European Weather Outlook
It was hot and sunny for the majority of European resorts for most of last week, yet the weather significantly changed over the weekend, bringing a lot of fresh snow and making it feel a lot more like the middle of winter above 2,000m. In Austria, 110cm of fresh snow was reported at Hintertux on Monday 24th March. This was exceptional fresh snow depth, although many resorts in the Alps received 20-60cm of fresh snow. Further cloudy and snowy weather is expected this week in Europe, although the snowfall will not be as heavy as it was on Sunday 23rd March into Monday 24th. Brighter weather is then expected at the end of the week before cloudy skies return at the start of next week. Unfortunately the freezing level is forecast to rise through this week, which could result in rain at many locations next week.
It may be the last week in March, and British Summer Time is just around the corner, but winter has returned with a vengeance in Austria. Heavy snowfall has enhanced the riding conditions across Austria although this did reduce the visibility for skiers on Monday 24th March. On Monday, Hintertux (50/345cm) had 110cm of fresh snow, the most of all Austrian resorts. While other resorts may not have as much fresh snow as Hintertux, it does not mean they are not in superb shape. Bad Gastein (40/270cm) reported 70cm of fresh on Monday and Kitzbuhel (39/103cm) received 5cm more than that. 55cm of new snowfall was reported at Lech (110/135cm) in the Arlberg area, while the neighbouring resort of St Anton (45/165cm) reported 30cm. St Johann in Tirol and St Wolfgang are now closed for the season.
Like neighbouring countries, after a prolonged dry spell of warm sunny spring conditions, most French resort happily received large amounts of snowfall on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th March. Flaine (25/200cm) enjoyed fantastic new depths of snow. Monday saw 40cm, which significantly bumped up lower and upper piste depths. Likewise, Chamonix (158/298cm) had 50cm of fresh powder, a tremendous amount for this time of year. Snow clouds are likely to be dominant for the next few days, although with some sunny spells poking through.
All Swiss resorts enjoyed new snowfall on Monday 24th March. The fresh snow brought a welcome refresh to the recent spring conditions and it has been almost an entire month since the last snowfall for a number of resorts. Gstaad (0/295cm) was coated with a remarkable 50cm, and Andermatt (98/400cm) 40cm. Pontresina (98/2127cm) however was closed due to all the new snowfall. Snow clouds may remain over the country for the next few days bringing changeable weather. Towards the end of the week the sunshine should return.
Fresh snow was reported at the majority of Italian resorts at the start of this week. Bormio (100/180cm) reported 90cm of fresh snow on Sunday 23rd March, and in the Sella Ronda area 60cm of fresh snow was reported. 50cm of fresh snow provided powder lines to enjoy on the higher slopes at Passo Tonale (60/600cm) too, where there is a 6 metre snow base. Further snowfall is forecast across Italy for the first half of this week before brighter skies make themselves known towards the end of the week.
Sunny weather dominated on Monday 24th March, although it was cloudier over the weekend with a dusting of fresh snow falling at the Andorran resorts. This may only have been a light covering but it was enough to enhance the riding conditions. The deepest base depth at the start of this week is reported at Arcalis (160/280cm) in the Vallnord ski area, with well over two and a half metres of snow on the upper slopes. Changeable weather is forecast this week with a combination of sun and cloud, and a chance of fresh snowfall.
A dusting of snow at the end of the weekend has freshened up the slopes at many Norwegian and Swedish resorts although this was not more than a very light sprinkling. The riding conditions are very good in both countries with relatively low temperatures helping to preserve the good snow cover.
Fresh snow has blessed the German resorts over the weekend and into Monday 24th March. Garmisch (150/330cm) received the greatest amount of fresh snow with 80cm reported on Monday. Spitzingsee (45/90cm) was unfortunately closed on Monday after receiving 60cm of snow on Sunday 23rd March, although they do plan to reopen for Tuesday 25th March and the skiing should be superb.
Spring snow conditions exist across many Bulgarian resorts. The deepest snow base is reported on the upper slopes at Bansko (0/175cm) although the run back into the resort has no snow on the lower section of the slope. More complete cover is available at Borovets (80/120cm) and Pamporovo (50/85cm).
The skiing in Scotland is good this week with further fresh snowfall over the weekend at the open resorts. The strong wind has blown the fresh snow about, but this does provide great riding on the groomed slopes. Glencoe (105/425cm) reports the deepest base, with over four metres of snow on the upper slopes. The Lecht is unfortunately currently closed due to the lack of snow cover at this ski area.
North American Weather Outlook
Dustings of fresh snow fell over many North American resorts over the weekend. Tremblant on the East coast of Canada welcomed a notable 20cm and expects further snowfall this week. Monday 24th March saw the weather turn brighter, providing a pleasant sunny day for most. However, in Canada the snow clouds look to roll in on Tuesday 25th March over many resorts where Whistler (250cm) could enjoy a notable 13cm. The snow is set to return on Wednesday 26th March to the vast majority of American resorts. Here Squaw Valley (40/170cm) hopes to receive a nice 24cm.
American resorts enjoyed a pleasant day on Monday 24th March with mild temperatures and blue skies being the dominant theme. A handful of resorts enjoyed a sprinkling of fresh snow over the weekend such as Aspen (132/259cm) with 15cm, which nicely improved the pistes. The outlook remains similar for the next few days, until Wednesday 26th March where fresh snowfall should return to many resorts.
There was a wide range of conditions at Canadian resorts on Monday 24th March. It was a pleasant spring day in numerous places, such as Blue Mountain (130cm) and Fernie (377cm). Tremblant (70cm) enjoyed a respectful 20cm of fresh snow over the weekend and more may be on the way. Kicking Horse (213cm) too welcomed 6cm of fresh snow in the early hours of Monday.