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Snow conditions in the Alps remain largely excellent, especially on-piste. And it's none too shaby in the Pyrenees where PlanetSKI is. UPDATED

 


Once again more snow is falling across the mountains of Europe.

We bring you our detailed weekly report lower down this article.

But first a team from PlanetSKI is currently in the Pyrenees - France and Andorra.

Here is our video report from Sunday, 4th February from PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.




James Cove is out with the PlanetSKI senior news reporter, Katie Bamber.

They took the overnight train there to try a different way of travelling.

Here's Katie in the Pyrenees powder on Sunday:

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See here for Katie's rolling blog of the Andorran adventures:

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And young Covey makes a few powder turns too:

As the pair arrived last week in the resort of Ax3Domaines in the French Pyrenees they had a rare treat for this winter - a sunny day!

Ax3Domaines, French PyreneesAx3Domaines, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ax3Domaines, French PyreneesAx3Domaines, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then things got back to normal on Thursday.

And here is the promised update from neighbouring Andorra on Friday 2nd February.

Yup, it's snowing again.

And on Saturday?

The sun had another go:

Grandvalira, AndorraGrandvalira, Andorra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, briefly, we saw some blue sky:

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But it didn't last.

So, what about elsewhere round the mountains?

Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Thursday 1st February comes from Fraser Wilkin at www.weathertoski.co.uk.

Snow conditions in the Alps remain largely excellent, especially on-piste, with new snow today having improved things further.

The heaviest of this snow has fallen in the far north-west (e.g. Avoriaz, Flaine) and the far south-east (e.g. Nassfeld, Cortina), though most Alpine resorts have benefited to some degree.

Be careful off-piste though.

Not only is there an increased risk of avalanche thanks to the new snow, but recent wind and fluctuations in temperature have also led to variable snow conditions.

There will be plenty of opportunities to find powder over the next few days, but you may find the base still hard and icy in places.

A good guide is always recommended.

Across the pond, the Pacific North-West continues to lead the way with huge snowfalls this week in Whistler…..

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Austria

Snow conditions remain excellent across most parts of Austria.

There has also been fresh snow today, heaviest in the far south.

This means that resorts such as Nassfeld (50/120cm) will be skiing as well as anywhere, once the weather eases.

The deepest bases remain at high altitude in the north and west, however, where St Anton has 130/365cm and Kaprun has 130/290cm.

Snowy again today in Warth-Schröcken – 1 February 2018 – Photo: warth-schroecken.comSnowy again today in Warth-Schröcken – 1 February 2018 – Photo: warth-schroecken.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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France

Fresh snow has been falling across the French Alps today, meaning that conditions are excellent just about everywhere.

The deepest bases remain at altitude in the north, where La Rosière has 260/450cm and Flaine has 170/420cm.

Further south, depths are generally more modest, but excellent skiing conditions can still be found in Les Orres (90/180cm) and Serre Chevalier (75/250cm), with temperatures set to remain relatively cold for some days to come.

Snowing hard in Châtel this morning – 1 February 2018 – Photo: chatel.comSnowing hard in Châtel this morning – 1 February 2018 – Photo: chatel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italy

Snow conditions are generally excellent across the Italian resorts, with at least a little fresh snow for most resorts and some more significant dumps in progress across the eastern Alps (e.g. Dolomites).

The deepest snow-pack is still in the west, where La Thuile has 75/300cm and Cervinia has 250/415cm.

Further east, there is still plenty of snow, with 106/120cm in Livigno and 125/154cm in Arabba - figures that are set to rise over the next 24 hours.

Mixed weather today in Sestriere – 1 February 2018 – Photo: vialattea.itMixed weather today in Sestriere – 1 February 2018 – Photo: vialattea.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Switzerland

Fresh snow is falling across many Swiss resorts today which will further improve the already very favourable snow conditions, especially on-piste.

As with elsewhere in the Alps, the off-piste situation is more variable, thanks to the recent wind and fluctuations in temperatures.

In the west, Verbier now has base depths of 85/345cm depending on altitude, while Zinal has 120/280cm.

The figures are also impressive further east, where Klosters has 130/250cm and Laax has 58/448cm.

Snowing today in St Moritz – 1 February 2018 – Photo: stmoritz.chSnowing today in St Moritz – 1 February 2018 – Photo: stmoritz.ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest of Europe

It’s snowing again in many Pyrenean resorts, especially on the French side where Cauterets has seen 10cm of fresh today and has base depths of 80/140cm.

Snow conditions are much more variable in Scotland, with only patchy snow cover low down in the eastern resort of Glenshee (15/50cm).

Further west, the snow is deeper in Glencoe (100/130cm) though stormy weather has put the uplift on hold today.

Scandinavia continues to offer lots of good skiing.

Norway’s Hemsedal has 30cm of fresh snow and an upper base 155cm deep, while Sweden’s Sälen has 20cm of fresh and an upper base of 145cm. 

Decent snow cover in the French Pyrenees. This is Les Angles – 1 February 2018 – Photo: lesangles.comDecent snow cover in the French Pyrenees. This is Les Angles – 1 February 2018 – Photo: lesangles.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

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Canada

Whistler has had another super-snowy week with over 1m of new snow over the last seven days and upper base depths now at a mammoth 311cm.

Further inland, the numbers are more modest, but snow conditions are still excellent in Lake Louise where there is 140/180cm of snow depending on altitude.

Good snow conditions in Lake Louise – 1 February 2018 – Photo: skilouise.comGood snow conditions in Lake Louise – 1 February 2018 – Photo: skilouise.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USA

Most Colorado and Utah resorts are still below par with upper base depths of just 86cm in Vail and 76cm in Park City, both of which have been heavily reliant on artificial snow this season.

The situation improves rapidly the further north you go, with a more respectable 145/208cm depending on altitude in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole and 132/198cm in Montana’s Big Sky.

 

For daily weather bulletins from Fraser then follow it all at www.weathertoski.co.uk.

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