Published on Friday, February 9, 2018

It's snowing, but where?

Conditions on the whole remain very good across Europe for skiers this week, with resorts in Andorra looking in particularly good shape, having really benefited from fresh snow. Coverage is also very good in Scottish resorts and more snow is expected soon.

Promising skiing conditions can be found across much of North America too. New snow has improved conditions across both New England and the majority of the central Rockies' resorts.

Unfortunately, the most southerly resorts in California continue to lack new snow.

Here's a country-by-country breakdown from the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Based on current weather forecasts for the next nine days, the top three resorts for expected snowfall are:

1. Hakuba, Japan, 122cm
2. Niseko, Japan, 87cm
3. Formigal, Spain, 85cm

A number of resorts saw between three and 20 cms of fresh snow early this week, although some missed out completely and haven't seen any fresh snowfall since February 2.

Temperatures look set to remain relatively consistent over the coming days, hovering between -2C and -10C at higher altitudes. Any snow this weekend is likely to fall in the Arlberg area and up to 10-12ms is expected on Monday.

Some fresh snow has fallen in France around the Grand Massif ski area, not much, only a couple of centimetres for Flaine (166/425cm) and Morillon (59/425cm), but enough to slightly refresh some of the slopes.

The changeable weather is expected to continue across France for the next few days, and could leave small/moderate snow in its wake. Areas to look out for include Bourg d'Oisans, where upwards of 13cm may fall at Vaujany (70/200cm), Villard de Lans (60/160cm) and Alpe d'Huez (198/315cm).

Generally speaking, conditions remain excellent on the upper slopes, although reports have suggested that some of the steeper slopes at Klosters/Davos (126/247cm) have become slightly polished, but that some pockets of fresh powder can still be found off-piste.

Current weather forecasts suggest that light snow may fall throughout the weekend. Resorts near the Matterhorn such as Zermatt (142/340cm) and Saas Fee (105/445cm) are expecting 17cm and 8cm respectively today.

Light snowfall has been reported this week at resorts in the Monterosa, Aosta and Milky Way areas.

Changeable weather is forecast over the coming days with a mixture of sun and cloud. The good news is that there is fresh snow expected on the cloudy days, and with mid-mountain temperatures remaining well below freezing, there are some fantastic skiing days on the horizon.

It was snowing across the Andorran Pyrenees on Thursday, leaving around 3cm of fresh snow in the Grandvalira ski area. Temperatures remained very cold; around -15C at Arcalis (110/1195cm), and the snow is expected to continue to fall into the weekend, with about 15cm predicted.

Finnish resorts stand a chance of getting some fresh snow this week, although only flurries are expected in Norway, but Voss received a nice 10cm dump earlier this week.

Are havs also received some more snow this week.

Fresh snow is expected on Sunday in Bulgaria, possibly as much as 30cms. In Slovakia, Jasna got 20ms this week. Over in Slovenia, the slopes at Kranjska Gora (50/90cm) the slopes are in excellent nick.

New England resorts got some fresh snow this week, including Killington, which got 64cms, and Smugglers Notch, 56cms.

Resorts in both Colorado and Utah have also been graced with fresh snow, most heavily in the latter. Larger accumulations include 32cm over Vail in the past two days, while 46cm have fallen over Winter Park in the past five days. Lower quantities were recorded over other resorts that were faring especially badly, including Telluride which saw 30cm.

In California / Nevada, the dry spell around Lake Tahoe continues, with neither Heavenly nor Squaw Valley seeing new snow for two weeks; Mammoth is faring no better. Taos, in New Mexico is failing worse still, with a 3cm dusting on the 7th having a minimal impact on an otherwise artificial snow base.
Further north, both Big Sky and Jackson Hole have seen consistent light to moderate snowfalls, keeping the upper pistes and bowls in fresh shape.

After a brief pause, there was yet more heavy snowfall over Canada on this week accompanied by temperatures dipping as far as -15C. Accumulations of around 10cm - 25cm were recorded by Thursday, when the white stuff was still falling. Kicking had 17cm recorded by early morning while Revelstoke fared even better with 24cm. Expect some deep fresh powder across the majority of Alberta and British Columbia, with your tracks filling in as you ski.

It's been the best part of a week since Hakuba and Niseko have seen any significant snowfall, but the vast quantities that came down in the recent past continue to provide a more than sufficient base for excellent skiing. It remains bitterly cold, hovering around -10C, though this looks to rise slightly at the same time as the snowfall looks to increase over the weekend.

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