Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Snow News thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2015-01-28 Snow Report | 16 Jan 2015 Update: 17 Jan - Winter is back!

There's already been over 30cm of fresh snow in ski resorts in France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Here's some of our favourite photos from Twitter this morning:












16 Jan - Big snowfall is coming

It’s been a snow-dry January for most resorts so far but that is all set to change this weekend.

Earlier this week we reported on conditions in the mountains after a small snowfall last weekend which slightly improved the ski conditions. View 13th Jan Snow Report.

Now a big change is on the way as temperatures start to go down – and stay down. The best of the snow fall is expected in Italy, with up to 90cm predicted over the next 3 days.

France

Great news for everyone heading out to France this weekend, lots of snow is expected! Over 45cm is predicted in La Clusaz, Les 2 Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. 40cm in Morzine and Avoriaz. With Courchevel, Megeve, Meribel, Flaine and Chamonix expecting to receive over 30 cm of fresh snow.

Its already been snowing in Avoriaz from 7:30 am on Friday



Austria

Heavy snowfalls are predicted to move in from the west. 20-50cm of snow should be coming in, possibly favouring locations in Tirol, including Solden and Stubai with 50cm, Kaunertal with 32cm and Ischgl, St Anton, Mayrhofen and Lech hoping for over 25cm.

Italy

If you are looking to go somewhere last minute – Italy will be your powder haven! Being right in the firing line of this dump of snow coming to Europe, resorts are expecting 50cm + potentially with up to a metre of pow in some lucky places!

Switzerland

Snow in the Swiss Alps is looking very similar to Austria with between 30-50cm is likely in most ski areas. The best of the snow should be in St Moritz and the up to 40cm in Saas Fee and Zermatt, and then 30 cm in other resorts in Graubünden including Davos, Arosa Lenzerheide and Vals.

Snowfall on Saturday 12am



Snowfall on Saturday 3pm


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Snow Report | 13 Jan 2015
But things are looking up! Over the weekend, skiers and snowboarders coming in to resort would have been greeted to a layer of fresh snow as up to 25cm fell in 24 hours, including down to village level, although high winds on Sunday and Monday caused some resorts to close high lifts including Cervinia, Zermatt and Kaprun. 

Luckily more cold weather is forecast this week with snowfalls predicted on Wednesday, then again at the weekend!

La Plagne Tuesday AM

France

Skiing conditions in France have been ok, particularly higher up. Slopes tend to be quieter in January so the on piste conditions maintain their shape relatively well allowing a great day’s skiing. On Sunday some resorts would have woken up to rain before it started to snow throughout the morning. The best of the snow was Chamonix with 15cm, La Plagne and Tignes received 10cm and then Alpe d'Huez, Les Arcs, La Clusaz & Megeve got a sprinkling of 5cm.


Latest snow report from Chamonix

Austria

Many resorts over the Austrian Alps received a good chunk of the snow fall over the weekend – there have even been reports up to 50cm at the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at Kaprun. The best of the rest was Kaunertal and St Wolfgang with 25cm, 20cm in Saalbach & Zell am See, 15cm Lech & Schladming, 12cm in Ischgl and then Fieberbrunn, Hintertux, Igls, Niederau, Sölden received 10cm of freshies.

Zell am See after some fresh snowfall 

Switzerland

Resorts received a mix of the rain and snow as well. As temperatures dropped Sunday morning Arosa was lucky to get 25cm of fresh snow. While both Zermatt and Saas Free had to close over half of their lifts due to strong winds on Monday.


Latest snow report from Verbier

Italy

Lots of sunshine with some fresh snow of the weekend. Arabba is looking good with 16cm of snowfall and the snowguns are blazing to keep the pistes white.


Arabba last week sent in by a customer

Andorra

It’s been a better start to the season here than most other countries in Europe, but no significant new snow has fallen over the past week. Soldeu is holding on to a good base with 50cm lower and 100cm of snow up top.

