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Australia is the place to be skiing at the moment thanks to some very heavy falls of fresh snow over the weekend. Conditions in South America are also set to be boosted by snowfall this week, with the potential for a massive snowstorm on Friday/Saturday. The skiing in New Zealand remains good, with a few centimetres of fresh snow refreshing the pistes nicely and up to 30cm of new snow forecast in places this week. Sadly in Europe the glacier ski areas are really suffering due to a combination of warm temperatures and rainfall, expect some bad-weather related closures this week.
The two glacier ski areas that remain open in Austria, Hintertux and Molltal, are showing strong signs of wear due to the recent warm weather. Rain showers on Monday were not helping things either.
France wasn’t the prettiest for weather on Monday with sun, clouds and rain showers throughout the course of the day. The slopes were closed from midday in Tignes due to poor conditions.
Italy had a wonderful day for weather, with plenty of sunshine and a nice summer time climate.
The sun returned to Switzerland on Monday, particularly in Zermatt. Saas Fee was sunny still but a little cloudier at times.
Summer skiing is now over in Canada following the closure, as planned, of the Horstman Glacier above Whistler on Sunday afternoon.
The frequent sunny skies were replaced by cloud at the Timberline Lodge, USA on Monday.
Loads of fresh snow has fallen in Australia, resulting in the best powder conditions of the season so far. Most lifts and slopes are now open and more new snow is forecast this week.
New Zealand was quite varied on Monday with some resorts seeing nice sunshine and blue skies, and others seeing rain / snow showers and furthermore some Mount Olympus and Rainbow were closed due to high winds.
Snow was falling in Argentina to start the new week and with lots expected to fall over the coming days, conditions should be fantastic across the mountain.
New snow was falling in Chile on Monday, with the heaviest falls in the south at resorts such as Nevados de Chillan. Ski conditions are ok at present so the forecast snow this week is very welcome.
The summer skiing season has come to an end at Whistler. It was a challenging summer due to abnormally low snowfall during the winter, but the resort crew managed to keep the slopes and snow park up and running right until closing day on Sunday 26th July.
The skiing is fairly limited now up on the Palmer Glacier at the Timberline Lodge resort, USA. There has been a lot of sunshine recently so a lot of the slopes have melted. At the highest solitude there is still good skiing available however. Monday 27th July was fairly cloudy and quite warm so it was a little muggy.
Loads of new snow fell across the Australian Alps this weekend, resulting in some fantastic mid-winter powder conditions on Monday. Light snow is expected to continue until Wednesday when the sun is set to come out for a couple of days before the return of yet more snow on Friday.
Perisher (100/100cm) caught the freshest snow over the weekend, recording over 80cm on the upper slopes and 30cm on Monday alone. Some epic powder conditions were reported across the mountain and with 45 lifts running; almost the entire area was open. Nearby Thredbo (100/100cm) picked up 60cm by Monday and also was reporting some great off piste skiing.
Over in Victoria, slightly less snow has fallen but storm totals of around 40-50cm have resulted in some great skiing conditions. Most lifts and runs are now open and with more snow forecast it promises to be an excellent week. Falls Creek (84/86cm) picked up 13cm of fresh on Monday, with 7cm also falling at nearby Mt Hotham (70/99cm). Top to bottom riding is on offer and some great powder stashes are there to be found amongst the trees.
Austria snow reports
More snow has been lost at the only two glacier ski areas still open in Austria. The Hintertux (135cm) glacier was reporting 30cm less snow depth than on Thursday 23rd July, thanks to mild and wet weather over the weekend. The Molltal glacier (230cm) was reporting the same snow depth, but the latest webcam images suggest the pistes have worn significantly over the weekend.
A large amount of rain is forecast for the week ahead and with freezing levels remaining around 4,000m there is no chance of this falling as snow, even on the highest slopes. Up to 150mm is expected by Saturday so expect some closures due to the bad weather over the coming days.
France snow reports
The slopes in Tignes are struggling after recent thunderstorms. The resort had its slopes open on Monday but they were all closed by midday with their preservation in mind. Les Deux Alpes (155cm) is still open but the slopes aren’t in the best state but despite this, there were still 22 lifts in operation on Monday. The weather was changeable with sun, clouds and occasional rainfall seen throughout the day.
Italy snow reports
After recent poor weather, the sun returned to Cervinia (130cm) on Monday 27th July. The pistes were quite soft at the Plateau Rosa but three lifts were running and good links were available if you skiing into Zermatt, Switzerland.
It was quite a varied day for New Zealand on Monday 27th July. We have reports of sunshine, rain / snow and high winds causing closures.
First of all, Mount Dobson (60/60cm) was one of the resorts that picked up some more fresh snow in the later hours of Sunday 26th July so the conditions this Monday were excellent. All of the lifts were turning and the pistes were fresh. It was still fairly cloudy so visibility was reduced quite a bit but slopes conditions were very good.
Cardrona (65/245cm) and Coronet Peak (75/175cm) enjoyed a day of perfect conditions as the sun was shining with blue skies. It hasn’t snowed since last week but the conditions are still very good.
High winds were present in some of our featured resorts, which unfortunately meant they were closed for the day. The resorts that were affected were Mount Olympus, Rainbow and Turoa.
The weather forecast so far is indicating that all of our featured resorts will could over by Tuesday and this could bring fresh snow into the middle of the week.
Thick clouds were firmly in place across Argentina, bringing fresh snow to our featured resorts. Sadly in the southern ski areas of Cerro Catedral (5/120cm) and Chapelco (25/90cm) the lower slopes were seeing sleet rather than snow, so expect some heavy conditions there. Around 20cm was recorded on the upper slopes however by Sunday night, with up to a metre more forecast by Saturday.
Further north at Las Lenas (100/140cm), the higher altitude meant that Monday’s snow was falling at all levels. As much as 40cm of dry powder is expected by Tuesday, with a further 75cm possible by Saturday – so it could be an excellent week for powder skiing.
More snow is desperately needed in the Tres Valles region of Chile, where it has been two weeks since the last snowfall. The pistes are getting worn, particularly at El Colorado (30/70cm) and La Parva (30/70cm) with the best skiing currently at Valle Nevado (30/90cm). Fortunately new snow is the forecast, with between 35 and 60cm possible by Saturday.
Conditions are better at Portillo (74/95cm), where 13 of the resort’s 14 lifts were running on Monday. The skies were cloudy and some light snow showers were falling but heavier snow is expected on Friday and Saturday when 30cm is expected.
Further south at Nevados de Chillan (50/68cm), high winds were affecting lift operations but the storm was also bringing some welcome snowfall. Only five of the resort’s ten lifts were running but 50cm of fresh snow is forecast by Tuesday. A severe winter storm is forecast for later in the week, with the latest predictions calling for upwards of two metres of snow by Sunday. If this holds true then there could be some epic conditions early next week.
Switzerland snow reports
The weather has improved significantly since our last report. Monday 27th was nice and sunny across Zermatt, which had 17 lifts running and good links into Cervinia, Italy. Its quite hot so the slopes are slushy and heavy at times but when groomed, the pistes are very pleasant.
Saas Fee was also sunny but saw a few more clouds later in the afternoon. Here, seven lifts were turning so there was a good proportion of the glacier open for skiing on Monday.
By midweek it looks as though the clouds will have reformed and we could see light showers.