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Snow Arriving In Time For Resort Openings

Snow Arriving In Time For Resort Openings

The past two or three days have seen a great amount of snow falling across the Alps and North America, leaving many resorts developing that winter wonderland feeling — snow topped roofs, glistening white trees and Christmas decorations galore.

Over the weekend we are expecting a light dusting across the Alps with temperatures really plummeting to around -20°c and freezing level dropping to 400m. Early next week brings more good news, as a big dump is expected with anything from 30cm to 1m forecast — winter really has arrived.

France is forecast an epic week of snowfall. The weekend is showing a couple of centimetres of fresh snow followed by some serious pow arriving during the week. La Clusaz is set for 104cm of pure powder over the next week, yes 104cm!

  • Alpe d'Huez 71cm
  • Avoriaz 82cm
  • Chamonix 81cm
  • Flaine 91cm
  • La Plagne 61cm
  • La Rosiere 64cm
  • Les Arcs 63cm
  • Les Deux Alpes 64cm
  • Les Gets 82cm
  • Megeve 91cm
  • Meribel 61cm
  • Morzine 88cm
  • Val d'Isere 41cm
  • Val Thorens 48cm
  • Valmorel 75cm

Switzerland also has a cracking forecast for the next week. Snowfall is expected to vary from around 33cm in Zermatt to 85cm in Champery, with most resorts expecting over half a metre of fresh snow.

  • Crans Montana 60cm
  • Davos 57cm
  • Engelberg 69cm
  • Flims Laax 82cm
  • Grindelwald 46cm
  • Klosters 58cm
  • St. Moritz 34cm
  • Verbier 68cm
  • Villars 70cm
  • Wengen 45cm

Italy is enjoying a great start to the winter, boasting some incredible early season snowfall and this week's forecast is looking positive too. The figures may be lower than France and Switzerland, but with forecasts from 13cm to 68cm, it looks pretty good for the Dolomites and Milky Way.

  • Arabba 27cm
  • Cervinia 40cm
  • Courmayeur 68cm
  • Gressoney 22cm
  • La Thuile 63cm
  • Madesimo 41cm
  • Passo Tonale 20cm
  • Pila 42cm
  • Sauze d'oulx 14cm
  • Selva 34cm

Austria is set for it's best week of snow yet this season. With the average snowfall again around half a metre, the slopes will be building up a pretty good base over the next week.

  • Alpbach 48cm
  • Bad Hofgastein 33cm
  • Ischgl 61cm
  • Kitzbuhel 47cm
  • Lech 65cm
  • Mayrhofen 45cm
  • Obergurgl 56cm
  • Saalbach 48cm
  • St. Anton 61cm
  • Zell am See 42cm

December arrives tomorrow and winter is well and truly here. There's snow falling everywhere, people are departing on their first skiing trips of the season and it's almost Christmas. Time to pack my bags, get out of the office freezer and head back to the mountains.

The Snowman


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