Conditions are getting better and better in Europe with more new snow falling across the Alps this weekend. In North America the best snow can still be found in Colorado and on the east coast of Canada.
Most of our featured Austrian resorts received light dustings this weekend but Neustift enjoyed up to 110cm of powder on the glacier. Sunday 2nd February was a snowy day in France with 15cm falling at Flaine. There was also perfect skiing on offer in a sunny Portes du Soleil on Monday 3rd February. Switzerland also enjoyed powder skiing on Sunday at resorts including Wengen and Murren. Heavy snowfall continued to fall in Italy over the weekend with a massive 174cm of powder reported at Arabba - and more storms are in the forecast. There was also huge amounts of new snow in Scotland, with between 30cm and 40cm at some resorts. However, strong winds restricted the lifts on Monday.
Colorado enjoyed fantastic skiing this weekend after heavy snow on Saturday 1st February at Aspen and Beaver Creek. During a freezing cold weekend in Canada the best skiing on could be found on the east coast once again. Tremblant and Mont Sainte-Anne both had over 10cm of new snow.
Fresh snow fell at many Austrian resorts over the weekend with Neustift (40/290cm) enjoying a massive dump on Monday 3rd February. 110cm of fresh snow was reported up on the Stubai glacier making for a brilliant powder day. However, heavy snow during the day limited visibility. Most other resorts enjoyed light dustings of around 5cm of new snow over the weekend including Galtur (50/90cm), Kuhtai (70/90cm) and Ischgl (25/80). The pistes were also freshened up at St Anton (40/115cm), Lech (90/100cm) and Zurs (90/100cm) on Sunday 2nd February. Obergurgl (80/190cm) continued a great season so far with another powder day on Monday after 15cm of new snow fell overnight.
It was another snowy weekend in France with many resorts receiving new snow on Sunday 2nd February. There was a light dusting of around 5cm in the Portes du Soleil on Sunday. Avoriaz (140/210cm) and Chatel (60/150cm) both enjoyed refreshed pistes and sunny skies on Monday 3rd January. Flaine (58/280cm) received over 15cm on Sunday which made for excellent powder skiing during the day, and on Monday. There was also good powder on offer at La Grave (60/155cm) after 10cm of fresh snow fell on Sunday. There were also excellent conditions on Monday at Sainte Foy (84/180cm) and Risoul (100/160cm). Between 10cm and 20cm of fresh powder fell at both resorts on Sunday.
Many Swiss resorts received some new snowfall on Sunday 2nd February as wintry weather in the Alps continued. There was especially heavy snowfall at Saas Fee (100/308cm) where they enjoyed 30cm on Sunday. On the same day Zermatt (45/275cm), Wengen (50/120cm) and Murren (90/140cm) were all hit by over 20cm of fresh powder. Andermatt (119/400cm) still has some of the best coverage anywhere in Europe and had another 10cm of fresh snow on Sunday.
Italy continued to receive heavy snowfall over the weekend with both Arabba (272/321cm) and Selva Gardena (95/270cm) enjoying over 1 metre of powder. Arabba kept all lifts closed on the morning of Monday 3rd February after a massive 173cm of powder hit the resort overnight. Selva Gardena enjoyed powder skiing all weekend after 105cm fell on Saturday 1st February. Powder conditions were also on offer at Cortina (160/300cm) and Passo Tonale (80/500cm) on Monday after 20cm of fresh snow fell overnight.
Andorran resorts continue to provide excellent skiing conditions with more new snow falling over the weekend. There was fresh snow at many resorts on Sunday 2nd February. Pas de la Casa (130/220cm) and Soldeu (90/180cm) both received over 10cm of fresh powder and there were sunny skies the following day. It was a similar story in the Vallnord region. Arcalis (130/230cm) and Pal/Arinsal (110/150cm) enjoyed light snowfall before the weekend and then another 15cm of powder on Sunday.
