Today in the Alps...
Updated: 10am Tuesday 9 June 2020 - Fresh snow for the glaciers…
The weather in the Alps is currently very unsettled with significant fresh snow at high altitude, and a dusting as low as 1000m in places in south-east Switzerland.
Fresh snow is not uncommon at high altitude in the Alps in June but it is nonetheless great news for the summer ski season which is already underway in a number of resorts (see our post from 4 June below for more details about where is open when).
The snow that fell to 1000m was confined to a specific valley in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, but over the last couple of days the rain/snow limit has more generally been oscillating between 1700m and 2500m, with between 10cm and 30cm of fresh snow falling above 3000m across much of the Alps.
The weather in the Alps will remain rather unsettled for the foreseeable future, with showers and an increasing risk of thunderstorms as it turns warmer later in the week.
If you are lucky enough to be based in or near the Alps and can visit a summer ski area this week, you will need to pick your moment - Friday is likely to be the best weather day overall.
Updated: 10.30am Thursday 4 June 2020 – Latest news on summer skiing in the Alps…
While many people’s plans for summer skiing in the Alps this year may be hampered by restrictions on international travel due to the coronavirus, several glaciers are now open, with more to follow soon. The weather is also on the turn, with fresh snow forecast to 2000m or lower over the next couple of days.
Austria was the first of the main Alpine countries to ease skiing restrictions, with three of its glacier areas having opened for summer skiing on 29 May, albeit with social distancing measures in place. As it stands, the Kaunertal glacier is set to close again on 7 June, while the Kitzsteinhorn (Kaprun) will continue until 21 July. The Hintertux glacier should remain open all year round. Elsewhere in Austria, the Mölltal glacier plans to open on Saturday (6 June) and will remain operational throughout the summer and autumn, snow and government restrictions permitting.
Summer skiing in Switzerland is set to kick off next month, with Zermatt intending to open on 6 July and nearby Saas-Fee on 11 July.
In France, summer skiing will be possible between 6 June and 11 July in Val d’Isère while neighbouring Tignes plans to operate between 20 June and 2 August. Les 2 Alpes will also be offering summer skiing to the public as of 27 June, with some slopes open earlier for ski race training. Their summer season is scheduled to finish in late August, but in previous years excessively warm summers have often forced earlier closure.
In Italy, Cervinia plans to offer summer skiing from 29 June to 8 September.
As for the weather in the Alps, it has turned unsettled recently with fresh snow at high altitude, especially in the north and west. Further showers are likely over the next couple of days, with the rain/snow limit lowering to between 1600m and 2000m in places - expect between 10cm and 20cm of fresh snow across most of the Alpine glaciers by the end of the weekend!
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