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Europe's record heat wave limits summer skiing

Summer skiing is over for this year! at least in France! After Tignes, the glacier of Les 2 Alpes has closed its slopes to skiers. Les Deux Alpes After the early closure of the Grande Motte glacier in Tignes on July 25th, it is the turn of the Les 2 Alpes glacier to close its slopes before the end of the summer. Despite a snowy spring that could guarantee good conditions at the beginning of the summer season, the record temperatures and excessive melting of the last few weeks have been …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday August 7, 2019

Don't get confused about snow level and freezing level

Anyone interested in winter recreation cares deeply whether they are in rain or snow, snow generally being preferred, of course. So it is important to know the current and future elevations of the snow level, the height separating snow from rain. And there is another closely related term that is used in weather forecasts: the freezing level, the altitude at which the temperature drops to freezing. Freezing level :  The freezing level is the elevation at which the temperature drops to …

Written by skiweather on Sunday April 28, 2019

Southwest dump at the start of spring

The change in the weather will start Tuesday with more increasing cloudy weather and some showers in the French, western Swiss and western Italian Alps later in the day, with a rain/snow limit around 1800 meters. More widespread precipitation is expected across the Alps on Wednesday and Thursday, heaviest close to the Swiss-Italian and Italian-Austrian border regions. Snowfall totals from this upcoming storm will also be highly variable, but over 1m of new snow is possible by Friday at altitude …

Written by skiweather on Monday April 1, 2019

Colder air and snow move into the Alps

Following the very mild conditions of last weekend, an active cold front enters the Alps in the night to Monday. Colder air finds its way to the Alps. Temperatures will drop by at least 10 degrees and fresh snow falls. The snow line will rapidly sink to the low altitudes in the valleys. The first precipitation is calculated for the night from Sunday to Monday. But don't expect large amounts. Most snow falls during Monday from around 1.000 meters in the northern Stau regions of Austria and …

Written by skiweather on Monday March 25, 2019

Fresh snow and return to spring-like conditions

On Sunday afternoon precipitation enters the northern French and Swiss Alps. The snow level starts high at around 2000m. With a cold front expected on Sunday night significantly colder air will infiltrate from the West. As a result, the snowfall level rapidly descends towards 1000 meters. On Mondays, it resides in the valley at about 700 meters. On Monday the weather cycle will remain changeable. Because for a short while Genoa low arises, the Dolomites and southern Austria also welcome …

Written by skiweather on Sunday March 17, 2019