Monday morning and it's back to the ritual that is usually exclusive to January — writing about a weekend of snow — with more on the way. Okay, so the snow may not be falling in the epic proportions that it did earlier in the season, but it is definitely snowing enough to keep us smiling for a few more weeks.
Whistler is benefitting from a massive amount of snow this week, with 45cm on the radar. The resort has now surpassed the yearly average snowfall, with a month or so to spare. This is the third year in a row the British Columbian resort has boasted record snow, and it looks like there will be powder skiing for weeks to come.
Europe is also having an cracking winter and after record snowfall in January, the slopes have benefitted from regular top-ups. This weekend saw between 5-30cm of snowfall across the Alps, and this week is set for a similar pattern, with snowfall today and Saturday.
The webcams show it's dumping in France, and though all the snow expected in the next five days is forecast to arrive today, it already looks like more than the 5cm forecast across France has fallen. Meribel (above) is sitting in a blanket of snow, while La Plagne has enjoyed a decent top-up. Alpe d'Huez (below) is also forecast at least 5cm, with the village benefitting from a dusting to bring back some winter charm. Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Morzine and Avoriaz are all expecting around 5-10cm of powder today.
Austria is set for a little more snow with St. Anton and Lech (below) set for around 10cm of snow. Kitzbuhel (see right) is enjoying a late season dump, while the likes of Obergurgl, Mayrhofen and Soll are all forecast snow throughout the day. The week should see some sunshine too, before more snow arrives at the weekend.
Throughout the season Switzerland has boasted great snow and this week is no different. Between 5-20cm of snow is forecast across the country today. Flims Laax is among the highest snowfall with 16cm, Davos & Klosters should benefit form around 12cm, while Verbier will see around 7cm of snow. Though looking through our webcams this morning and it looks like that much has already fallen on a few terrace picnic tables!
There is also some decent snow forecast toward Spain and the Pyrenees. Formigal, a fantastically modernized resort, is forecast around 22cm of fresh pow this week, while the Andorran resorts of Pas de la Casa, Arinsal and Soldeu el Tarter are all forecast a dusting.
This year has been fantastic for skiers, and with a week that includes a couple of days of snow and a few days of sunshine, this really is a season that just keeps giving. From powder days to goggle tans, if you haven't already hit the slopes this year, you really are missing out!
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