Half Term is here, so families, teachers and kids will be heading out to resort this weekend for their yearly snow-fix and with the snow falling across the Europe and North America, mixed in with a bit of sunshine, cold temperatures and fantastically well maintained mountains it is looking like a great week ahead of us.
France is the number one destination for Brits and with this week being one of the busiest of the season you'll be glad to hear that the last few days have seen a dusting of snow across France with more due over the weekend. Temperatures are well below zero in the forecast and from Alpe d'Huez, to Meribel to Val d'Isere there will be another ~10cm of snow over the weekend. During the week you can enjoy sunshine and cold temps, so with the mountain in pristine condition it makes for perfect skiing, unless you're a powder hound.
Austria is a firm favourite with us Brits and the snow is also looking pretty good next week. St Anton is boasting 16cm over the weekend, Mayrhofen is expecting 19cm, Ischgl 16cm and Obergurgl's glacier will show off with 24cm of pow.
If family holidays to the charming Swiss resorts is more your cup of tea then you have 10cm in Verbier to look forward and 7cm in Zermatt, throw in the glaciers, high altitude skiing and world class pisteurs and you are heading into a great week for fast pistes and sun-blushed lunches.
Italy not only offers great value, but highly underrated snow. The last week has seen up to 30cm in some resorts and the ever popular regions of the Super Dolomiti and Milky Way ski areas are benefitting from ~10cm this weekend. Cervinia and the Aosta Valley are also expecting up to 12cm over the weekend.
North America has offered pretty consistent powder skiing for a few weeks now and Colorado is keeping that up for the school holidays. Telluride boasts 30cm, Aspen 22 and Crested Butte 24cm. California is also looking worth the flight with Heavenly, Mammoth, North Star and Squaw all benefitting from over 20cm of dry powder and superb mountains. Heading to Canada and British Columbia's hidden gems of Big White and Silver Star will be adding at least 20cm to their mountains of powder with Whistler topping up with yet another 16cm.
Half term is a great time to ski, the mountains may be busy, but that adds to the vibrant atmosphere and the snow is living up to our hopes yet again. Have a great day and see you on the mountain in 8 days.
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