The four valleys in Switzerland was once again in great shape on Monday 17th, having reported 25cm of fresh snow in 48 hours, with the upper slopes in Verbier (150cm) looking especially promising. While about half the lifts are open across the whole area, the vast majority were in Verbier, though Nendaz was far more limited. The slopes were surprisingly quiet for the time of year, with plenty of untracked snow available to ski.
Zermatt (20/220cm) saw a light dusting of snow overnight, as the resort prepares to open its full range of terrain, stepping up from the already 247km available, as well as the link to Cervinia. Saas Fee (0/200cm) looked in similarly fantastic shape, with blankets of untouched snow. However, the upper mountain did have limited access due to high winds, primarily impacting the drag lifts. Both resorts saw light clouds but mild temperatures.
Snow also fell into many of the central Swiss resorts, with 10-15cm of new coverage over the past 24 hours in the Jungfrau. Although the upper piste depth broke 1m, the coverage at lower altitude remains patchy, with only 45km of the potential 21km of piste open. Engelberg (15/204cm) was faring better, with access to the valley open and a greater variety of skiing on offer, including the resorts famed off piste opportunities thanks to the fresh snow, and also looked somewhat colder than many other resorts.
Further west, the conditions in Davos / Klosters were relatively similar – 5cm of overnight snow freshened up the upper slopes, although there remained limited access down to the valley level and a large range of the mountain still to be opened. While the lower mountains were clear, the upper slopes sat in the cloud for the most part.
Other than an expected sunny interlude on Tuesday, there is likely to be a degree of cloud cover and potentially light to moderate snow, before warming as the weekend approached.