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(Last Updated:11/08/14)

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.

North america

In America, Timberline Lodge, Oregon is still open for skiing. They are maintaining the groomed snow well and this should see them through to their summer closing date of 1st September. The terrain is only currently suitable for advanced-intermediate level skiers and boarders or better.

Whistler, Canada is closed for the summer.

International

The weather was cloudy for the open Austrian, Swiss and Italian resorts on Monday 11sh August, reducing the visibility. It was brighter in France at the open resort of Les Deux Alpes. The freezing level in the Alps is forecast to drop to around 3,000m this week, which could see some fresh snow landing on the glacier skiing areas.

Of our two featured North American summer skiing resorts, Timberline Lodge in America is the one still open for skiing. They are maintaining the groomed snow well and this should see them through to their summer closing date of 1st September.

Fresh snowfall has improved the skiing at most New Zealand resorts recently, although strong winds affected skiing on Monday. The Remarkables and Treble Cone were the pick of the bunch for riding on Monday due to heavy snowfall providing excellent skiing and boarding. New snow was also reported in Australia although this did not fall as heavy as the two mentioned New Zealand resorts.

Dustings for fresh snow were reported in South America over the weekend, with Argentina faring better than Chile. Las Lenas reported the great amount of fresh snow of our featured South American resorts, with around 40cm landing this weekend.

Australia

Great riding conditions existed across the majority of Australian resorts on Monday 11th with the majority of resorts reporting new snow landing on Monday or Sunday 10th August.

Mount Baw Baw (27/62cm) and Thredbo (146cm) received the greatest amount of new snow, where 10cm fell overnight in time for the lifts opening on Monday.

Ben Lomond (5cm) is unfortunately still closed due the lack of snow.

Sunny skies are expected to dominate across the Australian resorts this week, with mid-mountain temperatures moving back above freezing as the week progresses.

Austria

Austria snow reports

Dense clouds greatly affected the visibility at the two open Austrian skiing resorts on Monday 11th August. Both Hintertux (235cm) and Molltal (290cm) were open but recent wet weather and mild temperatures have reduced the base depth at these resorts. At Hintertux the depth has dropped from 235cm on Thursday 7th August to 195cm on Monday, while Molltal has seen the snow go from 290cm to 270cm over the same period.

Further wet weather is forecast this week although snow could fall later in the week as the freezing level is expected to drop to around 3,000m.

France

France snow reports

Les Deux Alpes (190cm) again offered great riding on Monday 11th August, with good snow cover underfoot and a mixture of sun and cloud overhead. Rain is forecast this week with a chance of snow falling up high on Tuesday 12th August. The skies are expected to be sunnier over the coming weekend.

Tignes and Val d’Isere are currently closed for snowsports.

Italy

Italy snow reports

Cervinia (130cm) is the only one of our featured Italian summer skiing locations currently open for snowsports. The base depth is holding up well although the visibility was poor on Monday 11th August on the high ski area due to dense cloud cover sitting quite low over the area. The cloud cover is expected to last throughout this week, bringing wet weather. The good news is that snow could fall on the skiing glacier as the freezing level is forecast to drop down to around 3,000m.

The Presena Glacier and Val Senales are closed for the summer.

New zealand

Variable skiing conditions existed across our featured New Zealand resorts on Monday 11th August. Many resorts were closed due to strong winds, including Mount Dobson (37cm), Mount Hutt (64cm), Mt Lyford (23cm), Porter Heights (40cm) and Rainbow (40cm).

However, superb skiing could be enjoyed elsewhere. Both The Remarkables (105cm) and Treble Cone (154cm) were in excellent shape with heavy snowfall reported at both resort providing fresh lines and lots of grins.

Strong winds also affected operations at Turoa (156cm) although Whakapapa (135cm) was able to operate most of their lifts on Monday.

This week should see the snowfall continue in New Zealand and the wind should ease back on the South Island, allowing visitors to enjoy the fresh snow. Wednesday 13th could be a little windy, but not as strong as Monday. It will remain windy on the North Island for a few days, so lift operations could be further affected.

South america

Further fresh snowfall in Argentina over the weekend has added to the piste cover on the higher slopes in Argentina. The snow base lower down, around 1,000m, has reduced with milder temperatures affecting the precipitation. Las Lenas (50/160cm) has seen the most significant improvement with the slope depth increasing by 40cm on the top slopes since Thursday 7th August.

Chile has not benefitted from the snowfall that has been reported in Argentina. A dusting was reported at Termas de Chillan (180/240cm) on Sunday 10th August but this was not enough to significantly change the skiing conditions.

Switzerland

Switzerland snow reports

It was possible to ski at Zermatt (190cm) on Monday 11th August although dense clouds meant visibility up high was very poor. There is some good news as a dusting of fresh snow is expected for the glacier skiing area this week. This will mean rain lower down though.

Saas Fee (270cm) was closed for snowsports on Monday due to wet weather and poor visibility. As with Zermatt, fresh snow should land on the summer skiing area this week though.

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