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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