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European weather outlook
The sunny weather looks set to continue in Europe with France, Switzerland and Austria all expecting clear skies and dry days throughout next week. Temperatures could also rise to above 5C in some places.
While very little snow is expected to fall anywhere in Europe this week Bulgaria could receive light snow during the middle of the week in preparation for opening day at Bansko next weekend. There is also some much-needed light snow forecast for Oppdal in Norway.
North american weather outlook
It is shaping up to be a sunny week at most resorts in the USA this week. Alta and Breckenridge, along with most Colorado resorts, are expecting clear skies for the next nine days. Most of the snow will be falling on the east coast with Attitash, Smugglers’ Notch and Sugarbush expecting around 15cm this week.
Canada will be a lot snowier than its southern neighbor particularly in British Columbia. Kicking Horse should get around half a metre before its opening day this weekend and Whistler and Revelstoke are expecting similar amounts. Heavy snow will also return to Alberta with around 40cm predicted for Banff and Marmot Basin over the next seven days.
There was scattered snowfall across our featured Austrian resorts this weekend but most of the Alps remained bright and sunny while North America enjoyed cold temperatures and heavy snow.
Many resorts in Austria started the season this weekend including St Anton which enjoyed 10cm of new snow on Friday 6th December in preparation. There was also heavy weekend snow for Obertauern and Kaunertal.
The sunny spell continued in France this weekend but more resorts still celebrated early openings. Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens in the Three Valleys are now all open. It is a similar story in Switzerland which has excellent piste skiing available thanks to great early-season snowfall.
There was fresh snow in Germany over the weekend as Garmisch opened up new terrain while Italy is currently experiencing spring-like conditions with mild temperatures. In Scotland Cairngorm had enough snow to open on Saturday 7th December.
Mammoth provided the best skiing in North American, during a particularly snowy and cold weekend in the USA, after a huge dump of 40cm on Sunday. Further North in Canada temperatures rose slightly after a bitterly cold week and there was also light snowfall in places.
Andorra snow reports
There is excellent on-piste skiing at all of our featured resorts in Andorra which continue to provide clear and sunny skies.
There has been no new snow in Pal/Arinsal (50/80cm) or Arcalis (40/120cm) in the Vallnord region since the beginning of the month. Combined with warmer, sunny weather this has created some spring conditions on the lower slopes. However, there is still fantastic skiing to be found on the upper slopes and unlimited visibility provided by clear skies.
There are similar conditions in Grandvalira at Pas de la Casa (100/170cm) and Soldeu (100/170cm). Despite the lack of recent snowfall, early-season storms have created such a good December base that skiers and snowboarders enjoyed good skiing at both resorts over the weekend.
Austria snow reports
There was moderate snowfall at most of our featured Austrian resorts over the weekend to continue the excellent start to the season in the Alps.
St Anton (20/60cm), Lech (45/75cm) and Zurs (45/75cm) in the Arlberg ski area all enjoyed a good opening weekend after 10cm fell on Friday 6th December. The best conditions of the weekend could be found in Obertaurern (100/140cm) where 20cm of fresh snow fell on Saturday 7th December.
There are over 50 lifts in operation at Serfaus (10/55cm) and Fiss (10/50cm) and good on-piste conditions. All three resorts are now both open every day following the weekend and had a dusting of fresh snow on Friday.
There are still excellent conditions on our featured glacial resorts in Austria with fast skiing on hard-packed pistes. However, Kaunertal (0/272cm) received 20cm of fresh powder on Friday which made for a fantastic weekend of riding.
There was also decent snowfall on Saturday at Westendorf (10/55cm) Zauchensee (60/85cm) and Saalbach (35/75cm). Each resort benefited from 15cm of new snow and offered great on-piste conditions on Monday 9th December.
Bulgaria snow reports
None of our featured Bulgarian resorts are open yet for the winter season.
Canada snow reports
Canadian resorts enjoyed rising temperatures over the weekend after a dramatic cold snap last week. There was also light snowfall at a selection of resorts.
Whistler (79cm/79cm) celebrated the opening of one of two brand new lifts for this season on Saturday 7th December. The Crystal Ridge Express began operations and despite no recent snowfall in the area excellent conditions can be found on-piste.
