Latest snow report: The ski resorts with the best conditions right now
It has been a week of mostly warm, sunny weather in the Alps although there have been light snow up high and there are hopes of significant fresh snowfall arriving this weekend.
Freeze-thaw conditions have dominated recent days and with the snow depth gains of last week now reversed in many resorts, it looks like the thaw is inevitably winning.
Snow conditions remain good up high though, and most larger resorts still have 80-90 per cent of their slopes open and for freeriders, the off-piste avalanche danger has dropped a little, although still widely between 2-3 (‘considerable risk’) on the scale to 5.
The snowfall does not currently look to be reaching as far south as the Pyrenees, where centres are battling warm, sunny weather to keep slopes open. It’s a similar story in the Balkans although Bulgarian resorts did post a temperature dip and fresh snowfall on earlier this week.
Warm weather in Scotland has scuppered much of the skiing there. Glenshee and Cairngorm still have very limited terrain open, and The Lecht has called it a day on the season, unless there’s a return to wintery weather. In the west, Glencoe and Nevis Range still can’t offer lift-served terrain.
It’s a more promising picture across the North sea in Scandinavia with temperatures staying consistently low and more fresh snowfall reported at centres like Norway’s Hemsedal. In America, resorts like Mammoth Mountain and Park City continue to extend their seasons thanks to the record-breaking snowfall – skiing could go on until July in places.
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French ski areas have had some glorious sunny weather this week. But conditions are getting very warm with wet snow in the valleys by late morning. It’s been much better above 2,000m with fresh snow flurries widely reported. The base on the glacier at Tignes is up to just shy of 4 metres, the most snow lying anywhere in the Alps right now, and is open into May
The weather is starting to change already in the French Alps with clouds rolling in and temperatures dropping. The most optimistic forecasts point to up to a metre of snowfall above 3,000m falling through the weekend, but much less on lower slopes.
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1er jour du printemps... !
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1st day of spring...!
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It has been a challenging week for Austrian ski areas with warm sunny weather and the best of the snow definitely at higher elevations. Austria has more glacier ski areas than any other country and the high terrain at resorts like Sölden, Kaprun and the Stubai near Innsbruck is coming into its own early this spring.
Austria will also benefit from the front moving in from the west through the weekend – probably seeing as much snowfall as France. There will be the issue of the altitude at which snow becomes rain though, but resorts with high slopes and glaciers like St Anton and Obergurgl shouldn’t worry.
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Italy has seen the same warm weather thanks to the southerly system that's been dominating the Alps and the Dolomites. Here too it's been freeze-thaw and the best conditions lie above 2,000m. Base depths remain thin at many resorts, as they have been all winter, but La Thuile, linked to La Rosière across the French border, has snow lying 2.6m deep and still 90 per cent of slopes open.
There’s snowfall across the country through the weekend, but ths will likely fall as rain below 2,000m, with any fresh cover restricted to resorts like Cervinia or Bormio with high terrain.
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Superbe journée de ski de printemps à La Rosiere (FR) et à la Thuile (IT) aujourd’hui. pic.twitter.com/gSIcmnvQcI
— Chalet L'Esquirol (@ChaletEsquirol) March 22, 2023
Swiss slopes have seen mostly sunny weather too with the best of the conditions above 2,000m. Cover at resort level has been melting away fast and at this point in the season fewer resorts are bothering to push snow down to the valley. Crans-Montana and Wengen are among resorts now posting 0cm at their bases, though still with plenty of skiing a lift ride up the mountain.
The front moving in from the Atlantic will bring snowfall to higher Swiss slopes through the weekend, with the potential for 75cm or more on terrain above 2,500m, particularly in the west of the country at resorts like Verbier. Expect periods of rain at lower elevations below 2,000m though.
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— Région Dents du Midi 🏔 (@RegDentsDuMidi) March 20, 2023
Canada's resorts are pushing spring skiing under blue skies in their newsfeeds now, with resorts like Banff, Jasper and Whistler open to May, however, it keeps snowing – with 10-20cm accumulation this week, so not so much sunshine yet.
Temperatures look a little cooler for the week ahead, getting back below freezing at all levels, with light snow showers expected across Canada’s ski areas.
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The endless streams of huge snowstorms impacting the West Coast of America have eased just a little but the snow keeps falling and several resorts, including California's Sugar Bowl, have now passed the 700 inches (17m) mark for snowfall this season to date. More are announcing extended seasons with Mammoth announcing it'll be open well into summer. There have been plenty more powder days this week in the Rockies too, with Utah's Deer Valley declaring Wednesday a powder day after 24cm of snowfall in 24 hours.
Mostly sunny weather with temperatures still not getting much above freezing. Snow showers in the west but expected to be light, with just a few centimetres each time.
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