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(Last Updated:06/03/15)

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(Last Updated:05/03/15)

Please note that the snow overview is updated twice a week during the season. For more up to date information about the latest snow please visit the individual resort snow reports; which are updated daily.

International

Yet more snow has fallen across the Alps, with fantastic conditions being reported across the mountain range. The snow had finally petered out in the west on Thursday 5th March but was still falling across Austria further east. A long settled spell of weather is forecast to begin this weekend, with mild temperatures and bright sunshine dominating the weather for the week ahead.

Fresh snow has been falling all across Austria in the last few days, including today, which is excellent news. Some resorts saw lift closures due to the present weather but the snow conditions were excellent.

The sun was shining across France on Thursday morning, which coupled with the new snow of recent days led to some great skiing conditions. High winds affected lift operations on the upper slopes of several resorts, but are forecast to die down for the weekend.

Clearing skies in Switzerland following loads of new snowfall led to some great powder skiing on Thursday 5th March, although high winds were an issue in the south of the country.

The weather was quite changeable on Thursday across Italy. The west saw more sunshine whereas the east had more cloudy patches but the main talking point was the high winds which affected some resorts.

There was more fresh snow to report in the Pyrenees on Thursday 5th March, with around 20cm of dry powder seen at most resorts. Great skiing is to be had and sunny skies are forecast.

Despite limited sunshine in recent days, good skiing remains on offer in Scandinavia, with the pick of the conditions in Norway thanks to some good falls of snow earlier this week.

Heavy snow had begun to fall in Bulgaria, with possibly a metre of new snow forecast by the end of the weekend. Expect some great powder turns once the weather clears.

Wednesday 4th of March was an epic skiing day across the Scottish Highlands, but sadly milder air spread in across the country on Thursday. All areas retain a good base so hopefully will come through the forecast mild spell with most runs intact and some good conditions remaining.

Loads of new snow has fallen across the pond in the Rockies, with the heaviest falls recorded in Colorado. Good skiing remains on offer on the east coast and has improved a good deal in California following the weekend’s new snow.

Some light dustings of new snow were recorded in Canada this week, even in British Columbia which has been struggling in recent weeks. Expect some good sunny breaks over the weekend.

European weather outlook

A settled spell of weather is finally set to arrive in the Alps, bringing sunny skies, light winds and hopefully some great skiing weather. Temperatures are set to rise over the weekend, with freezing levels nudging above 2,000m. Therefore expect some softening of the lower and south facing slopes, but not too much snowmelt. It is certainly setting up to be a fantastic weekend.

Bright sunshine is also expected for the Pyrenees, making a welcome change following the huge snowfalls during February. The freezing level is set to rise to 2,500m so again expect some spring-like conditions on the lower and south facing slopes.

Very heavy snow is forecast for Bulgaria, with possibly as much as a metre landing on the upper slopes. Some rain may fall on the lowest slopes on Friday, but with the freezing level dropping to 500m by Saturday, snow will again fall at all levels. The weather is then expected to clear on Monday – hopefully leading to a sunny week in which to enjoy the powder.

Fairly mixed weather is expected over the weekend in Scandinavia, with the possibility of sunny breaks but also some rain/snow showers for all our featured resorts. More settled and bright weather is expected for the new week, particularly in Norway.

The rollercoaster that is the Scottish weather is set to continue this weekend. Mild conditions are forecast to move in, raising freezing levels before they drop back down again on Sunday. Some new snow is expected, but this is likely to be limited to the upper slopes and it is possible on Saturday that rain will fall at all levels. High winds are also set to be an issue.

North american weather outlook

Mostly sunny weather is forecast for western Canada over the weekend, although Alberta may see cloudier skies and some light snowfall. The new week may bring some fresh snow for British Columbia which is great news, although the heaviest falls are currently set to miss Whistler.

Following some fantastic snowfall in recent days, Utah and Colorado are set to see a glorious weekend of sunny weather. Current forecasts indicate that the settled weather is set to stay, although there is a possibility of some light dustings at some resorts in Colorado. Temperatures are set to rise slightly, but not nudge too far above zero at mid-mountain level.

A sunny week is also predicted for California, with slowly rising temperatures peaking at around +5 to +8 at mid-mountain level. Unsettled weather is expected from Tuesday onwards, bringing the possibility of some much needed new snow.

Across on the east coast, sunshine will certainly be at a premium over the weekend and in the next seven days. Some sunny breaks are expected, as is some light snow, perhaps amounting to as much as 20cm in some favoured locations. Temperatures are set to be slightly higher than of recent weeks, but are still set to remain below freezing, with an average of around -5C at mid-mountain over the weekend.

