PLANETSKI LATEST SNOW REPORT
7th February 2020
Last modified on February 10th, 2020
Snow conditions in the Alps are generally very good. Some 20cm -70cm of fresh snow fell this week. Another potent storm cycle is set to start on Monday and the unsettled weather may continue in to half-term week. UPDATED
MONDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
We will be updating from the Alps later today as a new storm hits, but first we are delighted to report that it is snowing in the Scottish ski resorts.
Here’s our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer.
Snow Report from the Highlands❄😁Ski-Scotland Nevis Range Glencoe Mountain Resort Glenshee Ski Centre Lecht 2090 Cairngorm Mountain
Posted by Where Stags Roar on Monday, 10 February 2020
SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
Our editor has just arrived in Pila in the Aosta Valley:
Seems there’s a bit of snow on the way folks!Read more about current snow conditions here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/07/planetski-latest-snow-report/
Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Sunday, 9 February 2020
See here for a report from James on what lies ahead:
SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
The sunshine continues across many parts of the Alps.
Our editor, James Cove, is in Chamonix for a round of the World Cup slalom.
“Racing was held under a fabulous blue sky. It was cold first thing in the morning but by early afternoon the course had certainly softened up,” said James.
He is now heading to Italy where he will be based for the next few months.
He is living in Aosta and will likely be skiing in Pila on Sunday ahead of the changing weather.
And what are conditions like at the moment in Pila?
A team from the specialist ski insurance provider, MPI Brokers, has been in the resort the past few days.
“It is a glorious sunny day, cold and dominated by high pressure. A welcome change from rain earlier in the week. Pistes are hard with a light dusting of new snow with icy patches on the lower slopes.”
“Off piste is holding a hard crust following the rain having now frozen, again with a light dusting of new snow and breakable in the trees. Watch out for an unstable layer later in the season particularly if it gets very cold.”
MPI is in Pila, Italy, where it sponsors the British Schools Alpine Open Championships hosted by the National Schools Snowsports Association and Impulse Racing.
WEEKLY SNOW REPORT
Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Friday 7th February comes from Fraser Wilkin at weathertoski.co.uk.
Snow conditions in the Alps are generally very good right now, especially in the northern Alps where between 20cm and 70cm of fresh snow fell earlier in the week.
The Austrian and eastern Swiss Alps did particularly well, with resorts such as Klosters, Ischgl and Lech seeing at least 50cm at altitude on Tuesday alone.
The southern Alps (including most of Italy) saw less snow but, are still in generally good nick thanks to the solid base laid down earlier in the season.
The weather has since settled down with lots of fine weather, expected to continue over the weekend.
Don’t be fooled though, a new and potentially very potent storm cycle is set to start on Monday, the heaviest snow this time due in the north-west, especially in the northern French Alps.
Looking even further ahead to the all-important main half-term week, and the weather models are currently split, indicating either the continuation of very unsettled weather or a return to some warm sunshine.
Across the pond, lots of snow has fallen in the western US in recent days…
Austrian ski resorts have been enjoying some amazing snow conditions this week following heavy falls on Tuesday.
Two of the very best options right now are Ischgl (70/140cm) and Lech (100/150cm), both of which saw at least 50cm from this week’s storm.
Further east and at lower altitude, Saalbach (50/160cm) is also offering some fabulous skiing, especially on-piste.
Expect plenty of sunshine over the weekend but more in the way of cloud early next week, with some showers or flurries.
Snow conditions have been very good in most French ski resorts since Monday, when the weekend’s rain finally turned back to snow.
That said, snow depths remain modest at very low altitudes which may be a problem later in the season.
Morzine, for example, has a healthy 150cm up top but just 10cm or so in the village.
Higher up, Avoriaz has impressive snow depths of 130/225cm depending on altitude, while Les Arcs has 170/285cm.
The southern French Alps have seen less snow in recent days, or weeks even, but Isola 2000 remains in great shape with base depths of 90/150cm.
After a mostly fine start to the weekend, the weather will turn increasingly unsettled on Sunday with heavy snow (and some low altitude) rain expected early next week, especially in the northern French Alps.
Snow conditions remain good across the Italian ski resorts, despite most areas missing the heavy snow earlier in the week.
One area that did see some significant snow was the far north-west, where resorts such as La Thuile (50/250cm) and Cervinia (120/270cm) are in fantastic shape both on and off-piste.
Further east, there is also some great skiing to be had in the Dolomites, but most of the action is on the groomers.
Snow depths in Madonna di Campiglio are currently 60/160cm, while Selva has 50/150cm.
After a mostly fine weekend, the weather will turn more unsettled next week with some new snow in places, mostly in the north-west.
Switzerland has had some superb skiing on offer this week thanks to heavy snowfall on both Monday and Tuesday.
Two resorts which did particularly well were Mürren (60/210cm) and Klosters (70/170cm), both of which are currently offering superb snow conditions at all levels.
Further south, Zermatt (50/170cm) also saw snow earlier in the week and is still skiing superbly, both on and off-piste.
The weather will remain mostly fine on Saturday, but will become increasingly cloudy later in the weekend, with further snow (and some low altitude rain) expected early next week.
REST OF EUROPE
Most Pyrenean resorts, especially those in the west, still have plenty of snow thanks to the big storms a couple of weeks back.
Andorra’s Soldeu currently has base depths of 80/160cm while France’s Font Romeu has 90/140cm.
Scandinavia has lots of good snow, with some of the best skiing in Norway’s Hemsedal (95/130cm) and Sweden’s Åre (80/100cm) with both resorts reporting all lifts open.
Although the Scottish ski resorts have finally had some snow, any meaningful skiing might prove impossible for a while, as the weather set to be exceptionally windy for the next few days, perhaps for even a week or more.
Wyoming’s Jackson Hole continues to lead the way in the western US with another 65cm of new snow in the last 48 hours and a very healthy 265cm mid-mountain base.
Snow conditions across much of Colorado are also superb right now, with 50cm or so of fresh snow in Vail over the last couple of days, where the mid-mountain base is now approaching 200cm.
It’s a similar story in Utah where around 75cm has fallen in the last 48 hours in Snowbird (320cm mid-mountain base).
Whistler continues to offer some excellent skiing, with another 43cm of fresh snow since we last reported a week ago and a mid-mountain base of 252cm.
Further inland, conditions are also excellent in the Banff/Lake Louise area, where there has been a dusting of snow today and upper depths are now around 155cm.