SNOW report week commencing 31 January 2019

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Photo credit : Les 2 Alpes - Les Lutins
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At we will bring you weekly summaries of snow conditions & changes throughout ski resorts. Across a range of alpine skiing countries, in Europe and North America. This weekly report is a summary, for our more detailed snow reports take a look at our individual country updates below:


As the weekend approaches, where has the snow been falling and where are the best snow conditions for you to ski in the coming weeks?

Snowfall in the last 3 days

In the last 3 days the Northern Alps and the Pyrenees have seen more snow again. In the Alps this extends to France, Italy and Switzerland in particular. With the Italian ski resort, La Thuile in the Aosta Valley, having had 120cm in 3 days.

In Switzerland, Les Marecottes had 120cm and Val d’Azul 85cm, both in the Valais area and are just two of many of resorts in this country to have had large amounts of snowfall.

While in the Northern French Alps Cordon has had 110cm snowfall and Megeve saw 100cm in that period.

When you look at the Pyrenees, you can see how the last couple weeks have brought a huge amount of snow and finally, have kick started the Pyrenean resorts’ season. Over the Christmas and New Year period, there was no real snow, with coverage being as little as 30cm on the slopes and that mainly coming from Snowmaking. On our recent visit, in early January, we travelled to the Spainish resort of Marsella, for great skiing in spite of conditions elsewhere! Now Luz Ardiden’s snowfall exceeded 130cm in the last 3 days. And with 120cm Luchon Superbagneres is also benefiting from the recent change in weather conditions.

Snow Conditions

So where will you find the best snow depths this week?

Currently you have to look to Austria and Switzerland to see some of the healthiest snow depths, which suggest superb potential for skiing late into the season.

In Austria currently the leading three resorts for snow depth are, Kaunertaler Glacier in the Tyrol, with 523cm, St Anton am Arlberg , has 500cm at the top of their ski area and Pitztaler Glacier with over 450cm. Kaunertaler even has a whopping 195cm at the bottom of the glacier.

Looking across at the Switzerland, Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun is the ski resort with the deepest snow in Europe at 600cm. Engelberg in Central Switzerland is showing 523cm, with another glacier , Glacier 3000 in the Bernese Oberland region, having 320cm. Sadly the latter is currently closed.

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