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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 28 May 2015

Summary

Following the heavy snowfall down to low levels last week, the weather has calmed down somewhat and some decent skiing has been had on Europe’s glaciers. The pick of the conditions are currently in Austria, following good snowfalls last week. Recent snow has set up the Austrian glaciers in great condition. The sun was shining on Thursday, but a wet weekend is forecast. There is no skiing available in France at present. Tignes is set to reopen on June 26th, at which point Les Deux Alpes (20th June) and Val d’Isere (6th June) should have already opened for summer skiing. Cervinia will offer limited skiing this weekend, but the Zermatt slopes are set to be closed due to maintenance. Good spring skiing was available at our two featured North America skiing locations: Timberline, USA and Whistler, Canada. Whistler recently extended its winter season to June 7th on Whistler Mountain, with Blackcomb opening for summer skiing on June 20th. All of our featured resorts in Australia, New Zealand and South America are not yet open for the season.

Austria

The fresh snow of last week has provided some great skiing in recent days across the Austrian glacier resorts. The sun was shining on Thursday 28th May, but a wet weekend is forecast, with rain expected at all levels. Some of the best skiing can be found at the Hintertux (0/270cm) glacier, which was running 10 lifts on Thursday. The Dachstein (0/360cm) and Stubai (0/260cm) glaciers were also in good condition. Five lifts were running at the former and eight at the latter, accessing a good range of well-groomed slopes. The Molltal glacier is currently on its spring break and will be reopening for summer skiing on June 20th – the snow base is still over 3m so when it reopens conditions should be good.

France

No skiing is currently on offer in France as Tignes is now on its spring skiing break - it is set to reopen on 26th June. Les Deux Alpes will open for their summer ski season from 20th June to 29th August 2015 and Val d’Isere is set to open between 6th June and 12th July.

Switzerland

The sun was shining on Zermatt (0/210cm) on Thursday, which remains the only Swiss ski area still in operation. Four lifts were running on Thursday, accessing some decent skiing on the Theodulgletscher. However, a wet weekend is forecast and the lifts on the Plateau Rosa are scheduled to be closed for maintenance. Saas Fee’s glacier is closed until the July 19th.

Italy

Cervinia (0/215cm) is once again set to reopen this weekend. Five pistes are scheduled to open – as with every weekend so far in May. Zermatt’s lifts are set to be closed for the weekend however, so the ski area is due to be more limited than in recent weeks. Sadly a wet spell of weather is expected over the coming days, likely resulting in some heavy conditions on piste. The Presena Glacier is not opening this summer due to the construction of a new high-speed gondola on the glacier and summer skiing at Val Senales has been cancelled due to a lack of snow this winter.

North America

Timberline (135cm) continues to offer some decent skiing on the Palmer snowfield, with the Magic Mile and Palmer chairlifts spinning. A mostly sunny weekend is forecast, with mild temperatures expected – so be sure to take suncream and sunglasses! The base depth has dropped almost half a metre this week at Whistler (54cm), but some decent skiing is still on offer on the upper slopes. With mild and sunny weather expected over the weekend, get up the mountain early for the best skiing. Whistler Mountain is set to remain open until June 3rd and Blackcomb should reopen for summer skiing on June 20th.

Australia

All our featured Australian resorts are yet to open for the 2015 season. A dusting of snow remains on the ground on the upper slopes of our featured Australian resorts and most have already started snowmaking for the 2015 season. Most are set to open on June 6th, with many hosting big festivals to welcome in the winter and celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

New Zealand

All our featured New Zealand resorts are yet to open for the 2015 season. Snow has already fallen on the South Island, with dustings on the North Island, which hopefully will set a good base ahead of the winter season which begins for most in mid-late June.

South America

All our featured South American resorts are yet to open for the 2015 season. New snow is forecast over the weekend to low levels, hopefully setting the base for the season ahead.
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