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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.
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Across the major European skiing nations, as you might expect, the deepest snow cover is on the higher slopes with snow state being most consistent on the shaded, north facing slopes.
If you are after fresh snow then Scandinavia could be the place to go, with fresh snow expected in Norway and Sweden this week.
It was fairly snowy in parts of Canada and America over the weekend. Jackson Hole and Breckenridge in America both had over 20cm of fresh snow, while their Canadian neighbours enjoyed over 25cm at resorts such as Banff, Revelstoke and Whistler.
The higher altitude resorts of Pitztal (261/361cm) and Kaunertal (297/365cm) report the deepest snow bases of our featured Austrian resorts.
The Ski Club Leader in Obergurgl (74/156cm) this weekend reported that edge control was relatively easy at present with plenty of soft snow on the pistes. The Leader in Zell am See (10/103cm) reported that the snow on the upper slopes was in great condition, even in the afternoon, however the slopes on the way down were soft and heavy in the afternoon.
Cauterets (250/350cm) in the Pyrenees has the deepest snow base of our reported French resorts, both on their lower and upper pistes, with an average base depth of three metres on Monday 10th March.
On Sunday 9th March, the Ski Club Leader in Tignes reported that the on piste snow conditions throughout the resort were excellent and not as busy as last week. In the Three Valleys, the Leader in Meribel said on Sunday ‘the pistes are in great condition and we had really good skiing particularly up Peclet and the Col’.
The forecast this week across France is for the sunny weather to remain, although there could the odd cloudy spell, with a chance of a very light dusting of snow in the Pyrenees.
It’s a similar story at Davos (67/138cm). The Ski Club leader based there spoke of excellent skiing on Sunday 9th March and lovely weather. The resort has plenty of snow and all the runs down to Klosters (45/138cm) are all open too. The mild and sunny forecast this week shouldn’t affect the amount of runs open.
The western areas have great spring conditions too. The leader in Sauze d’Oulx (140/180cm) had a great day skiing spring snow on Sunday 9th March. Upper areas still have more wintry snow as it’s colder but lower areas are softer. The whole of the Milky Way ski area is open and with a very sunny week forecast, it’s the perfect time to head there.
The deepest snow base is reported at Arcalis (200/300cm) in the Vallnord ski area although the Grandvalira resort of Pas de la Case (180/270cm) is not far behind.
The Swedish resorts we feature are still in good condition too. Upper and lower areas at Are (45/61cm) are in great condition as temperatures are just below freezing. The whole area was open on Monday 10th March.
Lower down at resorts like Lenggries (0/40cm) and Spitzingsee (49/77cm) the snow is weather affected, especially off piste.
The upper piste depth at Bansko (10/165cm) has improved by 20cm since Friday 7th March, while the depth at Pamporovo (65/85cm) has increased by 5cm. This was due to the snowfall landing at Bansko from Sunday 9th March. The visibility was reduced at all three resorts on Monday, and similar weather was forecast for Tuesday 11th March, before brighter skies return mid-week.
It’s a similar story at Glencoe (205/490cm). They’ve still got loads of snow, particularly higher up and you can still ski virtually anywhere. Lower slopes were a bit soft and wet on Monday but fresh snow higher up means the runs are skiing very well.
A mild but generally sunny and dry week is expected, which should finally allow people to enjoy all the snow properly for a period of time.
Further east there was fresh snow too. Resorts such as Mount Snow (127/137cm) received around 5cm of fresh snow on Monday 10th March. The fresh snow means conditions are good and they have an impressive base depth, helping to ensure a great and long spring ski season.
Snow fell at Panorama (84/150cm) too. 25cm of snow gave a fantastic March powder day. Like Banff, it’s fairly warm at around freezing but the snow is nice and powdery and there’s plenty of it as we head into spring.
European Weather Outlook
If you are after fresh snow then the Scandinavian resorts could be your best bet, as cloudy and snowy weather is forecast next weekend. Oppdal in Norway could receive almost 60cm of new snow by Tuesday 18th March.
North American Weather Outlook
The Skeena heli-ski area in Canada is expecting the most snow, with almost 80cm of fresh snow forecast at mid-mountain level by Tuesday 18th March. Here fresh snow is forecast every day until then. In America it is the Vermont resorts of Mount Snow, Killington and Stowe that should receive the heaviest snowfall, with around 30cm scheduled to land at mid-mountain level over the same period. In New Hampshire, Attitash Bear Peak should receive a similar amount.