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Epic skiing in Europe — Snow, snow, and even more snow!

Date Posted: 30th Dec 2011
Category:  Snow News

After an amazing past few weeks of snowfall, the good news is that there seems to be no sign of the powder gods letting up! Val D'isere & Tignes are due 18cm of snow today, with 35cm forecast for the next 5 days. This is in addition to a base depth which is already at the 2 metre mark on the upper slopes. Neighbouring resorts in the Tarantaise valley are all enjoying similar amounts of the white stuff - both Meribel and Les Arcs are due 44cm in the next 5 days. Heading to the southern French Alps, the picture is also similar. The glacial resorts of Alpe D'Huez (home to the infamous 16km "La Sarenne" run), and Les Deux Alpes are expecting over a foot of the fresh stuff today, with over 50cm forecast for the next 5 days.

Across in Switzerland, Verbier continues to keep visitors happy with a solid 210cm of snow depth recorded on the upper slopes, with 26cm of snow due today & over the weekend. The stunning winter-wonderland resorts of Wengen & Grindlewald are seeing 20cm of snow today and tomorrow, with more snow predicted early next week keeping the groomers in good shape. Further south, deep in the Valais canton of Switzerland, the resort of Saas Fee (known as the 'Pearl of the Alps') is predicted a mixture of snow and bluebird days over the next week — plenty of fun to be had if you are heading here with an awesome 329cm snow base depth at 3500m.

The snow in Austria is also continuing to treat visitors. The Arlberg ski area — home to St Anton and Lech — is due at least another foot of powder. It just keeps on falling in waves of big dumps! Anyone skiing in Mayrhofen over the next week will be greeted with 39cm of fresh snow falling today and tomorrow. Obergurgl is due up to 50cms of the finest Tyrolean powder between now and Tuesday on higher ground.

Conditions across Italy continue to steadily improve as the season progresses. Cervinia, famously situated under the Matterhorn, has fantastic upper depths of 250cm - with another 18cm of snow forecast for today, with more snow being forecast into next week. Anyone heading out to Courmayeur (see pic, right) will be greeted with 30cm of fresh snow due today, with even more snow continuing to fall well into next week — it would be well worth a day trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel to explore Chamonix (on the French side of Mont Blanc), where snow conditions are some of the best in the Alps - an astonishing 330cm of snow depth can be found on the upper slopes of the Grand Montets with another 50cm falling today. Across in the Dolomites, expect amazing conditions next week with another 31cm forecast for Selva.

With all this snow lurking around, Can things possibly get any better?!

By James Turner

Image via: chamonet.com

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