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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 bot…

Written by skiweather on Sunday October 15, 2017
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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 success…

Written by skiweather on Saturday October 14, 2017
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Prolongued summer heat in the Alps decimates European Glaciers

Summer 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 th…

Written by skiweather on Friday August 25, 2017
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Maybe the last dumpalert of the season?

Up to metre of snow fell in parts of the Austrian Alps last week. This week, there could be just as much as another cold front moves down from the north and settles over the region. It will also become much colder mid-week, especially on the northern side of the Alps, where snow could fall well into the valleys. However, the heaviest snowfalls over the next few days are likely to be in high…

Written by skiweather on Tuesday April 25, 2017
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Lots of fresh snow for the northern Alps

The snowfall limit descents even further on Wednesday. A lot of fresh snow comes down above 500 meters in the mountains of the alpine north side. The amount is on average 20 to 50 cm, locally even 70 centimeters of fresh snow. During the night there is an acute frost hazard. On Friday local temperatures around minus 10 degrees are possible. In the night on Wednesday even colder air reaches the…

Written by skiweather on Wednesday April 19, 2017
Permalink - Category: skiweather - Tags: northern, alps, snow, spring

A late blast of snow for the eastern Alps

Huge amounts of snow over the Alps and WNW Balkan peninsula through next week, locally 50-100 cm could result from the latest model runs. Yet to be confirmed what the exact precipitation amounts will be, but the significant cold outbreak after Monday is confirmed. Much of Austria is going to see considerable snowfall this week in quantities that have been rare through much of the season so far. …

Written by skiweather on Saturday April 15, 2017
Permalink - Category: skiweather - Tags: eastern, alps, snow