Bright and sunny weather made for a fantastic start to the week in the Alps after a moderately snowy weekend. There was also more powder skiing across North America.
Warm and sunny weather at most Austrian resorts on Monday 24th February meant there were excellent conditions for on-piste skiing. There were also a few pockets of fresh powder to be found at Neustift after 40cm fell over the weekend. Fantastic conditions in France continued this weekend with light dustings at many resorts and around 20cm falling at Tignes. Strong sun has affected some of the lower slopes, but there is still good coverage at most resorts. Light snow in Switzerland this weekend freshened up the pistes and there was also sunny weather, perfect for skiing, at the start of the week. Rain in Scotland has caused some of the lower slopes to suffer but there is still excellent coverage and some fresh snow at the top of Glencoe. In the USA there has been more good snow in Colorado and heavy snow is predicted to return to California this week. Whistler has been enjoying a brilliant week with over a metre of fresh snow. There is good skiing available at most ski areas.
Temperatures have increased at many Austrian resorts recently but there are generally excellent conditions everywhere, particularly on piste. Kuhtai (80/100cm) had 20cm of fresh snowfall on Saturday 22nd February making for an excellent weekend of skiing. There was sunny blue skies to kick off the week in the resort and also good snowfall on Saturday at Neustift (50/315cm). 40cm of fresh powder hit the Stubai Glacier and clear weather on Monday allowed skiers and boarders to take full advantage. A light dusting also freshened up the pistes at St Anton (60/140cm), Lech (110/135cm) and Zurs (110/135cm). Sunny skies across all resorts on Monday provided good skiing but some lower runs became quite soft and slushy as a result.
Bright and sunny weather began the week at many French resorts on Monday 24th February after a weekend of light snow. Tignes (121/200cm) has some of the best conditions on offer after around 20cm fell over the weekend. There was perfect visibility and sunny skies on Monday, allowing skiers and boarders to make the most of the good snow. There are also brilliant conditions in the Three Valleys. Courchevel (135/148cm), Meribel (120/135cm) and Val Thorens (130/230cm) enjoyed light dustings on Saturday 22nd February and Sunday 23rd February making for a great start to this week. The sunny weather has taken its toll on the snow at some resorts with many ski areas experiencing reductions to their snow base. However, excellent recent snowfall means there are still great on-piste conditions and good coverage across the French Alps.
There is great skiing on offer at many Swiss resorts after decent snowfall over the weekend. Most ski areas received light dustings on either Saturday 22nd February or Sunday 23rd February. Andermatt (112/400cm), Grimentz (70/150cm) and Engelberg (52/342cm) all had a few centimetres of new snow that freshened up the pistes. Verbier (60/177cm) enjoyed even more snow with 20cm of fresh powder falling on Sunday. Monday 24th February provided sunny skies and excellent visibility for skiing. There was also fresh tracks formed at Saas Fee (114/370cm) and Zermatt (90/345cm) after good snowfall on Sunday.
More great weather and heavy snow made for fantastic skiing and snowboarding at some of our featured Italian resorts this weekend. Cortina (170/360cm) enjoyed 30cm of fresh powder on Saturday 22nd February and sunny skies on Monday 24th February with fresh tracks to be found off-piste. It was a similar story in Arabba (218/310cm) where 20cm fell on Saturday, while Cavalese (30/270cm) was hit by 40cm over the course of the weekend. Courmayeur (120/220cm) also has great conditions thanks to 10cm of fresh snowfall on Sunday 23rd January.
There are good on-piste conditions at Andorran resorts at the moment after light snowfall over the weekend. Pas de la Casa (150/230cm) and Soldeu (120/225cm) in Grandvalira enjoyed around 5cm of new snow on Friday 21st February and a weekend of decent weather. On Monday 24th February sunny skies across resorts made for an excellent day of skiing.
