More heavy snow in Italy and France this week means there is fantastic skiing in Europe at the moment. There are freezing temperatures in Canada while Colorado and resorts on the east coast, continue to provide great conditions. Temperatures remain around -17C in many Canadian resorts and most ski areas also experienced clear and dry conditions this week. On the east coast of the USA Mount Snow had almost 40cm of fresh powder fall on Thursday after a snowy week in Colorado.
Austria received regular light dustings this week although Solden enjoyed a heavy snowfall on Thursday 6th February. France enjoyed much heavier snowfall with powder days across the Portes du Soleil and the Three Valleys on Thursday.
Conditions are still excellent in Switzerland despite only moderate snowfall this week. However, there was plenty of off-piste powder in Verbier. Italy was hit by massive snow storms throughout the week with Arabba being covered in almost 2 metres of powder. After some of the heaviest snowfall in history at Scottish resorts, calm weather on Thursday allowed most lifts to open.
There was light snow in many Austrian resorts this week and some variable weather, but mostly sunny skies on Thursday 6th February. Solden (40/110cm) enjoyed around 20cm of fresh powder on the upper slopes overnight on Thursday. There were also prefect sunny skies during the day. There was challenging visibility at Obergurgl (80/190cm) during the start of the week and light snow. However, the skies cleared on Thursday leaving excellent snow conditions in the resort, particularly on piste. Some of the best conditions this week could be found in Lech (85/100cm), Zurs (85/100cm) and St Anton (40/110cm). They avoided some of the foggy weather a provided mostly clear skies and good skiing throughout the week.
Heavy snow hit the French Alps on Thursday 6th February after scattered snow showers continued to improve conditions during the week. The Portes du Soleil enjoyed some of the best conditions on Thursday. Over 20cm of fresh powder fell at Avoriaz (160/230cm) and Chatel (80/170cm) overnight. There was also bright, sunny weather during the day. The Three Valleys received around 20cm of new snow during the night on Thursday. Courchevel (106/140cm), Meribel (90/135cm) and Val Thorens (95/175cm) all provided great skiing under blue skies. The Southern Alps also have excellent skiing on offer thanks to heavy snow on Wednesday 5th February and Thursday. Isola 2000 (230/310cm) was hit by 35cm on Wednesday while Serre Chevalier (110/225cm) received 40cm.
There are good conditions in the Swiss Alps at the moment after regular light dustings this week. Some of the best conditions can be found at Verbier (45/137cm) where there has been off-piste powder all week. 5cm of new snow on Thursday 6th February improved the snow cover further. Saas Fee (102/345cm) received good snowfall on Thursday with around 15cm of powder making for a great day for skiing. Zermatt (48/290cm) enjoyed regular light dustings this week with another 5cm of new snow on Thursday.
Heavy snow continued to fall all week in Italian resorts with Arabba (220/320cm) forced to close their lifts for a few days. However, there was fantastic skiing on offer on Thursday 6th February when the lifts reopened to allow access to almost two metres of untouched snow. There was also heavy snow at Gressoney-la-Trinite (150/300cm) on Tuesday 4th February when 60cm of fresh powder hit the resort. Skiers and snowboarders were still enjoying fresh tracks under blue skies on Thursday. Cervinia (130/400cm) received 40cm of powder on Tuesday and also experienced perfect ski weather on Thursday, along with most other Italian resorts.
Andorran resorts enjoyed beautiful sunny skies on Thursday 6th February and excellent snow conditions. There was light snow at Pas de la Casa (130/210cm) and Soldeu (110/210cm) on Wednesday 5th February. About 5cm of fresh snow added to already excellent piste conditions. There was also a good week of skiing in the Vallnord region at Arcalis (140/210cm) and Pal/Arinsal (110/150cm).
There was light snowfall in the majority of Norwegian resorts on Thursday 6th February. Conditions at the inland resorts are very good at the moment despite a rise in temperature - it's around 0C at Geilo (70/105cm). There was around 5cm of fresh snow on Thursday and there's plenty of snow both on and off piste. All of Salen's (90cm) 87 lifts were running on Thursday so there's loads of skiing on offer. The park is fully open too with all the features available, including a half pipe and many kickers.
