It's been quite a warm week in the Alps with more spring-like conditions at lower resorts. On the whole, conditions have been excellent.
Many Swiss resorts had new snow on Wednesday 19th February. St Moritz enjoyed excellent weather and snow conditions as a result. The weather improved on Thursday 20th February across the French resorts. Predominantly sunny weather provided excellent visibility to take advantage of the great on piste ski conditions. A stormy day in Scotland on Thursday kept some of the resorts closed. It was very windy and wet at Cairngorm but The Lecht and Glenshee were both open. Lots of snow fell at many Canadian resorts over the course of the week. Whistler has powder on the upper half of the mountain and fresh snow at Banff this week is providing great conditions.
Many Austrian resorts such as Galtur (60/120cm) welcomed a dusting of fresh snow during the early hours of Thursday 20th February and once the lifts were open, the clouds had cleared resulting in a beautiful day. Lech, Zurs (115/130cm) and Ischgl (40/110cm) experienced these conditions and experienced 15cm and 20cm respectively on Wednesday 19th February. However, in a handful of other areas, the weather was pretty unsettled and changeable with much cloud present, bringing poor visibility. On Friday 21st February, moderate snowfall is forecast in all resorts. Both Obergurgl (79/174cm) and Hintertux (60/295cm) are hoping for 11cm.
The weather improved for Thursday 20th February across the French resorts. Predominantly sunny weather provided excellent visibility to take advantage of the great on piste riding conditions. The changeable weather conditions this week means that you can expect varied snow conditions off piste with some packed and tracked snow along with crust in places and softening snow, especially on lower south facing slopes. La Rosiere (168/250cm) reported 25cm of new snow falling through the night although sunny skies greeted visitors when the resort opened on Thursday morning. St Gervais (54/178cm) also reported fresh snow on 20th February but this was only a very light 1cm dusting. Many French resorts reported fresh snow on Wednesday 19th February, but the most notable was Le Corbier (120/160cm) which reported 40-60cm of fresh snow on Wednesday 19th February. Further fresh snowfall is forecast for all of our featured French resorts over the next week. Between 31cm and 64cm of fresh snow is forecast to fall at mid-mountain level over this weekend and across next week.
Most Swiss resorts received fresh snow earlier this week and thus report excellent conditions for skiers and boarders on Thursday 20th February. St Moritz (165/212cm) has an excellent snow base at the moment and the 7cm of fresh snow that fell on Wednesday provided great skiing on Thursday. The whole area is open at the moment and it looks great as we head towards spring. It's great on the other side of Switzerland too. The lower slopes at Verbier (80/163cm) were a little soft but the snow is excellent higher up and there's plenty of it.
There's quite varied weather in Italy at the moment, depending on which area you're in. The Dolomites received more light snowfall on Thursday 20th February, adding to the already huge snow bases they have. Arabba (223/300cm) is just about back on its feet now having been nearly buried by the amount of fresh snow earlier this month. Conditions are excellent with powder all over the off piste areas of the mountain. The Milky Way resort of Sauze d'Oulx (140/160cm) received a light dusting of snow on Wednesday 19th February, freshening up the conditions on and off piste. The lower runs are a little soft but further up the mountain is in great condition.
Terrain in Andorra were in great in shape on Thursday 20th February after a healthy snowfall notably improved pistes on Monday in resorts such as Soldeu (90/200cm) where 10cm of snow fell. For the past few days the mornings have started off fairly cloudy with flat light, but within a few hours the sun is out and all have enjoyed clear blue skies.
Resorts further inland in Norway have lots of snow now and offer great skiing and snowboarding. Hemsedal (173/178cm) was offering great conditions on Thursday 20th February. A temperature of -8C meant the snow was dry all over the mountain. It's been less snowy in neighbouring Sweden but conditions are good at both Swedish resorts. Salen (90/130cm) has the deepest snow base of the two.
Many German resorts remain in great condition. Garmisch (100/205cm) has a healthy piste depth and enjoyed 10cm of fresh snow on Monday 17th February. The weather outlook for Germany is positive with light snowfall forecast for all resorts on Friday 21st February. There should be sunny blue skies to follow.
More bright sun made for good piste skiing this weekend at Bulgarian resorts. The week will also start off clear and dry. However, Borovets (70/80cm), Bankso (20/100cm) and Pamporovo (50/90cm) could all do with some new snow to freshen up the pistes. Temperatures of around 10C at all three resorts on Thursday 20th February meant the best conditions could be found on the upper slopes.
It's been a week of ups and downs in Scotland with regard to the weather. There are huge amounts of snow on their mountains, particularly in western areas, but high winds and heavy rain prevented most resorts from opening on Thursday 20th February. Only The Lecht (70/120cm) and Glenshee (80/160cm) were open on Thursday. They both had fairly strong winds and rain showers lower down but good snow cover. The lower parts of The Lecht are quite slushy and rocky but all the open runs are complete. Winds were gusting over 90mph at Glencoe (235/450cm) on Thursday, meaning they weren't able to open the mountain. It was also raining quite heavily on and off which affect the snow conditions but with more than four metres of snow on the upper mountain, any snow melt won't be of concern.
Light snow fell across the majority of Colorado on Thursday 20th February. It's also turned quite cold again with a temperature of -15C at Breckenridge (218cm). All of their 30 lifts were running on Thursday and conditions were excellent. Neighbouring Utah received good snowfall too, with up to 20cm in some resorts. 13cm fell at Snowbird (239cm) on Thursday morning, adding to the already excellent conditions. However it was Alaska that steals the snow for US snowfall on Thursday. Alyeska (91/229cm) received 56cm of fresh snow on Wednesday and it continued snowing through Wednesday night too. New terrain has opened up on the mountain and with thigh deep powder on the mountain, expect some excellent skiing and boarding for a while to come.
Resorts in Canada rarely disappoint. There have been respectable amounts of snowfall this week with great conditions throughout the country on Thursday 20th February. This included Fernie (263cm) with 23cm of fresh powder. On Friday 21st February snowfall is forecasted in all resorts, improving things for the weekend. Notably Mont Sainte-Anne (275cm) should enjoy 14cm of fresh powder.
Most resorts across the Alps are experiencing mid-winter conditions with good snowfall and cool temperatures. Decent snowfall is set to continue in France this week with up to 20cm expected for most resorts including Val d'Isere and Tignes. There will also be some sun in the middle of next week and a clear and bright weekend is also predicted. Switzerland is also expecting moderate snowfall with some sunny days over the next week while Austria will receive more consistent light snow before a sunny spell to finish off the week. Heavy snow is expected to continue falling in Italy with Arabba and Cortina preparing for another half metre this week before a sunny weekend. Much-needed light snow is also in the forecast for Bulgaria after approximately another five days of sunshine.
More fresh snow is predicted for many Canadian resorts over the weekend with Whistler continuing to enjoy powder skiing. In the USA it will be a sunny start to the weekend of the 22nd, before fresh snow returns to Colorado. The most new snow is expected at Jackson Hole with around 40cm predicted for the next nine days. Dry conditions will continue in California though.