Published on Friday, December 9, 2016

Where to ski this week


No fresh snow is forecast in the Alps for the foreseeable future, but there is still some good skiing, with the best conditions to be found in the southern French Alps.

The Pyrenees also offering a fair amount of skiing.

In Austria, some of the slopes are becoming patchy in places, and the lower runs are largely reliant on an artificial base. Over in Italy and Switzerland, conditions remain much the same as they have been, with the best options available at higher altitude.

Many Norwegian and Swedish resorts had to close lifts on Thursday due to high winds and there is still a lack of snow in most places. Over in Scotland, all resorts are currently closed whilst they await further snowfall.

Canada is looking in great shape at the moment thanks to recent snowfalls in both the east and west of the country. It is unsurprisingly very, very cold in Canada at the moment, with resorts recording temperatures below -20 . The US shares a similar outlook to this, where plenty of snow has been falling, especially in Colorado and Utah.


Hintertux continues to boast some of the best conditions at present. The resort was running 19 out of 20 lifts on Thursday, and conditions on the upper slopes remain well groomed and in good nick.


The best conditions are undoubtedly around the Southern Alps, which benefited most from the second dump of the season that occurred towards the end of November. Great skiing is on offer in Tignes and Val d'Isere (pictured above, yesterday) as well as Val Thorens (60/135cm).


The best options still remain the high altitude resorts around the Matterhorn or resorts with north-facing slopes. On piste conditions are still good but becoming a mix of hard pack and loose sugary snow. New snow is desperately needed.

Looking forward, the high pressure weather trend continues. For the first time this month, however, snow is appearing in the long range forecast. Snowfalls may start by mid-December but are far more likely to start later.


Artificial snow and expert grooming is the order for most of the open resorts currently as most of Europe awaits fresh snowfall. Conditions in the Milky Way, including Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx are excellent. Val Senales (10/90cm) is also continuing to offer excellent on piste skiing thanks to grooming operations dragging snow from the off-piste areas onto ski runs to keep the top layer light and fresh. To the east the Sella Ronda area still looks bare, off-piste areas are grassy, but on piste skiing is still fantastic thanks to artificial snow operations.

Again, snow is appearing on the long-range forecast, but might not arrive until after mid-December.


There is some good skiing to be had, with the likes of El Tarter and Arcalis providing some well-groomed pistes. For most resorts the best condition can be found on the upper slopes, as the country waits for its next snowfall since the end of November.


Snow levels are falling for most places as storms are concentrated on the west coast of Norway and failing to get to most of the major ski resorts. In Sweden, Are (47/47cm) is in the best shape snow wise, but only two lifts are currently operating.


For the best skiing at the moment, look to the likes of Jackson Hole, where 5cm has fallen in the build up to the start of the season. Elsewhere, Mammoth in California is certainly worth a mention, where packed powder and excellent skiing can be found on the upper slopes of the resort.

Snow is on the forecast for much of the country this weekend


Most resorts are looking great at the moment, but particularly Mont Tremblant (54/54cm), Sunshine Village (106/106cm) and Revelstoke (130/130cm). Kicking Horse (102/102cm) and Panorama (22/71cm) are both set to open on Friday. Kimberley (90/90cm) and Red Mountain (101/101cm) are set to open on Saturday. These latest openings will complete a nearly full set of open featured resorts.


It's been dry and sunny for most of Europe recently, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Austria and Eastern Europe could see some snow over the next week but it will be mostly dry. It's a similar story in the Pyrenees, where sunshine is set to dominate.

The snow report is provided by The Ski Club of Great Britain. For more detailed information and weather forecasts, visit

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