Friday, 16 August 2019

Australia once again reported some fantastic conditions, with cold weather and fresh snow marrying to produce amazing riding conditions with a growing snowpack. New Zealand saw more variable weather, with fresh snow accompanied heavy wind and limited visibility causing operational disruptions in some areas.

European glacial resorts saw far more pleasant conditions than has tended to be the case over recent weeks, making it a great opportunity to get out and get some turns in.

Austria

It has been another sun filled week up at Hintertux Glacier (95cm), giving us partially icy conditions on the pistes, and with a weekend full of scattered storms and rain, it doesn’t look to be the best couple of days skiing ahead. Molltal (190cm) is set to see similar weather, but with substantially more snow left on the pistes, this should fare better in the stormy weather (lifts open until 14:00). Skiing at Pitztal, Solden, Kaprun and Stubai Glacier is not currently available.

France

Skiing in Tignes and Les Deux Alpes is now closed for the season.

Switzerland

It was a beautiful day in Switzerland as with much of the rest of the Alps, with Saas Fee enjoying a beautiful bright couple of days. This weather is set to continue over the weekend with temperatures rising throughout. Zermatt is finally open for summer skiing again and saw similarly favorable weather, sitting high above the clouds with the snow in good condition for this time of year.

Italy

Four lifts above Cervinia provided access to the glacial ski areas, with beautiful conditions on the Plateau Rosa offering some enjoyable skiing and park laps. Unfortunately, summers skiing is closed in Passo Stelvio.

North America

Timberline was our only featured summer resort in North America, where lifts are running from 7am-2pm serving the Palmer glacier. The sun is set to continue to shine throughout the week to make for some enjoyable laps.

Australia

Yet more snow over Australia over the past few days continued a fantastic wintery period of skiing with Falls Creek having seen 102cm over four days and blue skies. Almost every one of our featured resorts is set to see more fresh snowfall over the weekend, reporting up to 35cm at Falls Creek from Sunday to Wednesday, while Perisher broke the record for base depth so far this season at over 200cm. The weather yesterday (Thursday 15th) was a mixed bag due to fluctuating temperatures; so much of the snow that fell was rather damp, but with the temperature dropping again over night, this provided beautifully groomed pistes come morning. Snowpack off piste tends to be windblown in places, with more substantial accumulations in places and exposed icy patches elsewhere, something to be aware of.

New Zealand

After a period of clear weather, far more adverse and variable conditions were found over New Zealand in the last couple of days. Turoa has had interruptions in operation due to routine avalanche control following due to the week-long storm, however all lift operations are back up and running now with beautiful bluebird conditions. Heavy winds across resorts, with some including Mt Hutt (45/95cm) forced to temporarily suspend some operations. Elsewhere, a mix of wind, rain and snow made it an unappealing couple of days riding despite the fresh snowfall.

The majority of resorts have seen similar heavy snowfall refreshing pistes, especially those for whom it was their first new natural coverage in more than a week. Cardrona saw some great conditions, helpful for an awesome couple of days at the Freestyle Open RookieFest, a great warm up for the Winter Games kicking off next weekend.

South America

Similar conditions could be found in Chile, with an absence of fresh snow but abundant good weather. Mild temperatures have given the mountains an almost spring like feel despite the time of year, with beautiful clear skies and relatively soft snow. This may change given the forecast, with snow expected towards the end of the weekend, with reports of rain falling into the beginning of the week.