There was a welcome improvement in conditions in resorts across Italy, with a mammoth 60cm falling over Cervinia on Monday 14th Jan, substantially improving conditions. Although considerably smaller amounts fell elsewhere in the Aosta Valley, 10-15cm was still very much welcome in terms of freshening up otherwise tired and increasingly hard packed pistes. The coming couple of days are expected to be bright and mild, with temperatures only slightly below freezing. Beyond that however, forecasts indicate a return to more overcast and potentially snow filled conditions.
Conditions in the Via Lattea, or Milky Way were still challenging, with limited coverage restricting the potential linking pistes between the constituent resorts. Although there has been significant levels of artificial snow produced, there mains only 30-50cm on the ground, and many pistes remain closed. There was light snowfall on Monday 14th, also coming down over nearby Bardonecchia.
Resorts in the Dolomites saw some very welcome and much needed fresh snowfall, beginning on Sunday 13th and continuing until Tuesday 15th January, at which point clear skies and mild weather once again dominated the weather. Up to 20cm came down over this period, and while not enough to allow meaningful off piste skiing, it at least freshened up the pisted terrain.