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January 2018 brought the most exceptional weather to the Alps in decades

In January the western Alps were subject to turbulent conditions. Several very active storms swept the western half of the Alps: Carmen, Eleanor, Fionn and David. Westerly wind patterns have resulted in frequent and excess precipitation and consecuently many floods. In fact precipitation broke record levels in France and parts of Switzerland. In addition, large parts were affected by heavy snow, strong winds and yo-yoing temperatures.  The Swiss ski resort Zermatt was cut-off from the …

Written by skiweather on Thursday January 25, 2018


Another onslaught for the north-west Alps

A storm called Evi is on the way to the Alps and will bring a substantial amount of fresh snow in the next couple of days. The Northern Alps will be in the front line. The calm and sunny weather of the last few days is not likely to return soon. Several days of snow are in the forecast, starting Monday evening in the French Alps and Italy’s Aosta Valley before spreading across the border into Switzerland and Austria. Expect the snowline to briefly rise as the storms come in on Tuesday and …

Written by skiweather on Monday January 15, 2018


Snow, snow and more snow

Weather and snow conditions in the Northern French Alps have been, and will continue to be, severe until Friday morning. The extreme weather means no skiing in many Alps ski resorts. Further snow is due at the weekend, mostly in the southern Alps, but it will also spill over the border regions to reach some more northerly ski resorts, such as Val d’Isère, Les Arcs and La Plagne. The southern ski resorts like Zermatt, Saas Fee and Sestriere will get a full blast with somewhere in between 2.5 and …

Written by skiweather on Thursday January 4, 2018


Obertauern: Austria's snow bowl

Austria’s little known gem, Obertauern, is hardly an hour's drive from Salzburg Airport. It has an infectiously friendly laid-back atmosphere and with generally quieter slopes than the big name resorts it’s no surprise that this destination is gaining in popularity fast. Situated in the Salzburgerland region of the Austrian Alps and nestled within the scenic peaks of the Tauern mountain range, Obertauern was originally just a mountain pass before it became a ski resort. At 1750m it is one of …

Written by skiweather on Tuesday January 2, 2018


10 best destinations in Europe for spring skiing

Skiing at the end of the season has many advantages. The weather is generally milder and sunnier, the days are much longer and the crowds have gone leaving quieter slopes to enjoy. It also means that there are many great ski accommodation deals to be had as resorts look to sell their empty beds at low prices. There can be a real party atmosphere at the end of the skiseason as spring is in the air and the locals and resort staff celebrate what is a long winter. It can often snow too, and …

Written by skiweather on Tuesday January 2, 2018


Superb skiing conditions in the Alps

The last 24 hours brought a substantial amount of fresh snow to nearly all parts of the Alps and the Pyrenees. Some of the biggest snowfalls have been recorded in the Dolomites where 40-70cm of snow has fallen in ski resorts such as Arabba, Livigno and Cortina. The central and southern Austrian Alps have also got their fair share, with 50 to 60cm of fresh powder reported in Mallnitz, Hermagor and on Obergurgl. Elsewhere in the Alps there has been 40 to 50cm of fresh snow for the Portes du …

Written by skiweather on Thursday December 28, 2017


Mild La Niña effect brings the best start to the ski season in decades

At the moment, snow conditions in the ski resorts of the European Alps are very good for mid-December and even superb in the ski resorts of the north-western Alps like Engelberg (434cm), Wildhaus (260cm), Damuls (210cm) and Lech (205cm). It is safe to say that this is the best start to the ski season for two decades. According to our data 92% of all ski resorts show a snow depth of more than 100% of the 10-year average, of which 49% even have 250% of the average snow depth at their …

Written by skiweather on Thursday December 21, 2017


Saalbach: a vibrant winter sport hot-spot

Saalbach is one of Austria’s premier ski resorts and probably one of the most popular and lively winter-sports holiday destinations in the Alps. It offers a wide range of runs and challenges for skiers of every level and a vibrant apres-ski. Originally comprising two sides of the long Glemm valley the resorts Saalbach and Hinterglemm have been connected to include Leogang and Fieberbrunn both one valley across. And even a further extension to Zell am See is planned. On the basis of the …

Written by skiweather on Saturday November 11, 2017


Kitzbühel defies climate change

The first non-glacier resort in the Alps opened on Saturday, on what is believed to be it's earliest ever opening date. For the 4th time in a row, Kitzbühel repeats the stunt to open ahead of any other non-glacier ski area in the Alps. However Kitzbühel has not opened with new snow or even snow making but by using snow stored from last season. It’s a technique called snowharvesting and successfully used by several Scandinavian ski resorts with Ruka in Finland and Geilo in Norway opening the …

Written by skiweather on Thursday November 2, 2017


Prolongued summer heat in the Alps decimates European Glaciers

ummer skiing on Europe's glaciers is severly limited at the moment after the exceptionally long period of high temperatures melted away a substantial part of the snow and ice cover and left exposed granite rock surfaces. The Molltal glacier is now the third of seven Alpine glaciers -open for summer skiing- that has been forced to cease snowsports recently. The news from the Molltal follows the announcement last month from Austria's Dachstein glacier that it will no longer operate a terrain …

Written by skiweather on Monday August 21, 2017