SNOW OVERVIEW FOR 27  JULY 2017

Temperatures have dropped in Europe, and some fresh snow could be on the cards for the likes of Kaprun. In France the best skiing can be found at les Deux Alpes, whilst skiing in Tignes is due to continue on the Grande Motte glacier until 6th August.  On the Swiss/Italian border, both Zermatt and Cervinia have reopened after they were forced to close earlier in the week due to bad weather.
Fresh snow in Australia has provided a soft top to an otherwise firm base, and more snow is being predicted during the course of the day.
Ski resorts in New Zealand have yet again been blessed with more snow, with Mt Hutt and Porter Heights in particular taking a large share of the spoils.
In South America it was largely sunny day in Chile, with some lovely skiing across our featured resorts. In Argentina the weather was more changeable, and strong winds at Cerro Catedral may cause disruption to lift operation during the day.

Austria

Temperatures on Thursday were lower than they have been in recent weeks for our Austrian resorts, with glacier readings around freezing or -1C. Small amounts of fresh snow are predicted during the morning at Kaprun (10cm), whilst elsewhere it was a mainly cloudy day. Molltal (190cm) is now open again after poor weather led to its closure on Monday. However, the weather was still windy up on the summit which may affect lift operations at times.

France

The best skiing conditions in France remain at Les Deux Alpes (65cm). At Tignes (20cm) and Val d’Isere (20cm) the slopes look like they are hanging on a bit now, and with further rain potentially coming in later on Thursday, conditions are not likely to get better any time soon.
Skiing is due to continue at Tignes on the Grande Motte Glacier until the 6th August.

Switzerland

Zermatt (60cm) is now open again after bad weather forced it to close for skiing on Monday 24th July. That means that coupled with Saas Fee (90cm), there are two summer resorts in Switzerland currently offering skiing at present.

Italy

Cervinia (60cm) has reopened now after bad weather forced the ski area to close on Monday 24th July. It was a partly cloudy day at the ski area, with the 4 lifts in operation and 14 km of groomed piste on offer.
Elsewhere, ski training will commence at Val Senales from September 1st.

North America

It was a partly cloudy day at Whistler (100cm), with temperatures of around +15C on Thursday 27th July.
At Timberline (50cm), skiing continues on the Palmer Snowfield, where three lifts are still being scheduled to run.

Australia

There was fresh snow overnight for many of our featured Australian resorts. Accumulations were fairly light at around 3-5cm in most places, which is in keeping with recent day’s snowfall, although one exception to this was at Selwyn Snowfields (70cm) where 15cm has been measured in the last 24 hours.
It was a largely sunny day for most resorts, which could give way to some snow showers later in the day. The snow conditions are pretty fresh, with a thin cover of new snow covering what is pretty firm piste at resorts such as Mount Hotham (65/98cm) and Mount Buller (6/76cm). Off piste conditions are fairly variable, but some of the gusty conditons of late have left some windblown stashes in places.

New Zealand

Does it ever stop snowing in New Zealand? Apparently not. Mt Hutt (230/255cm) has yet again been battered by 25cm of fresh snow, but that didn’t stop the resort running 3/5 lifts on Thursday. Porter Heights (110/1140cm) received 20cm, and most other resorts measured around 2-5cm of fresh.
The weather for the day was cloudy clearing into a nice day around Queenstown at Coronet Peak (25/125cm) and The Remarkables (40/75cm). Whilst up on the North Island it was snowing hard, forcing Turoa (138cm) to close for the day.
Good news, it seems Mount Olympus (55/250cm) is finally going to open for the season, with lifts set to start spinning this coming weekend on the 29th July.

South America

It was a great day in Chile on Thursday 27th July. The sun shone for large parts, and there was excellent skiing on offer at Nevados de Chillan (269cm), where 11/12 lifts were running, and on piste the slopes looked very well groomed indeed. At Portillo (60/105cm), some of the off piste snow is holding well, and for the intrepid there are still some great powder turns that can be found.
In Argentina, lift operation at Cerro Catedral (15/80cm) was affected by strong winds, which coupled with some rain lower down, made for a fairly miserable day. At Chapleco (40/75cm) and Las Lenas (50/80cm) the weather was more changeable, and the best snow can currently be found on the upper slopes.