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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 Pyrenees have missed out on the latest snowfall, however good skiing remains on offer at all resorts in Andorra, France and Spain. The weather looks set to turn this week and some good falls of snow are forecast which is great news.
Fresh snow has also freshened the pistes across Eastern Europe, where some decent skiing was to be found on Monday 8th February. A little more fresh snow is forecast before the main holiday week which will help keep the pistes nice and fresh.
Scandinavia continues to offer some good skiing, boosted over the weekend by some good falls of fresh snow. 20cm or more was picked up at the resorts of Are, Hemsedal and Voss so these three resorts were the place to be on Monday. A gloriously sunny and cold week is forecast for most.
Conditions continue to improve across Scotland following some heavy falls of snow over the weekend, resulting in all five areas being able to offer snowsports to start the new week. Glencoe was the offering the pick of these conditions on Monday following 15cm of new snow, but all of our featured resorts have made good gains in recent days. The forecast looks extremely positive too, with bitterly cold temperatures all week and fresh snow possible each day.
Some excellent skiing remains on offer in the west of both the USA and Canada, with most lifts open and some fantastic piste conditions being reported across the board. The off piste has become tracked out, but there were still some powder stashes to be found on Monday in places. A gloriously sunny week is forecast so be sure to pack your sunglasses and a good deal of suncream.
Conditions continue to improve on the east coast, with fresh snow forecast to fall for much of the week ahead. There is still a lot of terrain still to open, but hopefully with the fresh snow and some bitterly cold temperatures forecast more will be able to open up soon.
Good skiing is currently available across many resorts in the Arlberg region. Lech (130/175cm) and Zurs (130/175cm) have seen further improvements after 10cm of fresh snow fell during the early hours of Monday morning. Building upon the good snowfall of the previous week, this should ensure that fresh turns can be found both on and off the piste.
In the east, good conditions still prevail due to the good snowfall of the previous week. A light dusting of snow across resorts in the Ski Amade region has ensured that pistes remain in good condition, with pockets of fresh powder to be found on the upper mountain.
The unsettled weather of Monday looks likely to be the theme for the rest of the week, with a mixture of sun, cloud and snow affecting almost all of our featured resorts over the coming days. Resorts in the Arlberg regions will see the heaviest of the impending snowfall, with upwards of 50cm likely to fall before the weekend. Elsewhere, we can expect to see more moderate totals of around 15-20cm of fresh snowfall, with the heaviest of the snow likely to fall throughout Wednesday. Temperatures will fall dramatically over the coming days, with lows of around -10C currently being reported for the middle of the week.
The stand-out resort on Monday for snowfall was Serre Chevalier (25/130cm), which reported 50cm of new snow landing on the upper slopes on Sunday 7th February.
Chamonix (30/360cm) is still at the top of the chart in France for base depth, with over three metres of snow on the upper mountain, but this is on the Aiguille du Midi, which is not a typical skiing area. Morillon (10/245cm) and Flaine (10/245cm) in the Grand Massif ski area sit in joint second place with just under two and half metres of snow measured on their upper ski slopes.
Cloudy weather is forecast to dominate for most of this week and into next week, with further fresh snowfall expected at all of our featured French skiing locations. Again the Chamonix valley is set to get a lot of new snow, although La Grave (60/100cm) is close to the top of the table too. At La Grave, over two and a half metres of new snow forecast at mid-mountain level by the end of Tuesday 16th February, with the heaviest snow landing over next weekend.
The pick of the conditions on Monday could be found at the resorts of Pontresina (51/90cm) and St Moritz (60/91cm) in the Engadin region in the far southeast of the country. Both were reporting around 30cm of much needed fresh snow and the good news is that a lot more is in the forecast.
Saas Fee (88/250cm) and Zermatt (30/200cm) were reporting similar values, resulting in some fantastic skiing conditions amongst the fresh powder. Sadly high winds limited the lift operations on the highest slopes, with all the lifts linking Zermatt to Italy closed on Monday. High winds were also an issue at Gstaad (31/255cm), Murren (80/210cm) and Wengen (20/90cm) where all of the upper areas were on wind hold.
