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PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions in the Alps are pretty good with some welcome fresh snow. PlanetSKI reports from out in the mountains. UPDATED

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WEDNESDAY 22nd JANUARY

It’s blue skies all the way.

Here is the scene in the SkiWelt in Austria.

Views across the Tirol

Looking pretty darn good in the Alps right now Skiwelt Scheffau – im Herzen der SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental Visit TirolSee here for more on the ski area: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/21/planetski-tours-the-skiwelt/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Wednesday, 22 January 2020

And see here for our article as the Hahnenkamm celebrates its 80th birthday:

80 years of racing the Hahnenkamm

MONDAY 20th JANUARY:

First up, the latest PlanetSKI video snow report.

It comes from our editor, James Cove, who is now in Austria after his recent visit to Utah in the USA.

PlanetSKI video snow report

We're in the SkiWelt in Austria with blue sky all the way after the fresh snow at the weekend. Read more here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/16/planetski-snow-report-9/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Monday, 20 January 2020

And here are some images from the day in the SkiWelt in the Tirol.

The SkiWelt, Tirol, Austria

The SkiWelt, Tirol, Austria

The SkiWelt, Tirol, Austria

The SkiWelt, Tirol, Austria

The SkiWelt, Tirol, Austria

James took the Alpen Express sleeper train to the Tirol.

Check out what the journey was like:

All aboard the Alpen Express to Austria

Alpen Express to the Tirol

So, what about the forecast for the Alps?

As always we turn to the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk

“With high pressure in control, the weather in the Alps will remain fine for most of this week,” said Fraser on Monday.

“Temperatures will also increase but, thanks to low humidity, any snowmelt will be minimal and confined to low south-facing slopes.”

“Towards the end of the week it may turn slightly more unsettled with a little snow in places, but nothing significant is expected at this stage.”

Fraser will be posting a full weather report for PlanetsKI on Thursday so do check back for that.

SUNDAY 19th JANUARY:

Another of our reporters, Ian Davis, is in the Dolomites in Italy.

SnowReport: from #ValGardena. Ian Davis gives us a run down on sniwconditikns

It’s started snowing … Ian Davis rounds up the weather conditions in Val Gardena,Italy. #ValGardena #PostcardFromValGardena Read more here – https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/18/planetski-returns-to-the-dolomites/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Saturday, 18 January 2020

James Cove, arrived in the Tirol in Austria on Saturday.

He timed it perfectly, just as the forecast snow arrived.

PlanetSKI video snow report

PlanetSKI arrives in Austria as the forecast snow arrives too…❄️⛷❄️⛷❄️ Read more here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/16/planetski-snow-report-9/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Saturday, 18 January 2020

Here are a couple of images from the day as the snow fell in Austria.

Ski Welt, Tirol, Austria

Ski Welt, Tirol, Austria

Then the clouds lifted, night fell and the lights came on the pistes above Soll in the Ski Welt.

Ski Welt, Tirol, Austria

Be rude not to really….

Night skiing in Ski Welt

Lesson of life: realise what you love (skiing) and find a way to do it to excess. Even at night. #Letsgoskiing

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Saturday, 18 January 2020

And our reporter over in the Dolomites in Italy, Ian Davis, filed this video just before the forecast snow arrived.

Snow Report: Val Gardena 18.1.2020

Ian Davis is in Val Gardena. Conditions look good and there's more snow on the way.See more here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/18/planetski-returns-to-the-dolomites/#ValGardena Ski-write #LetsgoSkiing Val Gardena Gröden #Postcardfromvalgardena

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Saturday, 18 January 2020

He will be updating on conditions shortly.

So, what was it like over in Utah as James left the USA in the middle of the week?

Video snow report form Utah

We report on the current snow conditions in North America. And check out out all the latest snow news in our detailed snow report: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/01/16/planetski-snow-report-9/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Friday, 17 January 2020

Back in the Alps the short break specialist, Ski Weekender, has given us its overview of the season so far.

It’s main resorts are in the French Alps – La Clussaz, Grand Bornand, Samoens and St Gervais.

“The on-piste ski conditions in all of our resorts have been tremendous so far, and continue to be so,” said the MD Paul Turnbull.

“A good base layer was laid down before Christmas and the snow has held up really well, with a couple of top-ups since then.”

“Guests have been skiing under glorious sunny skies with almost early spring-like temperatures, along with quiet slopes and little or no queues.”

“However, fresh snow has just started falling in the Aravis region and it’s heading its way towards the rest of the Northern French Alps right now.”

“With temperatures dropping substantially, this will definitely help resorts to prolong and maintain their current conditions, so the mid-season skiing forecast for the area looks excellent.”

Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Thursday 16th January comes from Fraser Wilkin at weathertoski.co.uk. 

Snow conditions in the Alps remain pretty good despite there not having been a huge amount of fresh snow in recent weeks.

This hasn’t been a problem for the majority of skiers, who will have appreciated the recent fine weather and well-groomed pistes, more than they will have missed the lack of powder.

