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Updated: 4.30pm Thursday 8 December 2016

So the question on everyone’s lips right now is when will it next snow in the Alps?

 

The short answer is ‘on Monday’, but only in modest quantities and also only in the eastern Austrian Alps. Everyone else will have to wait, though there are hints of a more significant change in the weather pattern sometime between 17 and 21 December 2016.

 

In the meantime, it should be emphasised that there is still plenty of very enjoyable skiing around at the moment, at least if you are happy to stay on the pistes. The best snow conditions remain in the higher resorts of the western and south-western Alps, including Val d’Isère, Tignes, Val Thorens, Montgenèvre, Isola 2000, Sestriere, Courmayeur, the Monte Rosa region, Pila, Zermatt and Saas-Fee. There are also dozens of other options but, as a rule (glaciers aside), the further north and east you go, the more you will be reliant on man-made snow.

 

In short, the snow situation in the Alps is not ideal right now, but for most resorts it is a long way from being disastrous and in many high resorts it is still pretty good.

 

Meanwhile, snow conditions are generally better across the pond, especially in Canada where Whistler is enjoying its best early season skiing for many years…

 

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Ischgl, Austria – Weather to ski – Snow report, 8 December 2016 Good piste skiing despite the modest cover in Ischgl - 8 December 2016 - Photo: ischgl.com