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There has been some fresh snow after the wall to wall sunshine across the Alps last week. See what conditions are like in the Alps, the Pyrenees and The Rockies. UPDATED

There was some snow on Friday, especially in the northern Alps, but there is no sign of any really significant widespread snow in the Alps.

We'll have to wait until the end of this week at the earliest.

"Today will be mostly dry with just one or two showers (snow 1200m) in the eastern Austrian Alps, while the western Alps will see the best of the sunshine," said the Alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, on Monday.

He runs the web site

"On Tuesday, showers will become more widespread across the eastern Alps, especially in Austria. However, with milder air in the mix, the rain/snow limit will rise to 1500-1700m. Above 2000m, 10-20cm (locally more) of snow is possible here and there (e.g. Kitzsteinhorn glacier). Later in the week (probably Friday) heavier and more widespread snow is likely across the Alps, he added.

We will hear more about the Alps later but we start over in North America that has seen one of its best winters in recent years.

Huge amounts of snow have fallen this season and our editor, James Cove, is currently on a 4-week road trip round the USA and Canada.

He has just arrived in Banff in Canada and sent us this video report from Sunshine Village where he looks at current conditions in the resort and an overall view of the snow in the areas he has been.

See here for his latest blog as he arrived in Canada.

And here is the blog from Colorado

And the one from Utah too.

In the video report James mentions going into Delirium Dive with the avalanche patrol - see here for that report from last winter.

On Sunday night the predicted snow fell.

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Further heavy snow is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

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So, what is it currently like in the Alps?

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A few centimetres are expected in parts of Austria and Switzerland whilst the sun will continue to shine in southern regions in France and Italy.

Switzerland could see up to 10cm in places.

Further snow fell on Saturday in the Pyrenees. The storm is forecast to extend south in the Iberian Peninsular as far as Sierra Nevada.

Check out some of the images from across the mountains.

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PlanetSKI reader Nathalie Kingdon, spending half term in La Plagne sent in the two images below. She said "We had a fab week in La Plagne with amazing snow and sunshine, such great skiing, loved the domaine".

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La Plagne - amazing snow and sunshineLa Plagne,, France - amazing snow and sunshine
















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Favourable conditions on piste and off piste this week in St Anton, Austria.


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The warm temperatures have taken their toll on some pistes and resort runs are slushy in the afternoon.

Off piste remains far from ideal with no fresh snow and below average snow depths for the time of year.

The Pyrenees though has been enjoying the spoils of last weekend's weather front.

Andorra saw 100cm in places.

Good snow conditions are nicely illustrated below.

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Some deep snow in Grandvalira in the video below.


Port del Comte is a small ski resort in the Port del Comte mountain range, in the Serra de Querol area of the Pyrenees.

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On the French side of the Pyrenees, Vanessa Fisher who is holidaying in Ax Les Thermes, sent us this photograh and comments.

"After two days of massive storms bringing warm foehn winds from the south, closing resorts across the French Pyrenees on Sunday and Monday, finally the wind dropped and the sun came out today - Tuesday - and with the storms came a good 5" of fresh snow to play in."

"North facing slopes held the powder all day in Ax les Thermes in the Ariege region of the French Pyrenees. We are now looking forward to another two days of sunshine to match the Alps!"

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Further snow is forecast over the weekend for the Pyrenees from Saturday.

The front will continue to the south of the peninsular where it will get stronger.

Snowfall is expected at elevations of 1,400m to the north, and between 1,400m to 1,600m in the south.

Sierra Nevada is expected to receive an abundant and generous snowfall.

Over in North America it remains very good.

Canada and the USA are seeing one of their best winters in recent years as we reported in the video at the start of this report.

And PlanetSKI has been experiencing the excellent snow in America first hand.

"Records are set to be broken this winter with huge amounts of snow but it has eased off recently. Parts of Utah saw 20cm of powder last weekend and I am now in Colorado where it has been sunny this week with little fresh snow," said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, last week.

"However there are huge snow depths of several meters in places so the slopes are well covered."

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James is on a 4-week road trip across 20 odd resorts in the USA and Canada.

See here for the first reports around Salt Lake City in Utah and here for the resorts around Ogden.

Here on PlanetSKI we will be updating this snow report as the weather changes so do check back.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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