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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

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

Colder weather and snow for the Swiss and Austria Alps

The weather in the Alps has been spring-like this week: very mild and with plenty of sunshine. It was a glorious week with deep-blue skies. The nights were quite cold due to the absence of a substantial cloud cover. With freeze-thaw conditions the snow quality is very mixed and poor on the lower slopes. The lower valleys are turning green again after the high temperatures of the past one-and-a-half week. However, the spring conditions won't last very long. A big weather change is heading to the …

Written by skiweather on Thursday March 16, 2017

Disruptive weather and plenty of fresh snow marks the start of March

Winter is back with a vengeance, delivering plenty of fresh snow. And there is still lot's more to come! Over the last few days we’ve been experiencing some of the best powder skiing of the season. However, at lower altitudes -especially with the milder temperatures- the fresh snow is a bit more humidified and sticky. Unfortunately, the fresh snow is often being accompanied by howling winds. Until Saturday afternoon the weather in the Alps is dominated by storm-strength southerly winds. In …

Written by skiweather on Saturday March 4, 2017

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 situation, one sees some nice snow accumulations in certain parts of the western Alps. The heaviest falls …

Written by skiweather on Monday February 6, 2017