PLANETSKI IN THE MOUNTAINS
26th March 2019 | The PlanetSKI team
Last modified on November 13th, 2019
We are, as always, out and about in the mountains. So, what’s the snow like in the Alps, the Pyrenees & beyond? UPDATED
PlanetSKI is out in the Pyrenees and the Alps.
In the Alps it is warm with spring conditions.
The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is in Schlick 2000 near Innsbruck in the Tirol.
The video was posted on Friday.
And if you like skiing or snowboarding on empty slopes they Schlick 2000 is the place to be right now:
And if you like soup for lunch then a bowl of Specknoodle soup comes in at under €5 in Schlick 2000:
Mid-week James was in the SkiWelt, just before the weather changed.
The video below was posted on Wednesday.
Skiwelt closes on Sunday.
See here for our full abd detailed weekly snow report:
Nordkette, close to Innsbruck, is seeing warm spring weather.
The weekend looks like this:
But there was a big snow slide in Nordkette earlier.
We also have other reporters in the Alps – Christian Ferree is in Serre Chevalier and Tashie Cove is in Les Gets.
“The snow on piste is typical for the time of year, it’s icy in the morning and by mid-day it’s pretty slushy on the lower and south-facing slopes,” said Tashie from Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil.
“The higher up you go the better and we did the black Les Creux from Les Gets down to Morzine in the afternoon and it was superb considering the time of year. Spring skiing at its best!”
There is no snow in town and there are bare patches on the lower slopes – as you would expect for the end of March.
And in Serre Chevalier?
Here’s Christian’s snow report filed on Thursday:
“The skiing in Serre Chevalier over ths week has been classic spring conditions,” added Christian.
“The daytime temperatures have risen to as much as 14°c which obviously made the lower slopes slushy and heavy.”
“The overnight temperatures are dropping down to – 5°c, so the pistes are hard and fast first thing.”
“But the pistes are very well maintained, and the snow making machines have set up the resort to have snow throughout this wide and varied area.”
“Given that it snowed here only a few times this season, unlike so many other ski stations, Serre Chevalier is in great shape.”
This week we are running a series of special reports on PlanetsKI from the Pyrenees.
We have reporters on the French and Spanish side of the Pyrenees range and in the centre in Andorra.
We hear from Iain Martin in the French Pyrenees:
While our chief reporter, Jane Peel, is further south in Spain:
See here for their resort reports as we focus on the Pyrenees this week:
“With amazing blue bird days throughout the week, the snow is firmer in the early morning with additional fresh snow from the snow cannons,” said Rebecca Crawford from Andorra Resorts.
“With the evenings dropping to below 0 degrees, the snow cannons are on fully to add to the current bases.
“By mid-morning/early afternoon, the warmer temperatures and sun softens the snow and creates great conditions for both skiers and snowboarders both on and off piste and in the park.
“With 100% of the slopes in Pal-Arinsal & Ordino-Arcalis open and 198km open across Grandvalira there is plenty of piste to ride on and explore – with 4 weeks left of the season for both Vallnord and Grandvalira, mild temperatures and clear days it will be a great end to the season!”
And here is the overall outlook on Tuesday from our resident snow expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk
“While there are still a few snow flurries across the north-eastern Alps today (mostly in Austria), most of the Alps will have a fine day, with the best of any sunshine the further south and west you are. It will still feel quite cold though, particularly in areas exposed to the brisk north-easterly wind,” said Fraser.
“Snow conditions are very good right now across the northern Alps thanks to the new snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours.”
“The heaviest snow has fallen in the central-eastern Swiss Alps (e.g. Engelberg, Laax) and the northern and western Austrian Alps (e.g. Kaprun, St Anton) where at least 20cm has fallen at altitude.”
“The north-western Alps have seen less snow, while the northern French Alps have had next to nothing. The southern Alps have also missed out on this latest storm and snow cover is much more patchy here than in the north, especially at low altitude.”
“Over the next few days the weather in the Alps will be mostly sunny and increasingly warm again. However, some weather models are hinting that winter could return with a vengeance early next week.”
Fraser will be filing his full weekly snow report for PlanetSKI on Thursday so do check back for that.
And we have just heard from our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer, about conditions in the Highlands.
“There’s been a bit more snow is Scotland over the last few days and the ski areas on the west benefited the most.”
“At the weekend The Coe Cup Freeride event went off at Glencoe – its always challenging planning and organising these events, especially in a lean winter like this, but fantastic to see such enthusiasm and support for them.”
“We headed over for a ski on Monday 25th March to Nevis Range.”
“The Goose was in superb shape, with some great fresh snow to enjoy. The lower slopes are almost out of snow now however, so it was a patch ski back to the gondola.”
“The ski ares in the east haven’t fared so well. Glenshee is closed now, The Lecht has one nursery slope open for beginners.”
“Cairngorm has great snow from mid station up, but frustratingly only reachable by touring as the car park tow has insufficient snow. In previous recent seasons the upper areas of course would still be skiable as they would have been accessed via the funicular.:
“Nevis Range has their Big Weekend of events coming up on the 30th March, and their mountain bike tracks are already open with gondola access.”
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