Austria has reported snow over many of its higher altitude and glacier resorts with it continuing into this morning (5th December). Here’s a summary of some of Austria’s ski resorts:
The resort of Solden now has 17 lifts open with a snow base of 70cm at the top of the mountain and has received 7cm of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. Temperatures are currently 1-2 degrees Celsius at the bottom of the mountain (at 1,370m) and between -4 and -5 degrees Celsius at 2,310m which is approximately half way up the ski slopes.
The forecast for the next few days is for light snow to fall Monday/Tuesday above 2000m and a moderate dusting (around 8-10cm) on Wednesday with the temperatures dropping towards -10 degrees Celsius.
France also received snow over the weekend following a drop in temperatures. Serre Chevalier received 50cm on 3rd December at the top of the slopes (2,800m) with the forecast predicting temperatures of around -4 degrees this evening (Monday 5th) and between 0-4 degrees Celsius for the next few days. Around 7cm is expected for Tuesday night. Further up the mountain (at 2,000m), temperatures will be well below freezing all week with over 10cm of snow expected on Tuesday night.
The resorts of Val d’Isere at 1,850m is predicting light dustings of snow throughout the next few days, whilst up above 2,700m (mid mountain) over 20cm of snow is expected over the same period with temperatures staying around -7 to -10 degrees Celsius.
Les Deux Alpes (20cm – 4th Dec), Tignes (18cm – last night/today), Val Thorens (5cm – 4th Dec), Courchevel (4cm – last night/today), La Plagne (15cm - last night/today) and Montgenevre (10cm - last night/today) have all received snow over this weekend.
Italy has grabbed the headlines as having had the best of the early season snow. Again, snow fell across a variety of resorts. Of the resorts already open, Madonna di Campiglio (5cm – 3rd Dec), Cervinia (12cm – last night/today) and Folgarida (5cm – 3rd Dec) received snow. Sauze d’Oulx had a light dusting over the weekend above 2000m (top of the mountain is above 2,800m) and is expecting 6-8cm on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Light snow is forecast over the next few days across both the Italian Alps (with Sestriere expecting a dusting on Tues -6th) and the Dolomites (with Cortina and Livigno expecting light snow on Wed – 7th).
The resorts of Saas Fee (12cm – last night/today), Zermatt (10cm - cm – last night/today) and Laax (15cm - last night/today) received snow, whilst many of the Swiss resorts are expecting snow later this week as temperatures continue to drop. In Villars snow is expected at the resort (up to 15cm at 1,200m) and mid mountain (25+cm expected at 1,665m).
Across the rest of Europe
Light snow is expected mid mountain in Bansko (Bulgaria), Borovets (Bulgaria) and Kranjska Gora(Slovenia) throughout the next few days with Pamporovo (Bulgaria) expecting light snow on Wednesday afternoon as the temperatures drop below freezing to -2 to -3 degrees Celsius.
Whistler over the weekend
Much of Canada continue to report good or excellent on slope conditions. Mt Norquay (Banff) opened this weekend and further lifts and runs are opening across Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. Whistler is not expecting any further snow of the next few days but conditions are reported as excellent with clear skies over this weekend and further areas of the mountain being opened up.