USA and Canada

There are excellent conditions and great snow bases across many resorts over the pond. California is struggling slightly with a lack of snow but more is expected to arrive this weekend. The best of the US snow can be found at Snowbird (158cm base), Copper Mountain (140cm) and Breckenridge (132cm). Nearly all resorts across Canada report depths in excess of a metre across the mountains, including the extra snowfalls of up to 40cm over the last week.


Sunshine Village, Banff

Japan

If there is one place in the world without snow problems, it’s Japan. It’s been a great start to the season and the snow keeps coming (as expected). The accumulative snow fall in Niseko to date is a massive 656.5cm!


Niseko - is there such a thing as too much snow?

Snow is coming...




 

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Snow Report | 29 Dec 2014
Up to 60cm of snow fell across the Alps from Friday evening through to Sunday, this caused thousands of people to become stranded in France as roads to resorts closed due to the extreme weather conditions. Authorities had to set up shelters in 12 towns for the holidaymakers that were forced to leave cars and coaches. Was this the worst transfer day ever? 

A journey that should take one hour, was taking over 10 hours as roads were gridlocked with traffic. All the UK tour operators struggled with their transfers on Saturday and Sunday.


Emergency Accommodation

After a crazy weekend, the snow has settled and the storms have cleared up allowing many customers to get their first day on the mountain. 

Beautiful morning in Morzine on Monday

Here is a roundup of the snow over the weekend:

France

3 Valleys was hugely hit by the big dump with between 30-60cm of snow across the resorts. The residents of Morzine were extremely happy as the green village turned white (hopefully it’ll stay white now) and the Pleney lifts were finally able to open on Sunday. Resorts that got 50-60cm of snow include Val d’Isere, Argentiere, La Tania, Les Arcs and La Plagne. Monday morning is looking very cold, but sunny across most resorts in France with high risk of avalanche.

La Tania snow report :



Chamonix snow report:



Austria

Because the ski towns are much lower in Austria, their weekend wasn’t as manic as the French Alps. Resorts still received up to 60cm of snow (Lech) but overall the snowfall was slightly lower in Austria. St Anton received 40cm of snow, Saalbach had 11cm, and Obergurgal and Kaprun got about 10cm. Most other resorts in Austria had a sprinkling under 10cm.


St Anton

Andorra

It’s already been a great start to the season in Grandvaliran resorts, there seems to be no shortage of snow in Soldeu or Pas de la Casa. With an extra 40-50cm of fresh snow at resort level over the weekend, it is still snowing! Due to the extreme weather conditions on Sunday, only the lower slopes were open and skiers were given a choice to exchange their lift passes for another day this season if they didn’t go out on the mountain.


Soldeu

Switzerland

Verbier got a blasting of 45cm of fresh powder allowing them to open even more pistes at the weekend. Currently 24 out of 39 ski runs are open. Grindelwald, Villars, Zeramtt and Davos received between 15-20cm of snow.



USA

…they still have lots of snow!


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Snow Report | 24 Dec 2014 - White Christmas It's the White Christmas we have all been dreaming of!

With just one sleep until turkey, stuffing and crackers, those fortunate to be out in resort for the festive period can look forward to snow, snow and more snow.
Delivering more than just the fat man in the suit, Christmas week is forecast to bring up to 50cm of fresh powder across several resorts in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland all before the fireworks are sparked up to celebrate what is to be a cracking start to the 2015 season.
With temperatures plummeting to as cold as -20 degrees Celsius, the new snow won't be going anywhere, allowing for extensive snow making across the slopes. 


Snow report

 The big winners for snowfall over the next 5 days are:

  • Lech with 41 cm forecast 
  • Val Thorens with 42 cm 
  • Val d’Isere with 36 cm
  • Alpe d’Huez with 52 cm
  • Verbier with 45 cm
  • Les Arcs with 43 cm
If you are heading out this weekend you are in for a snowy arrival and a spectacular week of skiing ahead. If you want to get out and start the year as you mean to go on there are some amazing last minute offers still available.

Merry Christmas, 
See you on the slopes in 20015!

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Snow Report | 21 Dec 2014: Top 5 Photos from this Week
Zermatt has been able to open 247km of pistes of the total 360km whilst the 3 Valleys currently have 130 pistes open for skiers and snowboarders.

