The latter part of last week and the past weekend saw snowfall, accompanied by poor visibility of much of the west of Italy. Bardonecchia (100/305cm) continues its trend of excellent reported snowfalls in March, with 50cm falling on Friday. Other resorts saw some good new over the weekend – Bormio (40/90cm), which has seen underwhelming snowfall for much of the season, managed 30cm over four days resulting in a noticeable upturn in conditions, with a similar story in Passo Tonale (60/250cm).
Monday the 19th saw the arrival of increasingly bright skies in the West of the country, with no clouds at all in the more southerly resorts with glorious days over the Milky Way for example. Conditions in the Via Lattea are a real improvement over the past few weeks, with any signs of the lack of early season snow now well in the past. Up to 250cm of snow can be found on the upper slopes and plenty of off piste options available as well thanks to 40cm in the past four days.
Good quantities of new snow also fell in the East, with up to 15cm in Alagna (50/180cm) while Alta Badia (135/164cm) saw 25cm, both on the Sunday. It remained overcast in the Dolomites with poor visibility; though this did leave open the possibility of more snowfall arriving over the course of the day.
As with the wider Alpine region, Monday looks to be the last of any snow that may fall over this week other than minor isolated flurries in the more southerly resorts. The following weekend on the other hand should bring plenty of new snow, as long as current forecasts hold steady.