Sunny skies capped a snowy week in Europe, making for excellent skiing at many resorts, particularly in the Alps. In North America there is still plenty of powder on offer in British Columbia and Colorado. Consistent snow hit Austria this week with Neustift enjoying yet another powder day and Zauchensee providing fresh tracks on a daily basis.
Over 100cm of new snow landed at Cauterets in France, forcing the resort to close on Tuesday 4th March. However, sunny skies on Thursday 6th March allowed skiers and boarders to enjoy the deep powder. Saas Fee provided excellent powder skiing in the Swiss Alps this week after 40cm of new snow fell on Tuesday, while the Milky Way area in Italy was covered in half a metre of powder.
Warmer, sunny weather arrived in the Alps on Thursday and looks set to stay with no new snow in the forecast for the next nine days. In Canada, Whistler is still enjoying regular heavy snowfalls while other resorts in British Columbia also provided powder skiing this week. It has been a great week for skiing in California with over a metre in the last seven days at Mammoth.
It has been a snowy week in Austria with most resorts enjoying light dustings and some fresh tracks. Neustift (50/330cm) enjoyed another powder day on Thursday 6th March with 25cm of fresh snow falling overnight. It continued to fall during the day which restricted visibility, but there were great conditions on the slopes. Zauchensee (110/165cm) has also provided excellent skiing all week. 10cm of new snow fell overnight on both Wednesday 5th March and Thursday. It was still snowing during the day and conditions did improve. Lech (120/140cm), Zurs (120/140cm) and St Anton (55/145cm) have all had a snowy week. All three resorts received regular light dustings and 10cm of new snow fell on Thursday. There was also mostly sunny weather during the day making for perfect conditions.
There was more powder skiing on offer at French resorts, with heavy snowfall throughout the week. The Pyrenees experienced huge amounts of new snow this week with over 100cm falling at Cauterets (280/380cm) on Wednesday 5th March. There was also so much new snow the previous day that the resort remained closed on Tuesday 4th March but sunny weather returned on Thursday 6th March. There was also heavy snow in Chamonix (175/265cm) this week with 30cm of fresh powder hitting the area on Tuesday. There are still great conditions on and off piste and sunny skies on Thursday meant there was perfect visibility. Alpe d'Huez (153/255cm) and Les Deux Alpes (75/220cm) started the week with fresh powder and a further 10cm of new snow fell on Wednesday.
Swiss resorts are all currently enjoying excellent conditions after a mixture of snowy and sunny weather this week. Saas Fee (145/429cm) added to its already impressive snow coverage with 40cm of fresh powder on Tuesday 4th March. Zermatt (105/385cm) also has great conditions after 15cm fell on Tuesday, and both resorts experienced sunny blue skies on Thursday 6th March. Despite mostly sunny weather across the Alps on Thursday, Lenk (25/100cm), Samnaun (65/125cm) and Arosa (90/120cm) all enjoyed light dustings of new snow overnight.
Many Italian resorts enjoyed more heavy snow this week before perfect blue skies returned on Thursday 6th March. The heaviest snowfall came in the Milky Way area. Sauze d'Oulx (140/180cm), Cesana Torinese (140/180cm) and Sestriere (140/180cm) all enjoyed half a metre of fresh snow on Tuesday 4th March. There was also powder skiing on offer in Cervinia (120/340cm) after 24cm of powder fell on Tuesday. There was also good snowfall in the Dolomites where Arabba (211/315cm) had 30cm of new snow. Half a metre of new snow also hit Alagna (248/381cm) on Tuesday before warm, sunny weather returned to all our featured resorts on Thursday, providing excellent visibility and great skiing.
It has been a fantastic week for Andorran resorts with heavy snow falling in Grandvalira and the Vallnord region. Pas de la Casa (180/270cm) and Soldeu (140/250cm) were both hit by around 30cm of fresh powder on Wednesday 5th March. It also snowed at the start of the week but there were sunny skies on Thursday 6th March. There are also great conditions at Arcalis (200/300cm) and Pal/Arinsal (140/200cm) after around 20cm of powder fell on Wednesday 5th March.
