Latest snow report
Updated: 1.15pm Thursday 10 November 2016
Snow conditions in the Alps are excellent for mid-November, especially across the north-west, where further heavy snow is falling today. We would even go so far as to say that above 1800m, most (though not quite all) alpine resorts have secured their base for the winter, something of a relief in light of the run of very poor early seasons we have witnessed in recent years.
It will turn milder next week, but not before we have seen lots more snow across the northern half of the Alps over the next 24 to 36 hours. What’s more, the medium term models are hinting at a return to colder and snowier weather towards the end of the month.
Austria still provides the greatest number of skiing options in the Alps right now. Weather-permitting, all eight glaciers are open and have fresh snow, with the most extensive terrain in Hintertux, Kaprun, Stubai and Sölden.
You can also ski in Kitzbühel on an area of carefully managed “old snow” preserved from last year and don’t be surprised to see one or two other impromptu openings this weekend with heavy snow forecast on Friday but brighter skies extending from the west on Saturday.
Weather-permitting, only Tignes (30/100cm) is properly open right now and will open its long “double M” run down to resort tomorrow.
On Friday, Courchevel (30/80cm) will be offering a pre-season taster with a day of free skiing. Alpe d’Huez has just announced that it will also open a handful of runs on Saturday and Sunday.
After more snow today, all three areas are expected to see brighter skies later tomorrow and on Saturday.
Italian resorts may have missed the heaviest of the snow in recent days, but there is still some excellent skiing on offer.
You can currently ski (weather-permitting) in Cervinia (35/135cm), Val Senales (10/90cm) and Sulda (0/60cm). Of these, Cervinia will offer the most extensive slopes once the weather improves, with plenty of snow to mid-station level, not to mention its links to Zermatt.
Don’t be surprised if one or two other resorts also open prematurely in the next few days.
In Switzerland, weather-permitting, you can currently ski in Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Glacier 3000 (near Les Diablerets) and Diavolezza (near St Moritz). All of these areas have some fresh snow but by far the most extensive terrain is to be found in Zermatt (5/100cm) and Saas-Fee (10/125cm).
Verbier will also open a couple of non-glacial runs tomorrow in the Lac de Vaux area tomorrow – though weather conditions may be challenging early in the day.
Rest of Europe
There is very little open in Europe beyond the Alps yet, despite some decent snowfall in the Pyrenees.
In Finland you can ski in Ruka (2/25cm), but only in a very limited capacity.
There is very little lift-served skiing open in the US right now. One of the few exceptions is Arapahoe Basin (40cm upper base), thanks largely to artificial snow. Colorado's Loveland and California's Mammoth are also expected to open a handful of runs today.
In Canada, Sunshine Village is the only major ski area open right now, where there is a 73cm upper base.
Next full snow report will be on Monday 14 November 2016,
but see Today in the Alps for regular updates