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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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A recent wave of snow hit Austria in the last 48 hours and the remains of the clouds were being seen on Thursday 26th February with a few spots of sunshine.
There is great skiing at present across the French Alps following the snowfall at the weekend. More is forecast as snow clouds replace Thursday’s sunny skies which is great news.
A couple of gloriously sunny days have blessed the Swiss Alps this week, following several days of heavy snow. The pistes are in excellent condition and there is still some powder to be found off piste. More snow is in the forecast too which is great news.
There was a divide with the Italian weather on Thursday with cloudy skies in the west and brighter skies in the east.
There has been a huge amount of snow in the Pyrenees, blanketing resorts with up to two metres of snow in the past week. Several resorts remain closed and the avalanche danger is up to Level 5, the highest possible, so off piste skiing is not advised as the snowpack is very unstable.
New snow has fallen across Scandinavia, nicely refreshing the pistes at our featured resorts. Sunshine has been at a premium in recent days and is expected to continue into the weekend, with yet more cloudy skies and snowfall expected.
Yet more good skiing is on offer in Bulgaria, particularly on the upper slopes. Lots of fresh snow is in the forecast so some weekend powder turns should be on offer in the coming days.
Following some very heavy snow to start the week, a snap thaw-freeze cycle has set up pistes hard packed across Scotland. High winds have been an issue this week, but once they subside the skiing conditions should be great.
Yet more snow fell in Colorado on Thursday 26th February providing some great powder conditions. It was drier elsewhere but the skiing is great on the east coast and is set to improve in Canada with fresh snow in the forecast.
The best conditions in Canada remain in Alberta and on the east coast, but some good skiing is still on offer in British Columbia on the upper slopes.
By far the most recorded snow came around the Salzberg region with Kaprun (100/310cm) and Zell am See (15/123cm) reporting excellent conditions, particularly at the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier where around 40cm was reported to have settled. This has brought fresh powder off the track and fresh pistes, which have been packed down and groomed to perfection. Zell am See and Kaprun had all of their lifts turning, with a total of 47 to get you around the mountains.
We’re expecting more clouds to form this weekend which could bring fresh snow to many parts of Austria. It has been quite changeable recently so do keep an eye on local forecasts but most of all get out there and enjoy the excellent conditions.
Great skiing has been reported by Ski Club Ambassadors in the Espace Killy ski region, encompassing the resorts of Val d’Isere (95/167cm) and Tignes (90/163cm). Some great powder turns were on offer off the pistes and the perfectly groomed powder on piste was providing some amazing turns on the groomers.
Conditions were also fantastic in the Portes du Soleil, with Avoriaz (180/290cm) and Morzine (70/195cm) offering great slopes and all lifts in their respective areas open.
Across in the Pyrenees the heavy snow has not stopped falling all week, with huge snowfall totals of almost two metres being reported across the mountain range. Cauterets (340/470cm) boasts a huge base depth as a result but was shut due to avalanche concerns on Thursday 26th February. Bareges/La Mongie (220/320cm) was only able to run seven lifts as the avalanche danger hit Level 5 across the mountain range. The treacherous conditions are set to remain over the weekend as mild air comes into the Pyrenees, destabilising the significant new snow drifts. Off piste skiing is not recommended and lift openings may be affected for some days.
Fortunately the snow is set to taper off in the Pyrenees but it is set to resume in the Alps this weekend. Around 40-100cm of new snow forecast between now and Tuesday next week for much of the French Alps so some good powder should be on offer next. As with the Pyrenees however pay close attention to the latest avalanche forecasts and stay safe off piste.
Conditions in the 4 Valleys area, encompassing resorts such as Nendaz (60/200cm) and Verbier (60/190cm) are fantastic following around 40cm of fresh snow this week. The Ski Club Leader in Verbier has been reporting great conditions on the off piste itinerary runs, although they became tracked out quite quickly.
Saas-Fee (70/270cm) is in great condition at present, with heavy snow over the weekend setting up the slopes perfectly for the sunny spell of weather this week. There are great piste conditions across the mountain and thanks to the sunshine, the visibility was excellent - this can occasionally be an issue on the high altitude slopes above the resort.
Conditions at Leysin (40/130cm) and Les Mosses (50/60cm) have improved significantly thanks to the recent snowfall. Any bare patches have been covered up nicely and some good off piste conditions have even been reported in recent days.
Lots more snow is in the forecast for Switzerland in the coming days as snow clouds move in during the course of Thursday night. A further 20cm is forecast prior to the weekend before a further spell of heavy snow sweeps in on Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are suggesting between 20 and 60cm could fall, with the heaviest snow in the northwest of the country.
