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Winter seems to have finally arrived in Europe, with fantastic conditions being reported under sunny skies in many resorts on Monday 23rd November.
Having experienced its first significant snow storm since October, at least 30-50cm of fresh snow can be found across the Northern Alps on Monday, with up to a metre of new snow recorded in places. There will be a brief pause at the beginning of the week before the snow begins to fall again, so be sure to use this window to get some powder turns in before the cloud descends once more. The epicentre of this latest storm looks like to be focusing on Switzerland, with around 50cm predicted on the upper slopes of many resorts. Once again the Southern Alps doesn’t look likely to see any significant snowfall but could see upwards of 10cm in select resorts.
In the Pyrenees, snow is also expected from the middle of the week – perfect timing for many resort openings scheduled on Saturday 28th November. Up to 50cm is likely to fall in some resorts, although the snow line is expected to remain high. Strong winds are predicted across many resorts so it will remain to be seen how much snow will actually fall in resort.
The slow start to season continues in Scandinavia, having picked up only a few light flurries of snow in recent weeks. This trend looks set to continue over the coming week, with mixed weather expected. The low temperatures of Monday will likely drop over the week which could see some rain showers across many resorts by Friday.
It was a rainy day in Scotland on Monday. Temperatures will drop as we move towards the end of the week, with the possibility of some decent snowfall over the end of the week.
Over in North America, the good start to the season is set to continue for resorts on the west coast. The good times continue to roll across much of Alberta and British Columbia, with good coverage across the area and more terrain opening daily. The snow continues to fall, although this should give way to clear sunny spell from the middle of week, offering near perfect ski conditions. The USA is enjoying a similarly good start to the season, with Colorado offering the best of the early season conditions. Temperatures should remain low across many areas, with the likelihood of a light dusting of snow for many resorts set to further improve the already fantastic slope conditions.
European weather outlook
Following the weekend’s heavy snowfall, Monday are Tuesday are forecast to bring calm and mostly sunny weather to the Alps. With overnight temperatures set to dip well below -10C, snow machines should be able to produce a huge volume of snow which is excellent news, especially for Austria where less natural snow fell over the weekend. A further spell of heavy snow is then set to sweep in on Wednesday, with the Swiss Meteo service calling for “intensive” snow overnight into Thursday – dropping as much as 30-50cm of fresh powder on the northern Alps, with up to 20cm expected further south and to the east. Over the weekend some decent sunny breaks are forecast, especially further east, before a further spell of wintry weather moves in from the west on Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are calling for similar snowfall totals as over the past weekend, so as much as 100cm of snow may fall in parts of the northern and western Alps.
The midweek spell of snow is set to benefit the Pyrenees more than the previous snowstorm, with upwards of 50cm forecast for most resorts during Wednesday and Thursday. Cold and changeable weather is then forecast for the end of the week – great news for opening weekend at most of our featured resorts.
Unsettled weather is also expected for Eastern Europe, with some decent falls of snow expected for Bulgaria in particular. With freezing levels lying above the lower slopes at times however, watch out for some rain at the base of the mountain.
Further cool and changeable weather is expected in Scandinavia over the coming week, with a few snow showers forecast in between longer spells of sunshine. As a result expect snowfall totals to amount to little more than a few centimetres, but with temperatures set to remain below freezing for most of the week snowmaking conditions look favourable.
It is set to be a bit of a rollercoaster this week in Scotland, where spells of snow are set to be interspersed by warmer interludes and sadly some rain. Most of the rain however is set to be light, so it should not fully strip the slopes of all the snow cover.
North american weather outlook
The wintry theme is once again set to continue in western Canada, with Monday’s snowfall set to continue right through into Tuesday for most places. By the time the skies clear a further 20cm of snow could have fallen which is great news. A sunny and cold spell of settled weather is then forecast right through until early next week which should provide some perfect overhead conditions in which to enjoy all of the fallen snow.
Sunny weather is forecast to remain in place across Colorado, Utah and much of the rest of the Rockies right through until Wednesday 25th November. Snow clouds are then forecast to arrive, although any accumulations are set to be relatively light. These should clear through by the weekend to leave sunny skies and cold temperatures.
The snow is due to arrive a day earlier in California and looks to be heavier in nature too. Up to 30cm may fall on resorts such as Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Mammoth. Changeable, cold and at times snowy weather is then forecast into the weekend – bringing as much as a further 15cm of snowfall which is great news ahead of the popular Thanksgiving holidays.
The struggle on the East Coast sadly looks set to continue however, with no significant fresh snowfall expected at our featured resorts. Temperatures look set to remain mostly below freezing however, so with Thanksgiving on the way, expect resorts to be blasting out artificial snow to ensure decent coverage for holiday season.
Andorra snow reports
Andorra saw its first snowfall of the season over the weekend, with plenty more forecast over the coming week.
