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Conditions remain very good across the mountains as the busy half-term week is underway. It's cold, but not excessively so, with blue sky to come. UPDATED

 


MONDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

It looks like being one of the best half-term weeks in recent years.

The busiest week of the ski season is set to see some blue sky after all the heavy snow of this winter in the Alps and the Pyrenees.

The flurries that took place in some resorts over the weekend are set to clear later today and tomorrow with fine weather in the forecast.

"Snow conditions are very good across both the Alps and the Pyrenees as we begin the busiest week of the season, with few if any real weaknesses, especially on-piste. Off-piste the situation is a little more mixed but there is still plenty of excellent skiing to be found," said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from weathertoski.co.uk. 

And here is the evidemce in some the the popular resorts in the Alps.

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And if you want a reminder of some of the snow depths in the high altitude resorts then check out the latest video from Tignes  in France.

 


And lets not forget all the digging that has been taking place this winter.

Here's one of the drivers from VIP Ski in Avoriaz, Will. 

Once the snow falls he has other jobs than just the driving!




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

Snow conditions in both the Alps and the Pyrenees are generally excellent as we approach the busiest week of the season, with no real weak points anywhere, at least on-piste.

Conditions are more variable off-piste but there is still some excellent skiing to be had, even some powder, especially in the Pyrenees.

The weather in the Alps will be quite mixed over the next few days with a little snow here and there but generally not in any huge quantity.

It will stay quite cold though, which means that any snow will fall to low altitudes.

There will also be plenty of dry and bright weather, with the best of any sunshine this weekend and early next week in the southern Alps.

Across the pond, fresh snow has improved conditions in Colorado and Utah but the best skiing remains further north, particularly in Canada… 

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Austria

Snow conditions are excellent across just about all parts of Austria. In the south, recent snow has boosted snow depths in Nassfeld (60/165cm) where there is some superb skiing on offer both on and off piste.

Further north, the snow-pack exceeds 3m at altitude in a number of resorts including St Anton (130/360cm) and Bad Gastein (240/370cm).

Although there isn’t a huge amount of new snow expected over the next few days, it will stay cold, which will help keep all resorts in good shape.

Great conditions in Austria’s Carinthia region – 8 February 2018 – Photo: mallnitz.atGreat conditions in Austria’s Carinthia region – 8 February 2018 – Photo: mallnitz.at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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France

Snow conditions are excellent right across the French Alps with good cover at all levels and even some fresh snow in places, particularly in the south.

Right now the deepest snow cover remains at high altitude and in the north, where Avoriaz has 255/340cm and La Rosière has 250/440cm.

The newest snow is in the far south, however, where Isola 2000 had 20cm earlier in the week, and base depths are now 120/200cm depending on altitude.

Expect cool temperatures and some snow showers in the French Alps over the next few days, especially in the north, but also some drier and brighter weather.

Sunny with great snow in the far southern French Alps today. This is Isola 2000 – 8 February 2018 – Photo: isola2000.comSunny with great snow in the far southern French Alps today. This is Isola 2000 – 8 February 2018 – Photo: isola2000.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italy

Snow conditions are excellent across all Italian resorts.

The deepest snow-pack remains at altitude in the west, where base depths are 250/405cm in Cervinia and 160/260cm in Courmayeur.

Further east there is also some fabulous skiing on offer, with depths of 125/154cm in the Dolomite resort of Arabba and 103/123cm in Livigno.

The forecast over the next few days is a little mixed but it should stay cold with some decent sunny breaks.

Superb snow conditions in the Dolomites. This is Kronplatz – 8 February 2018 – Photo: kronplatz.comSuperb snow conditions in the Dolomites. This is Kronplatz – 8 February 2018 – Photo: kronplatz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Switzerland

Snow conditions are very favourable across the Swiss Alps right now with upper base depths still in excess of 4m in a number of resorts, including Saas-Fee (105/445cm) and Laax (58/450cm), and even 6m in Engelberg (35/644cm).

Lower down the figures may not be as extreme, but on-piste at least the skiing is still fantastic in Villars (40/210cm) and Gstaad (20/200cm).

Over the next few days the weather is forecast to stay relatively cold with a few snow showers, but there will also be some drier and brighter interludes.

Massive snow depths in Bettmeralp – 8 February 2018 – Photo: bettmeralp.chMassive snow depths in Bettmeralp – 8 February 2018 – Photo: bettmeralp.ch

 

 

 

 















Rest of Europe

There has been lots of new snow in Pyrenees in recent days, with 60cm in Andorra’s Arcalis, for example, where base depths are 110/195cm depending on altitude.

Spain’s Baqueira Beret (130/210cm) has also seen significant snow and is in great shape in the run up to the busy half term week.

Most Norwegian resorts continue to offer excellent snow conditions, especially on-piste, with 155cm up top in Hemsedal and 120cm in Geilo.

All Scottish ski areas are also in good shape thanks to recent snow, with base depths of 30/80cm in Cairngorm and 110/150cm in Glencoe.

Plenty of fresh snow in the French Pyrenees. This is Piau Engaly – 8 February 2018 – Photo: snoweye.comPlenty of fresh snow in the French Pyrenees. This is Piau Engaly – 8 February 2018 – Photo: snoweye.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

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Canada

Snow conditions remain excellent in the Banff/Lake Louise area (114/204cm), where there has been around 70cm of new snow in the last week and further snow is falling today.

Good skiing can also be found closer to the coast in Whistler (295cm upper base), but the off-piste here is more variable thanks to recent mild temperatures.

It will turn cooler over the weekend though.  

Plenty of snow in Kicking Horse – 8 February 2018 – Photo: kickinghorseresort.comPlenty of snow in Kicking Horse – 8 February 2018 – Photo: kickinghorseresort.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USA

Snow conditions in Colorado and Utah are much improved, even if base depths remain below par.

Vail has 112cm packed down on its upper mountain, while Snowbird has 155cm.

The best conditions are still further north where Wyoming’s Jackson Hole has 165/236cm and Montana’s Big Sky has 147/223cm.

Still snowiest of all though is Washington State’s Mt Baker, which has over 5m of settled snow on its upper slopes.

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

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