Latest snow report
Updated: 6pm Thursday 10 December 2018
Snow conditions in the Alps remain highly variable depending on altitude and geographical location. The northern Alps (e.g. Chamonix, Mürren, Engelberg, St Anton) have seen quite a lot of snow at high altitude this week, but also plenty of rain lower down where there is still little or no natural base below 1800m or so.
This situation will improve over the weekend and into the early part of next week, with heavy snow forecast to increasingly low levels. Whether it will be enough to really ignite the season in the lower ski resorts remains to be seen, but it will certainly be a big step in the right direction.
On the whole, snow conditions in the southern Alps have been more consistent until now, with some of the very best snow still to be found in Cervinia and the nearby Monte Rosa region. Both of these areas will also see some significant snow over the coming days, but many southern parts will miss out this time around, especially the far south-west (e.g. Isola 2000) and the far south-east (Dolomites).
In short, by early next week we should be looking at good snow conditions over a much wider area than at any stage this season so far. What’s more, next week looks like staying relatively cold with the chance of further heavy snow towards the weekend of 15-16 December. Watch this space!
Across the pond, snow conditions in the western US remain superior to western Canada…