The news that skiers and snowboarders have been waiting for with baited breath has finally arrived – snow has been falling across the Alps, and has been for a week. Warm November is no more, and pistes and peaks are now covered with anything from a dusting to up to 60cm of new snow.
December 11, 2011
It’s still very early in the season however and by no means is every resort open or even fully open yet. Of those that are, fresh snow conditions are currently being reported, and the following resorts are the places with the most snow (depth at highest point in cm):
France Snow Report
Tignes (80) is looking the strongest, with Val Thorens (70) and Val d’Isère’s (55) glacier slopes also doing well. Les Deux Alpes (60) and Courchevel (50) are now off the mark. More snow is forecast before the end of the week across the whole of the French Alps.
Austria Snow Report
Austria has got some great depths of snow already, including on the Pitztaler glacier (164), Hintertux (155), Stubai (125), Obergurgl (105) and Sölden (125). The majority of resorts are now open and Zurs and Itter are two places in particular reporting powder snow.
Switzerland Snow Report
Switzerland has got similar snow depths to France, with Zermatt (105), Saas Fee (95), Klosters (70) and Engelberg (65) all reporting fresh snow conditions. Chocolate box Grindelwald and Mürren plus freeride heaven Verbier are all due to receive a few cms of fresh snow and are reporting packed powder snow.
Italy Snow Report
A hefty proportion of Italian resorts are already open, including Passo Tonale (65), Breuil-Cervinia (60), Madonna di Campiglio (55) and Val Senales (65). Cortina is due for the largest amount of fresh stuff over the next 24 hours or so, with 9cm due to fall there.
USA and Canada Snow Report
Conditions were already looking promising across the Pond, with many North American resorts already open. Of the popular British destinations, Breckenridge (64), Heavenly (61), Jackson Hole (69) and Vail (46) are all reporting packed powder snow. In Canada, Whistler Blackcomb (145), Revelstoke (130) and Fernie (112) are looking very promising.
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