Today in the Alps...

Updated: 10am Monday 18 January 2021 - Latest “northern” storm peters out…

 

There are still some flurries to low levels across the north-eastern Alps today, otherwise most regions are dry with the best of the sunshine the further south and west you are. 

Hauteluce, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 18 January 2021 The sun is back in the northern French Alps. This is Hauteluce – 18 January 2021 – Photo: lessaisies.com

After a fine day across the board tomorrow, cloud will increase on Wednesday in the south-western Alps (e.g. Isola 2000, Bardonecchia), with the chance of a few flurries later in the day. Thursday will see more widespread showers across the southern Alps with some moderate falls of snow possible at altitude. It will be milder though, especially across the northern Alps where the Foehn will be blowing.

 

Snow conditions across the Alps are generally excellent right now, although publicly accessible lift-served skiing is still only possible in Switzerland and Austria. Both ski touring and cross-country skiing are possible in all Alpine countries though note that the risk of avalanche is currently very high across the northern half of the Alps.  

 

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Updated: 12.20pm Saturday 16 January 2021 - The sun is back!

 

After three to four days of near continuous snowfall across many northern parts of the Alps, the sun is back today and the Alps are looking particularly magnificent!

Les Gets, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 16 January 2021 Magnificently wintry above Les Gets this morning – 16 January 2021 – Photo: lesgets.com

Areas seeing the greatest snowfall totals have been the eastern Swiss and far western Swiss Alps, roughly in a line between Andermatt and St Anton, including resorts such as Disentis, Braunwald, Laax, Klosters, Schrunns, Damüls and Lech. These areas have seen at least 150cm of new snow above 1800m since Tuesday, and possibly even close to 200cm in one or two favoured spots.

 

Some north-western parts of the Swiss Alps (e.g. Mürren) and the French Haute Savoie (e.g. Flaine, Chamonix, Avoriaz, La Clusaz) have also done very well, with nearly 1m of new snow at altitude over the last three days. More generally, the northern half of the Alps has seen between 40cm and 90cm above 1500m.

 

Whatever the case, note that the risk of avalanche is very high and that any off-piste or ski touring should be treated with the utmost caution.

 

Tomorrow, the northern half of the Alps will see further snow, but not in quite the same quantities as in the previous storm, likely with around 10-30cm for most areas.

 

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Updated: 10am Friday 15 January 2021 - Big “northern” storm cycle is coming to an end…

 

It is still snowing this morning across many north-western parts of the Alps, with the heaviest falls in the north-eastern Swiss Alps (e.g. Laax, Flumserberg) and western Austrian Alps (e.g. Lech, St Anton). 

Lech, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 15 January 2021 1.5m of new snow has fallen in the Arlberg since Tuesday. This is Lech – 15 January 2021 – Photo: lech.at

This snow will become lighter and patchier as the day progresses before dying out completely tonight. The southern Alps will, however, remain mostly dry today with variable cloud and some sunny spells here and there.

 

This latest storm cycle has dropped some very impressive quantities of snow across the northern and north-western Alps. The areas most affected have been the north-eastern Swiss and far western Austrian Alps, roughly in a line between Andermatt and St Anton (via Flims and Klosters), where more than 1.5m of new snow has fallen since Tuesday.

Les Gets, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 15 January 2021 Very snow scenes in Les Gets this morning – 15 January 2021 – Photo: lesgets.com

More generally, between 30cm and 90cm of snow has fallen across the northern half of the Alps over the last few days. With one or two exceptions, most southern parts of the Alps have only seen light and patchy snow, with some places remaining completely dry.

 

After a mostly fine day tomorrow, further snow will return to the northern Alps on Sunday, again heaviest in the north-eastern Swiss and western Austrian Alps. 

Updated: 10am Thursday 14 January 2021 - Huge snowfalls across the northern Alps…

 

As expected, it has been snowing heavily across the northern Alps with over 1m of new snow in places and plenty more to come!

