Warm and sunny weather is set to continue in the Alps this week with spring conditions prevailing in France. Precipitation is expected to return in the form of rain and light snow in the Pyrenees before all resorts enjoy new snowfall next weekend. Swiss ski areas are expecting sunny weather to continue until the final week of March when consistent snow is predicted. Over 100cm are forecast for both Saas Fee and Zermatt over the next nine days. Austrian resorts are expecting spring conditions to continue until the weekend when rain is anticipated at many resorts. Heavy snow will return to Italy after a sunny week with Cervinia and Macugnaga preparing for just under a metre of new snow in the next week and a half.
Most Austrian resorts are experiencing spring conditions at the moment but there was also some much-needed new snowfall over the weekend. Kaprun (100/160cm) and Kuhtai (100/120cm) both had 10cm of new snow on Sunday 16th March. There were also light dustings of around 5cm at Lech (80/85cm), Zurs (80/85cm) and St Anton (35/125cm). Due to the consistently sunny weather some resorts have very slushy conditions for most of the day. This continued on Monday 17th March with temperatures of over 10C at Ellmau (25/50cm), Loferer Alm (0/70cm) and Soll (25/50cm).
There was more warm and sunny weather to begin the week at French resorts, with spring snow on the slopes. Temperatures hit 10C in Font Romeu (145/160cm), Le Grand Bornand (55/150cm) and Les Saisies (120/194cm) on Monday 17th March. As a result the snow on the pistes softened up quickly. Slightly cooler temperatures at higher resorts such as Val d'Isere (105/163cm), Tignes (105/210cm) and Val Thorens (115/220cm) meant the upper pistes are still in excellent conditions. There has been no new snow however at French resorts since the beginning of March and consistent sunshine is predicted for the rest of this week.
Ski areas in Switzerland are experiencing mostly spring conditions. However, cooler temperatures than at other European countries mean there is still excellent skiing on offer. Davos (53/130cm) and Klosters (40/130cm) enjoyed warm and sunny weather all week but light snow over the weekend refreshed the pistes. Although only a couple of centimetres fell on Sunday 16th March, temperatures of around 3C kept the snow in decent condition. There were also similar temperatures at high-altitude resorts like Saas Fee (98/355cm) and St Moritz (110/183cm) where there is good snow coverage and excellent on-piste skiing available.
Spring weather continues to warm the slopes at Italian resorts but there is plenty of snow coverage and good skiing on offer. Val Senales (60/315cm), Cervinia (80/330cm) and Cortina (90/310cm) all still have upper-piste depths of more than 300cm. Macugnaga (170/380cm) has even better coverage and there are excellent piste conditions at all four resorts. Temperatures were slightly cooler in Italy on Monday 17th March than at other European resorts. Bormio (100/180cm) and Arabba (85/240cm) enjoyed warm, 4C weather meaning the pistes stayed firm for a bit longer.
There are still spring conditions at many Andorran resorts at the moment thanks to consistent sunny weather. Pas de la Casa (180/270cm) and Soldeu (140/250cm) experienced temperatures of around 10C on Monday 17th March. However, there are still great conditions on the upper pistes and good snow coverage. The warm weather will soften up the snow and make it quite slushy in the afternoon however, which is also the case at Arcalis (200/300cm) and Pal/Arinsal (130/190cm).
Many Norwegian resorts received fresh snow over the weekend, with up to 15cm falling at some areas. Oppdal (25/72cm) received the most, with 15cm falling on Monday 17th March. The temperature dropped too and it was -7C on Monday meaning the snow was in excellent condition. Snow fell in Sweden too. Are (45/75cm) received around 10cm of fresh snow on Monday, slightly increasing their base depth. Like in Norway, the conditions are generally very good, with a lower temperature than the past few weeks and fresh powder in places off piste.
Some German resorts are suffering in the recent spring weather. There are spring conditions at both Lenggries (0/30cm) and Spitzingsee (30/64cm) where temperatures over 10C made the slopes very slush on Monday 17th March. The best conditions in the area can be found at Garmisch (85/230cm) where there is a good snow base still, especially on the Zugspitze glacier.
Warm weather in Bulgaria over the last few days mean there are spring snow conditions at all resorts. Bansko (5/165cm) and Pamporovo (75/100cm) still have decent snow bases making for good piste skiing on the upper slopes. There was also some increased cloud cover at Borovets (90/120cm), on Monday 17th March, which could keep the snow from becoming too slushy.
Strong winds once again affected lift operations over the weekend at many Scottish resorts. Many areas were closed but Glenshee (80/160cm) remained open, thanks to some shelter from mountains in the way of the general wind direction. Off-piste skiing is great but there are patches of bare heather now. All the main runs are complete. Cairngorm (45/270cm) was closed for most of the weekend but on Monday 17th March the wind had subsided enough for them to open the lower lifts. Like at Glenshee, recent high temperatures have melted snow and off-piste areas are a bit patchy in places, but there's still loads of snow where they need it most.
North America Outlook
More heavy snow should fall in Canada this week with many resorts predicting consistent fresh powder over the next week. Kicking Horse, Kimberley and Whistler are all looking forward to more than 30cm. In the USA light snow will kick off the week before a sunny spell for resorts in Colorado and Utah. Although scattered snowfalls are also predicted for the end of the week, mostly clear skies are expected over the next nine days. Steamboat and Jackson Hole should have the best of the snowfall with around 15cm.
Light snow fell across Colorado, with the majority of resorts receiving around 1-10cm over the course of Saturday 15th March and Sunday 16th March. Breckenridge (226cm) has excellent conditions across the whole mountain still and got a dusting of fresh snow. Milder weather is expected this week but they've got more than enough snow for this not to be a problem. Dry weather dominated in California, as it has done for the majority of the season. Mammoth (127/203cm) has less than half the snow it would usually have in the middle of March but conditions are still good, thanks to excellent grooming and piste preparation. Snow is possible later this week though so they could benefit from a late season boost. It snowed a bit more on the east coast too. They received loads of new snow at the end of last week, with up to 65cm at the likes of Killington, and another 10cm or so fell over the weekend. It's very cold at the moment too, with temperatures down to around -18C, so the snow is in excellent condition and it feels very much like January as opposed to mid-March.
It was another snowy weekend at many Canadian resorts with powder skiing on offer on both the east and west coast. The heaviest snowfall came at Kicking Horse (231/231cm) where 42cm of fresh powder fell on Sunday 16th March. There was also between 40cm and 70cm of new snow reported in the Skeena Mountains (370cm/370cm) by TLH Heliskiing. Banff (128/200cm) and Whistler (266/266cm) also provided great skiing this weekend with over 20cm falling at both resorts on Sunday. The east coast resorts of Tremblant (70/70cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (60/120cm) both had new snow on Saturday 15th March and Sunday meaning there was good skiing all weekend.