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(Last Updated:01/02/15)

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(Last Updated:29/01/15)

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.

International

Thursday 29th January marked the beginning of an extremely snowy period of weather for the Alps and Pyrenees. Over a metre of fresh snow is expected by the end of the weekend across a large area and to low levels, transforming the snow conditions. Between 15 and 50cm has already been recorded this week across the northern Alps, already improving the skiing.

There has been widespread cloud cover across Austria with many resorts, particularly in the west, seeing lots of fresh snow. There were a few spots of sunshine in the east but they didn’t last long as the clouds moved in during the day.

Some intense snow was falling across France on Thursday 29th January and is forecast to continue until at least Sunday. Once the weather clears and the avalanche danger drops, some excellent powder skiing will be on offer and the pistes will be significantly improved.

Heavy snow is falling across Switzerland and is expected to continue until the end of the weekend. Conditions will be significantly improved however be careful out there as the avalanche danger has reached Level 4/5 in some regions.

Changeable weather was seen in Italy on Thursday 29th January. Some resorts saw bright sunshine, others were blanketed with cloud cover and there were some snow showers in the Val D’Aosta.

The pistes are set up firmly packed in Andorra at present, but some very heavy snowfall is forecast over the next five days.

There are some great conditions across Scandinavia currently, with resorts seeing yet more snowfall. Temperatures are remaining low so the snow is excellent both on and off piste.

Bulgaria caught a light fall of snow overnight into Thursday 29th January, freshening up the pistes and providing some good skiing across the country.

More snow was falling on the Scottish mountains on Thursday and is expected to continue over the weekend. The skiing should be excellent at all levels again once the stormy weather subsides.

Good skiing is available across the USA at the moment, with the best conditions on the east coast. In the Rockies further west, head to the upper slopes for the best conditions as some mild weather followed by cooler conditions has led to some hard packed lower pistes.

Western Canada has seen mild weather of late, so head high for the best snow conditions. Over in the east the conditions are fantastic thanks to recent snowfalls, but wrap up warm as it’s bitterly cold at all levels.

European weather outlook

The current snowstorm could prove to be the season-changer, especially as the snow is not forecast to cease until Sunday night. By then over a metre of fresh snow is possible across a wide area of the northern and western Alps, with the heaviest falls around the French/Swiss border. Further east in Austria, between 20 and 40cm can be expected, with some favoured spots potentially seeing more. Current forecasts are pointing towards a brighter day on Monday, so this could be the best bet for some clear overhead conditions as yet more snow is predicted from Tuesday onwards. Again be careful to check the latest avalanche bulletins as the snow conditions are extremely volatile and will continue to be as the snow carries on falling.

Heavy snow is expected to set in on Thursday night across the Pyrenees and is not forecast to stop for almost a week. Current forecasts are pointing towards around a metre of snow by Sunday followed by even more next week. Some great skiing is likely as a result although be careful to heed the avalanche warnings as the danger level is likely to rise significantly over the coming days.

A further 15-40cm of snow is forecast for both Norway and Sweden over the weekend, adding to the already good conditions. Some sunnier weather is expected at the start of next week, providing the perfect opportunity to head out and enjoy the new snow.

Bulgaria is also expecting some heavy snow over the weekend, with Bansko looking at more than 40cm of fresh snow over the weekend. Unfortunately less is forecast where it’s needed in Pamporovo, but 15cm could still fall in the next five days.

Further heavy snow is expected in Scotland before the weekend is up. The heaviest falls are set to shift from the west to the east during Friday, with a further 25cm expected for Cairngorm, The Lecht and Glenshee.

North american weather outlook

Colorado can expect some light snowfall over the next five days, with cloudy skies dominating the weather pattern. A possible 15cm could fall, although there could be some significant local variations, with some seeing more and others less. Utah should remain mostly dry, with some excellent sunny spells for most, although some light snow showers cannot be ruled out. Further north in Montana and Wyoming, some decent falls are expected from Sunday onwards, accompanied by a much needed drop in temperature.

Unfortunately the Californian snow drought is showing no signs of letting up. A significant dump is needed but the present forecasts are looking sunny and mild for at least the next nine days.

Up in western Canada, mostly sunny weather is predicted until Saturday, before a cloudy change arrives on Saturday. Some light snow is expected on and off during next week which should help to freshen up the on-piste conditions and provide some pockets of powder off-piste.

Across on the east coast, the bitterly cold weather is forecast to continue. Up to 20cm of fresh snow can be expected across Quebec before sunny skies return for the weekend. Further south in Vermont, Maine and New England, cloudier skies are forecast throughout the period, bringing snowfall on and off to most resorts. Around a further 20cm of fresh snow can be expected.