The next spell of heavy snow is set to move in during Monday night from the west. As a result resorts such as Nendaz (45/200cm) and Verbier (20/200cm) and Grimentz/Zinal (60/184cm) are in the firing line to receive the most snow. By the time the snow lets up on Wednesday, between 50 and 100cm of snow is possible across the country, with the upper end of this band likely at the aforementioned resorts in the west.
The snowiest spots were Cervinia (65/240cm) which picked up 45cm, Madonna (40/120cm) where 40cm fell and Passo Tonale (50/100cm) which also saw 40cm of new snow on the upper slopes. Conditions as a result were drastically improved following the poor start to the season.
Livigno (33/75cm) and Arabba (26/48cm) also fared very well, seeing 30cm and 28cm respectively. With all lifts running at both resorts there was a large variety of pistes on offer, with even some off-piste available in places.
Even in the Milky Way, where conditions have been significantly below par this season, 20cm of fresh snow was recorded. This enabled 56 lifts across the area to open up, although only 81km of pistes from a possible 320km were open on Monday. The best conditions were to be found in the French sector by Montgenevre, but if you’re staying on the Italian side, the high altitude Sestriere (30/40cm) was the place to be.
The great news is that further spells of heavy snowfall are forecast for the coming week. It is due to set in during Monday night and not stop until Wednesday, by which time 50-100cm is possible – with the heaviest falls for the Aosta Valley and resorts such as Courmayeur, La Thuile and Cervinia.
Conditions across all resorts are set to see further improvement, with light snow forecast to fall over the entire week ahead. Around 20-25 cm of fresh snow is expected to fall across all resorts before the weekend. Temperatures will fall over the coming days, with lows of around -4C on Wednesday.
The heaviest snow was picked up as Voss (65/170cm) where 29cm fell over the weekend to result in a great powder day on Monday. Hemsedal (82/82cm) was not far behind following 20cm of powder and with 19/20 lifts and 48/49 slopes in operation there was some great variety to be had to start the week.
A mostly sunny week is forecast, with steadily falling temperatures expected. Oppdal (40/50cm) looks set to buck the trend however, with snow forecast every day – bringing the potential for 50cm of powder at this resort.
Some excellent skiing was also available across Sweden, particularly at the resort of Are (79/79cm) where 20cm fell over the weekend. Snow was falling on Monday at Salen (37/37cm) which was great news, with as much as 10cm possible by the end of the day if the forecasts hold true.
Settled and sunny weather is forecast here for the rest of the week, accompanied by steadily falling temperatures that may dip below -10C by Friday.
Berchtesgaden (5/45cm) and Lenggries (10/55cm) were suffering in the rain on Monday, with slopes across the mountain becoming heavy and wet, making for difficult skiing conditions in both resorts. Equally challenging conditions were present in Feldberg on Monday with winds of around 100mph battering the upper mountain. The best conditions can currently be found in Garmisch (100/270cm) where pistes remain excellent across the upper mountain as a result of some light snowfall over the weekend.
The weather outlook is looking positive for the week ahead, with fresh snow expected to fall across all our featured resorts. Wednesday will see the heaviest of the snowfall, with around 15-25cm expected to fall throughout the day. Feldberg and Garmisch will see light snow fall for the duration of the week, with a mixture of sun, cloud and snow effecting resorts elsewhere.
The cloud affecting many resorts on Monday will lift over the course of the day, with a sunny Tuesday forecast across all of our featured resorts. Light snow will begin to fall from the middle of the week, with Bansko (65/100cm) likely to see around 5-10cm of fresh snow on Wednesday. Temperatures will hover just above freezing for the majority of the week, before dropping considerably over the course of Thursday.
