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Further snow is falling across the Alps. The southern Alps has seen up to 50cm with decent falls elsewhere. PlanetSKI reports from Switzerland. UPDATED

 

 

We have said it many times this winter and we do so again......

Winter Is Back!

There has been over half a meter in places, more is due and then the temperature is set to get colder this weekend.

Our editor, James Cove, is currently in the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland.

In Murren to be precise.

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James is currently travelling with PlanetSKI's senior news reporter, Katie Bamber.

The pair are attending a snowsports industry conference in Grindelwald, the International Ski Travel Market, ISTM.

And after a day of meetings, interviews and events they decided to do what they do best: report on ski resorts and snow, with a day trip to Murren.

"I can't understand why I haven't been to Murren for so long - maybe a decade or so," said James.

"It is one of the most authentic Swiss resorts there is and I won't be leaving it another 10 years, that's for sure."

The resort has seen huge amounts of snow this winter.

Check out the snow on one of the lift huts and notice where the barrier is.

The bars usually come up to the thigh.

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It doesn't seem there's been much need for the snow canons in Murren this winter.

They are under there somewhere:

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"James may well be concerned that he hasn't been here for a few years, well this is my first time. I can't understand why I haven't been here earlier," said Katie.

"We have been lucky with the snow but the mountain is fabulous with some challenging skiing and even with poor visibility the views of the high mountains are stunning," said Katie.

"And taking the trains round the mountains to access the skiing is something special."

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Now, you will have seen that James was at the James Bond location on the Schilthorn at 2,970m in the earlier video report.

He posed for the obligatory photo with 007 himself - the two James' together.

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But one person had a more original photo idea.

She made a small pile of snow next to 007 and put her sunglasses on her creation.

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Each to their own.

But the strangest sight was yet to come as James and Katie made their way back to Grindelwald at the end of the afternoon.

It would have been rude for them not to stop for a quick apres ski beer at the Holzerbar.

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And its choice of bar decoration?

Er, chain saws.

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Only in Switzerland!

But back to the snow - for the latest snow forecast we turn to Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk

"On Thursday a new set of active weather fronts will approach from the west with the heaviest snow transferring back to the southern Alps," said Fraser on Tuesday.

Fraser will be filling a full weekly update on Thursday so do check back, and below is his report for us from last week.

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THURSDAY 8TH MARCH

Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Thursday 8th March comes from Fraser Wilkin at www.weathertoski.co.uk.

Snow conditions in the Alps are currently excellent but will become more variable over the next few days thanks to warmer temperatures.

There will also be some rain around this weekend, especially in the western Alps where it could reach as high as 2300m in places.

The heaviest of any fresh snow will be at altitude in the southern French and western Italian Alps, while any precipitation in the north-eastern Alps will be much lighter and patchier.

Although the quality of the snow will become more mixed over the next few days, it should be noted that snow depths remain very impressive across most of the Alps, especially above 1500m.

This is good news for anyone planning to ski over Easter or beyond.

Across the pond, many Colorado and Utah ski resorts are still below par but there is generally lots of good skiing on offer, especially in the northern Rockies and Canada. 

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Austria

Snow conditions in Austria are superb right now but will become more variable over the weekend as temperatures rise.

For the very best snow quality over the next few days you therefore need to aim for resorts with plenty of skiing at altitude, such as Obertauern (200/250cm) and Obergurgl (110/265cm).

Lower down, conditions will soon become more spring-like in resorts such as Kitzbühel (96/143cm) and Söll (85/170cm) where a little rain is also possible.

However, snow depths generally remain very healthy for mid-March.

Fabulous skiing today in western Austria. This is Mellau – 8 March 2018 – Photo: mellau.atFabulous skiing today in western Austria. This is Mellau – 8 March 2018 – Photo: mellau.at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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France

Snow conditions in France were excellent again today but will become more variable over the next few days as much milder air moves in from the south-west.

One lower resort that has been in great nick recently is Les Gets (90/240cm), but it will suffer somewhat over the weekend with warmer temperatures and the threat of rain.

