Friday, 11 October 2019

Some more fresh snow has been reported in the Alps, with snow falling this week down to as low as 1500m in places. This has really helped the glaciers, most of which are opening up more terrain and are reporting better conditions by the day. A sunny and milder weekend is forecast before the possibility of further snowfall returns in the middle of next week.

Skiing is underway for the winter in Scandinavia, with Ruka in Finland opening its gates for the season thanks to a huge stockpile of snow kept on the hill from last winter.

Over in North America, the race to open looks to be decided in the next few days – with Keystone, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado vying for top spot after a snowy and bitterly cold few days in the Rockies.

Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere ski season is very much winding down, with only a handful of resorts still open and several set to close their lifts after the coming weekend. Typical spring conditions can be encountered in most of the resorts that are still open.

Austria

Fresh snow has again fallen on the glaciers of Austria and conditions have improved further as a result and more terrain has opened up. This is especially so at Sölden, where things are shaping up well in advance of the opening weekend of the World Cup Season at the end of October. For the most variety head off to Hintertux, where 25km of slopes are currently open.

Slightly milder and mostly sunny weather is forecast over the weekend, before temperatures drop next week bringing cooler and possibly snowier conditions.

 

France

At Tignes they are still waiting for more snow, but even in comparison to last week, the Grande Motte glacier is looking whiter. A little more fresh snow has fallen and the piste crews are working hard so look out for an update soon. Hopefully more of the white stuff comes down soon and also at Les Deux Alpes for their late-October opening.

After a milder and mostly sunny weekend, things are set to turn a bit more wintry by the middle of next week and some more light snow is expected.

 

Switzerland

Both glacier ski areas currently open in Switzerland – Zermatt and Saas Fee – are reporting good conditions thanks to their altitude and a dusting of new snow recently. Race teams and freestylers are out in force prepping for the season ahead.

Glacier skiing at Engelberg, Diavolezza and Laax is expected to begin before the end of the month should new snow fall in the coming weeks. As with the rest of the Alps, some new snow and colder temperatures are forecast next week after a mild and mostly sunny weekend.

 

Italy

There are still only two Italian options at present. You can either head to the glacier at Passo Stelvio (but only for a few more weeks) or to Val Senales, both of which are reporting decent conditions after a light sprinkling of new snow in recent days.

A sunny weekend is forecast before the clouds thicken and the temperatures drop in the middle of the week, potentially bringing a little fresh snow.

 

North America

No skiing is currently on offer in North America, but the first snow has been reported at most resorts. Most notably, fresh snow has fallen in Colorado at the same time as temperatures dipped to well below -10c. Huge amounts of manmade snow have been produced at the likes of Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland – all of which are likely to open up for winter very soon! Snowmaking has also begun at Killington on the east coast and at a couple of resorts in Quebec in Canada.

Mostly dry and sunny weather is forecast for most, but cool nights should allow for snowmaking in some places – especially at the high resorts in Colorado.

Australia

The season is almost over in Australia, with Perisher the final resort holding out against the strong spring sunshine. This weekend will be the resort’s last of what has been a bumper winter and decent spring weather is forecast for closing weekend festivities.

New Zealand

A handful of ski areas remain open in New Zealand, but more are due to close this weekend – including Mt Hutt on the South Island. Two more weeks of the season remain at the twin Mt Ruapehu resorts of Turoa and Whakapapa, but there’s the chance that the latter may stay open at weekends during November if the weather plays ball. Cool and changeable weather is forecast for much of the weekend and into next week.

 

South America

Mild spring-like weather is the order of the day down in South America as the ski season comes to a close. A little skiing is on offer at Cerro Catedral, but this too is set to close soon, as are the other smaller areas that are still open.