Sunny skies and good piste skiing was on offer at most of German resorts this week, after light snowfall last weekend. There was perfect ski weather at Garmisch (90/185cm) on Thursday 6th February but there has been no new snow this month so far. The best piste conditions can be found on the upper slopes but the off piste is slightly patchy in places. Light snow at Berchtesgaden (10/60cm) however, conditions improved on Wednesday 5th February. Sunny skies the following day made for decent piste skiing.
Bulgarian resorts are still experiencing their best conditions of the season so far thanks to last week's heavy snowfall. There has been no new snow at Bansko (30/100cm), Borovets (70/80cm) and Pamporovo (70/110cm) this week. However, mostly sunny skies during the week and decent on-piste skiing was on offer.
It's been yet another wild week in Scotland, bringing more snow and high winds to all Scottish resorts. However the weather on Thursday 6th February was a lot calmer and this allowed many resorts to open properly. Cairngorm (120/250cm) has a superb snow cover, with skiing from the highest part of the mountain down to the lowest. Conditions on and off piste are very good and although they're still getting some of the lifts up and running after the storms, there's a decent amount of skiing on offer at the moment. It's a very similar story at Glencoe (160/340cm). Six of their seven lifts were running on Thursday thanks to the calm weather. They have a huge amount of snow across the mountain now and skiing is fantastic on and off piste, right down to the bottom.
America's east coast resorts to received a big snowfall on Thursday 6th February. 30cm fell at many resorts in the area including Sunday River (114cm), giving a significant boost to the snow conditions. They've got a great base depth already so the fresh powder can be enjoyed all over the mountain. Mount Snow (61/91cm) received the most in America on Thursday, with 38cm of fresh snow greeting skiers and snowboarders in the morning. A dusting of snow fell at many Colorado resorts too. Breckenridge (193cm) has excellent conditions with 3cm of fresh snow and a great base depth. It's very cold at the moment too.
There are extremely cold and sunny conditions at most Canadian resorts at the moment but little new snow. Temperatures on Thursday 6th February fell below -17C at Big White (163/208cm) and Sun Peaks (104/143cm). Both resorts enjoyed light dustings of snow on Wednesday 5th February and there are great conditions on piste. Off-piste conditions at most resorts are quite varied with little snowfall in the last couple of weeks. However, cool conditions and sunny skies made for great on-piste skiing throughout this week.
Wintry weather is benefitting resorts across Europe and the weather is not forecast to dramatically change this weekend or next week. There could be some sunny spells but in general it will be cloudy and snowy. Austria may not receive as much snow as France, Italy and Switzerland, but there will be fresh snowfall across the country's ski resorts. The greatest snowfall in Austria is expected at the glacier skiing resorts of Pitztal, Kaunertal and Solden, where half a metre of snow is forecast to land by Friday 14th February.
In France, the Pyrenean resorts of Cauterets and Bareges/La Mongie, and the linked area of Les Deux Alpes and La Grave in the south of the Alps, are expecting over 70cm of fresh snow at mid-mountain level by the end of next week. All of the French resorts are expecting at least 25cm of new snow over the same period and it is a similar situation across the Alps and Dolomites in Italy too.
The Swiss resorts are scheduled to have great conditions over this period, with 30-70cm of fresh snow forecast. The new snow is not limited to the continent either. The Scottish ski areas are in superb condition and over 20cm of new snow is forecast to land by next Friday.
The weather in Canada is forecast to be mostly sunny over the weekend, before cloudy and snowy weather moves in next week. Whistler is scheduled to have the heaviest snowfall, with more than 70cm of fresh expected to fall by Friday 14th February. The snowfall that has already landed at some resorts in America this week is expected to continue across the weekend and into next week. Most resorts should receive some new snow, although the heaviest snowfall will be in the west. Over 60cm of new snow could land at Jackson Hole by the middle of next week.