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Widespread snow fall has arrived in the Alps

The weather in the Alps has been characterised by lot's of sunshine and unseasonably mild temperatures this week. Skiers have been enjoying spring-like skiing ahead of schedule. On Thursday afternoon temperatures in the Zillertal even hit 20 degrees Celcius. Today, it will turn noticeably colder. The freezing level will descend rapidly from over 2000m down to below 1000m. More importantly, wid…

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 23, 2017
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Doom and gloom for low-altitude ski resorts

Snow in Europe's low-altitude ski resorts will become a rare event according to recent research. Bare Alpine slopes could be a much more common sight in the future. The poor snow cover below 1500m of snow-scarce winters, like we have seen the last few years, can be expected to be the norm rather than the exception. Towards the middle of the century there will only be a few days with snow at lo…

Written by skiweather on Saturday February 18, 2017
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Snow fall anticipated in the northern Alps at the start of mid term

At the start of mid term snow conditions are generally good in the Alps for the vast majority of skiers who are happy to remain on-piste. Off the beaten track the situation is more complicated. There is some fresh snow across the far south-western Alps at altitude at the moment, otherwise the off-piste is quite mixed. It is unseasonably mild in the median altitude range. The snow cover is relativ…

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 16, 2017
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The leading wintersport websites in Europe

There's a huge amount of first-rate ski holiday advice and information out there. If you're planning on making the most of the snow and heading to the Alps this winter, it's worth persuing these websites for short-term ski condition and snow forecasts. If you ask wintersport enthusiasts what they consider to be the leading wintersport website in Europe the majority (55%) say it's Snow-forecast…

Written by skiweather on Saturday February 11, 2017
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Still more snow to come

The winter has finally returned in the western Alps since last weekend. After a first disruption which began Thursday night, a second front arrived Saturday and dropped a thick layer of -much needed- fresh snow. Below 1500m or so there has also been some rain and sleet at times, but snow did eventually reach much lower levels later on Sunday. In spite of the wind that has complicated the situatio…

Written by skiweather on Monday February 6, 2017
Permalink - Category: snowreport - Tags: western, alps, snow, dolomites

Milder temperatures and more unstable weather in the Alps

The sustained high-pressure system which has been bringing very low temperatures and dry, sunny conditions across the Alps is starting to break up as we cross into February. A predominantly southwestern flow is bringing milder temperatures and more unsettled weather to the Alps. In the process we saw some light snow in the (southern) French Alps and southern Piedmont at the start of the weeken…

Written by skiweather on Sunday January 29, 2017
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