One of the resorts to pick up the most snow was Arabba (30/122cm) which reported around 18cm and on Thursday 26th February almost all the lifts were open with 27 of the 28 in operation. Conditions couldn’t have been better on Thursday as the sun was shining with blue skies and cold temperatures kept the pistes well intact. Pockets of fresh powder are there to be had but as always, keep a close eye on safety warnings.
There is plenty of cloud forecast which is expected to arrive with the weekend, so it’s a good time to head home and also a good time to arrive because there could be more fresh snow; it’s a great time to be skiing in Italy.
Lighter snow was picked up in Sweden, with both Are (45/55cm) and Salen (90/100cm) catching a new falls, with the heaviest hitting Salen which has seen 22cm in the past week. All lifts were open here but at Are the Hogzon lifts and slopes still require more snow before they can open. There is more snow in the forecast but most of it is expected to remain light in nature.
As a result of the freeze-thaw cycle, the pistes are likely to set up hard packed once the winds drop. However there is a good amount of new snow in the forecast so hopefully this will quickly take the bite out of the hard pistes and provide powdery conditions once again. Some sunny breaks are currently forecast for the weekend so it could be a great time to head to the Highlands if the winds do not get too high.
No new snow was recorded in Utah on Thursday, but a powder day was reported on Monday following up to 20cm of new snow at resorts such as Alta (180cm) and Snowbird (183cm). The latest forecasts are suggesting up to 50cm of new snow over the next seven days so hopefully there will be some good powder to be found here too.
Californian fortunes were improved slightly over the weekend following up to 25cm of fresh snow at resorts such as Mammoth Mountain (107cm). Even better news is that a period of snowy weather is forecast for the weekend and into next week, with 20-30cm of new snow expected and cold enough temperatures for snow machines to fire up.
Again the east coast continues to keep hold of its excellent conditions, particularly on the groomed slopes. Take lots of layers however as temperatures are set to remain well below freezing (-10C at mid-mountain) over the weekend, but with most lifts scheduled to run and almost all slopes open, braving the cold will be worth it!
British Columbia is offering some decent skiing at present, particularly on the upper slopes and at resorts such as Kimberley (114cm) which caught some good new falls of snow over the weekend. Whistler (142cm) sadly continues to struggle, with the lower slopes really suffering at present. New snow is badly needed, but unlike for the rest of the state, no fresh snowfall is on the horizon.
Across on the east coast the skiing remains fantastic although lots of warm layers are needed as temperatures continue to dip well below -20C at night. Some new snow has been recorded at both Mont Sainte-Anne (90/150cm) and Tremblant (110/190cm) during the past week, resulting in some great fresh on piste conditions. Cloudy skies and some light snow are forecast for the next week.
European Weather Outlook
The heavy snow that has been dumping on the Pyrenees all week is set to slowly peter out during Friday, but not before a further 25cm of potential new snowfall. Saturday and Sunday are looking brighter which is great news, but following all the new snow lots of work will need to be undertaken by resort teams to open up the slopes. Bear in mind too that the freezing level is set to rise to around 2,500m this weekend which could produce some serious avalanche conditions following all the new snow. Please stay up to date with the very latest avalanche forecasts as the situation is currently very dangerous.
Thursday’s sunshine in Bulgaria is set to be replaced by thick clouds on Friday and snow is expected to fall. Some of the snowfall is expected to be very heavy, with up to 40cm forecast for the upper slopes by Sunday.
New snow is predicted this weekend across Scandinavia, with Norway expected to catch the most with around 20cm predicted on Sunday and Monday. The snow is set to be lighter in Sweden, but fewer sunny breaks are expected and a similar amount can be expected, perhaps more at Salen.
Cold weather returned to Scotland during Thursday, firming up the pistes across the country before the arrival of yet more snow in the coming days. For the best chance of brightness then aim for Saturday and Sunday, although both days could see some snow showers falling at times.
North American Weather Outlook
Cloudy and cold weather is set to remain in place across the east coasts of both the USA and Canada, with cloudy skies dominating. New snow can be expected too, with Quebec set to receive around 10cm and up to 30cm further south in the US states of Vermont, Maine and New England.
Western Canada is set to remain nice and cold in the coming week, with some new snow in the forecast too. Around 20cm of fresh snow can be expected in British Columbia and Alberta by Tuesday, although the weekend is looking mostly sunny across the board.