There was fresh snow in many resorts midweek although the increase in temperatures across Europe has washed away most of the new snowfall. USA, Canada, Norway and Andorra seem to have the best early season conditions whilst some resorts closer to home are in good shape. Resorts in the Dolomites (Italy) have up to 260cm base at the summit; Hintertux (Austria) has up to 200cm on the glacier and 100cm in Val Thorens (France).

Top 5 snow photos of the week

5. Kitzbuhel, Austria



4. Jackson Hole, USA



3. Courchevel, France



2. Pas de la Casa, Andorra



1. Avoriaz, France



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Snow Report | 08 Dec 2014
France

Skiing is limited to the higher terrain, Tignes and Val Thorens offer good skiing. With the drop in temperatures the lake has frozen over in Tignes this weekend and most resorts received a sprinkling of snow. Some resorts had to delay their opening, so ski areas set to open this weekend are: Avoriaz, Chamonix, Courchevel, Flaine, La Plagne, Les Arcs, and Morzine.



 Frozen lake at Tignes on Sunday 6th


Morzine on Tuesday 9th December

Some of the Iglu team were in Val Thorens this week for the opening of the new Club Med Sensations hotel. Take a look at the stunning conditions in VT

Much more snow in the French Pyrenees compared to their northern neighbours. Grand Tourmalet received 30-40cm of fresh snow, now they have a 50cm base up top and 20cm below. Saint-Lary has got about a foot of freshies and Cauterets has a base of 20cm of up top and 10cm below. Resorts are hoping to open this weekend.


Saint - Lary on Tuesday 9th December

Austria

As temperatures dropped towards the end of the week, resorts were able to fire up the snow cannons. For ski-able areas you still have to head high towards the glacier resorts. The best of the snow was in Obergurgl with 10cm of fresh snow reported. From Wednesday 10th December, Kitzbühel will be operating the Hahnenkamm cable car every day for the season.


Fresh snow in Obergurgl

Switzerland

Zermatt still has the most open terrain with 179 km for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Zermatt and Saas Fee have been amongst the luckiest resorts in the Alps with no issues with the amount of snow so far this season. Over 250 Santa’s took over the slopes of Verbier at the weekend to celebrate the opening of the season:



St Moritz celebrated 150 years of winter tourism this weekend. Our friends at Planet Ski were in resort for the celebrations and they have a snow report straight from the slopes:



Bulgaria

There are still no resorts open in Bulgaria yet, but with the recent snowfall and more on its way this week (over 30cms predicted in Pamporovo) the ski resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are opening on Saturday.


Bansko - Monday 8th

Andorra

With 15cm of snow over the last few days, the Grandvalira ski area opened 120 km last weekend. The bottom of the mountains at Soldeu is getting a great covering:
 


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Snow Report | 23 Nov 2014
France has received a good amount of snow recently and it is already possible to ski in Tignes. With 20cm of snow this week, Val Thorens has opened this weekend and was able to open more slopes than anticipated due to the brilliant conditions.

 
Opening day at Val Thorens

With a 1m base up top and 40 cm at 1800m, La Clusaz is reporting the best conditions at this time of the year for 15 years. 

Did you see the video of the Iglu team riding fresh tracks in Avoriaz this week after 50cm of snow

French resorts planning to open next weekend are: Val d’Isere, Les 2 Alpes & Serre Chevalier
 

Opening weekend in La Clusaz

With good snow in Austria many skier and snowboarders having been taking advantage of the open glacier resorts. The fantastic conditions at Stubai are attracting the likes of professional skiers and snowboarders worldwide, including Norwegian snowboarders Torstein Horgmo and Ståle Sandbech. Temperatures have started to warm up now so hopefully another dump of snow will be on its way soon.


Stubia on Saturday 22nd November

After a drop in temperatures and successful snow making, Whistler opened early on Saturday. Skiers and snowboarders were in for a powdery treat with fresh snowfall over the weekend.

Lindsey Vonn was in resort to open Vail this weekend. 1,110 acres of terrain is now already open. With 6 inches of snowfall on Saturday night and another 4-7 inches predicted Monday; slope conditions are looking good for the week through to Thanksgiving.  
 