Andorra

Andorra snow reports

The conditions across Andorra were fantastic on Thursday 5th March, following 20cm of fresh snow during Wednesday. With the snowpack being well above average, the prospects for a long season are excellent. Due to the new snow, not all lifts were spinning across the country, with six out of 15 running at Arcalis (180/285cm) and 12 of 17 turning at Soldeu (150/190cm). Sunny skies are expected over the weekend, accompanied by rising temperatures so some fantastic skiing is likely over the coming week.

Austria

Austria snow reports

It’s a great week to be in Austria as plenty of snow has fallen, freshening up the pistes and providing plenty of powdery pockets. Prior to the recent snowfall Austria warmed up, creating spring like conditions, but the temperature has plummeted - with lows of around -10C being recorded.

If you’re into your cross country skiing then excellent conditions can be found in Seefeld (40/100cm) especially after the recent snow fall with around 10cm falling on Thursday 5th March. Visibility was affected on Thursday but fresh tracks were available with all 25 lifts operating.

A cold and snowy day was seen in Axamer Lizum (75/175cm) on Thursday but fresh snow has been falling over the past few days and Thursday was no exception, with an extra 5cm being recorded. Eight of the ten lifts were turning for those out enjoying the fresh slopes and pockets of fresh powder.

Strong winds have been reported in many resorts, which has seen some lifts close as a result, Solden (5/335cm) was one of those resorts with only 12 of the 33 in operation. That being said, the skiable zones were in excellent shape.

For those currently in Austria, more fresh snow is on the way so get out there and enjoy it. By Saturday it should begin to clear up in time for the weekend and new guests.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria snow reports

Thursday 5th March marked the start of what is forecast to be a very snowy period in Bulgaria. 5cm of new snow had already been recorded at our three featured resorts of Bansko (60/225cm), Borovets (190/245cm) and Pamporovo (70/90cm) by 9am on Thursday. By the end of the snowstorm on Sunday, up to a metre of new snow could have fallen on the upper slopes, with slightly less lower down. It could be a great week ahead for powder skiing.

Canada

Canada snow reports

A few light dustings of new snow were picked up in western Canada during the week, nicely refreshing the pistes across the state. The biggest benefactor was Kimberley (136cm) which picked up 15cm of powder on Tuesday. Elsewhere the falls were of 5cm or less, but nonetheless the top up was most welcome. Some nice spells of sunshine were seen on Thursday 5th March, with more of the same expected over the weekend. There are some indications of heavier snow spreading into the state on Tuesday/Wednesday next week which is great news.

Cloudier skies in Alberta also brought some welcome fresh snow, with the Banff (152cm) resorts seeing 11cm of new snow in the past week and Marmot Basin (120cm) picking up 5cm. The colder air in place over the state has preserved the snow in excellent condition and as a result the piste conditions in particular are fantastic. Mostly cloudy weather is forecast for the next seven days, with light snowfall possible – possibly as much as 20cm by Tuesday.

Again Quebec continues to offer some fantastic skiing, with Mont Sainte-Anne (100/160cm) particularly standing out following 25cm of new snow since Wednesday. Cold temperatures and 9cm of new snow at Tremblant (110/190cm) have again helped to provide some great skiing here too. More snow is in the forecast, with 20cm possible by Tuesday.

France

France snow reports

Great skiing is on offer across France at present, particularly in those areas that caught the most snowfall at the start of the week. High winds unfortunately limited some ski areas, but with sunny skies firmly in place, Thursday 5th March was certainly a great day to be out on the slopes.

Some of the heaviest falls of snow this week were picked up in the Grand Massif ski region, with resorts such as Flaine (63/240cm) and Samoens (92/168cm) reporting some great powder conditions. Similarly, the Chamonix (20/210cm) valley was offering some great fresh tracks following the snow earlier this week.

The Ski Club’s Ambassadors in the Espace Killy both reported some fantastic powder conditions across the area. The best snow was above Val d’Isere (113/175cm) at le Fornet and up towards the Pissalis Glacier.

Sadly high winds curtailed lift operations at several resorts, including Alpe d’Huez (109/200cm) which was able to run only 10 of its 49 lifts and Serre Chevalier (35/150cm) had 18 of its 62 lifts shut due to high winds.

Sunny skies are forecast for the weekend and into next week as well, with rising temperatures set to provide some very pleasant skiing conditions.

Germany

Snow was falling at most of our featured German resorts, with Garmisch (50/360cm) yet again topping the snowfall tables, picking up a massive 50cm on the upper slopes. Obertsdorf (25/150cm) fared well, picking up 10cm of fresh powder, with more forecast throughout the day. A further 10-20cm of new snow is expected before the skies clear on Friday and the sun comes out in time for the weekend. Combined with the fresh snow, a fantastic weekend of skiing is likely across Germany.

