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Snow conditions are excellent in the busiest week of the season

Over the next few days the weather in the Alps will be quite mixed with some snow here and there but generally not in a huge quantity. It will stay quite cold though, which means that any snow will fall well into the lower valleys. The northwest and southeast of the Alps will get the most precipitation this week. Towards the middle of the week, Wednesday evening to be more specific- it will become warmer in the Alps and Pyrenees before cooling down again from Sunday. The sun will come out …

Written by skiweather on Monday February 12, 2018


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


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


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


Doom and gloom for low-altitude ski resorts

Snow in Europe's low-altitude ski resorts will become a rare event according to recent research. Bare Alpine slopes could be a much more common sight in the future. The poor snow cover below 1500m of snow-scarce winters, like we have seen the last few years, can be expected to be the norm rather than the exception. Towards the middle of the century there will only be a few days with snow at low elevations and winter sports could potentially be forced to begin up to a month later than they do …

Written by skiweather on Thursday June 8, 2017