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The skiing and snowboarding conditions are good in Europe and North America thanks to great early season snowfall.
Further fresh snow enhanced the riding at a number of resorts in France. Some of the best snowfall landed in the Pyrenees, including excellent fresh snow depths at the Andorran resorts.
Several Austrian resorts opened this weekend with excellent snow conditions. Saalbach was one of these. Lower slopes are a little soft but upper slopes are all in great shape.
Conditions in America are great too. 16cm of fresh snow fell at Jackson Hole on Sunday and Colorado is expecting loads of snow later this week. It’s a great start to the winter.
There was around 10cm of fresh snow at Whistler in Canada too. It’s the first fresh snow in a while so the base underneath is quite hard, but it signals the start of a very cold spell of weather for Canada in general.
European weather outlook
A very dry and sunny week is expected for the majority of European resorts, with no fresh snow expected for the majority of Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy.
Temperatures will be mild for the time of year too with freezing levels around 2600m for much of the week.
North american weather outlook
A very sharp cold snap is expected in Canada later this week, which will then spread it’s way south down into America. Ahead of the cold is a rather potent snowstorm though which could drop around a metre of fresh snow on Colorado resorts, such as Breckenridge and Steamboat. This is another huge boost to what is already a great season for them so far.
Temperatures in western Canada, particularly Alberta, will be plummeting later this week. Banff and Marmot Basin are expecting temperatures below -30C while many others will drop below -20C.
Andorra snow reports
Superb conditions exist across the Andorran resorts following heavy snowfall over the weekend, providing excellent riding for their opening week.
Up to 60cm of fresh snow fell in the Vallnord ski area, which includes Pal/Arinsal (60/90cm) and Arcalis (60/140cm). 135cm of fresh snow fell on 1st December at Grandvalira too. The two resorts we report on there, Pas de la Casa (110/180cm) and Soldeu (100/170cm), are in excellent shape with fresh snow on and off piste.
Sunny weather is expected from Tuesday 3rd December. This improvement in weather will provide an excellent opportunity to take advantage of such great early season snow cover.
Austria snow reports
Like much of Europe over the weekend Austria was rather mild and sunny in most areas. However the open resorts have plenty of existing snow so conditions are still excellent for this early in the season.
Obergurgl (77/170cm) has an exceptional base depth for the time of year and to have almost the whole area open on 2nd December is very impressive indeed. Much colder weather is coming later this week and this will allow them to run some snow cannons and further boost their snow depth.
St Anton (5/60cm) is also opening this coming weekend. While they don’t have as much snow as Obergurgl, their upper runs are still in great condition and when they open. Some snow is expected on Friday night after a mild and sunny week.
Bulgaria snow reports
None of our featured Bulgarian resorts are open yet for the winter season.
Canada snow reports
It has started to turn a lot colder in western Canada after a brief warm spell. There was a dusting of snow at Marmot Basin (35cm) on Sunday 1st December and a fairly low temperature of -18C means the snow is in excellent condition. It’s due to get a whole lot colder this week too with temperatures down to -35C.
Banff (43/71cm) has excellent snow conditions at the moment too with a good snow base. Steeper and rockier runs aren’t yet open but there is some snow expected on Tuesday 3rd December. After that it is expected to get extremely cold which could delay lift openings. Thursday and Friday will see low temperatures in Banff town below -30C.
France snow reports
More resorts opened in France over the weekend and many resorts received further fresh snowfall.
In the Pyrenees you can ski at Bareges/La Mongie (100/150cm) and Cauterets (50/120cm), both of which received new snow over the weekend. The skiing is great at this time of year, with well over a metre of snow on the upper slopes.
Further north, La Clusaz (15/70cm) is currently only open at the weekend although the pistes are closed during the week. Again fresh snow over the weekend enhanced the conditions for those that did visit the resort to get in some early season turns.
La Rosiere (50/105cm) is also open for snowsports with a snow base in excess of one metre on the higher slopes. The resort did not report any fresh snow over the weekend, but even without new snow the skiing and snowboarding is still good. There are seven lifts open that provide access to eight pistes.
As you would expect for the start of December, the glacier skiing resorts of Val Thorens (70/110cm), Val d’Isere (46/91cm) and Tignes (50/200cm) are open with excellent skiing conditions. This is a great time to be skiing at these open resorts with great snow cover, fine weather and quite slopes.
There was fantastic skiing on offer on the Zugspitze glacier after Garmisch (0cm/135cm) received 5cm of fresh snow on Thursday 28th November.
There is now more terrain open at Feldberg (40/50cm) although the weather is quite mild at the moment. Three lifts were running on Monday 2nd December with soft snow on the lower slopes due to the higher temperatures. Colder weather is on its way by the end of the week.
There rest of our featured German resorts are yet to open for the winter season.
Italy snow reports
It was a pretty sunny day across the board in Italy over the weekend but conditions are good.
There’s weekend skiing on offer at Sauze d’Oulx (60/100cm) at the moment but they’re closed during the week until next week. Recent weather has been quite mild but there is snowier and colder weather on its way later this week and into the coming weekend.
Passo Tonale (50/170cm) has great skiing on offer at the moment too. The best of the conditions can be found higher up where it is colder. The Presena Glacier has a couple of lifts open on it and it is possible to ski almost back down into the resort.
Norway snow reports
& Sweden snow reports
It was a fairly mild weekend in Norway and Sweden, by their standards, so softer snow has been the norm at most resorts. There’s some good snow on the upper slopes at Hemsedal (0/50cm) but lower slopes still need more snow for them to be able to open.
Are (35cm) has good snow although there is only one lift open at the moment. There is still plenty of snow around though and as the Christmas period approaches they’ll begin to open more terrain.
Temperatures have risen in Norway recently and brought a stop to snowmaking in Lillehammer (10cm/50cm). Geilo (20cm/30cm) and Hemsedal (0cm/50cm) both enjoyed sunny weather on Monday and good conditions on their upper slopes.
Switzerland snow reports
It was a largely warm and sunny weekend in Switzerland as well. On Monday 2nd December there was windier weather at some resorts which caused disrupted lift operation in some places.
Saas Fee (28/285cm) was one of these, with only four lifts running on Monday. This should increase if the wind dies down though as aside from that the weather is lovely and sunny.
It’s a similar story at Zermatt (20/185cm), although they have far more skiing on offer than Saas Fee. 37 lifts were running on Monday with the links over into Cervinia, Italy, also open.
USA snow reports
Quite a few more resorts have opened for the season in America, after the Thanksgiving weekend last weekend.
Alyeska (38/78cm) was one of these. They have a fairly good snow base for the time of year and the season has started off on a cold note. It was -16C at the base of the mountain on Sunday 1st December.
Colorado resorts had a fairly dry weekend but Monday morning started with some fresh snow at Loveland (66cm). Snowier and much colder weather is on its way to Colorado later this week which should give the resorts in the area an excellent boost in the run up to the busy Christmas period in a few weeks.