Glenshee (5/25cm), Cairngorm (25/35cm) and The Lecht (12/24cm) didn’t receive the quantity of snow the west experienced. However, Monday provided some fantastic weather with bluebird conditions reported at Glenshee and Cairngorm who had 5/22 and 6/11 lifts turning respectively. The Lecht was somewhat overcast on Monday with snow showers refreshing some of the icy areas of the slopes.
As one becomes accustomed to, the weather outlook for Scotland this week looks like a mixed bag; albeit a positive one. Temperatures are set to remain low for the time being and hover around freezing for the week. Up to 5cm of fresh snow is forecast across the ski centers on Tuesday and Wednesday, thereafter there should be some sunny spells and the opportunity to get some nice skiing in.
The sun was also out in California, although temperatures here were a touch warmer. Daytime highs may hit +10C at resorts such as Heavenly (210cm) during the week, but thanks to the numerous snowstorms in January the base depths will certainly hold firm. Expect an early taste of spring on the slopes, with the morning’s firmly packed pistes likely to soften through the morning.
It was much cloudier on the East Coast and temperatures were sitting well below freezing. As a result the pistes remain hard-packed and there has been little change in the available pistes due to the lack of natural snowfall. As bitterly cold week is forecast however, accompanied by up to 20cm of fresh snow, with the heaviest snow likely for Sunday River (61cm).
Good skiing is available throughout much of Alberta thanks to recent snowfalls. Resorts across Banff have seen around 10cm of snow over the course of the weekend which has seen improving conditions both on and off the piste. Sunshine looks likely to dominate the weather forecast over the coming week, providing the perfect conditions to enjoy the new snow. Temperatures will remain comparatively mild for the time of year during the early part of the week, at around +3C, before dropping closer to freezing by the end of the week.
British Columbia is still reporting good conditions across many resorts, thanks to some good cumulative snowfall over the past week. Revelstoke (224cm) has seen the best of the recent snowfall after 41cm fell over the course of the week. Piste conditions throughout the region are excellent, with pockets of fresh powder to be found on the upper mountain for those willing to go looking for it. The good weather of Monday will continue into Wednesday, before a largely cloudy end to the week. Mild temperatures could affect select resorts in the region, with rain showers possible at the back end of the week as a result.
Resorts on the east coast saw some light snowfall over the course of the past week which has done much to ensure that pistes remain in good condition. More snow is in the forecast so expect conditions to only further improve over the coming week. The resorts of Mont Sainte Anne (30/157cm) and Tremblant (60cm) should see around 10cm of snow before the end of the week. Temperatures will remain bitterly cold, with lows of around -21C by the end of the week
European Weather Outlook
The Pyrenees should also see some fresh snow, with 20-40cm possible by the end of the week. Temperatures may fluctuate somewhat, with colder days (around -5C at mid-mountain level) set for Wednesday and Thursday.
Snow is also forecast for Eastern Europe throughout the week, although as with the Pyrenees totals are likely to be more modest than the Alps. Expect around 50cm in Slovenian and Slovakia, but around 20cm in Bulgaria.
A mostly sunny week is forecast for Scandinavia, accompanied by steadily falling temperatures. Oppdal in Norway will provide a notable exception – as up to 50cm is forecast to fall between Monday and Thursday.
The forecast is looking excellent for Scotland, with fresh snow and cold temperatures expected all week. The Lecht is likely to catch the most snow showers as the wind swings round to the north, but all areas could see some new snow.
North American Weather Outlook
The west of the USA looks if anything even sunnier, with blazing sunshine expected all week. This is likely to be accompanied by slowly rising temperatures, hitting around +4C at mid-mountain in Utah and +1C in Colorado by Wednesday. California is looking likely to be even warmer, soaring to as high as +8C by day – resulting in spring conditions on and off piste.
In stark contrast the East Coast of the USA and Canada is likely to see the coldest week of the season so far, combined with some fresh snowfall. Up to 20cm of new snow is possible by the weekend as temperatures fall away significantly. From daytime highs of -4C on Wednesday, the temperature looks set to plunge to as low as -30C – so be sure to take a lot of layers if you’re heading out there for half-term.