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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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Many resorts in Austria started the season this weekend including St Anton which enjoyed 10cm of new snow on Friday 6th December in preparation. There was also heavy weekend snow for Obertauern and Kaunertal.
The sunny spell continued in France this weekend but more resorts still celebrated early openings. Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens in the Three Valleys are now all open. It is a similar story in Switzerland which has excellent piste skiing available thanks to great early-season snowfall.
There was fresh snow in Germany over the weekend as Garmisch opened up new terrain while Italy is currently experiencing spring-like conditions with mild temperatures. In Scotland Cairngorm had enough snow to open on Saturday 7th December.
Mammoth provided the best skiing in North American, during a particularly snowy and cold weekend in the USA, after a huge dump of 40cm on Sunday. Further North in Canada temperatures rose slightly after a bitterly cold week and there was also light snowfall in places.
St Anton (20/60cm), Lech (45/75cm) and Zurs (45/75cm) in the Arlberg ski area all enjoyed a good opening weekend after 10cm fell on Friday 6th December. The best conditions of the weekend could be found in Obertaurern (100/140cm) where 20cm of fresh snow fell on Saturday 7th December.
There are over 50 lifts in operation at Serfaus (10/55cm) and Fiss (10/50cm) and good on-piste conditions. All three resorts are now both open every day following the weekend and had a dusting of fresh snow on Friday.
There are still excellent conditions on our featured glacial resorts in Austria with fast skiing on hard-packed pistes. However, Kaunertal (0/272cm) received 20cm of fresh powder on Friday which made for a fantastic weekend of riding.
There was also decent snowfall on Saturday at Westendorf (10/55cm) Zauchensee (60/85cm) and Saalbach (35/75cm). Each resort benefited from 15cm of new snow and offered great on-piste conditions on Monday 9th December.
Meribel (30/100cm), Val Thorens (65/105cm) and Courchevel (69/99cm) are now all open for the season in the Three Valleys. Although there has been no recent snowfall all three resorts have strong snow bases and enjoyed clear weather all weekend.
Isola 2000 (40/60cm) La Clusaz (15/70cm) and Les Menuires (20/105cm) are all also now open every day and provided fast skiing on hard-packed pistes on Monday 9th December under sunny skies.
There is still brilliant skiing to be found in Tignes (40/140cm) which has enjoyed consistent sunshine recently. The resort now has over 50 lifts open and the best skiing can be found on groomed runs.
Val d’Isere (40/80cm), Les Deux Alpes (15/170cm) and Alpe d’Huez (20/150cm) have also been enjoying spring-like conditions in December and the warm and sunny weather continued at each resort on Monday 9th December.
Saas Fee (25/275cm) reports the deepest snow base in Switzerland on their upper slopes, although Andermatt (37/200cm) and the Gstaad area (5/240cm) report over two metres of snow high up, while Zermatt (40/190cm) is not that far off two metres.
The skies are forecast to remain bright and sunny all week across Switzerland, with mid-mountain temperatures remaining around freezing.
It’s a similar story at Livigno (14/84cm). All 30 of their lifts were running on Monday and although the snow base isn’t huge they have plenty of snow for on-piste skiing. It will take some further new snow to freshen up the off-piste areas and at the moment there isn’t any forecast.
There has been no new snow in Pal/Arinsal (50/80cm) or Arcalis (40/120cm) in the Vallnord region since the beginning of the month. Combined with warmer, sunny weather this has created some spring conditions on the lower slopes. However, there is still fantastic skiing to be found on the upper slopes and unlimited visibility provided by clear skies.
There are similar conditions in Grandvalira at Pas de la Casa (100/170cm) and Soldeu (100/170cm). Despite the lack of recent snowfall, early-season storms have created such a good December base that skiers and snowboarders enjoyed good skiing at both resorts over the weekend.
Are (35/47cm) is a little bit colder, with temperatures around -12C which is average for this time of year. They have limited skiing available, served by three open lifts. The best of the snow is higher up but lower runs all have a good covering of largely man-made snow.
The resort received a light dusting of 3cm on Friday 6th December on the Zugspitze glacier but there are now 13 lifts open including 7 at lower altitudes.
Feldberg (45/55cm) enjoyed new snow on both Friday and Saturday 7th December. 15cm of new snow fell across the two days and there is excellent on-piste skiing available, particularly on the upper slopes.
Mammoth (64/76cm) received a very welcome 40cm of fresh snow on Sunday 8th December. It’s been a great December so far for the Californian resort with over 80cm of snow falling since the month began. Around half of the ski area is open but this recent snowfall could allow them up open up more terrain.
Whistler (79cm/79cm) celebrated the opening of one of two brand new lifts for this season on Saturday 7th December. The Crystal Ridge Express began operations and despite no recent snowfall in the area excellent conditions can be found on-piste.
Marmot Basin (40cm/40cm) had a light dusting of snow overnight on Monday 9th December as did Revelstoke (92cm/92cm) and Sun Peaks (81cm/102cm). All three resorts experienced scattered snowfall throughout the day and temperatures around -10C made for excellent snow conditions across the ski areas.
On the east coast Blue Mountain (35cm/35c) is now open every day after another successful weekend. Conditions were improved on Sunday 8th December with 3cm of fresh snow.
European Weather Outlook
While very little snow is expected to fall anywhere in Europe this week Bulgaria could receive light snow during the middle of the week in preparation for opening day at Bansko next weekend. There is also some much-needed light snow forecast for Oppdal in Norway.
North American Weather Outlook
Canada will be a lot snowier than its southern neighbor particularly in British Columbia. Kicking Horse should get around half a metre before its opening day this weekend and Whistler and Revelstoke are expecting similar amounts. Heavy snow will also return to Alberta with around 40cm predicted for Banff and Marmot Basin over the next seven days.