Latest snow report
Updated: 10.15pm Monday 11 December 2017
Generally speaking, snow cover in the Alps is better than average as we move into the middle part of December. However, snow conditions are quite variable right now.
Many parts of the Alps have seen huge snowfalls (especially in the west and south) but rain and high winds have also been in the mix, leading to huge variations in snow quality from one mountain to the next. That said, this is the best overall start to the season for five years and a massive relief for the ski industry, in view of the exceptionally poor starts to winter we have experienced in the last three years.
The higher resorts that have done best from the recent storm are those of the western Alps, including Tignes, Val Thorens and Verbier. The resorts of the Aosta valley, the northern Piedmont and Lombardy (e.g. Courmayeur, Cervinia, Monte Rosa, Madesimo), that had struggled a bit until now, have now also seen significant snow.
The areas that have not done so well in the last couple of days are the lower resorts of the north-eastern Alps (e.g. Kitzbühel, Saalbach). Here there is still plenty of snow, but lower down it has been thinning quite rapidly due to the warm Foehn winds.
Across the pond, the resorts of western Canada continue to lead the way, while much more snow is needed in some US states, especially Utah and Colorado…