Warth, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 14 January 2021 Big snowfalls in the Austrian Vorarlberg, where over 1.5m of new snow is possible by the end of the week. This is Warth-am-Arlberg – 14 January 2021 – Photo: warth-schroecken.at

The heaviest snow has fallen in the Austrian Arlberg region (e.g. Lech, St Anton, Warth-Schröcken) and the north-eastern Swiss Alps, which have seen over 1m of new snow above 1500m since Tuesday. Elsewhere across the northern Alps (e.g. Avoriaz, Mürren, Engelberg, Laax) there has been 30-80cm of new snow in the last 24 hours. This latest storm has also seen a little snow get through to the southern Alps, but many southern regions have stayed dry.

 

Today will see further snow across the northern half of the Alps, heaviest (again) in Switzerland and western Austria with a rain/snow limit typically between 600m and 1000m.

 

After a slight reprieve on Friday and Saturday, there will be further snow in the north on Sunday, by which time snowfall totals clocked up since Tuesday could be in excess of 150cm in some northern parts of the Alps, notably in the Arlberg. 

Updated: 11am Wednesday 13 January 2021 - Big snowfalls for the north-western Alps…

 

The Alps are currently under the influence of a cool and unstable north to north-westerly airstream that will continue to affect the weather for the rest of the week. The northern (and especially north-western) Alps should expect plenty of fresh snow, while the southern Alps will see little, if any.

Lech, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 13 January 2021 Fresh snow this morning in Lech, with much more to come over the next couple of days – 13 January 2021 – Photo: lech.com

There has already been significant snowfall in the last 24 hours, with 20cm to 50cm above 1500m in the northern French Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil), northern Swiss Alps (e.g. Jungfrau Region, Engelberg, Laax) and the western Austrian Alps (e.g. St Anton).

 

After a slight lull during the course of today, heavy snow will return to these north-western regions tonight and tomorrow, heaviest in the Austrian Arlberg (e.g. Lech, St Anton) where an additional 50-80cm of snow is possible. The rain/snow limit will sit between 700m and 1300m, highest closest to the north-western foothills.

 

Storm totals in the Arlberg should be well in excess of 1m by Friday morning, though totals at altitude across the northern half of the Alps will more generally be in the region of 40cm to 90cm.

 

As for the southern Alps, while some regions will see moderate falls of snow over the next couple of days, especially in the north-western Italian Alps (e.g. Courmayeur, Cervinia, La Thuile) , generally there will be little, if any.

 

Due to Covid-related restrictions, lift-served publicly accessible skiing in the Alps is still only possible in Austria and Switzerland. French resorts had hoped to open their ski lifts last Thursday but this has now been put back indefinitely. It is still possible to cross country ski and ski tour in both France and Italy right now though.

 

Snow depths are relatively modest in the northern Alps (e.g. Wengen, Laax, St Anton, Seefeld, Kaprun and Kitzbühel), but will improve significantly with all the new snow this week.

 

For now, the most impressive snow cover (in open ski areas) is still in the far south-east of Switzerland (e.g. St Moritz) and the south of Austria (e.g. Nassfeld), where snow depths are considerably above average for the time of year.

Updated:9am Tuesday 12 January 2021 - New storm arriving from the north-west…

 

The weather in the Alps is on the change again thanks to fronts moving in from the north-west, with significant snow expected over the next few days across the northern half of the Alps, especially in the north-west. 

Les Saisies, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 12 January 2021 Cloud is thickening in the northern French Alps, with snow expected later. This is Les Saisies – 12 January 2021 - Photo: lessaisies.com

Today will start dry in most areas, but showers will reach the north-western foothills of the Alps this morning, spreading right across the northern Alps later in the day. The rain/snow limit will start low – with major cities such as Geneva and Zurich even seeing a few centimetres of snow.

 

Milder air will then raise the snow line to between 500m and 900m later in the day, and up to 1000-1300m in some exposed areas close to the northern and north-western foothills of the Alps (such as the Aravis) tonight. It will probably also continue to snow to low levels into the evening in the more internal valleys (e.g. Sion).

