It's a fantastic start to the week in the Alps after heavy snowfall in France, Switzerland and Austria. In North America, Whistler is finally enjoying excellent powder conditions. Almost all Austrian resorts had new snow on Monday 17th February with glacial resorts like Hintertux receiving 30cm of fresh powder. There was also powder skiing and sunny skies in St Anton. In France, Le Corbier and Serre Chevalier boasted heavy snow on Monday while there are excellent conditions in the Three Valleys after a snowy weekend. St Mortiz was hit by the most snow in Switzerland this weekend with over 40cm falling overnight on Monday. Scotland had one of the best weekends of the winter so far, with clear skies on Sunday 16th February at Nevis Range allowing skiers to take advantage of the excellent snow base. Italy received more new snow as well this week with the Dolomites offering powder skiing. Whistler celebrated some much-needed powder on Sunday when 30cm of fresh snow fell - and much more is in the forecast. Further south in the USA, Colorado continues to receive new snow, but none is forecast in California as Mammoth's dry winter persists.
Most Austrian resorts kicked off the week with a bang, as heavy snow fell at all levels. The glacial resorts of Hintertux (60/245cm), Kaprun (90/150cm) and Pitztal (222/335cm) all received between 20cm and 30cm on Monday 17th February. Heavy snow continued to fall at Kaprun and Zell am See (35/131cm) during the day. Around 25cm of fresh powder fell at Lech (115/130cm), Zurs (115/130cm) and St Anton (65/145cm) on the same day and there was bright and sunny weather. Similar conditions hit Obergurgl (85/182cm) on Monday making for great skiing and snowboarding. Light snow also hit resorts like Ellmau (35/65cm) and Soll (40/70cm) with between 5 and 10cm improving the pistes on Monday.
Fresh powder covered most resorts in France on Monday 17th February with many also enjoying a weekend of heavy snowfall. Le Corbier (120/160cm) boasted the most fresh snow with around 60cm falling on the upper slopes. Serre Chevalier (135/290cm) also enjoyed half a metre of powder on Monday. There are excellent conditions in the Three Valleys at the moment after 15cm fell on Sunday 16th February and overnight on Monday, in Courchevel (137/148cm) and Meribel (117/149cm). At higher altitudes in Val Thorens (120/220cm) there was even more new snow and there were sunny skies across the area on Monday. Heavy snow also fell at La Clusaz (65/230cm), Flaine (125/320cm) and Les Deux Alpes (45/190cm) and clear blue skies on Monday made for brilliant skiing and snowboarding.
It was a snowy start to the week at most Swiss resorts after another good weekend of skiing and snowboarding. Heavy snow fell at both Zermatt (80/325cm) and Saas Fee (110/370cm) overnight on Monday 17th February. Both were hit by between 20 and 30cm, with mostly sunny skies during the day. The best conditions in the Swiss Alps could be found in St Mortiz (174/208cm) on Monday after 44cm of fresh powder fell overnight. There was also around 40cm of new snow on offer in Andermatt (90/400cm) and Flims/Laax (30/145cm).
It was snowing again in Italy on Monday 17th February. The eastern half of the Alps and the Dolomites received up to 15cm of fresh snow on Monday morning and the snow continued falling throughout the day. Cortina (170/350cm) has a base depth of more than twice what it would expect at this time of year and fantastic snow conditions from top to bottom. It's the busy half term week now in Cervinia (105/320cm). 20cm of fresh snow fell on Sunday 16th February and conditions on the mountain are excellent.
There was fantastic skiing over the weekend in Andorra which continued on Monday 17th February. Grandvalira received 10cm of fresh snow on Monday and there were sunny skies at both Pas de la Casa (150/230cm) and Soldeu (120/225cm). There was also new snow in the Vallnord region on Monday. 10cm fell at both Arcalis (160/260cm) and Pal/Arinsal (120/160cm) and skiers and snowboarders enjoyed clear skies and sun.
It was another snowy weekend in Norway, with nearly all resorts in the country reporting fresh snow on Sunday 16th February and Monday 17th February. Hemsedal (173/175cm) has loads of snow after 28cm fell on Sunday. Their season started off badly but since the start of 2014 it's been snowing heavily. It's been less snowy in neighbouring Sweden but conditions are good at both our Swedish resorts. Salen (90/130cm) has the deepest snow base of the two and on Monday 17th February all 86 of its lifts were running.
Good skiing exists in Germany although the best conditions can be found on the higher slopes. Lower down at Lenggries (20/60cm) the snow cover is mostly manmade snow. Higher up at Garmisch (80/205cm) and Oberstdorf (40/155cm) the snow is still very good, with over a metre of snow on the slopes. Reit im Winkl (5/100cm) also has good cover higher up although the snow depth is much shallower on the bottom slopes.
More bright sun made for good piste skiing this weekend at Bulgarian resorts. The week also started off clear and dry. Borovets (70/80cm), Bankso (20/100cm) and Pamporovo (50/90cm) could all do with some new snow however to freshen up the pistes. Temperatures of around 10C at all three resorts on Monday 17th February meant the best conditions could be found on the upper slopes.
Last weekend marked the start of the busy half term period in Scotland. Saturday 15th February and Sunday 16th February were very busy days at all the ski centres in the country, with people keen to make the most of the fantastic snow on offer. Cairngorm (130/300cm) has phenomenal snow cover all over the mountain. On Sunday and Monday 17th February they enjoyed great weather but were extremely busy, reaching full capacity on both days. It's the same at Glencoe (235/450cm). 10cm of fresh snow greeted Monday morning skiers and boarders and the whole mountain was open. The resort is talking about the acres available now rather than how many runs are open. You can ski anywhere and everywhere.
8cm of fresh snow fell at Heavenly (109cm) on Sunday 16th February. While no big dump of fresh snow it's very welcome as they've had an exceptionally dry season so far. 26 of their 30 lifts were running which is a big improvement on a few weeks ago, when it was only half of that. Meanwhile in Colorado they're enjoying a fantastic year so far. Loads of snow has fallen in 2014 at resorts such as Breckenridge (231cm) and Vail (160cm). Both resorts are fully open and there's good powder in the Back Bowls at Vail and on the higher areas of Breckenridge.
Good snow fall over the weekend at most Canadian resorts made for great skiing with Whistler (200/200cm) in particular enjoying great conditions. The British Columbia resort has had a slow start to the year but received around 30cm of powder on Sunday 16th February - and more is in the forecast. There was over 10cm of fresh snow at other resorts on the west coast on the same day including Revelstoke (217/217cm) and Kicking Horse (174/174cm). TLH Heliskiing in the Chilcotin Mountain Range (200/200cm) also had a great weekend with plenty of fresh powder. On the east coast there was light snow for Blue Mountain (145/145cm), Tremblant (70/70cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne on Sunday 16th February.
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 the 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 about another five days of sunshine.
North American Outlook
More fresh snow is predicted for most Canadian resorts over the next week with Whistler continuing to enjoy powder skiing. The resort is expecting half a metre over the next nine days with Kicking Horse hoping for similar amounts. In the USA it will be a sunny start to the week before fresh snow returns to Colorado in time for the weekend. 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 with no new snow expected at Mammoth or Heavenly in the near future.