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Snow update: Early Signs of a Great Season

Date Posted: 6th Dec 2013
Category:  Snow News
Many more resorts in France are due to open this weekend after a great snow fall at the start of the season. Alpe d’Huez, Meribel, Courchevel, Les Orres and Chamonix are just a few of the resorts set to open their doors. Tignes has an excellent base of 170cms, setting the resort in good stead to welcome Ibiza Rocks the Snow on the 21st. If you’re heading out to France soon then expect some great Skiing and Snowboarding conditions.

Like France, Austria is set to open many more of their resorts this weekend. St Anton, Lech and Zurs are due to start up their seasons early with some good coverage lying between 40-50cm. All resorts are reported to have good en-piste conditions with crisp clear skies and sunny weather.

In Switzerland Saas Fee, Grindelwald and Wengen are some of the slopes scheduled to kick off their seasons this weekend. On the higher slopes at Saas Fee the base depth lies at 275cm after some good snowfalls– a cracking way to start the season! Sunny skies are forecast for the coming week.

Scandinavia has some brilliant weather this week, with plenty of fresh powder in both Norway and Sweden. Even more snow is predicted to come over the weekend, meaning that most ski resorts are open for business. Hemsedal and Lillehammer in Norway both have a top coverage of 50cm, followed by 41cm in Geilo. Also looking good is Are, in Sweden, with a 35cm coverage.

Again, there are more bluebird conditions in Italy with Bardonecchia recently opening up its runs. The best snow is on-piste this week, with a top coverage of 200cm at Passo Tonale. If you’re off to Andorra then expect some heavy snowfall over the weekend, creating some near perfect conditions for the next week, when the sky will clear. The top coverage is 180cm at Pas de la Casa.

Finally, if you’re off to the USA or Canada soon then you’re in for a treat! Temperatures have dropped in both countries and the frequent snowfalls mean plenty of beautiful soft powder. In the USA, Aspen is looking good, with a 100cm coverage on the higher slopes. In Canada, Banff is also doing well, with a top depth of 77cm.

Happy carving!

Photo: Tignes, France, 6th December



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