Many Norwegian resorts received fresh snow over the weekend. 5cm fell at Hemsedal (157/162cm) on Monday 3rd February and conditions there are excellent at the moment. The initial warm start to the winter has now been replaced with more seasonal temperatures and the snow base at Hemsedal is much more like what you'd expect for early February. Are (45/60cm) didn't report any fresh snow over the weekend but on-piste conditions are good. 36 of the resort's 42 lifts were operational on Monday.
A dusting of fresh snow fell over the weekend at a few German resorts. Feldberg (45/75cm) was one of these, where around 10cm fell on Sunday 2nd February. Conditions on piste are great, with the fresh snow providing much softer conditions than of late. Garmisch (90/185cm) didn't report any fresh snow but they have great skiing available too. There isn't a lot of snow low down, and most of the runs are largely made of artificial snow, but further up there is excellent snow on and off piste, especially on the glacier.
After last week's good snowfall Bulgarian resorts are still providing decent on-piste skiing. Pamporovo (70/110cm), Bansko (10/70cm) and Borovets (70/80cm) did not receive any new snow over the weekend. However, all three enjoyed sunny skies on Monday 3rd January making for a good day skiing.
It was another very stormy weekend in Scotland with winds of over 100mph across the tops of the Cairngorms. Cairngorm (120/250cm) has a huge amount of snow across the whole mountain but the high winds meant they weren't able to operate on Monday 3rd February. It's a similar story at Glencoe (145/320cm) and Nevis Range (60/220cm). They both have masses of snow but the high winds meant they were closed for the day on Monday 3rd February. Tuesday is expected to be a calmer day weather-wise and if the resorts are able to open their areas, the conditions will be fantastic. The rest of the week looks quite stormy again after the lull on Tuesday. More high winds are expected for the remainder of the week, which could affect lift openings once again.
Colorado enjoyed one of the biggest snowstorms in years over the weekend. More than 60cm of snow fell on Friday 31st January at Breckenridge (196cm) and there was waist deep powder across the whole mountain. Sunday was a cold and sunny day, giving skiers and boarders the perfect conditions to enjoy all the fresh snow. Elsewhere in the USA, California received its first fresh snow in a long while. It's been a record breaking dry winter there for them so far and this snow is very welcome. Mammoth (45/63cm) received 30cm of snow on Friday 31st January and this was their first decent powder day of 2014. There's the possibility of more snow in California later this week but until then it will be more of the same - sunny and warm.
The east coast again enjoyed the best snow of the weekend in Canada although there were light dustings at some west coast resorts. Tremblant (70/70cm) received 15cm of fresh snow on Sunday 2nd February while Mont Sainte-Anne (275/275cm) enjoyed just over 10cm. Although visibility was limited during the day cold temperatures mean the snow was in great shape. Further west there was light snow at Big White (163/208cm), Kimberley (187/187cm) and Silver Star (133/150cm). After a sunny week last week many Canadian resorts experienced freezing temperatures on Monday 3rd February between -10C and -20C.
Heavy snowfall should hit France this weekend with most resorts expecting over half a metre during the next nine days. However, temperatures are due to rise closer to freezing and some lower slopes could get some rain. Many Swiss resorts are looking forward to more new snow next week with consistent cloud cover bringing Saas Fee and Zermatt over a metre of fresh powder. Austria is also predicting good snowfall but with a few scattered days of sunshine while many resorts in Italy are bracing themselves for more huge snowfalls.
Snow conditions will continue to improve in the USA with Colorado expecting another week of consistent snowfall - close to half a metre is expected at Breckenridge and Crested Butte. California finally received some new snow last week but resorts such as Mammoth are preparing themselves for another dry spell next week. In Canada, Whistler badly needs some new snow and could finally get it with 27cm predicted over the next nine days. That is the most in Canada as many of our featured resorts look forward to a sunny week before snow returns next weekend.