Light snow fell at many Norwegian resorts earlier this week before the skies cleared on Thursday 6th March. Good skiing and boarding can be found from top to bottom at Hemsedal (170/180cm). The temperature was hovering around freezing at the base of the ski area, but the snow is still in great condition. A few centimetres of fresh snow fell at some Swedish resorts too. Are (45/61cm) and Salen (90/122cm) both have great snow at the moment, with more spring-like snow lower down due to the higher temperatures. Both resorts are also fully open so there is a lot of skiing on offer in Sweden at the moment.
The best conditions in Germany can currently be found at Garmisch (95/210cm). The resort received around 5cm of new snow every day this week making for excellent on-piste conditions. There was also new snow this week at Lenggries (5/40cm), Reit im Winkl (55/100cm) and Spitzingsee (51/77cm). The pistes at all three ski areas were freshened up with a light dusting on Wednesday 5th March although thick cloud restricted visibility the following day.
Conditions continued to improve at Bulgarian resorts this week with new snow at all three resorts. Bansko (20/145cm) enjoyed 10cm of fresh snow on Tuesday 4th March. Borovets (70/105cm) and Pamporovo (30/100cm) also had around 10cm of new snow fall on Wednesday 5th March and Thursday 6th March. Snow coverage is getting better at all three ski areas and there are currently excellent on-piste conditions.
Milder weather moved into Scotland on Thursday 6th March, bringing some rain with it to many of the mountains. Spring snow can be found at Nevis Range (160/370cm), but there is still a huge amount of snow across the whole mountain. The forecast for the weekend is for further wind and rain with a freezing level rising to well above the summits on Saturday. This could affect the lift operations. It's a similar story at Cairngorm (150/300cm). They have excellent snow cover still but some of the lower areas are quite wet and slushy at the moment because of the warmth.
Snow fell at many resorts in America over the first part of the week, especially in the west. Mammoth (165/241cm) received around 5cm of fresh snow on Wednesday 5th March. Conditions are now much improved on the mountain after a very dry season so far, but they still have less than half of the snow they'd expect at this time of year. In Colorado it was largely cloudy with a few bits of light snow here and there. 3cm fell at Breckenridge on Wednesday, topping up the already excellent conditions they have both on and off piste. More snow is expected to fall on Friday 7th March before a sunny weekend in Colorado.
There is great skiing on offer at most Canadian resorts after a snowy week across the country. Whistler (229cm) received more new snow on Wednesday 5th March when 14cm hit the resort. Elsewhere in British Columbia, Revelstoke (228cm) and Kicking Horse (184cm) enjoyed similar amounts and provided excellent on and off-piste skiing. Banff (125/210cm) has had a relatively dry period recently but light dustings during the week freshened up the pistes. There was heavy snow on Wednesday which brought 23cm of fresh powder to the slopes. Temperatures increased across Canada this week but it is still very cold on the east coast where the snow base is still in great shape. Tremblant (70cm) and Mont Sainte-Anne (275cm) also had a few centimetres of fresh snow during the week.
Very little snow is expected to fall in Europe over the next week as spring conditions take over. No resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria have snow in the forecast with constant sun predicted next week. Temperatures at resorts like Alpe d'Huez in France will reach around 4C and some lower resorts could experience slushy conditions on their resort-level pistes. It is a similar story in Switzerland with no snow forecast and temperatures of up to 8C coming to Wengen. Italian and Austrian resorts will also experience warm and sunny weather over the next nine days but some snow is expected in Bulgaria. 25cm of new snow could fall in Borovets next week.
North America Outlook
British Columbia is set to continue the current snowy period into next week, with Whistler expecting over half a metre in the next nine days. Kicking Horse is also predicting heavy snow over the weekend. Banff is hoping for around 25cm of new snow next week while most other resorts should experience light snowfall over the weekend. Many resorts will then enjoy sunny skies and warmer weather at the end of next week. Colorado will again receive the most new snow in the USA over the next week, with Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin preparing for over 30cm. There will also be light dustings on the east coast next week and most of our featured resorts this week will see cloudy weather interrupted by occasional sunny days.