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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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Unsettled weather was present across Austria today with mild temperatures bringing light rain lower down and light snowfall at high altitude. There has also been some high winds in open and exposed areas so lift operation has been affected slightly.
Snow was falling on Monday 2nd March across France, although on the lower slopes it was raining in places, leading to some heavy piste conditions.
It was snowing across Switzerland, with new snow reported at almost all of our featured resorts. A slightly higher freezing level during Sunday has resulted in some heavy conditions on the lower slopes but the temperature was dropping through Monday.
Thick clouds were seen over Italy on Monday with the majority of the west seeing thick cloud with similar conditions in the east but with a few more sunny spots. Light snowfall was also seen at high altitude, particularly on the glacial resorts.
Huge amounts of new snow have fallen in the Pyrenees over the course of the past week, but unfortunately the temperature has risen and some heavy conditions are to be found on the lower slopes. The avalanche danger has dropped to Level 3 which is good news.
Some nice skiing is on offer in Scandinavia, with some powder to be found in parts of Norway and a weather outlook filled with some decent sunny breaks.
The predicted heavy snow failed to materialise in Bulgaria over the weekend, but conditions remain good thanks to the deep snowpack, particularly on the upper slopes.
Some great skiing is on offer across the Scottish Highlands at present, although high winds have been a constant issue in recent days. There is loads of new snow in the west but the long term forecast is calling for mild weather to arrive later in the week – so head up there now!
It was a very snowy weekend for Colorado in particular in the USA, but our featured resorts elsewhere also caught some new snow which is great news.
Some light snow has refreshed the pistes in British Columbia in Canada, but for the best conditions head further inland to Alberta or across to the east coast.
Despite the rain fall, some of our featured resorts weren’t really affected too much by the mild climate. On Monday 2nd March Solden (5/320cm) reported powdery conditions and plenty of fresh snowfall, with up to 15cm landing on the ski area. So the pistes have been refreshed and the off piste areas have plenty of pockets of fresh powder. The slopes are heavier when you head towards the resort but the majority for the ski area is still in a very good state. The lift network was affected on Monday due to high winds, with 13 lifts closed leaving a total of 20 lifts in operation.
Over the next few days we can expect similar conditions which should provide plenty of fresh snow for the new week, especially as temperatures drop during the week.
Around 20cm of new snow was recorded at many resorts, although only above around 2,000m owing to the mild temperatures in place across the French Alps. The Argentiere (20/220cm) and Chamonix (20/220cm) Valley was one of these places, with some good falls of powder recorded on the upper slopes. The resort runs were unfortunately not in great condition owing to the rain.
Flaine (65/230cm) also saw 20cm of new snow on the upper slopes, which is forecast to increase during the day on Monday and into the rest of the week.
The Pyrenees were experiencing even milder conditions, with temperature above freezing even on the highest slopes. As a result the pistes are soft at resorts such as Cauterets (360/500cm), but with the huge snow base, there is little worry of bare patches showing through!
The outlook is again a snowy one, with snow expected to fall until Thursday. The totals are expected to be lower than recently, but temperatures are set to drop so what does fall will be more powdery and should fall to all levels. A welcome return to sunny skies is currently set for Friday which is great news if you’re heading out this weekend.
Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported at several resorts on Monday morning, with the most settling above 2,000m owing to the milder temperatures. Some of the biggest beneficiaries were the Jungfrau Region resorts of Grindelwald (15/166cm), Murren (80/195cm) and Wengen (30/115cm), which caught 20cm by 9am, with more falling during the day.
Over in the east of the country Flims/Laax (40/290cm) also picked up 20cm of new snow, although high winds prevented 10 of the resort’s 29 lifts from turning. Another resort to benefit in this region was Samnuan (45/150cm), where 15cm of new snow was recorded overnight. Unfortunately the winds were also causing issues, with only 28 of the resorts 45 lifts spinning across the linked area with Ischgl.
More snow is set to fall through the remainder of Monday and continue on and off until Thursday. The precipitation is set to get lighter, but another 20-30cm is possible on top of what was falling already on Monday. A welcome return to sunshine is currently forecast for Friday.
One of our featured resorts to see some fresh snow was La Thuile (45/150cm) with around 5cm falling on Monday 2nd March. It’s by no means a huge amount but fresh snow is always welcomed. The off piste is still quite varied but the pistes have been refreshed, to go alongside all 37 lifts that were turning. The warmer climate means that lower runs are getting heavier in the afternoon but high altitude runs are looking good, especially with the latest fall and the climate remains quite cold high up.