 

There will be little if any snow in the southern third of the French Alps (e.g. Alpes Maritimes), the far south of the Swiss Alps (e.g. Ticino), the far south of the Austrian Alps (e.g. Carinthia) and much of Italy (away from the north-western border areas).

 

For the rest of the week, a northerly or north-westerly flow will continue to bring further snow at times, chiefly to the northern half of the Alps. The rain/snow limit will fluctuate, from all levels to 1400m.

 

By Saturday, over 1m of new snow is likely to have fallen above 1800m in some favoured parts of the northern Alps, including the Arlberg region (Lech, St Anton) and the northern Swiss Alps (Jungfrau region, Engelberg, Laax). The rest of the northern Alps will generally see more in the region of 30cm to 80cm at altitude.

 

Due to Covid-related restrictions, lift-served publicly accessible skiing in the Alps is still only possible in Austria and Switzerland. French resorts had hoped to open their ski lifts last Thursday but this has now been put back indefinitely. It is still possible to cross country ski and ski tour in both France and Italy right now though.

 

Snow depths are relatively modest in the northern Alps (e.g. Wengen, Laax, St Anton, Seefeld, Kaprun and Kitzbühel), but will increase significantly by the end of the week.

 

For now, the very best snow conditions in open ski areas are still in the far south-east of Switzerland (e.g. St Moritz) and the south of Austria (e.g. Nassfeld), where snow depths are considerably above average for the time of year.

Updated 9.30am Monday 11 January 2021 - All eyes are on the north!

 

High pressure is currently in charge of the weather in the Alps, meaning that today will be another fine day for most regions. However, from tomorrow until Friday the northern Alps are in for a very snowy spell of weather.

Bergfex chart showing predicted accumulated snowfall in the Alps between 11 and 16 January 2021 – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 11 January 2021 Snowfall accumulations in the Alps between now and Saturday and expected to be close to 1m in parts of the north – Image: bergfex.com, 11 January 2021

Areas in the northern Alps set to see significant snowfall include:

  • the French Alps north of Grenoble (e.g. 3 Valleys, Flaine, Chamonix, Avoriaz);
  • most of the Swiss Alps (e.g. Verbier, Gstaad, Wengen, Engelberg, Laax, Klosters) excluding some parts of the southern Swiss Alps (e.g. Ticino); and
  • the western, central and northern Austrian Alps (e.g. St Anton, Ischgl, Saalbach, Kitzbühel) but NOT the province of Carinthia (e.g. Nassfeld) and most of the Osttirol (e.g. Lienz).

Most of the Italian Alps is outside of the “northern Alps” meteorologically speaking though some border areas, especially in the north-west (e.g. La Thuile, Courmayeur, Cervinia), can still get significant snow when heavy snow is forecast for the “north”.

 

These regions will generally see between 30cm and 80cm, with the heaviest snowfalls in the north-eastern Swiss Alps (e.g. Laax) and western Austrian Alps (e.g. Lech). Some favoured areas such as the Austrian Arlberg (e.g. St Anton, Lech) could even see over 1m of new snow above 1800m by the end of the week.

 

Due to Covid-related restrictions, lift-served publicly accessible skiing in the Alps is still only possible in Austria and Switzerland. French resorts had hoped to open their ski lifts last Thursday but this has now been put back indefinitely. It is still possible to cross country ski and ski tour in both France and Italy right now though.

 

Snow depths remain relatively modest in the northern Alps (e.g. Wengen, Laax, St Anton, Seefeld, Kaprun and Kitzbühel) but will increase significantly by the end of this week.

 

For now, the very best snow conditions in open ski areas are still to be found in the far south-east of Switzerland (e.g. St Moritz) and the south of Austria (e.g. Nassfeld), where snow depths are considerably above average for the time of year.

Updated: 11.40am Friday 8 January 2021 - Mostly dry but still cold…

 

Today will be another fine day for most of the Alps, although low cloud will plague some of the lower valleys, especially close to the northern foothills. The north-eastern Alps are generally cloudy, particularly the northern and western Austrian Alps, though this should slowly thin as the day progresses. 