All resorts saw around 10-20 cm fall on the upper slopes, which is good news ahead of the fast approaching opening weekend. Many resorts were experiencing clear skies on Monday 23rd November, although this looks likely to change over the coming week. Up to 40cm of snow is forecast for Wednesday in both the Vallnord and Grandvalira areas, with light flurries set to continue for the rest of the week. Temperatures will remain below freezing for the duration, so be sure to wrap up warm if heading out for opening day turns this weekend.
Austria snow reports
Good skiing was on offer across many of our featured resorts on Monday 23rd November.
The sun was shining and pistes were in fantastic condition thanks to the fresh snow that fell over the weekend. Base depths saw and increase as a result, with Kaunertal (97/118cm) adding another 30cm to an already impressive snow base. There were gains elsewhere also with Pitztal (67/121cm) able to able to get another 2 lifts running to further increase the terrain that is on offer to riders. Kirchberg (0/45cm) saw its first fresh snow of the season, with the only skiing available previously being on artificial snow.
As a result of the good snow fall over the weekend, expect to see a flurry of openings in the near future, with the likes of Ischgl, Kuhtai, Zell am See and large chunks of the Ski Amade looking to get lifts turning this weekend.
The good weather will last until the middle of the week when a period of unsettled weather should see snow flurries across many resorts. Temperatures will remain low throughout the week which should allow for some decent snow making conditions ahead of a number of resort opening dates.
Bulgaria snow reports
None of our featured Bulgarian resorts are open at present, with skiing expected to begin in the middle of December.
Canada snow reports
Fantastic ski conditions were on offer across many of our featured resorts in Canada on Monday 23rd November.
Alberta is continuing its fine start to the season, with Banff in particular enjoying some excellent early season conditions. Lake Louise (113cm) has all but one of its lifts running, with the popular Paradise chair set to open for the first time on Monday. Great snow coverage remains across the area with new terrain being opened daily. Snow showers are expected today, which will do much to refresh conditions both on and off piste, before brightening up from Wednesday for the remainder of the week.
In British Colombia, Sun Peaks (71cm) enjoyed a great opening weekend, with the recent good snowfall ensuring the resort was able to allow access to all three mountains and some sixty-five runs. Elsewhere, Whistler-Blackcomb (76cm) is looking to open up more terrain, with Blackcomb Mountain scheduled to open this coming Thursday. Snow showers are scheduled for much of Monday and Tuesday, although this will give way to clear skies and sunshine for the remainder of the week.
The east coast is still experiencing a poor start to the season, with both Mont Sainte Anne and Tremblant yet to get lifts turning this season. Temperatures look likely to drop towards the end of the week, bringing with it the possibility of a dusting of snow. This should at least allow resorts to get snow cannons firing, as they look to get their respective seasons back on track.
France snow reports
Tignes (20/90cm) is the only resort we report on in France that is currently open for skiing, although more resorts should be able to open this coming weekend. Although it may only be possible to ski up on the Grande Motte glacier skiing area at Tignes, the skiing there is fantastic. 65cm of new snow fell on Saturday 21st November, followed by 20cm on Sunday 22nd. The weather cleared somewhat for Monday 23rd November providing great visibility to enjoy the excellent riding on offer on the groomed runs.
The neighbouring resort of Val d’Isere (22/80cm) is also in superb shape following the weekend’s heavy snowfall and is due to open for the winter season on Saturday 28th November, along with the links to Tignes.
Val Thorens, in the Three Valleys ski area, is also due to open for the winter season this coming Saturday.
Serre Chevalier is due to open for the first time this season on Saturday too but it will only be open for the weekend. The low temperature means the resort is hard at work making snow for the opening weekend. The resort then plans to open again from 5th to 8th December before opening daily from 12th December.
Further south, in the Pyrenees, the resort of Cauterets (20/50cm) is in great shape too with heavy snowfall over the weekend continuing into Monday. This resort is also planning to open on Saturday 28th November.
There is currently no skiing available in Germany, although the Zugspitze Glacier above Garmisch is set to open up at the end November.
Italy snow reports
It was a cold start to the week in Italy on Monday 23rd November, with the recent cold front forcing temperatures below freezing across most of our featured resorts.
Cervinia (20/145cm) saw the biggest gains over the weekend with around 35cm falling on the upper slopes. As a result, it was able to get four lifts running for the first time this season, increasing the amount of terrain on offer to riders significantly. Val Senales (5/85cm) also saw a 15cm snowfall which did much to improve snow depths in the area.
A flurry of resort openings look to be taking place this coming weekend, with Alagna, Kronplatz and La Thuile looking to get lifts turning this weekend. Temperatures should remain low throughout the week, which should provide resorts the perfect snowmaking conditions ahead of their proposed opening dates.
Looking to the week ahead and resort in and around the Aosta Valley and Monterosa ski area look likely to benefit from some decent snowfall during the middle of week, with the resorts of Courmayeur, Cervinia and La Thuile likely to see around 20cm. Elsewhere, sunny spells will be interspersed with flurries of light snow showers as we move through the week and into the weekend.