Andorra

Andorra snow reports

The pistes are currently set up hard packed across Andorra, thanks to a combination of high winds and limited natural snowfall. Some very heavy snow is forecast over the weekend, with upwards of a metre forecast in some favoured spots. The Ski Club Leader in Soldeu (50/100cm) reported firm pistes on Wednesday, but this will change significantly with the incoming snowfall.

Austria

Austria snow reports

Austria has enjoyed a week full of fresh snowfall with all of our featured resorts reporting powdery conditions and increases in overall base depths. It continued to snow on Thursday 29th January with cold temperatures, just in time for the approaching weekend.

The Ski Welt region, including Soll (60/80cm), Westendorf (60/80cm), Ellmau (60/80cm), Hopfgarten (60/80cm) and Scheffau (60/80cm), enjoyed fresh snow throughout the week and more snow fell on Thursday with up to 10cm reported in the morning.

The Amade region, including resorts such as Bad Gastein (125/240cm), Bad Hofgastein (25/95cm), Flachau (80/190cm) and Wagrain (50/115cm) have all seen fresh snow this week with up 20cm being reported on Wednesday and it continued to drop on Thursday too. Overall temperatures remain below freezing, keeping the pistes in an excellent state and there is plenty of fresh powder off the piste.

There’s more cloud and snow just around the corner as the weekend approaches. It’s going to be quite a cold one too so wrap up warm and consider taking a low light lens if possible.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria snow reports

Around 5cm of fresh snow was recorded across Bulgaria overnight on Wednesday 28th January, freshening up the already good piste conditions. The best skiing is on offer at Bansko (40/160cm) and Borovets (85/110cm), where the deepest snow depths are in place. Up to 30cm of snow is expected in the coming days so take your powder skis if you’re heading out this weekend.

Canada

Canada snow reports

It’s a mixed bag in Canada at present, with the east coast in the midst of a bitterly cold snap, whilst further west mild conditions have brought spring-like conditions.

The Ski Club Leader in Whistler (122cm) reported very soft conditions on the lower slopes thanks to temperatures well above freezing. More snow is needed, especially now the temperature has dropped back slightly, refreezing the base into a hard and icy surface. Spring conditions were also found on the lower slopes of Big White (171cm) and Silver Star (157cm) earlier this week, but with temperatures dropping slightly into the weekend, the pistes will set up hard packed.

Further inland in Alberta, the air remains slightly colder and on Thursday 29th January the mid-mountain temperature was sitting at around -5 at Marmot Basin (100cm). Some light new snow was picked up too, with the three Banff (122cm) resorts seeing between 8 and 19cm of fresh snow in the last week.

Across on the east coast, the bitterly cold weather is continuing. Some decent snowfall is expected prior to the weekend, with Tremblant (100/180cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (60/120cm) predicted around 20cm of fresh snow. Sunny skies are forecast for Saturday/Sunday, but with mid-mountain temperatures expected to drop as low as -25C, wrap up extremely warm and ensure all exposed flesh is covered.

France

France snow reports

Thursday morning dawned snowy for most of our featured French resorts. The only places to miss out were the southern Alps (resorts such as Isola 2000) and the Pyrenees (resorts such as Font Romeu). Be careful out there as the avalanche danger is very high.

Some resorts also caught snow earlier in the week, with Flaine (100/180cm) and Samoens (45/78cm) catching 20cm on Tuesday. A further 20cm was recorded on the morning of Thursday 29th January, so powder conditions are to be found across the Grand Massif.

The snowiest spot on Thursday morning was the Chamonix Valley (40/140cm), where 40cm of fresh snow was recorded on the upper slopes. Even down at 1035m in the valley, 20cm of fresh snow was picked up. Be careful when skiing in this region however as the avalanche risk is currently very high. Another area to benefit significantly is the Portes du Soleil, with Avoriaz (120/170cm) seeing 30cm of fresh snow overnight. The even better news is that the snow is that the snow was continuing to fall throughout the day on Thursday.

The heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend, with several pulses of heavy precipitation forecast to cross the French Alps, hopefully bringing up to a metre of fresh snow for many. The next clear spell is forecast for Monday, although it is likely to be short-lived as the snow is set to return again on Tuesday.

Both Cauterets (100/170cm) and Font Romeu (55/75cm) in the Pyrenees dawned dry on Thursday, but very heavy snow is expected to begin through the afternoon. By the end of the weekend a metre of new snow is possible, so some excellent skiing should be on offer over the coming days.