Alpe d’Huez, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 8 January 2021 Looking great in Alpe d’Huez right now, though they are forbidden from opening the lifts for the time being – 8 January 2021 – Photo: alpedhuez.com

Over the weekend the weather in the Alps will remain mostly fine and cold, with some sunshine but also some significant areas of cloud drifting around. The far south-western Alps (e.g. Isola 2000, Prato Nevoso, Limone) may see a few snow flurries, especially on Sunday.

 

Due to Covid-related restrictions, lift-served publicly accessible skiing in the Alps is still only possible in Austria and Switzerland. French resorts had hoped to open their ski lifts yesterday, but this has now been put back indefinitely. It is still possible to cross country ski and ski tour in both France and Italy right now though.

 

For anyone lucky enough to be able to ski in Austria or Switzerland over the next couple of days, snow conditions should be very good. Snow depths are relatively modest in the northern Alps (e.g. Wengen, Laax, St Anton, Seefeld, Kaprun and Kitzbühel) but, with the current fine weather, there will still be plenty of enjoyable on-piste skiing to be had.

 

The very best snow conditions in open ski areas are currently in the far south-east of Switzerland (e.g. St Moritz) and the south of Austria (e.g. Nassfeld), where snow depths are considerably above average.  

Updated: 3pm Thursday 7 January 2020 - Still cold, but mostly sunny today in the Alps…

 

Today is a much better weather day in the Alps, with plenty of sunshine and just a little patchy cloud in places. It remains cold though, with maximum temperatures below freezing in most ski resorts. 

Chamrousse, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 7 January 2021 Fabulous cross-country skiing in Chamrousse near Grenoble today – 7 January 2021 – Photo: chamrousse.com

The weather will stay mostly cold but dry over the next couple of days, with some sunny interludes but more low cloud in places, especially close to the northern foothills of the Alps.

 

Due to Covid-related restrictions, lift-served publicly accessible skiing in the Alps is still only possible in Austria and Switzerland. French resorts had hoped to open their ski lifts today, but this has now been put back indefinitely. It is still possible to cross country ski and ski tour in both France and Italy right now though.

 

For anyone lucky enough to be able to ski in Austria or Switzerland over the next couple of days, snow conditions should be very good. Snow depths are relatively modest in the northern Alps (e.g. Wengen, Laax, St Anton, Seefeld, Kaprun and Kitzbühel) but, with the current fine weather, there will still be plenty of enjoyable on-piste skiing to be had.

 

The very best snow conditions in open ski areas are currently in the far south-east of Switzerland (e.g. St Moritz) and the south of Austria (e.g. Nassfeld), where snow depths are considerably above average. 

Updated: 10am Wednesday 6 January 2021 - Still cold, but perhaps milder next week…

 

The weather in the Alps will remain cold over the next few days but there will not be any significant widespread new snowfall. It should turn a little milder next week though there is still a lot of uncertainty as to exactly how things will play out. 

Méribel, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 6 January 2021 A very wintry picture in Méribel today, although snow depths here are below average for January – 6 January 2021 – Photo: merinet.com

There is still a lot of cloud across the Alps today, with a few light flurries to very low altitudes here and there. That said, some areas will also see sunny spells, especially at altitude in the central Alps. Over the next couple of days, the Alps will see increasing amounts of sunshine though it will remain on the cold side.

 

Lift-served publicly accessible skiing in the Alps currently remains confined to Switzerland and Austria, with French resorts awaiting a decision on whether they can re-open tomorrow.

 

Snow conditions in the Alps are generally good, although snow depths do vary hugely from area to area. On the whole, the southern Alps have deeper snow than the northern Alps, with exceptionally deep cover in the south-east (i.e. southern Austria and the Dolomites).

 

By contrast, with a few exceptions, snow depths are generally below average across the northern Alps. With snow right down to the lowlands it still feels very wintry though, but snow cover in resorts such as Méribel, Verbier, Wengen, Laax, Lech, Kaprun and Kitzbühel is on the thin side for early January. 