Norway snow reports
& Sweden snow reports
Winter has finally arrived in Norway, bringing cold temperatures and light snowfall to our featured resorts. This has enabled the Kvitfjell area near Lillehammer (10/30cm) to open up one lift for the first time this season. It joins Geilo (10/20cm), which continues to offer one slope for skiing. The snow machines have been firing elsewhere and were running all day on Monday 23rd November which was great news ahead of the fast approaching season. Most of our other featured resorts are set to open up at the weekend, by which time the snow machines should have laid down a thick layer of powder on the slopes, thanks to a week of sub-zero temperatures in the forecast.
Meanwhile in Sweden the ski season is fast approaching, with both Are (7/17cm) and Salen (5/10cm) set to open at the weekend. Are was reporting 6cm of fresh snow on Monday, accompanied by some good snowmaking in recent days. A cool and changeable week is forecast which is great news for snowmaking teams so expect some decent skiing conditions come the weekend.
Switzerland snow reports
The Swiss Alps were transformed over the weekend as a big winter storm swept in during the course of Friday. Snowfall started initially above around 2,200m, but lowered rapidly through Friday night to around 500m by early on Saturday morning. Up to a metre of new snow was recorded in parts of the northwestern Swiss Alps above around 2,500m, with most of our featured resorts seeing at least 50cm on the upper slopes. The only spots to miss out were in the far south and east of the country.
Despite the new snowfall, there was still relatively limited skiing on offer across the country on Monday 23rd November, but expect this all to change by the weekend as the majority of our featured resorts open up. Of the open resorts, the best skiing was arguably at Saas-Fee (10-140cm) where around 60cm of new snow fell over the weekend. Look out for the opening of further slopes lower down the mountain this week. Some great skiing was also to be had on the Glacier 3000 above Gstaad (20/80cm), following over 50cm of new snow over the weekend.
Davos/Klosters (5/38cm) also opened up full-time following the weekend’s snowfall, with four lifts spinning on the Parsenn Mountain. Keep an eye out for more piste openings this week as the new snow gets packed down and the snow machines continue to fire.
The list of resorts opening up this week and over the weekend is long thanks to all of the new snow, and we are currently expecting the following areas to open up by Saturday 28th November: Adelboden, Andermatt, Arosa, Crans-Montana, Engelberg, Flims/Laax, Grimentz/Zinal, Grindelwald, Lenzerheide, Murren, Samnaun, St Moritz, Verbier and Wengen.
Further heavy snowfall is expected over the coming days, accompanied by more cold temperatures. Between 30 and 50cm is forecast to fall to low levels during Wednesday and Thursday, before another wave of snowfall hits the country on Sunday and Monday – potentially bringing 50-100cm more fresh snow. In contrast to last season it is certainly looking good for pre-Christmas skiing!
USA snow reports
There are some fantastic early-season conditions to report across much of the USA on Monday 23rd November. Following a very cold and snowy November things are shaping up really nicely ahead of the approaching Thanksgiving holidays.
The pick of the conditions are currently in Colorado, where more runs seem to be opening on a daily basis thanks to extensive snowmaking and a good deal of fresh snowfall last week. Month totals of around 100cm have been recorded at most of our featured resorts, enabling the likes of Aspen (30/76cm) to open up with great conditions. The best skiing is probably at the highest resorts in the state – Arapahoe Basin (81cm) and Loveland (86cm) where there has been some excellent skiing both on and off piste in recent days. Vail (58cm) is however offering by far the most extensive skiing, with well over 1200 acres freshly groomed for skiers daily. More snow is expected to land before Thanksgiving which is great news, when any remaining resorts are set to open.
There was some decent skiing in Utah too, with some nice powder stashes reported at both Alta (51cm) and Snowbird (56cm) over the weekend. Park City (45cm) also opened up a couple of lifts over the weekend, building the anticipation for the unveiling of the brand new Quicksilver Interconnect gondola that links it to Canyons for the 2015/2016 season.
Further north in Wyoming and Montana the season is set to kick off for Thanksgiving, with both Jackson Hole (28/46cm) and Big Sky (51/76cm) looking to open up with top-to bottom riding on excellent early season snow. More snow is forecast too so be sure to pack warm layers and the powder skis – even in November!
Across in California the great start to the season continued over the weekend, with sunny skies allowing skiers and riders to access the excellent November snowfall. The pick of the conditions were at Mammoth (56/106cm), where 14 of the resort’s 28 lifts were turning over the weekend, and also at Squaw Valley (48/58cm) where the Funitel and Aerial Tram were spinning this weekend.
Sadly winter has been put on hold somewhat in recent weeks on the east coast, however colder temperatures on Monday enabled snow guns to fire at all of our featured resorts. Limited skiing was on offer at Killington (10/31cm) and Sunday River (0/5cm) but expect more resorts to slowly open up as the powerful snowmaking systems crank out snow over the coming days.