Marmot Basin (40cm/40cm) had a light dusting of snow overnight on Monday 9th December as did Revelstoke (92cm/92cm) and Sun Peaks (81cm/102cm). All three resorts experienced scattered snowfall throughout the day and temperatures around -10C made for excellent snow conditions across the ski areas.
On the east coast Blue Mountain (35cm/35c) is now open every day after another successful weekend. Conditions were improved on Sunday 8th December with 3cm of fresh snow.
France snow reports
Thanks to the excellent start to the winter season in France many resorts opened early this weekend and there is fantastic on-piste skiing all over the French Alps.
Meribel (30/100cm), Val Thorens (65/105cm) and Courchevel (69/99cm) are now all open for the season in the Three Valleys. Although there has been no recent snowfall all three resorts have strong snow bases and enjoyed clear weather all weekend.
Isola 2000 (40/60cm) La Clusaz (15/70cm) and Les Menuires (20/105cm) are all also now open every day and provided fast skiing on hard-packed pistes on Monday 9th December under sunny skies.
There is still brilliant skiing to be found in Tignes (40/140cm) which has enjoyed consistent sunshine recently. The resort now has over 50 lifts open and the best skiing can be found on groomed runs.
Val d’Isere (40/80cm), Les Deux Alpes (15/170cm) and Alpe d’Huez (20/150cm) have also been enjoying spring-like conditions in December and the warm and sunny weather continued at each resort on Monday 9th December.
There are very good conditions in Germany for this time of year and after strong recent snowfall Garmisch (20/145cm) has opened up new terrain.
The resort received a light dusting of 3cm on Friday 6th December on the Zugspitze glacier but there are now 13 lifts open including 7 at lower altitudes.
Feldberg (45/55cm) enjoyed new snow on both Friday and Saturday 7th December. 15cm of new snow fell across the two days and there is excellent on-piste skiing available, particularly on the upper slopes.
Italy snow reports
The weekend was generally a sunny and mild one across Italy, with no fresh snow and fairly high temperatures for the time of year. The best skiing is at high altitude resorts such as Cervinia (40/185cm). Their upper slopes are in good condition at the moment although there hasn’t been any significant fresh snow since 21st November. All 15 of their lifts were open on Monday 9th December with the links over into Zermatt available too.
It’s a similar story at Livigno (14/84cm). All 30 of their lifts were running on Monday and although the snow base isn’t huge they have plenty of snow for on-piste skiing. It will take some further new snow to freshen up the off-piste areas and at the moment there isn’t any forecast.
Norway snow reports
& Sweden snow reports
It’s fairly mild at the moment in the regions of Scandinavia that our featured resorts lie in. It’s warmest in Norway, with the temperature hovering around freezing at Geilo (31/41cm), which has good skiing at the moment on all its slopes. They’re in need of a top up of fresh snow though which should be arriving later this week.
Are (35/47cm) is a little bit colder, with temperatures around -12C which is average for this time of year. They have limited skiing available, served by three open lifts. The best of the snow is higher up but lower runs all have a good covering of largely man-made snow.
Switzerland snow reports
A number of Swiss resorts opened over the weekend, either for weekend riding or daily for skiing and snowboarding. This has increased the spread of resorts open for skiing in Switzerland although the conditions are overall similar; the snow cover is very good due to the excellent early season snowfall although it has been sunny over the last week and areas of high traffic are becoming polished. Expect good skiing on firmly packed runs, with the best conditions available on the upper slopes.
Saas Fee (25/275cm) reports the deepest snow base in Switzerland on their upper slopes, although Andermatt (37/200cm) and the Gstaad area (5/240cm) report over two metres of snow high up, while Zermatt (40/190cm) is not that far off two metres.
The skies are forecast to remain bright and sunny all week across Switzerland, with mid-mountain temperatures remaining around freezing.
USA snow reports
A cold and very snowy weekend across the majority of America meant it was a fantastic time to be skiing. In Colorado temperatures have dropped down below -20C as the cold snap that was in Canada last week heads south. 19 lifts were running at Vail (76cm) on Sunday 8th December and a few centimetres of fresh snow made for excellent skiing on the marked runs.
Mammoth (64/76cm) received a very welcome 40cm of fresh snow on Sunday 8th December. It’s been a great December so far for the Californian resort with over 80cm of snow falling since the month began. Around half of the ski area is open but this recent snowfall could allow them up open up more terrain.