Those who do prefer it deep will inevitably be a little frustrated though.

There are still pockets of powder here and there at altitude, however, good local knowledge will be needed to find it.

There is fresh snow in the forecast for the Alps this weekend, starting in the west late on Friday before spreading to most other areas on Friday night and Saturday.

Huge amounts of snow are not expected, though most places will see at least a few centimetres, with 20-40cm possible across some northern parts of the Alps.

The rain/snow limit will start at around 1300-1500m before descending to below 1000m over the course of Saturday.

Some snow showers will linger in places on Sunday before most of the Alps see a return to fine weather early next week.

Across the pond Whistler is perhaps the pick of the major resorts, with frigid temperatures and plenty of fresh snow…

Austria

On-piste snow conditions are generally still pretty good across most of the Austrian Alps even if natural cover is now a bit patchy lower down, especially in the north.

For the very best snow conditions you need to aim high, to resorts such as Obergurgl (70/150cm) or Obertauern (140/180cm).

However, there is still some decent piste skiing on offer in lower resorts such as Söll (20/65cm) or Saalbach (30/80cm).

New snow is expected across the Austrian Alps this weekend.

Reasonable rather than exceptional snow cover in the Austrian Vorarlberg. This is Mellau – 16 January 2020 – Photo: mellau.at

France

There is still lots of good piste skiing to be had in France even if powder is now hard to find.

Snow depths are generally good at altitude and in the Alpine interior, in resorts such as Val d’Isère (100/205cm) and Serre Chevalier (55/175cm, but are much more modest lower down and close to the northern and western foothills.

Morzine (5/120cm) and Villards de Lans (5/65cm), for example, both have patchy natural cover lower down.

The good news is that all French resorts will see some snow this weekend, albeit not generally in huge quantities.

Another fine day in the western French Alps. This is Chamrousse – 16 January 2020 – Photo: chamrousse.com

Italy

Italy still offers the most consistent snow cover in the Alps, even though there haven’t been any major snowfalls for some time now.

In the east of Italy, there is excellent piste skiing in the Dolomites, with base depths of 30/100cm in Alta Badia and 60/190cm in Madonna di Campiglio.

Further west, snow conditions are also very good in La Thuile (50/240cm) and Courmayeur (40/100cm).

Expect some snow across the Italian Alps this weekend, but in relatively modest quantities.

Great piste skiing continues in Bardonecchia – 16 January 2020 – Photo: bardonecchiaski.com

Switzerland

Snow conditions remain pretty good across most of the Swiss Alps though snow cover is now a bit thin and patchy at low altitude, especially in the north.

Grindelwald, for example, currently has very little natural snow left in the village but can still offer plenty of good piste skiing higher up.

Base depths here are currently 5/55cm depending on altitude.

For a more completely wintry feel you, need to head both higher and further south to resorts such as Bettmeralp (85/120cm) or Saas-Fee (35/245cm), both of which saw big early/pre-season snowfalls.

Fresh snow is expected across all Swiss resorts this weekend, though only in moderate quantities.

Another fine day in the western French Alps. This is Chamrousse – 16 January 2020 – Photo: chamrousse.com

Rest of Europe

Snow conditions in the Pyrenees are steady rather than spectacular, with decent piste skiing at altitude but rather thin cover lower down.

Andorra’s Soldeu currently has base depths of 30/70cm, while France’s Font Romeu has 50/80cm.

Colder air and some new snow is forecast for both areas over the next few days.

The picture in Scotland remains complicated, with some new snow this week but very stormy conditions making it difficult to predict what areas and how much terrain will be able to open.

The current feeling is that there could be some good skiing available this weekend in the west (e.g. Glencoe) but that it may be harder to open anything significant further east (Cairngorm).

Watch this space…

Scandinavia has lots of good skiing to be had, however, particularly in Norway where Oppodal has fresh snow on an impressive base of 120/150cm depending on altitude.

Ruka is among the best options in Finland, with fresh snow but a somewhat more modest 65cm upper base.

This is normal for this area though, as the climate is colder and drier.

Decent snow at high altitude in the French Pyrenees. This is Cauterets – 16 January 2020 – Photo: cauterets.com

USA

Some of the best snow conditions in the western US are currently to be found in Wyoming, where Jackson Hole has seen 50cm of new snow in the last couple of days and now has an upper base of 230cm.

Most Colorado resorts are also in decent shape, albeit with less fresh snow.

Vail (127cm upper base) and Telluride (117cm upper base) have both seen around 3cm in the last 48 hours.

Canada

Whistler (191cm mid-mountain base) is seeing lots of fresh snow today to very low levels which will make for fabulous skiing conditions in the trees, and more generally once the weather settles down.

Conditions are also good further inland in Lake Louise (135cm upper base), where it is also cold with a few centimetres of fresh snow.

Cold and snowy sums it up in Whistler right now – 16 January 2020 – Photo: facebook.com/WhistlerBlackcomb

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