Thursday, 18 October 2018

The glacial skiing on offer in Europe on Thursday 18th October was a real mixed bag, with a distinct lack of snow over many resorts resulting in hard packed and icy conditions, including the recently opened Tignes glacier. The two operational Swiss resorts fared best, with more consistent coverage. The season is finally winding down across our final resorts in New Zealand.

Austria

The slopes on the Austrian glaciers ranged from hard packed and icy, over resorts such as Hintertux (0/45cm) and Stubai (0/10cm), to more favorable offerings over resorts including Solden (0/30cm), with a more even covering of snow over the glacial base. Skies were predominantly clear and bright, with only light clouds in the sky over much of the region.

France

The Tignes (0/10cm) glacier reopened on Wednesday 17th October, with hard packed pistes leading to icy and potentially challenging conditions.

Switzerland

Saas Fee (0/200cm) and Zermatt (0/300cm) continued to offer among the best glacial skiing in Europe, in part thanks to the recent light snow that fell last week. While there is some snow on the long range forecasts, expect the skies to remain predominantly clear for the coming week at least.

Italy

There were hazy clouds over Passo Stelvio (0/160cm) over hard packed, icy pistes. The slopes were mainly populated my race training camps.

North America

Summer skiing has now ended in North America for the season.

Australia

Skiing has now ended in Australia for the season.

New Zealand

Skiing continued over Cardrona (40/147cm) on the South Island, and resorts on Mt Ruapehu on the North Island. All resorts saw very spring like conditions, with snow starting of soft in the mornings and getting slushier as the day progresses. Expect the sunny skies to prevail for many days to come, with great conditions in store for final closing weekends.

South America

The winter season has now ended in South America