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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.

Thursday 20 October 2016


It was mixed weather on the Austrian glaciers on the 20th of October 2016. Most resorts have had some fresh snow recently, however, so conditions are mostly very good. Hintertux is the pick of the bunch: the opening of the 3er Schlegeis lift means a whopping 37km of slopes is now on offer and 15 cm of fresh snow isn’t half bad either.

Our featured French resort Tignes basked in sensational sunshine on Thursday 20th October. Ski conditions are outstanding thanks to recent snowfalls in the area. Likewise in Italy the excellent start to the season is continuing. A high chance of light snowfall in the short term forecast is expected to make for ideal conditions in the coming weekend.

In the southern hemisphere skiing is now limited to just two resorts on New Zealand’s North Island. Turoa and Whakapapa are both still operating, but were closed on Thursday due to inclement weather.

Elsewhere, In North America there is no skiing at Timberline or Whistler. Both resorts have scheduled opening dates in November.


Monday the 20th of October 2016 was a mostly good day for Austrian glaciers. The weather was mostly cloudy, but snow conditions were great across the board.

In the Tyrol, weather was mixed. It was a cloudy day for Hintertux (75cm) and Stubai (60cm). Hintertux has the most open terrain of any ski area in the world right now, and with the weather set to improve on Friday and over the weekend (along with recent snowfalls), some very, very good days could be in the pipeline. It was better weather for Kaunertal (45cm), Pitztal (78cm) and Solden (95cm) – mostly blue skies with a varying levels of cloud cover. Solden is a great option at the moment despite not having as much snow as some of the other Austrian Glaciers.

Around Salzburg, Kaprun (90cm) experienced a miserable day weather wise on the 20th of October 2016. Fear not, however, as fresh snow and improving weather from tomorrow means things could get very tasty, very soon. Down south, Molltal (130cm) has 20cm of fresh snow but it was a wet and windy day on the mountain. Still, you will want to be on that mountain when things clear up as we could be on the verge of some very good days. In central Austria, things are picking up on the stunning Dachstein glacier (50cm): 20cm of fresh snow was very welcome news, especially for the park team, who now have more of the fluffy stuff to work with when building that legendary Dachstein Superpark


Lovely early morning conditions in Tignes (30cm) on Thursday October 20th. Clear blue skies and packed powder snow on piste presented a stunning day to be in the high mountains.
Pleasant, dry weather conditions are expected to continue in Tignes, until Sunday when more unstable weather is likely to bring rain and freezing levels above 3000 metres.


There was some good skiing to be had in Switzerland on Thursday 20th October at our two featured summer ski resorts. In Saas Fee (160cm), there was 10cm of fresh snow on the 18th October, and skiing is now available down to the mid station. In Zermatt (50cm), the weather was a mixture of sun and cloud, and 5 lifts were spinning, serving 29km of groomed pistes.


Passo Stelvio (150cm) and Val Senales (50cm) continue to offer outstanding early season skiing on a sunny Thursday 20th October. Both resorts have been able to open more pistes this week. In Val Senales a few skiers have even begun venturing off piste, a great indication that snow conditions are fantastic.

Clouds and potentially a light snow storm is forecast overnight for our featured Italian resorts. Weekend conditions are looking ideal for a day on the mountain.

North America

There is currently no skiing at any of our featured summer ski resorts in North America. Timberline in America, and Whistler in Canada are both scheduled to open in November.


All of our featured Australian ski resorts are now closed for skiing this season.

New Zealand

In New Zealand the only ski resorts that are still operating are Turoa (169cm) and Whakapapa (222cm). However, both resorts were closed on Thursday 20th October due to inclement weather. Snow is on the forecast, with around 9cm expected to fall across the region on Friday 21st October.

South America

All of our featured South American ski resorts are now closed for skiing this season.
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