SNOW IS COMING NOW - WEATHER REPORT FOR THE ALPS (4th Jan. 2016)

It seems that the New Year has brought all the snow we’ve been waiting for. Since the turn of the year there has been lots of snow, the majority of which has fallen in the western part of the Alps. Ski resorts situated in the northern French Alps and resorts in the southwestern part of Switzerland have benefitted the most from these recent snowfalls.


France 

Chamonix is reported to have approximately 1m of fresh snow coming this week, with 40cm of powder falling today. Resorts such as Val Thorens, Courchevel, Val d’isère and Tignes continue to offer some of the best on-piste skiing conditions across the Alps. Val Thorens had 20cm of fresh snow yesterday (3rd January) and even more snow is forecasted for today and tomorrow (roughly 25-30cm). Meanwhile Tignes, Val d’isère, Courchevel, all of whom have had good levels of snowfall recently, will get roughly 20cm of snow over the course of today and tomorrow. This snowfall will continue into Wednesday and Thursday, with between 40-60cm of snow.

Switzerland

In Switzerland, there promises to be better skiing conditions, particularly in the southwest. Yesterday (3rd January) Nendaz, Thyon 2000 and Veysonnaz all had approximately 40cm of new snow. They are all awaiting close to 30cm more powder this week. Verbier had 15cm of new snow yesterday; the snow here will continue to fall here until Thursday (about 35cm). Saas Fee is also said to great on-piste skiing conditions, with the snow height on the mountain reaching around 140cm, additionally, about 25cm more snow will fall here throughout the week. Zermatt currently has good skiing conditions, 8cm of new snow fell last night and there is going to be a continual flurry of snow (just under 20cm) until Thursday. Ski resorts in eastern Switzerland can expect light snowfall on Thursday (around 8cm) but will unfortunately miss out on heavier snowfall experienced by ski resorts in the west.

Austria

The forecast for Austria this week looks rather positive. There will be a higher concentration of snowfall in the west of Austria. In Obergurgl-Hochgurgl the snow depth is 76cm on the mountain, yet there it is being reported that 10cm of powder will fall in the coming week. Sölden currently has a snow height of 135cm on the mountain in addition to the very good on-piste conditions.  St. Anton had 5cm of new snow last night and can expect roughly 20cm snow this week with the heaviest snowfall coming on Thursday (11cm). Ischgl had 10cm of snowfall yesterday and will be expecting just under 15cm more this week.

Italy

The current snow conditions in Italy look very bleak. Italy has struggled for snow so far except for one part, the extreme northwest. Ski resorts such as Courmayeur, La Thuile and Cervinia are all projected to have more than 130cm of snow for the next week. There is currently a snow height of 140cm at Cervinia, 65cm at La Thuile and 45cm at Courmayeur. La Thuile and Cervinia have also been forecasted to have roughly 35cm of snow for today which will add to the 15cm of snow that fell at both of these resorts just two days ago.

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