Italy

Italy snow reports

Italy was quite sunny in the western regions with light patches of cloud with the east seeing many more clouds. Overall it is quite cold in Italy which is good news for the pistes as the warmer climate has made way for a colder front. The slopes are still holding up but more snow would be nice to ensure the resort runs receive a fresh layer.

Canazei (40/130cm) was one of a minority of resorts that received fresh snow with around 10cm being recorded on Wednesday. On Thursday 5th March the sun took up most of the sky with a few spots of light cloud. It was fairly cold too with a mid-mountain temperature of around -9C. Powder pockets are being cut through and their slopes are looking very nice indeed and with all 13 lifts running a good day’s skiing was had at Canazei.

Some resorts were affected by the high winds on Thursday, particularly Cervinia (50/290cm), which saw all its lifts shut. Val Senales (35/320cm) and Champoluc (60/180cm) both had limited skiing too as a result of high winds closing the majority of their lift stations.

With the next transfer day just around the corner, so is plenty of sunshine. The forecast is indicating that any clouds in the east will start to fade and be replaced by sunshine in time for the weekend.

Norway/sweden

Norway snow reports & Sweden snow reports

There is some great skiing on offer across Norway at present, following some great snowfalls at the start of the week. Some of the best skiing is at Trysil (145/145cm) which retains one of the deepest bases in the country and still has some nice powder stashes on offer. Voss (110/195cm) saw another 15cm of new snow on the upper slopes on Thursday 5th March, but lower down the snow was somewhat heavier owing to milder temperatures than of late. Expect the milder air (mid-mountain temperatures around +2C) to remain in place over the weekend, with a mixture of sunshine and sleet showers forecast.

Both Are (45/60cm) and Salen (95/113cm) in Sweden are offering some good skiing at present, with the latter possibly offering the best conditions. Most lifts were turning and some good sunny breaks were seen on Thursday 5th March. The weekend currently promises a mixed bag of weather, with both sunshine and snow showers possible.

Switzerland

Switzerland snow reports

Following the brief mild blip on Sunday, new snow has brought a return to some excellent powder conditions across Switzerland. The last of the snow was clearing through on Thursday morning, leaving behind sunny skies but also some very high winds, touching 100mph at altitude in the south of the country.

Zermatt (30/270cm) was one of the resorts worst affected by the high winds, resulting in only 19 of the 54 lifts being able to run on Thursday 5th March. Saas Fee (90/310cm), St Moritz (65/154cm) and Flims/Laax (40/330cm) also suffered from high winds, with lift closures reported in the upper ski areas. Once the winds subside as is forecast, some great skiing will be on offer at these resorts.

Lower winds and clearing skies resulted in some great skiing in the north of the country following loads of new snow. Davos (65/200cm) and Klosters (65/200cm) both have seen lots of powder and Ski Club Leader’s in both resorts have reported some fantastic off piste conditions.

Similar reports have been coming out of the Bernese Oberland, particularly at Adelboden (58/130cm) following 27cm of new snow on Thursday and across the Jungfrau Region. Grindelwald (20/210cm) was the country’s snowiest spot, picking up 45cm of powder, with Murren (90/230cm) not far behind with 36cm of new snow.

Sunny skies are forecast to take charge over the weekend so some amazing skiing should be on offer across the country, especially as the winds drop. The sun is expected to continue through the start of next week, with temperatures rising to a touch above freezing at mid-mountain level.

Usa

USA snow reports

The sun was shining at most of our featured resorts in the Rockies on Thursday 5th March, aside from a few clouds lingering in parts of Colorado. Some huge amounts of snow have been recorded in the past week, with Aspen (206cm) leading our featured resorts with 109cm in the past seven days. Most resorts in Colorado have seen upwards of 60cm, leading to some amazing powder conditions. Utah did not miss out either, with Alta (226cm) and Snowbird (226cm) seeing storm totals in excess of half a metre. With sunny skies forecast for the weekend, the conditions will be fantastic.

The new snow that fell over the weekend in California has bedded down thanks to some sunny and mild weather in recent days. Following the snow, slightly more terrain has been opened up at Heavenly (99cm), Mammoth (107cm) and Squaw Valley (147cm) although many lifts still remain closed. Another sunny and mild spell of weather is forecast before a change on Tuesday which will hopefully bring some welcome snowfall.

Across on the east coast, yet more snow has been picked up this week. The pistes are in excellent condition in all four of the main skiing states (Maine, New England, New York and Vermont) and some nice stashes of fresh powder are there to be found in the glades and trees. Smuggler’s Notch (71/97cm), Stowe (76/152cm) and Sugarbush (25/183cm) are perhaps in the best condition as they caught the most new snow – between 8 and 10cm. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast, with around 10-20cm of snow expected in favoured spots by Tuesday.

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