Published on Friday, December 2, 2016

Big French resorts open this weekend





Here's a summary of the latest snow report from the Ski Club. For a full, up-to-date report, click here.

In the French Alps, Thursday was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and glorious sunshine for most. Still only a handful of open ski areas, but this is all set to change this weekend: Serre Chevalier (0/145cm), Cauterets (35/50cm) and Font Romeu (10/30cm) in the Pyrenees are among the resorts set to provide winter sports. Of the open resorts, Tignes (pictured here) (42/155cm) and Val d'Isere (5/150cm) are offering some great skiing, along with Montgenevre (70/130cm), which was lucky enough to get some new snow last week.

In Italy clear dry weather dominates the skies. Many resorts open for the first time this weekend as the Italian season now starts in earnest. The Monte Rosa area will open for skiing this weekend and the skiing will be excellent on the upper slopes. Bormio (30cm) opens this weekend, conditions will be good but a strong wind is currently blowing over the upper slopes shifting loose snow from the groomed runs. The opening of the Milky Way area has been pushed back until December 8.


Much of Austria was shrouded in the cloud on Thursday and visibility was affected across many featured resorts. Solden (10/126cm) benefited from a small amount of fresh snow and elsewhere the temperature should be low enough to get the snow cannons firing on the upper slopes.

There was a slight change in weather for Switzerland, with some clouds appearing over most resorts for the first time this week. The place to be is around the Matterhorn this weekend, the high altitude resorts are still holding cold dry snow.

Scandinavian resorts are enjoying a decent early season with good snow cover and cold temperatures resulting in lots of snowmaking. More snow is on its way for the West Norway and Northern Sweden over the next 7 days.

Most Canadian resorts have had a good amount of snow over the last week. Exceptions are mainly in the east where Mont Tremblant, for example, has been struggling. Rain this week is unlikely to help matters. Fernie (67/67cm) and Revelstoke (128/128cm) are both set to open in the next couple of days. Snow has been falling in Banff, at Lake Louise (53/92cm) and Sunshine Village (88/88cm) where there were some great conditions to be found. Sun Peaks (81/106cm) and Whistler (176/176cm) have also been receiving snow and are looking in great shape.

Over in the USA, skiing is finally under way in Utah, at Park City. Nearby, Alta is looking in great shape ahead of its opening this weekend, while in Colorado there has been some fresh snow for many resorts. There was some great skiing to be had in the USA and many resorts are really benefiting from recent snowfalls.

EUROPEAN WEATHER OUTLOOK
A slight change in weather today for Switzerland with clouds appearing over most resorts for the first time this week. The place to be is around the Matterhorn this weekend, the high altitude resorts are still holding cold dry snow.

NORTH AMERICA WEATHER OUTLOOK
The extended storm cycle impacting the interior and western ski resorts across North America is set to continue. Excellent news and finally the big kick off the North American season has been waiting for. Jackson Hole, after a slow start and delayed opening, will see the most snow fall in coming days with half a metre in the forecast. Big storms are in the long range forecast with Timberline potentially receiving almost one metre in 24hrs. Unfortunately in California the forecast is for clear dry weather well into next week.

In Canada it is much the same forecast. Coast Mountain Range resorts like Whistler and Revelstoke will continue to see light snowfalls each day into the weekend. The Kootenays will also see good daily snowfalls, Kicking Horse and Fernie will get around 30cm of champagne snow in coming days. Further east Banff national park resorts can also expect moderate accumulations up to half a metre by Monday. And finally in the far east Mont Sainte Anne can expect light snowfalls but nothing significant.



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