We have had reports of high winds, particularly in Courmayeur (65/165cm), which caused the majority of the lifts to close, leaving eight turning for the day.
The current cloudy spell is expected to remain until midweek, with some light snow possible, but then it should start to brighten up once again.
Are (45/57cm) and Salen (95/113cm) both picked up new snow heading into Monday 2nd March, with Salen catching the most after receiving 10cm overnight. All 42 lifts were spinning at Are for the first time this season which is great news. Some good sunny breaks are expected throughout the week so get on out there and enjoy the fresh snow.
The outlook is a very mixed one, with snowclouds expected to remain in place through Tuesday. A good spell of brightness is currently forecast for Wednesday before the weather takes another turn for the worse, with high winds and mild conditions expected later in the week – so get up there whilst you can to enjoy the fresh powder.
California finally saw a good drop of snow over the weekend, improving the ski conditions across the state. More is needed however as the base is well down on average, but the improvement is noticeable. Mammoth (107cm) and Heavenly (99cm) both saw 30cm of new snow over the weekend, but were topped by Squaw Valley (97cm) which recorded 80cm of new snow on the upper mountain. Sunny skies are now predicted for the week ahead with rising temperatures, so get out there as soon as possible to enjoy the new snow!
Again the east coast shivered this weekend, with the very cold air refusing to shift from the region. Some light falls of new snow were picked up on Monday morning, with resorts such as Killington (76cm) and Mount Snow (94cm) seeing between 3 and 8cm of fresh snow. The piste conditions across all resorts are fantastic and with the new snow landing, some fresh off piste turns can be found. The forecasts show no signs of the cold weather letting up, with mostly cloudy skies expected over the coming week, possibly accompanied by some light snowfall (up to 10cm).
Colder temperatures have ensured the snow has remained in excellent condition in Alberta, despite only light dustings of snow hitting the Banff (150cm) resorts and Marmot Basin (118cm). Some great grooming has led to some great soft piste conditions across the mountain. A sunny spell of weather is expected this week and temperatures are set to remain low.
Tremblant (110/190cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (90/150cm) in Quebec and Blue Mountain (150cm) in Ontario continue to offer fantastic skiing. Cold air and some nice top ups of snow in recent weeks have resulted in some amazing on piste conditions. It is set to continue over the coming week, with 20cm of new snow possible.
European Weather Outlook
The mild air is set to clear through the Pyrenees during Tuesday night, dropping the freezing level to around 1,000m. This should be accompanied by some nice falls of snow of between 10 and 20cm. A sunny spell of weather is then expected to begin on Thursday and last into the weekend, with temperatures set to rise above freezing once more.
Settled weather is expected for Bulgaria until Thursday, before more snowclouds sweep in across the country. Initially rain may fall on the lower slopes, but by Sunday around 20cm can be expected on the upper slopes, with perhaps 10cm lower down as the freezing level drops off.
A nice settled spell of weather is forecast for Scandinavia, with sunshine in the forecast for both Norway and Sweden. The skies won’t be clear all the time as patches of clouds are set to drift in from time to time, but nothing more than a dusting of snow is expected.
Snow is set to continue to fall across Scotland until Tuesday before potentially the best day of the week on Wednesday. Make the most of this break in the weather as sadly a strong southwesterly flow is forecast for the end of the week and the weekend, bringing strong winds and mild temperatures.
North American Weather Outlook
The snow currently falling across Colorado and Utah is forecast to continue until Tuesday, although some parts of Colorado may cling on to some snow showers until Thursday. Once the snow stops, sunshine and gradually increasing temperatures are expected so some great skiing is likely to be had across this region in the coming week.
Recent snowfall in California is also set to stop, but this time by Tuesday, to be replaced by sunny skies. Temperatures are set to rise significantly, with daytime highs of around 8C possible by the end of the week.
The story again could not be more different over on the east coast, with yet more bitterly cold and snowy weather is forecast for the coming week. Another 10-15cm of new snow can be expected in the US states, with up 20cm possible across the border in Canada. Sunshine unfortunately will be at a premium, but thanks to the new snow and the cold temperatures, the snow conditions are set to more than make up for this!