There was good snowfall in Austria over the Christmas period with resorts enjoying powder conditions on Friday 27th December. Neustift (40/210cm) saw 100cm of snow build up over Boxing Day making for extremely deep powder skiing – there was also very deep snow across the resort in Obergurgl (60/150cm) where 80cm fell overnight on the Friday after Christmas. There were also excellent conditions at Kaunertal (66/104cm) and Pitztal (110/255cm) which received 20cm and 55cm respectively. Lech and Zurs (50/50cm) also enjoyed a powder day on Friday after 15cm of new snow fell the previous day. There was no new snow to kick off the New Year in the major Austrian resorts but most are still offering good skiing on piste.Most resorts have cloudy skies today (on Thursday 2nd January) and St Anton (20/75cm), Lech (55/55cm) and Zurs (55/55cm) were hoping for a light dusting.
All major French resorts have reported fresh snow over the Christmas period, dramatically improving the conditions in the Alps and the Pyrenees, although the snowfall was heaviest in the Alps. La Grave (50/110cm) was open on Friday 27th December with excellent snow cover and access provided on both main lifts. The glacier drag lift was closed for the day. The resort patrol was warning of snow-slab risk though due to the heavy fresh snowfall and wind, following 50cm of fresh snow landing on Boxing Day. Most of the resorts have received 20-40cm of fresh snow, with some reporting more than this. The New Year has started with snowy conditions at most of our featured French resorts. In the Three Valleys, Courchevel (68/108cm) and Meribel (50/90cm) woke up to around 10cm of fresh snow this morning ( on Thursday 2nd January). It was snowy across the ski area throughout the rest of the day.It was also snowing heavily on Thursday in the Portes du Soleil.
All Swiss resorts enjoyed new snow over Christmas with close to a metre of powder falling at both Saas Fee (94/279cm) and Zermatt (70/300cm) on Thursday 26th December. There was also heavy snow at Andermatt (55/350cm) on Boxing Day and the following day, as 40cm of fresh powder fell overnight on Friday 27th December, giving the ski area a fantastic upper snow depth. Similar amounts fell at Gstaad (20/280cm), Grimentz (30/100cm) and Grindelwald (30/99cm) as conditions drastically changed in the Swiss Alps with most resorts now enjoying excellent coverage. The forecast clouds have moved in, with grey skies above all of our featured Swiss resorts on Thursday 2nd January. Light dustings of fresh snow were reported at a few resorts, including Leysin (40/50cm), Anzere (25/90cm), Grimentz (40/100cm) and Zinal (40/100cm). All major Swiss resorts are forecast to receive fresh snow over the next few days.
The conditions across the Italian resorts have dramatically improved with a metre, or more, of fresh snow reported at many locations including Arabba (140/215cm), Chiesa (80/190cm), Cortina (75/150cm), Madesimo (200/280cm), Passo Tonale (50/300cm) and Val Senales (40/290cm). Madesimo is in fantastic shape with fresh snowfall of well over a metre. Great skiing can be enjoyed here on the marked runs. There has been wind at altitude at many locations though. There was light snow at Italian resorts overnight on Thursday 2nd January with much more falling during the day Cervinia (80/160cm) provided excellent conditions on Thursday after about 10cm fell overnight. There were some fresh tracks to be had and, although visibility was restricted, fresh snow topped up the pistes throughout the day Bardonecchia (100/150cm) and Madesimo (210/290cm) also received 10cm of fresh snow on Thursday.
Andorran resorts enjoyed a relatively snowy Christmas period with all four resorts experience new snow on Friday 26th December. Arcalis (50/120cm) and Pal/Arinsal (90/120cm) both woke up to around 30cm of new snow and sunny skies on Friday. There were excellent conditions across the ski areas as a result. In Grandvalira Pas de la Casa (100/170cm) and Soldeu (90/160cm) also received new snow on Friday with about 10cm falling at both resorts overnight. eatured resorts in Andorra all experienced overcast skies on Thursday 2nd January which could bring more snow to the area over the next few days.There has been no new snow since however.
Dustings of fresh snow have freshened up the riding conditions across Norway and Sweden over Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The riding conditions are packed and groomed on the groomed runs with a little bit of fresh off piste. Voss (20/70cm) in Norway is now open for snowsports although the best cover is up high. There is patchy cover away from the groomed runs and on some of the lower slopes.
The conditions in Germany have improved following the wintry weather that moved in over the Christmas break. Fresh snow has been reported at all of our German resorts, which has freshened up the on-piste skiing conditions. There is still variable snow off piste with some thin and bare patches in places, but with more snow forecast over the coming days this could further improve.
All three Bulgarian resorts are offering good skiing on hard-packed pistes. Bansko (30/50cm) is providing the best conditions on firm pistes although there was heavy cloud cover.
It was predominately sunny in the USA after a clear and bright Christmas period but the east coast enjoyed some rare natural snow on the days which followed. Killington (20/30cm) woke up to 8cm of fresh snow on Friday and Stowe (50/50cm) provided pockets of fresh powder in places on the same day after a 13cm dump. Mount Snow (43/68cm) and Smugglers’ Notch (30/65cm) also enjoyed light dustings on Friday while it most mostly sunny on the east coast. Jackson Hole (109/132cm) and Steamboat (111/134cm) have the best conditions with fantastic snow covering all areas of the resorts.
Canada continues to receive moderate snowfall and Revelstoke (126/126cm) had the best conditions during last week with 20cm of fresh powder. Banff (67/100cm), Kicking Horse (100/100cm) and Whistler (90/90cm) all received a light dusting of between 1cm and 3cm on Boxing Day and more has fallen since. There is still excellent skiing on offer on the east coast at Blue Mountain (75/75cm) . Tremblant (100/120cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (75/115cm) continued their good start to the season with 8cm and 5cm of new snow respectively.