Updated: 11.40am Monday 4 January 2020 – Cold, with more snow for some…

 

The weather in the Alps remains cold and unsettled, with further snow falling in places. Most of today’s snow will fall in the western Italian Alps (Piedmont) and the southern French Alps, close to the Italian border (e.g. Isola 2000). Some snow will also spill over the border into the south-eastern Savoie (e.g. Val d’Isère, Val Cenis), but it will be mostly dry elsewhere in the Alps, with the sunniest skies the further north and east you are. 

St Veit in Defereggen, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 4 January 2021 Deep snow in St Veit in Defereggen in the southern Austrian Alps – 4 January 2021 - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

Over the last few days, the south-eastern Alps have seen the most snow with further disruptive snowfalls in the southern Austrian Alps (e.g. Lienz area, Nassfeld) where another metre or more has fallen since Friday. Indeed, Nassfeld now has settled snow depths of 3.5m at 2200m, a truly extraordinary figure this early in the season. Snow depths are also exceptional now in the Dolomites (e.g. Madonna di Campiglio, Alta Badia, Cortina).

 

Many other Italian resorts, French resorts (especially those in the south like Risoul and Isola 2000) and south-eastern Swiss resorts (e.g. St Moritz) also have above average snow depths. By contrast, the northern Swiss Alps (e.g. Wengen, Flumserberg) and the northern Austrian Alps (e.g. Zell-am-See, Kitzbühel) have more “normal” or even below average snow depths for the time of year, despite looking and feeling quite wintry thanks to a low snowline.

 

Right now, publicly accessible lift-served skiing in the Alps is only available in Austria and Switzerland. In the Pyrenees, where they also have a lot of snow, it is only the Spanish side that is offering to the public. 

Updated: 11.30am Sunday 3 January 2021 - Looking and feeling very wintry across most of the Alps…

 

The weather in the Alps is currently under the influence of a large area of low pressure centred over the south coast of France, which will bring further cold (and, in places, snowy) weather over the next couple of days, with most of the snow set to fall in the southern French and western Italian Alps.

Auron, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 3 January 2021 A very snowy scene at first light in Auron in the southern French Alps – 3 January 2021 – Photo: auron.com

Today the heaviest of any snow is likely to fall in the Piedmont region of Italy (e.g. Alagna) and the far southern French Alps (e.g. Isola 2000). The rest of the Alps also have a lot of cloud but mostly dry weather, with just a few flurries here and there. The best of any sunshine will be at altitude in the eastern Alps (i.e. Austria). Monday will see broadly similar weather, remaining cold with further snow showers in the south-western Alps.

 

Snow conditions in the Alps are generally excellent for the time of year, although Covid-related restrictions mean that lift-served publicly accessible skiing is still only possible in Switzerland and Austria. The last few days have again seen big snowfalls in the south-eastern Alps – i.e. the southern Austrian Alps (e.g. Nassfeld) and the Dolomites (e.g. Alta Badia) – with over 1m in places, meaning that snow depths here remain exceptional, and even record-breaking in places.

 

Most of the French Alps also have above average snow depths, especially in the south (e.g. Risoul, Isola 2000) but also, notably, in the lower resorts close to the northern and western fringes of the Alps such as Les Gets, La Clusaz and Villard-de-Lans, which in recent years have struggled early on in the season.

 

Although it also looks very wintry, elsewhere in the Alps snow depths are generally more normal, and sometimes even below average for early January, especially in the northern Swiss Alps (e.g. Flumserberg) and northern Austrian Alps. (e.g. Kitzbühel). 

Updated: 10.30am Thursday 31 December 2020 – Cold with further snow at times…

 

The weather in the Alps remains cold and unsettled, with further snow due to fall at times over the next few days. Indeed, the weather looks like it will remain wintry in the Alps for the foreseeable future, with some extreme cold temperatures possible towards the second week of January. 