Germany

Heavy snow has been falling this week across Germany and with more forecast over the coming days, it is a great time to be heading to the German ski resorts. The upper slopes of Garmisch (50/350cm) have recorded 85cm of snow in the past seven days, with another 20cm forecast over the weekend. Feldberg (23/65cm) is offering much improved skiing conditions following 15cm of fresh snow on Thursday 29th January. A further 40cm of snowfall is possible this weekend.

Italy

Italy snow reports

The recent flurry of snow showers in Europe hasn’t quite hit the majority of Italy yet but conditions are still good. Eastern Italy is seeing some snow fall as it makes its way across Austria and Switzerland but overall, the temperatures are below freezing so the pistes are well intact.

The Val D’Aosta saw fresh snow fall on Thursday 29th January. Pila (30/140cm) had quite a cloudy day which later turned to snow and up to 10cm was recorded. Pila has quite a lot of tree runs which significantly helps with the visibility. A total of 10 lifts were spinning on Thursday and pistes conditions were excellent, particularly on the upper slopes.

Also in the Val D’Aosta, Cervinia (45/210cm) had yet more snow and continues to prove itself of being a snow sure resort. Powdery conditions are being reported both on and off the piste. Visibility has been affected somewhat so it might be worth heading over to Valtournenche where the tree lines might help with this issue.

The forecast for the approaching weekend looks very cloudy with a very good chance of fresh snow to all of our featured resorts, fingers crossed.

Norway/sweden

Norway snow reports & Sweden snow reports

Excellent skiing is currently available in Norway following another good dump of fresh snow this week. Trysil (135/135cm) picked up 25cm on Thursday 29th January, providing some great powder skiing across the mountain. 15cm was also recorded at Lillehammer (95/150cm) and with 49 out of 51 lifts open across the city’s five ski areas. More snow is forecast over the weekend, with 15-30cm expected quite widely.

Sweden has also picked up some new snow, improving conditions at our two featured resorts. Are (40/50cm) could do with a big fall still, but 7cm in the past three days has helped freshen up the piste surface. Over at Salen (75/100cm), 21cm was picked up in the same time period so some good snow conditions can be found across the mountain. More snow is forecast with between 20 and 40cm expected at both resorts.

Switzerland

Switzerland snow reports

Heavy snow was falling on the morning of Thursday 29th January across Switzerland, following some great falls earlier in the week. As a result conditions are excellent across the country although the avalanche danger has reached Level 4 in the southwest. Stay on piste in this region and be very careful elsewhere as the danger is still at Level 3.

Murren (80/145cm) saw 30cm of fresh snow by Tuesday morning, making it one of the snowiest resorts earlier this week. A further 15cm was recorded on Thursday 29th January so some great powder conditions can be found across the mountain.

Thursday’s heaviest falls were recorded in southwest Switzerland, with Leysin (50/70cm) and Les Mosses (50/70cm) recording 35cm of fresh snow. Anzere (30/125cm) saw 30cm which has significantly improved the skiing conditions. Although as mentioned above however, the avalanche danger in this region is Level 4 - which recommends skiers stay firmly on piste.

Andermatt (63/380cm) benefited from a further 10cm of fresh snow and currently boasts one of the deepest base depths in the whole of the Alps. The skiing on Thursday was excellent, although visibility was reduced as a result of the snowy weather.

The heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend, and with the freezing level dropping to sea-level, snow can be expected at all levels. Once the storm subsides, totals of around a metre are expected for many, especially in the north and west. Monday is currently looking sunny, providing the best overhead in which to enjoy the new snow, before more snow returns on Tuesday.

Usa

USA snow reports

It has been a quiet week across western USA, with mild temperatures and mostly sunny skies dominating the weather patterns.

Some very good piste skiing is still on offer, especially on the upper slopes as lower down some softening followed by a refreeze has led to some packed conditions. A light dusting was picked up at Alta (163cm) and Snowbird (163cm) on Thursday morning and Snowbasin (132cm) caught a surprise 13cm overnight on Wednesday. The Ski Club Leader in Jackson Hole (195cm) reported 5cm of fresh snow on Wednesday, which with a strong wind led to some excellent windblown powder stashes on some favoured aspects.

California has finally seen some snowfall this week, although with a maximum of 10cm recorded at Squaw Valley (86cm) and 8cm at Heavenly (81cm), much more is needed for more terrain to open up. Unfortunately this does not appear to be forthcoming, at least in the next nine days.

The story could not be more different on the east coast, where winter storm Juno that dumped over half a metre on Boston, also dropped some good falls on the Appalachian resorts. Sunday River (76cm) caught the most, recording 45cm during the storm, resulting in some amazing powder conditions across the mountain. Killington (76cm) picked up 13cm and Sugarbush (183cm) added 15cm to its excellent base depth. Some more snow can be expected in the coming days, improving snow conditions even further.



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