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The snowiest skiresort in the Alps

When it comes to skiing, one thing you really do need over anything else, is snow. You don’t necessarily need a massive amount of it, but there's nothing quite as bad as having a ski holiday with insufficient or poor quality snow! What can guarantee good snowconditions? Weather is unpredicatable at best, especially the last few decades... The impact of climate change is not something many ski resorts want to talk about. There is no question, however, that the c-factor is a force to be …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday June 6, 2018


This winter just keeps on giving!

On- and off-piste snow depths remain the best in decades. With continuing cold temperatures, there is a thick layer compact snow on the slopes, and we’re still finding wonderful cold, dry, light powder snow off-piste. Snow quality is generally good thanks to the unusually low temperatures for mid-March that we have seen. This has meant a much more limited freeze-thaw process and less afternoon slush than you would normally expect at this time of year. Despite the fact that it’s now officially …

Written by skiweather on Sunday March 25, 2018


The SkiWelt: phenomenal skiing in the Tyrolean Alps

The ski area of ​​SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is one of the most famous and popular destinations for a winter sports holiday in Austria. Certainly among the Dutch and the British the SkiWelt has been a longtime-favorite destination. The entire ski area counts no fewer than 284 kilometers of slopes and is therefore one of the largest interconnected ski areas in Austria. The SkiWelt offers a good choice of nine different Tyrolean villages, from traditional, quiet Scheffau to the more bustling …

Written by skiweather on Tuesday March 13, 2018


Snow conditions are still excellent at altitude!

The quality and quantity of snow, on- and off-piste, above 1600m is still great as we enter the second half of March! Unfortunately, with rising temperatures over the next few days the snow will become more humidified and snow depth will start the decline on the lower slopes. Rain will also speed up the snow quality deterioration process especially in the western Alps where it could reach an altitude of 2400m. Still, there will be some fresh snow at altitude in the southern French and western …

Written by skiweather on Saturday March 10, 2018


The 10 most influential Dutch winter sport websites in 2018

Europeans from every country love to ski, but the Dutch have an outsize love for the slopes. They descend en masse on Alpine resorts, most of them Austrian, like Gerlos, Westendorf, Kirchberg, Sankt Anton and Ischgl. In 2012, while the country was still struggling with recession, nearly 900.000 -out of a population of almost 17 million- spend one or more winter holidays in the snow. This winter season, well over 1.1 million Dutch people are expected to enjoy the snow, and the bitter cold of the …

Written by skiweather on Friday March 9, 2018


Mild and unstable weather will affect low altitude ski resorts

It has warmed up substantially over the Alps compared to the past week. In just a few days the temperature rose a staggering 25 degrees. Some ski resorts are starting to experience spring like conditions, especially in the east of the Alps.The temperatures and freezing levels are moving up and down with each forecast published, but the general trend remains: cool and snow to Thursday, then warm and snow/rain for the end of the week. Large amounts of rain will come down below 1400 meters. On …

Written by skiweather on Monday March 5, 2018


What is wind chill factor?

The Wind Chill Factor is commonly referenced in weather reports. However, few of us have a firm grasp on the meaning. Wind chill is the meteorological term used for explaining how the wind can make us feel even colder (chillier) than the actual temperature. Basically the Wind Chill Factor describes how cold you will feel when you step outside when the temperature is below 10°C and the wind speed is above 4.8kph. On a more scientific term the Wind Chill Factor is a measurement of the total …

Written by skiweather on Saturday February 24, 2018


'Beast from the East' to bring unusual cold snap to the Alps

If you think it’s been bitterly cold this week, well, you haven’t seen anything yet. The next couple of days temperatures are expected to plunge across the Alps in a rare cold snap. The frigid airmass that has been parked over NE Europe begins pushing WSW-wards into central, southeastern and parts of western Europe. There will also be further snow, most significant across the southern Alps, but it is the cold that is creating extreme skiing conditions during the most busy ski week of the year. …

Written by skiweather on Friday February 23, 2018


Les Portes du Mont Blanc: The pearl in the crown

The Portes du Mont-Blanc includes four ski resorts located between the Val d'Arly and the Aravis mountain range: Combloux, La Giettaz, Cordon and Megève Jaillet. it is a quiet and economical alternative to the Espace Évasion Mont-Blanc, of which Combloux and Megève Jaillet are also part of. The ski area with well over 100km of slopes offers skiing for all levels, great off-piste possibilities and a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Bionnassay or the Dome of the Miages. The ski area …

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 22, 2018


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