Châtel, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 31 December 2020 Very wintry looking scenes in Châtel in the Portes du Soleil – 31 December 2020 – Photo: chatel.com

Today, the French Alps will see flurries or longer spells of mostly light snow, these will push slowly east into western Switzerland and north-western Italy, intensifying for a time tonight. The eastern Alps will remain mostly dry with sunny spells. It will be cold everywhere, with the rain/snow limit typically around 300m to 600m.

 

Tomorrow, snow flurries will tend to die away from the French Alps but will continue and intensify in both the western Italian Alps and areas close to the Swiss/Italian border. The eastern and north-eastern Alps, including most of Austria, will again see the best of the weather, though it will remain cold in all regions.

 

Further snow is forecast for the Alps on Saturday, most of which will fall in the southern Alps – i.e.  the Italian Alps, the southern Swiss Alps (e.g. Saas-Fee) and the southern Austrian Alps (e.g. Nassfeld).

 

Snow conditions have improved immensely across most of the Alps in recent days, although Covid-related restrictions mean that Austria and Switzerland are the only Alpine countries currently offering any lift-served skiing to the public.

The deepest snow (height for height) is still to be found in the south-eastern Alps (e.g. Passo Tonale, Arabba, Cortina, Nassfeld), while the thinnest snow cover is currently in the north-eastern Alps (e.g. Salzburgland) but it still feels wintry, even here, with snow on the hills to low levels.

 

Areas that we rarely mention but that are unusually snowy right now, and to very low levels, are the lower French mountain ranges, including:

  • the Vosges (in north-eastern France),;
  • the Jura, especially in the west (just north of Geneva);
  • the Massif Central (in the centre of France); and
  • the Vercors (south-west of Grenoble), technically in the foothills of the Alps.

The Pyrenees also have well above average snow depths to very low levels right now. Unfortunately, as in the rest of France, none of these areas are currently offering any lift-served skiing to the public.

Updated: 10.30am Tuesday 29 December 2020 - Remaining cold with further snow in places…

 

It’s a better weather day today in the Alps, although there are still a few snow showers around, mainly in the north-western Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil) and the south-eastern Alps (e.g. Cortina). Most areas are dry though, with variable cloud cover and the best of any sunshine in the northern Austrian Alps. 

Wilder Kaiser, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 29 December 2020 A wintry looking scene in the Wilder Kaiser area of the northern Austrian Alps, though the base here is still quite thin – 29 December 2020 – Photo: foto-webcam.eu

The weather in the Alps will remain cold over the next few days with more snow in places. Most of the snow will initially fall in the western Alps (i.e. France), albeit not in large quantities. Later in the week and over the weekend it looks like the southern Alps will be most favoured. Over the next few days, the northern Austrian Alps (e.g. Salzburg region) will again miss most of the snow.

 

Skiing in the Alps is currently only possible in Switzerland and Austria (albeit under certain Covid-19 restrictions) but remains suspended in Italy and France.

 

On the whole, snow conditions are not bad for late December even if the base remains thin in the northern Alps (e.g. Jungfrau region, Arlberg, Salzburgland).

 

By contrast, snow depths are exceptional across the south-eastern Alps, including the Austrian provinces of Carinthia and Osttirol, and the Dolomites, all of which have seen further heavy snowfalls in the last 24 hours. 

Updated: 12.30pm Monday 28 December 2020 - Fresh snow for many parts of the Alps…

  

It’s a complicated looking weather picture across the Alps today, with snow falling to low levels across many regions, heaviest in the south-eastern Alps (e.g. Dolomites, southern Austria). 

Berg-am-Drautal, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 28 December 2020 Dolomites. Heavy snow in southern Austria today. This is Berg-am-Drautal in Carinthia – 28 December 2020 – Photo: snoweye.com

The best of today’s weather (during daylight hours at least) will be in the south-western Italian Alps (e.g. Bardonecchia) and the north-eastern Austrian Alps (e.g. Schladming).

 

The weather in the Alps will remain cold for the rest of the week, with further bits and pieces of snow in places and perhaps a return to some heavier snow across the southern Alps later in the week.

