weather. Conditions in Turoa were ok but best up top and early on. Some rain around lunchtime led to some wet conditions in the afternoon.

On the south island, spring snow could be found across most resorts. Around Christchurch, Mount Hutt (86/46cm) had the best conditions. Lake Wanaka resorts were the pick of the bunch, both Cardrona (80/45cm) and Treble Cone (141/69cm) enjoyed sunny spring days and good snow cover meant some excellent skiing was on offer. Around Queenstown, Coronet Peak (80/20cm) suffered down low, but good skiing could be found up top. The Remarkables (100/50cm) had some good spring conditions with fast skiing possible in the morning.

South America

Fun spring skiing continues in Argentina. Thursday the 29th September was coloured with a mix of conditions, with hazy and overcast skies over the southern resorts of Cerro Catedral (45cm) and Chapelco (65cm), while Las Lenas (125/50cm) basked in another clear sunny spring day. Snow Quality is high for this time of year with soft forgiving spring snow providing excellent skiing on the upper slopes of the resorts.

Over in Chile, the skiing has now been concluded for the season and all of our featured resorts are now closed.
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