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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


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


Maybe the last dumpalert of the season?

Up to metre of snow fell in parts of the Austrian Alps last week. This week, there could be just as much as another cold front moves down from the north and settles over the region. It will also become much colder mid-week, especially on the northern side of the Alps, where snow could fall well into the valleys. However, the heaviest snowfalls over the next few days are likely to be in higher parts of the central Alps, including resorts such as Passo Tonale, Madesimo, St Moritz, …

Written by skiweather on Thursday April 27, 2017


Lots of fresh snow for the northern Alps

The snowfall limit descents even further on Wednesday. A lot of fresh snow comes down above 500 meters in the mountains of the alpine north side. The amount is on average 20 to 50 cm, locally even 70 centimeters of fresh snow. During the night there is an acute frost hazard. On Friday local temperatures around minus 10 degrees are possible. In the night on Wednesday even colder air reaches the alpine area, the snowfall limit settles down into the lowlands. During daytime the snowfall is …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday April 19, 2017


A late blast of snow for the eastern Alps

Huge amounts of snow over the Alps and WNW Balkan peninsula through next week, locally 50-100 cm could result from the latest model runs. Yet to be confirmed what the exact precipitation amounts will be, but the significant cold outbreak after Monday is confirmed. Much of Austria is going to see considerable snowfall this week in quantities that have been rare through much of the season so far. The jet stream will turn to the northwest Saturday and cold polar air will come in and arrive …

Written by skiweather on Saturday April 15, 2017


Skiing conditions in the Southwestern Alps improved substantially

Winter seems far from over in Europe, as the snowfall of recent days shows. Snowfall has affected the upper slopes in most of the southwestern part of the Alps. It was the French/Italian border area that saw the most fresh snow, with 20cm at resort level in Val d’Isère this morning and 50-60cm reported at altitude. In the Southern Alps, the resorts of Montgenèvre and Val d'Allos prolonged their season a bit with current snow conditions worthy of high-altitude ski resorts, offering respectively …

Written by skiweather on Saturday March 25, 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