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Snow overview - our twice-weekly round up of the latest snow conditions in the mountains

Snow Overview

Our twice-weekly round up of the latest snow conditions in the mountains

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.

Monday 02 March 2015

latest Ski Club Snowcast

Summary

There has been new snow across the Alps, with Monday dawning cloudy and snow across most of the mountain. The freezing level rose temporarily and as a result some lower slopes saw rain or a wintry mix, so conditions may be heavy here. Be careful if heading off piste in the coming days as the avalanche danger has hit Level 4 in places and is at Level 3 elsewhere.

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.

Austria

We are approaching spring time in the Alps and mild temperatures are starting to be seen, which is making the lower slopes a little heavy. The mild conditions have also brought light rainfall at lower altitudes but light snowfall is being reported higher up.

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.

France

Some good new snowfall was recorded at altitude in France on Monday morning, but below around 1,800m, rain was falling. This has resulted in some heavy piste conditions, but with temperatures dropping and new snow in the forecast some of the damage will be repaired.

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.

Switzerland

Fluctuating freezing levels have resulted in some heavy conditions on the lower slopes of our featured Swiss resorts. The snow level touched as high as 2,000m in parts of the western Alps, but was dropping back to below 1,000m during the course of the day on Monday 2nd March.

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.

Italy

A warmer climate is working its way across Europe at the moment and some of the lower resorts in western Italy are starting to see heavy slopes on their resort runs. High altitude slopes are still looking good however after the fresh snowfall the country saw last week.

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.

Andorra

The snow base across Andorra is well above average and as a result the prospects for the rest of the season are great. The skiing on Monday 2nd March was sadly affected however by milder temperatures and the lower slopes have some heavy snow conditions. Soldeu (140/190cm) has picked up over a metre and a half of snow during the past week, with similar totals seen at Arcalis (180/290cm). A drop in temperature is forecast on Wednesday, accompanied by yet more snowfall.

Norway/Sweden

More fresh snow has fallen across Norway, providing some great skiing conditions as we head into March. Hemsedal (104/117cm) saw 25cm of fresh snow over the weekend, giving some great powder turns across the mountain. Similarly, Trysil (124/124cm) had a great weekend, picking up 17cm of new snow. A nice settled period of weather is forecast for the week ahead, with some decent sunny spells and below freezing temperatures expected.

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.

Germany

Milder air has been in place across Germany in recent days, bringing some heavy conditions to the lower slopes at all of our featured resorts. New snow is in the forecast, but some of this may fall as rain on the lowest slopes. Head high for the best conditions at resorts such as Obertsdorf (20/150cm) and Garmisch (50/315cm), especially at the latter where 5cm of fresh snow fell on Monday 2nd March. The outlook is a snowy one and the best news is that the temperature is expected to drop significantly, bringing snow to all levels – up to 50cm is possible by Friday.

Bulgaria

Partly sunny skies were in place on Monday 2nd March, making a nice change from the persistent low cloud and poor visibility over the weekend. There was a little new snow before the weekend, but sadly the predicted heavy falls did not materialise. The best conditions remain on the upper slopes of Bansko (60/225cm) and Borovets (195/240cm), although some pistes are closed in the former due to the FIS Ski World Cup races. Partly sunny conditions are expected to prevail until Thursday, when snow is forecast to return.

Scotland

The snowy spell of weather continued over the weekend in Scotland, with some heavy falls of snow recorded, particularly on the west coast. Again the winds were an issue but all five areas were able to offer some skiing on Monday 2nd March. The deepest snow is on the west coast, with both Glencoe (90/200cm) and Nevis Range (70/180cm), with great coverage on most runs. It is possible to ski back down to the carpark at Glencoe, with the Black Access run in particularly good condition. Over in the east, Glenshee (50/100cm) was open out to Coire Fionn, with the best conditions on eastern aspects. The Lecht (50/90cm) and Cairngorm (30/100cm) both have good snowsports on offer, although watch out for windscoured areas at Cairngorm in particular.

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.

USA

It has been a very snowy weekend across Utah and Colorado, with the heaviest falls towards the south of Colorado. All of our featured resorts have picked up new snow, leading to some fantastic conditions all over the mountain. The snowiest spots include Telluride (190cm), with 68cm in the past two days, Crested Butte (155cm) with 55cm and Aspen (201cm) with 41cm.  Over the border in New Mexico, Taos (216cm) tops them all, having received 112cm in the past five days alone. The powder is great and more snow is in the forecast before the sun breaks through on Wednesday and remains in place throughout the week.

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).
 

Canada

Light top ups of fresh snow over the weekend have improved the conditions across British Columbia, although Whistler (147cm) continues to suffer from a lack of snow. Red Mountain (151cm) caught a nice 3cm of new snow on Sunday and Revelstoke (198cm) fared even better after seeing 8cm of powder. This has improved the piste conditions following the recent mild spell of weather. Sunny skies dominate the forecast, with temperatures expected to rise gradually to above freezing at mid-mountain level.

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 heavy snow falling across the Alps on Monday is set to slowly taper off during the night into Tuesday, especially in France and western Switzerland. But lighter snow is set to fall for much of the week, potentially adding a further 20-30cm to what was falling on Monday, including in the south towards Italy. Temperatures are set to fall away throughout the week and by Thursday the freezing level may reach as low as sea level. Sunshine is currently forecast to make a welcome return on Friday, but Austria may cling on to a few snow clouds into the start of the weekend.

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

Monday’s light snow across western Canada is expected to peter out overnight, leaving a gloriously sunny week of weather. Temperatures are set to gradually rise from around -10C at mid-mountain level to around 0C by Thursday and around +4C by next Monday.

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!


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