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The summer ski season has ended at both Timberline in the USA and at Whistler in Canada.
There were some excellent conditions to be found across the Alps on Monday, with sunny skies and lots of fresh snow over the weekend leading to some great skiing. More snow is forecast at altitude this week, so expect the conditions to only improve.
Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere the season is really winding. Monday was the last day of lift-served skiing in Australia, and only four resorts remain open in both New Zealand and South America. The best conditions this week are likely to be at Valle Nevado in Chile, with 50cm of powder forecast and most lifts still running, as although base depths in New Zealand are strong, high winds are set to significantly impact upon lift operations this week.
Monday 5th October was the final day of the Aussie ski season, wrapping up a decent winter of snowsports in the Australian Alps. Only Perisher (101cm) and Thredbo (101cm) were open, but top-to-bottom riding on soft spring snow was on offer at both resorts. With the mercury rising to +20C it was a real t-shirt skiing day. Falls Creek is now also closed for the season, following one final day of lift served riding on Sunday.
Austria snow reports
Monday 5th October was a fantastic day to be out skiing in the Austrian Alps, with sunny skies and fresh snow to report on the glaciers. Of our featured resorts, the best conditions can be found on the Hintertux Glacier (90cm), where 13 lifts were running and 22km of pistes were freshly prepared. Great skiing was also on offer on the Molltal Glacier (60cm) and the Stubai (40cm) glacier, where three and seven lifts were running respectively. Some more fresh snow is forecast for the week ahead which is great news.
France snow reports
The Grande Motte glacier above Tignes (40cm) opened on Saturday for its first day of the winter season. Thanks to 15cm of fresh snow on Sunday, the glacier is in great conditions - especially considering how much snow melted off the glacier over the summer. Four lifts were running on Monday 5th October, with the morning’s sunny skies giving way to thicker clouds after lunchtime. A further 20cm of snow is possible by Wednesday so expect to see further improvements in the snow conditions over the coming days.
Italy snow reports
Summer skiing season in Cervinia has now ended, with the lifts set to reopen once again on October 18th to access the Plateau Rosa Glacier. Skiing is still possible at the small Passo Stelvio ski area and it is also possible to ski on the glacier at Val Senales.
There are now only four Kiwi resorts still open for business this season, one of which was shut for high winds on Monday 5th October. Sadly Cardrona (50/200cm) was unable to run any of its lifts thanks to a gale force south-westerly wind.
High winds were also to be found at Mt Hutt (110/150cm), Turoa (281cm) and Whakapapa (301cm) although lift operations were unaffected. Wrap up warm though if you’re heading to the top of the mountain as the winds were taking the edge off the temperatures. The good news was that the sun was shining and good spring snow was to be found both on and off piste – although wait for the latter to soften up before attempting it.
Sadly the forecast for the week ahead includes some sustained periods of high winds, with further gale force gusts expected on Wednesday and Thursday in particular. For the final weekend of the season at Cardrona and Mt Hutt it is looking more positive, with the winds expected to drop significantly and sunny skies forecast. Turoa and Whakapapa are set to remain open until October 26th.
We are into the final week of skiing in Argentina, with all three of our featured resorts set to close on October 12th following a great season. Cerro Catedral (0/174cm) retains excellent cover on the upper slopes, with great groomed terrain on offer and thanks to 4cm of new snow on Sunday, a few fresh tracks were to be found off piste. Both Las Lenas (45/125cm) and Chapelco (0/155cm) were also reporting some new snow to start their final week of operations. The great news is that more is forecast throughout the first half of the week, before the sunshine returns for the weekend.
Down in Chile, only Valle Nevado (50/280cm) remains open for skiing following the closure over the weekend of our four other featured resorts. The great news is that a late season snowstorm is forecast to drop over 50cm of dry powder on the resort by Wednesday, before the sunshine returns later in the week. Get on up there if you can to enjoy what look likely to be some fantastic conditions as we head into the final days of Chilean skiing for 2015.
Switzerland snow reports
Switzerland was offering some incredible skiing on Monday 5th October thanks to sunny skies and a lot of fresh snowfall over the weekend. Saas Fee (130cm) was reporting around 60cm of new snow on Sunday, with Zermatt (149cm) not far behind with 40cm. The conditions on piste were excellent and there were even some off piste powder stashes on safer areas of the glacier. Piste number 73 (Gandegg) was open on Monday for the first time since the spring at Zermatt, allowing for skiers to ski right down to Trockener Steg at 2,939m – giving a run of almost 1,000 vertical metres. More snow is forecast for the rest of the week, initially above 3,000m but by Thursday the snow level should have dropped to around 2,500m.