Lots of fresh snow fell across Europe over the weekend, with powder on and off piste in many resorts in France. Up to 20cm fell in much of Austria and Switzerland, with higher resorts offering the best of the fresh powder. The snow continues to fall in Italy, particularly the Dolomites. Another 20cm was reported at Cortina on Monday 10th February. It's warmed up a little in Canada but it was still -21C at Banff on Sunday. The snow is in good condition but there hasn't been much fresh snow in a while, so it's quite packed away from the groomed runs. Almost a metre of fresh snow fell at Squaw Valley over the weekend. This almost doubled their snow total for the season as it's been extremely dry so far. Up to 40cm of fresh snow fell across Colorado too, so there's plenty of powder to be found in the USA at the moment.
It was a reasonably dry and sunny week in Austria, with good piste conditions on offer in most places. Lech (95/100cm) has good snow on and off piste, although not a huge base depth. The best of the snow is higher up as usual but with snow on the way this weekend, conditions should improve again. The southern areas of the country have the best snow at the moment. Obergurgl (80/180cm) is one of these and they have a great base depth.
The conditions have further improved this week in France and fresh snow was reported at over half of our featured French skiing destinations on Thursday 13th February. La Rosiere (152/210cm), Chamonix/Argentiere (134/195cm) and Valmorel (76/148cm) received the greatest amount of fresh snow, reporting 20cm of fresh on Thursday morning. At Courchevel (125/110cm) the upper slope snow depth has dropped from 163cm to 110cm as a result of strong winds and the upper slope depth is now less than that down at the 1850m. The snow cover is still superb though, providing excellent skiing and snowboarding. Strong winds did affect lift operations at some locations in Thursday. Flaine (115/320cm) offers fantastic skiing at the moment and there was fresh snow on the slopes on Thursday, but unfortunately only 9 out of 22 lifts were operating due to the strong winds at altitude. Villard de Lans (60/130cm) closed all lifts on Thursday due to the windy conditions.
Cloudy skies across the Swiss resorts on Thursday 13th February brought about the chance of fresh snow before the weekend. Some resorts were fortunate enough to receive new snow before lifts started going on Thursday including Anzere (25/125cm), Crans Montana (20/196cm), Grimentz/Zinal (50/130cm), Gstaad (63/270cm), Les Diablerets (80/120cm), Leysin (90/145cm), Nendaz (60/160cm), Saas Fee (93/330cm), Verbier (45/145cm) and Villars (30/130cm). The snowfall was not deep in the morning, with only single figures of fresh snow reported. Unfortunately strong winds limited lift operations at some resorts. The worst affected was Champery (120/160cm) which was closed for the day on Thursday due to the wind. Many resorts are forecast new snow over the weekend and into next week, from 26cm at Lenk up to almost 60cm at Zermatt by Friday 21st February.
Italian skiing is fantastic at the moment after one of the snowiest periods in their history, especially in the Dolomites. Some locals in the Dolomites say it could be the most snowfall in 300 years. Arabba (223/279cm) was operating 20 of its 29 lifts on Thursday and the mountain is covered in powder snow. Further west, Sauze d'Oulx (120/160cm) has excellent skiing and all the links to other resorts are open.
It was sunny in Andorra on Thursday 13th February. Around 10-15cm of snow fell at most resorts earlier this week, giving excellent skiing on and off piste. It's also colder than usual, with a temperature of -7C at Arcalis (100/200cm). Nearby Soldeu (90/200cm) also received fresh snow earlier this week.
Another 10cm of fresh snow fell at Hemsedal (160/165cm). They have a fantastic base depth now with great snow on and off piste. The fresh snow fell on top of more snow late last week so there is great powder to be found. A few centimetres of snow fell at Are (45/54cm). They haven't had as much snow as neighbouring Norway, but conditions are good across the mountain.
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 (80/190cm) 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.
Many Bulgarian resorts are still enjoying the fresh snow that fell at the beginning of last week. There has been no new snow at Bansko (30/100cm), Borovets (70/80cm) and Pamporovo (70/110cm). However, mostly sunny skies during the week and decent on-piste skiing was on offer.
The storms continue in Scotland, bringing yet more snow and high winds to resorts there. On Thursday 13th February only two were open - Glenshee (80/160cm) and The Lecht (20/80cm). They both reported a good amount of fresh snow from Wednesday's storm and good skiing on and off piste. Glencoe (190/400cm), Nevis Range (160/350cm) and Cairngorm (130/300cm) were all affected by 90mph winds and weren't able to open. However this storm has dumped another load of snow on the mountain and when it clears, fantastic skiing and boarding is expected.
Loads of new snow fell in many parts of the USA last weekend. Resorts from California right through to Vermont received big dumps of fresh snowfall including areas where it's desperately needed. Squaw Valley (51/178cm) received a truly huge 97cm of fresh snow on Sunday 9th February. Understandably this meant the resort was closed on Sunday due to a high avalanche risk, but once they reopen there should be waist deep powder skiing and boarding on offer. This has almost doubled their base depth and snow total for the season so far and is a huge boost to the season. Since the storm it's been snowing on and off in Colorado. Around 5cm fell at Breckenridge (231cm) on Wednesday 12th February. Off piste areas have loads of powder after the recent storms and all the runs are in excellent condition.
30cm of fresh snow fell at Revelstoke (200cm) over the course of Wednesday and Thursday this week. It brings to an end the recent cold snap and provides them with some very welcome powder skiing. More snow is forecast, so conditions are looking promising. It's similar at Whistler (175cm), where they received 35cm of fresh snow on Wednesday 12th February and powder can be found all over the mountain. 113cm of snow is expected over the weekend and into next week too.
Snow is expected in Europe this week, especially further east. Austrian resorts could receive up to 80cm of fresh snow throughout the period, at places like Ischgl and Obergurgl. French and Italian resorts should be a bit drier with more in the way of sunshine next week but with temperatures are expected to be on the cool side. Scottish resorts are expecting cloudy and snowy weather for most of this week and here the freezing level will remain at around 500m. The sun may win through towards the end of the week.
North American Outlook
Lots of fresh snow is forecast in parts of Canada and America over the weekend and into next week. Timberline should see the most, with 150cm expected to fall by the end of next week. It should also remain quite cold too. Whistler is expecting 120cm of fresh snow to fall in the same period.