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The Opening Weekend's Snow Report

The Opening Weekend's Snow Report

The ski season will be in full swing this weekend with most major and high altitude resorts already open or opening their lifts over the weekend. After a week of heavy snowfall leaving the Alps under a blanket of white stuff the Val d'Isere leg of the World Cup is in doubt, there's too much snow according to the course organisers — really, you can have too much snow?

This weekend will see plenty more powder, not massive amounts like earlier in the week, but still some pretty impressive figures for December. Though there is snow falling across the world, Europe — France especially — is boasting the best overall conditions. The weekend will see plenty more show, a little bit of sunshine and super cold temperatures.

This winter really is looking like the most consistent and impressive start to a season for years. The snow has come early and in considerable amounts. So, bring on those last minute ski deals.

France, as mentioned is getting the most snow over the weekend — with Alaska the only exception, but it's Alaska after all — making for a cracking start to the season. With more Brits skiing in France then anywhere else, this will be music to most of your ears.

  • Alpe d'Huez 29cm
  • Avoriaz 38cm
  • Chamonix 18cm
  • Courchevel 27cm
  • La Plagne 21cm
  • La Rosiere 24cm
  • Les Arcs 20cm
  • Les Deux Alps 28cm
  • Les Gets 42cm
  • Meribel 26cm
  • Morzine 41cm
  • Tignes 15cm
  • Val d'Isere 15cm
  • Val Thorens 22cm

Austria, Britain's second favourite ski destination, is set for the second largest dump of pow this weekend. The slopes were already looking good but with a good 20cm+ forecast over the next couple of days pre-Christmas skiing in the land of glühwein and Jägermeister has rarely looked so good.

  • Hinterglemm 24cm
  • Ischgl 23cm
  • Kaprun 18cm
  • Kitzbuhel 26cm
  • Lech 30cm
  • Mayrhofen 22cm
  • Obergurgl 20cm
  • Solden 19cm
  • Soll 28cm
  • St. Anton 24cm
  • Zell am See 24cm

Switzerland is living up to its chocolate-box charm with a fine covering of snow at the moment. Those snow-topped roofs, glistening trees and perfect shaped pistes will be enjoying the weekend with a mixture of snow, sunshine and wonderfully cold weather.

  • Adelboden 26cm
  • Crans Montana 21cm
  • Davos 20cm
  • Engelberg 19cm
  • Flims Laax 24cm
  • Saas Fee 10cm
  • St. Moritz 12cm
  • Verbier 18cm
  • Wengen 18cm
  • Zermatt 11cm

Italy is enjoying a snowy day with most of the snow (below) expected over today, with blue skies on Saturday and Sunday, making for a perfect opening weekend.

  • Arabba 14cm
  • Bardonecchia 19cm
  • Cervinia 13cm
  • Courmayeur 25cm
  • La Thuile 23cm
  • Livigno 17cm
  • Passo Tonale 8cm
  • Sauze d'Oulx 13cm
  • Selva 13cm
  • Sestriere 13cm

I can't remember the last time the whole of the Alps looked so good so early, what a season it could turn out to be. With that in mind, why not sign up to our snow alerts and receive the latest news on your favourite resorts?

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