 

Skiing in the Alps is currently only possible in Switzerland and Austria (albeit under certain Covid-19 restrictions) but remains suspended in Italy and France.

On the whole, snow conditions are not bad for late December even if the base remains thin in the northern Alps (e.g. Jungfrau region, Arlberg, Salzburgland).

 

By contrast, snow depths are exceptional across the south-eastern Alps, including the Austrian provinces of Carinthia and Osttirol, and the Dolomites. 

Updated: 3.30pm Sunday 27 December 2020 - Significant snow is on its way to the southern and western Alps…

 

The weather remains unsettled, with further snow due for many areas over the next few days, heaviest in the southern and western Alps. 

Schröcken, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 27 December 2020 New snow has improved conditions across the northern Alps in recent days. This is Schröcken (1200m) in the Austrian Vorarlberg – 27 December 2020 – Photo: warth-schroecken.at

Today there is a lot of cloud across the western Alps, with an increasing chance of rain or snow later in the day and overnight in the French Alps, the western Swiss Alps and the central and western Swiss Alps. The rain/snow limit will sit between 800m and 1100m in the more exposed mountains of the western Alps (e.g. Alpe d’Huez), but close to or in the valley bottoms in the more internal valleys (e.g. Val d’Anniviers). 

 

Snow will continue to fall in many western parts of the Alps tomorrow and will also spread across the southern Alps to reach the Dolomites and southern Austria. The north-eastern Alps (e.g. Salzburgland) will be least affected by any snow over the next 36 hours. The weather in the Alps is then set to remain unsettled for the rest of next week, with further snow falling to low levels at times.

 

Snow conditions in the Alps are improving fast after a long mild spell which saw a significant loss of snow cover at low altitude, especially in the northern Alps. The deepest snow cover, and most solid base, remains in the south-eastern Alps (e.g. Dolomites).

 

The northern Alps (e.g. Wengen, Laax, Lech, Kaprun) now look much better than a few days ago, but could still do with another round of heavy snow to secure a lasting base, especially lower down. 

Updated: 4pm Thursday 24 December 2020 - New snow for many over the next few days…

 

After a couple of weeks of very mild weather and a deterioration of snow conditions lower down (especially in the northern Alps), the weather in the Alps has now turned colder again.

Les Gets, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 24 December 2020 Snowing in Les Gets this evening – 24 December 2020 – Photo: lesgets.com

This colder weather will also be accompanied by the return of snow. Some places had a sprinkling last night, but heavier snow will return to the northern Alps tonight and tomorrow. The rain/snow limit will lower to all levels by Friday morning.

 

By the end of Friday, another 15-30cm of snow is expected above 1500m across many parts of the Alps, including in resorts such as Avoriaz, Mürren, Engelberg and Lech. Some snow is also getting (or will get) through to parts of the southern Alps (e.g. Cortina) but it will generally be the north that will see the most from this particular storm.

 

After a drier interlude on Saturday, the weather will turn very unsettled again in the Alps later in the weekend and into next week, with the heaviest snow this time more likely in the southern Alps. Watch this space!

 

Snow cover in the Alps generally remains good at altitude, and excellent at all levels in the south-east (e.g. Dolomites). Although the recent warm weather has led to a thaw lower down across the northern Alps, new snow over the next day or two will improve things here again. 

Updated: 4pm Tuesday 22 December 2020 - Up to 40cm of fresh snow for some north-western parts of the Alps for Christmas…

 

After yesterday’s rain in the north-western Alps, the weather has been drier today, still with plenty of cloud around but also some good sunny spells, the best of which have been in the southern Alps. 

Méribel, France – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 22 December 2020 Mostly fine weather today in Méribel, with the next snow forecast for Thursday – Photo: merinet.com, 22 December 2020

Wednesday will be very mild and mostly fine before some active weather fronts introduce much colder air with snow to increasingly low levels in the northern, and especially north-western Alps on Thursday and Friday.