The base is deep though, so there is little danger of any snow cover issues this side of Easter. 

For the best snow conditions over the next few days you need to aim as high as possible, to resorts such as Val Thorens (255/322cm), where any precipitation should just about remain as snow at resort level. 

Still plenty of snow to low levels in the Portes du Soleil. This is Châtel – 8 March 2018 – Photo: chatel.comStill plenty of snow to low levels in the Portes du Soleil. This is Châtel – 8 March 2018 – Photo: chatel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italy

Snow conditions have been excellent across most Italian resorts this week.

However, as in other parts of the Alps they will become more variable over the weekend, with the arrival of the milder air.

There will be some fresh snow in the higher resorts of the western Italian Alps, especially on Sunday, which will benefit Cervinia where the base is already a massive 75/380cm.

Lower down, however, Courmayeur (140/245cm) is likely to see some rain which will mean a deterioration of the snow quality here.

Impressive snow cover in the far south-western Italian Alps. This is Limone – 8 March 2018 – Photo: limonepiedmonte.itImpressive snow cover in the far south-western Italian Alps. This is Limone – 8 March 2018 – Photo: limonepiedmonte.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Switzerland

Snow conditions have been fabulous across most of Switzerland over the last few days, but will become more mixed this weekend, with much milder air and even some rain, especially in the north and west.

Snow depths remain very healthy in Wengen (35/175cm) though it is likely to be affected by rain, especially on Sunday.

By contrast, high altitude Saas-Fee (120/440cm) should get away with any precipitation falling as snow.

Fabulous snow conditions in eastern Switzerland today. This is Biel Kinzig – 8 March 2018 – Photo: biel-kinzigag.chFabulous snow conditions in eastern Switzerland today. This is Biel Kinzig – 8 March 2018 – Photo: biel-kinzigag.ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest of Europe

Snow conditions are currently excellent across most of the Pyrenees with settled snow depths of 145/250cm in Andorra’s Arcalis and 170/250cm in Spain’s Baqueira Beret.

It will warm up over the weekend and there may even be a little rain in places, meaning that snow quality across the Pyrenees will generally become more varied, especially off-piste.

All Scottish ski areas have lots of snow, even if the off-piste is mostly wind-blown.

The best of the fresh is in Glenshee where 65cm has fallen over the last seven days and the upper on-piste base is now 145cm deep.

Most Scandinavian resorts haven’t seen much snow in recent days but, on-piste at least, there is still lots of good skiing to be had.

Norway’s Hemsedal has upper base depths of 175cm, while Sweden’s Åre has 115cm.

Excellent snow cover in the French Pyrenees. This is Peyragudes – 8 March 2018 – Photo: snoweye.comExcellent snow cover in the French Pyrenees. This is Peyragudes – 8 March 2018 – Photo: snoweye.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

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Canada

Snow conditions remain very good in Whistler (310cm upper base) with more snow falling across the area today.

The weekend will be brighter and it will turn noticeably milder early next week.

Further inland, snow conditions are also excellent in the Banff/Lake Louise area (155/210cm) though any snowfall today will only amount to a dusting.

Expect spring snow conditions next week as temperatures rise. 

Excellent snow conditions in Kicking Horse – 8 March 2018 – Photo: kickinghorse.comExcellent snow conditions in Kicking Horse – 8 March 2018 – Photo: kickinghorse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USA

The best snow conditions in the US continue to be in its more northerly resorts.

In Wyoming, for example, Jackson Hole has seen over 1m of new snow in the last week and has upper base depths now close to 3m.

Further north still, Mt Baker in Washington State has the biggest base on the continent with a whopping 6.1m packed down on its upper slopes.

Further south, the picture is more varied. California’s Mammoth has also seen a lot of snow in the last week (90cm last Saturday alone) and is in great condition.

In Colorado, however, many resorts are still below par, such as Vail (124cm upper mountain) and Telluride (114cm upper mountain), but are still offering some perfectly decent skiing.

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


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Glenshee Scotland)

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