Resorts further inland in Norway have lots of snow at the moment and offer great skiing and snowboarding. Hemsedal (173/178cm) was running all 20 of its lifts on Monday 24th February but it has warmed up a lot since our last update. At the base it was a few degrees above freezing on Monday morning, giving softer snow on the runs. It's similar in neighbouring Sweden but conditions are good at Swedish resorts.
Moderate snowfall over the weekend has improved conditions at some German resorts with sunny weather kicking off the week. Berchtesgaden (40/60cm), Lenggries (10/60cm) and Spitzingsee (51/87cm) all enjoyed light snowfall this weekend. However, warm weather on Monday 24th February means the best conditions can be found on the upper slopes. The best conditions can be found at Garmisch (85/220cm), up on the Zugspitze glacier. The ski area enjoyed more than 15cm of fresh snow on Saturday 22nd February.
There has been no new snow at Bulgarian resorts since the beginning of the month but there is still good skiing on piste available. On Monday 24th February there was yet another day of blue skies and sunshine at Bansko (20/100cm) and Pamporovo (30/80cm). However, temperatures remained below freezing, meaning the snow at high levels was in good condition.
The weekend brought milder and wetter weather with it which made for heavy rain in many areas. Glencoe (225/480cm) received heavy rain on Sunday 23rd February which melted some snow on the lower slopes. It was snowing on the highest parts of the mountain though and the base depth at the top has increased. Lower areas were quite mushy on Monday but still a good base of snow remains. It was a similar story at Cairngorm (130/300cm). Rain on the lower areas meant slushy snow on Monday morning but there was excellent skiing and snowing higher up.
Some areas of Colorado received fresh snow over the course of the weekend, with up to 13cm falling at the high resort of Arapahoe Basin (201cm) on Sunday 23rd February. They've had an amazing 2014 so far and all neighbouring resorts in Colorado have plenty of snow in great condition. There was a dusting of snow in eastern areas too. 3cm fell at Mount Snow (122/137cm) on Monday 24th February, adding to their already impressive base depth. It's cold too, with a temperature of -10C at the base of the mountain.
After a dry start to the season, Whistler (235cm) is finally receiving regular heavy snowfall while most other Canadian resorts enjoyed light dustings this weekend. Whistler was hit by a further 27cm of fresh powder on Sunday 23rd February, and has had a total of 105cm in the last seven days. There are great conditions across the ski area and plenty of good off-piste skiing to be found. Elsewhere Big White (181/228cm) and Kimberley (186cm) both provided fresh powder for skiers and boarders on Sunday when around 20cm fell overnight. There was also light dustings of snow at Banff (125/183cm) and Revelstoke (224cm). On the east coast there was another good weekend of skiing at Mont Sainte-Anne (275cm) after 15cm of fresh powder fell on Saturday 22nd February. Tremblant (70/70) also had fresh snow over the weekend with 5cm falling on Saturday.
Europe Weather Outlook
Despite a sunny start to the week in the French Alps consistent snowfall will return to resorts for the rest of the week. There will be particularly good snow in the Three Valleys with Courchevel expecting over 30cm before next weekend. Saas Fee and Zermatt will enjoy almost double that amount in new snow before sunny skies return to the Alps at the beginning of next week. Austria will receive slightly less snow with sunny skies and warmer weather holding out until next weekend. Ischgl however is still looking forward to around 50cm over the next nine days. All ski areas in Italy are expecting heavy snow to continue next week. Bulgarian resorts are predicting light snow towards the end of the week while in Andorra consistent snow is expected during this week.
North America Weather Outlook
There is good news for resorts in California this week with Mammoth predicted 40cm of new snow in the next nine days. Colorado will continue to enjoy regular new snow with consistent snowfall in Aspen and Breckenridge this week. In Canada it will be a mostly sunny and dry week with only light dustings at a few resorts on Wednesday and Thursday predicted. The east coast will get the best of the snow with 11cm expected at Blue Mountain and Tremblant. Whistler will get a break from recent heavy snow with sunny skies and only 6cm of new snow forecast for the next nine days.