 

The rain/snow limit will begin around 1800m on Wednesday night before falling to between 700m and 1000m on Thursday. It will then fall to all levels by Friday morning. By the end of Friday we can expect 15cm to 40cm of new snow above 1500m across a wide swathe of the north-western Alps, including resorts such as Les Arcs, Flaine, Avoriaz, Verbier, Wengen, Engelberg and Lech. The French Haute-Savoie resorts of Avoriaz and Flaine are likely to see the most snow, with around 30-40cm at altitude.

 

These new snowfalls should restore much of the damage inflicted by Monday’s mild and rainy weather in the north-western Alps, while the southern Alps will miss most of the snow. The south could see some really big snowfalls early next week though. Watch this space!

Updated: 12pm Monday 21 December 2020 – Turning colder just in time for Christmas!

 

The weather in the Alps remains mild, with a warm front approaching from the west today bringing rain or snow which will spread across the northern and especially north-western Alps later today and overnight. The rain/snow limit will rise to between 2000m and 2400m in most places by tonight but will remain lower in some enclosed valleys. 

Lech, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 21 December 2020 Cloudy and increasingly mild in Lech, with the approach of a warm front, but winter will return on Thursday – 21 December 2020 – Photo: lech.com

In terms of snowfall accumulation, around 5-20cm of new snow is expected above 2400m in areas such as the Mont Blanc and the Jungfrau region. The southern Alps (most of Italy for example) will remain dry, however, with variable cloud.

 

The weather will continue to be mild on Wednesday, with variable cloud and still the chance of the odd shower across the northern Alps, while the southern Alps continue to see the best weather. On Thursday, a new storm will approach from the north-west, bringing snow (mostly to the northern Alps) to increasingly low levels later in the day and into Christmas Day.

 

By the end of Friday, we can expect between 15cm and 40cm of new snow above 1500m in areas such as the Portes du Soleil, Villars, Mürren, Engelberg, Laax, St Anton and Kitzbühel. Once again, the southern Alps (e.g. Serre Chevalier, Sestriere, Livigno, Val Gardena) will see little if any new snow this week, however, current forecasts suggest that some serious snow may fall here early next week.

 

Lift-served skiing in the Alps is still only possible in Switzerland. We appreciate that this option is unlikely to be available to most of our UK readers right now given the restrictions on international travel, compounded by today’s announcement that anyone who has recently arrived in Switzerland from the UK must now self-isolate.

 

If you are lucky enough to be able to ski in Switzerland right now, about 70 ski resorts are open today. Snow cover is generally pretty good for the time of year, and very good in the south-east (e.g. St Moritz). Snow conditions are deteriorating a little in the north (e.g. Villars, Wengen) with mild weather and rain later today, but they will pick up again radically from Thursday when snow is set to fall to increasingly low altitudes. 

Updated: 3pm Sunday 20 December 2020 - Fresh snow for Christmas possible in the northern Alps…

 

The weather in the Alps is currently very mild and will remain so until Christmas Eve. There is a lot of cloud across the western Alps today, with a few showers here and there (snow 1500-1800m) principally in the western foothills and the high border areas between Switzerland and Italy. The best of any sunshine is in the eastern Alps. 

Mellau, Austria – Weather to ski – Today in the Alps, 20 December 2020 Plenty of snow right now, but no-one to ski on it in the Austrian Vorarlberg. This is Mellau – 20 December 2020 – Photo: mellau.at

Late on Monday and early on Tuesday, a warm front will affect the northern alps with a rain/snow limit rising to above 2000m. Around 10-15cm of fresh snow is expected above 2400m close to the northern fringes of the Alps, in areas such as Glacier 3000 and Engelberg. The weather in the southern Alps will stay mostly fine throughout this period.

 

A cold front is then set to reach the northern Alps on Thursday bringing showers and some snow, initially above 1700-2000m but lowering into the valley bottoms on Thursday night and into Friday.

 

By the end of Friday, around 10-30cm of new snow is expected above 1500m in the northern and north-western Alps, in resorts such as Avoriaz, Engelberg, and St Anton.