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Austria in the front-line of eastern Nordstau

The Alpine region is currently under the influence of a strong northern current. With a high pressure area to the west of the Alps and low pressure in Eastern Europe, the eastern nordstau currently provides numerous snow showers in the Eastern Alps and it snows deep into the valleys. Until New Year's Eve, there is plenty of fresh powder snow to be found in the mountains. The northern high-altitude current brings humid air masses from the North Sea, which accumulate on the Eastern Alps and …

Written by skiweather on Sunday December 30, 2018

Kaiserwetter dominates until the start of 2019

Large parts of Europe are under the influence of a massive high-pressure area which keeps any disturbance at bay. The Atlantic is completely cut off from the Alps. Mild air is transported towards the Alps with a southwestern current which means that sunny and mild Kaiserwetter prevails all over the Alps. The freezing level fluctuates around 2900 meters in the western Alps and around 1500 meters in the far east of the Alps during the day. There will be very few changes in the weather, at least …

Written by skiweather on Friday December 28, 2018

Rollercoaster weather during Christmas holiday

The weather is going to become quite varied after Friday with temperatures due to rise as an active warm front moves into the Alpine region from the west bringing precipitation for the northwest of the Alps.   Over the next few days the rain/snow limit will fluctuate very much and could reach as high as 2400m for some time in the northern French and north-western Swiss Alps where there will be a significant loss of snow depth and snow quality below 1800m. High-altitude ski resorts in the …

Written by skiweather on Friday December 21, 2018

Good ski conditions at the start of the ski season

This week winter arrived in all her glory! The overall ski conditions improved massively in the Alps and is pretty decent right now. Snow depth may have been better last December, but last season was truly exceptional and let's not forget that the three winters before were virtually snowless right up until New Year. The snow storm at the beginning of this week brought a substantail base layer to the Northern Alps. At altitudes between 1200m and 1800m there was previously no snow, but now …

Written by skiweather on Saturday December 15, 2018

Snow farming secures planned opening of the ski season

With the commercial increasing pressure on ski resorts to open early and with good skiing conditions, snow farming has been recognized as one of the most powerful and eco-friendly way to achieve this. Faced with rising temperatures, ski resorts are preserving last year’s snow by storing it under tarps or saw-dust. It’s a low-tech way to start the next season with an inherited base and colder ground temperatures. The methods have proven successful for multiple resorts and are an important part …

Written by skiweather on Saturday December 1, 2018