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The start of September has finally brought some colder weather to the Alps, with new snow forecast for the glacier ski areas that were really suffering from yet more hot weather last week. Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere the first real signs of spring warmth have been seen, especially in South America.
Sadly heavy snow and high winds closed many of our featured resorts in New Zealand, although this should result in some great powder conditions on Thursday when the weather clears through. Across the Tasman Sea in Australia some great spring-time skiing and riding was to be found on Tuesday.
Spring conditions are dominant in South America at present, with daytime temperatures hitting double figures on the lower slopes. Good skiing is to be had however, especially if you catch the transition between the frozen surface in the morning and the slushier snow in the afternoon.
The most recent spell of hot weather has come to an end in the Alps, bringing some welcome respite to our glacier ski areas. Skiing is only possible at Zermatt, Cervinia, Saas Fee, Hintertux and Molltal. The good news is that snow is forecast for the week ahead, hopefully improving the skiable surface markedly over the coming few days.
The summer ski season has ended at both Timberline in the USA and at Whistler in Canada.
The start of meteorological spring in Australia was met by gloriously sunny skies and mild temperatures. An overnight frost led to firm pistes in the morning, before the warmth of the sun began its work to soften the slopes into spring snow by lunchtime.
Falls Creek (85/97cm) was offering some of the best conditions in the country on Tuesday, with the terrain parks the place to be. Similarly at Mt Buller (55/85cm) Kofler’s Park and the Skyline Park were in great condition, offering both jump and rail lines for all abilities.
Sadly the weather is forecast to turn on Wednesday, with clouds and some light rain moving into the mountains. By Thursday cooling temperatures should ensure this turns to snow, giving a light top up to all of our featured resorts.
Austria snow reports
Skiing is still available on the Molltal (0/70cm) and Hintertux (0/50cm) glaciers, although with such thin base depths the cover is becoming increasingly marginal. The good news is that following a final warm and sunny day on Tuesday, cold weather is forecast and snow is expected to fall. As much as 25cm of fresh snow may fall by Friday, by which time the freezing level should have dropped to around 2,600m.
France snow reports
Both Les Deux Alpes and Tignes are now closed for summer skiing. Both are set to open again in October for the French holidays.
Italy snow reports
The Plateau Rosa ski area above Cervinia (0/130cm) was temporarily closed on Tuesday 1st September due to bad weather in the high mountains. Fortunately with the freezing level sitting at around 3,500m snow was falling on the slopes of the glacier ski area. Around 30cm of fresh snow is possible which is great news as the slopes were wearing thin. The link to Zermatt closes on the 6th September, ending Cervinia’s summer ski season.
Most of our featured resorts were closed on Tuesday due to some extreme weather conditions. These include Mt Dobson (110/110cm), Mt Hutt (120/150cm), Mt Olympus (66/100cm), Mt Lyford (50/65cm), Porter Heights (100/140cm), Turoa (176cm) and Whakapapa (260cm). The good news is that the bad weather is set to bring snowfall, with as much as 30cm forecast for some.
At the open resorts the pick of the conditions were at Treble Cone (144/326cm), where the deep base depth combined with 4cm of fresh overnight snowfall. Elsewhere, such as at Cardrona (60/240cm), conditions both on and off piste were more packed following some milder temperatures over the weekend.
As mentioned, new snow is in the forecast, with as much as 30cm expected for the Canterbury resorts such as Mt Hutt. More snow is expected heading into the weekend, particularly at Turoa and Whakapapa where up to 50cm could fall on Friday and Saturday.
Strong spring sunshine was beating down on the Chilean Andes on Tuesday, causing the pistes to soften rapidly during the morning. For the best skiing head to Nevados de Chillan (160/300cm) where some very heavy snow fell towards the end of last week and over the weekend. Meanwhile at Portillo (136/182cm) and the Tres Valles region, a lack of recent snowfall has not been great news for powder hounds, but the conditions remain good following early August’s storms.
Over in Argentina the sun was also shining on Tuesday 1st September, bringing some spring warmth to the slopes. The pick of the conditions were at Cerro Catedral (0/190cm) where the temperatures were the coolest and the slopes benefitted from 30cm of new snow on Saturday. Fresh snow had also fallen over the weekend at Chapelco (5/205cm) boosting the upper base depth to above 2m for the first time this season.
Glorious sunshine and warm spring temperatures (between +5C and +10C at mid-mountain level) are forecast to continue for the remainder of the week in both Chile and Argentina.
Switzerland snow reports
Saas Fee (0/65cm) was the only Swiss ski area open on Tuesday as the Plateau Rosa glacier above Zermatt (0/130cm) was shut due to bad weather. Some decent skiing was on offer although visibility was tricky at times. Around 30cm of fresh snow is forecast by the end of the week as the freezing level drops to around 2,500m. This makes a big change from the prolonged heatwave conditions that have been in place for much of the summer which is great news.