Lindsey Vonn opening Vail

Resorts opening from 6th December are: Courchevel, St Anton, St Christoph, Megeve, Meribel & Lech

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Snow Report | 17 Nov 2014 Update 19 Nov 2014:

Iglu Ski live from Avoriaz: Look at all the snow after hiking up the Fornet Bowl at sunrise this morning. Excellent early season snow conditions in Avoriaz



Snow News

With lots more snow in Europe and the Canada, even more resorts are now opening.

The majority of ski resorts don’t open until the start of December, but our first customers heading to St Anton, Val Thorens, Obergurgl, Zermatt and Tignes on 6th Decemeber must be getting very excited for fantastic conditions on their ski holiday!

France

One of our senior sales experts, Christian, is now based in Morzine for the season, so he will be giving regular updates on conditions in the Portes du Soleil ski area this winter. They had 50cm of fresh snow in Avoriaz this weekend; take a look at the powder on the slopes:

 

There's been lots of snow in Val d’Isere the past week, and another 15cm fell overnight on Saturday making the local webcams looking very snowy:



Switzerland

Conditions in Zermatt are fantastic for this time of year. Many ski instructors and season staff are making the most of the snow and heading out to the resort for pre-season training. The snowpark crew are working on building up the park for the start of winter; currently there is one feature open and ready for action. More snow is predicted today, so look out for even better snowy photos tomorrow. 



Austria


More resorts have opened in Austria, including Obergurgl which now has 13 lifts open.



Athletes from all over the world have been in Dachstein this weekend for the 2014 Pleasure Jam. Team GB’s Aimee Fuller came in 5th place in her first competition of the season. After qualifying in first place to the semi-finals, Rowan Coultas came in 6th overall in the snowboard Slopestyle competition. A top start to the ski season for British ski and snowboarding with stunning conditions on the Dachstein glacier.



Canada

Lake Louise was the first Canadian resort to open for the 2014-15 ski season after cooler temperatures and ample snowfall to Banff. After opening on Thursday, the snow was good enough to open a further 15 new runs yesterday.



With over 10 inches of snow blanketing the mountains the past week, Sunshine Village is now open and spinning it’s lifts for the ski season. After opening weekend, the conditions are now very sunny so the resort is eagerly waiting to receive the next dump.  



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Snow Report | 09 Nov 2014: Top 5 Photos from this Week Austria received the better of the first dump of snow with up to 80cm of freshies, and once again the Austrian Alps was favoured by the snow gods with up to a metre of snow falling in some ski areas.

Team GB were over in Austria this week making the most of the early season pow.



Photos courtesy of Jamie Nicholls and Ben Kilner

Whilst ski resorts in the USA are postponing their open days due to poor snow conditions, Verbier in Switzerland is taking full advantage of the fresh snow and opening their slopes to the public this weekend.

Resorts in France were covered in a blanket of white snow again; Avoriaz received 40cm of snow transforming the resort into a winter wonderland.

Many resorts don’t actually open until the start of December, so fingers crossed this early snow will make a solid base for the start of the season.

Even Scotland got a piece of the snowy action with a good amount of snow in Cairngorm.

Top 5 snow photos of the week

1. Montgenevre, France



2.  Verbier, Switzerland



3. Avoriaz, France



4. Solden, Austria



5. Val d'Isere, France



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Snow Report | Top 5 photos from this week
Austria was treated to the best of the snowfall with up to 80 cm at Hintertux, 70 cm in Lech and 50 cm at Stubai and Kaprun. The Val Senales Glacier in Italy was blessed with up to 60cm of snow. The snow has now stopped and clouds have cleared with blue skies that should stay throughout the weekend.

French resorts received about 10cm of snow, giving some of our favourite resorts a snowy white makeover. Switzerland had slightly more snow with 15cm being recorded at Saas Fee on Wednesday.

Top 5 snowy photos from this week

1. SkiWelt - Ellmau, Austria



2. St Anton, Austria



3. Whistler, Canada



4. Alpe d'Huez, France



5. Livigno, Italy



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