With over a metre of fresh snow reported at some Austrian resorts in the last few days, Austria has been the big winner from recent snowfalls.
The Austrian resorts with the most snow both on and off-piste are Flachau (100-175), Obertauern (100-160cm). Alpbach (60-100cm), Filzmoos (95-120cm), Ellmau (50-60cm), Ischgl (20-60m), Kitzbuhel (61-71cm), Kuhtai (62-72cm), Lech-Zuers (55-85cm), Mayrhofen (20-135cm), and Obergurgl (39-109cm).
The most snow forecast in Austria by this weekend (January 14/15) will be found at Lech-Zuers, St Anton, Kitzbuhel, SkiWelt, Ischgle, Mayrhofen, and Engelberg, which can all expect between 20 and 40cm.
New snow has been falling since the weekend at France’s big resorts, with between 10-20cm helping open more pistes every day. This includes Tignes, Flaine, Les Carroz, Morzine, Val Thorens, Mégève, Les Gets, La Cluzaz, Chamonix and Meribel.
The French resorts with the best snow conditions at time of writing include: Val Thorens (60-135cm), Tignes (41-125cm), Val d’Isère (30-125cm) and Val Cenis (20-220cm).
Photo: Val d'Isere
French resorts with reasonable but variable snow conditions include: Les Arcs (12-105cm), La Clusaz (10-60cm), Alpe d'Huez (5-90cm), Chamonix (0-100cm), Courchevel (9-78cm), La Plagne (5-95cm), Meribel (7-78cm), and Les Menuires (19-86cm).
The most snow forecast by the weekend is at Chamonix, Mégève, Tignes, Val Thorens, Val d’Isère, La Cluzaz, Avoriaz and Morzine, which can expect snow dumps of between 30 and 40cm.
While not as big a winner as Austria, Switzerland scored up to half a metre of fresh snow in the last seven days.
In Switzerland the resorts that have benefited from the biggest snowfalls in the last week include Arosa Lenzerheide, Elm, Laax, Samnaun, Melchsee-Frutt, Adelboden, Davos-Klosters, Villars-Gryon, Crans Montana, Grindelwald, Engelberg, Aletsch Arena, Champery, and Murren.
The Swiss resorts reporting the best snow conditions, where almost all lifts and runs are open include: Arosa (50-90cm), Verbier (24-85cm), Klosters (22-70cm), Davos (22-70cm), and Murren (20-48cm).
The biggest winners expected from the coming snowfalls include Grindelwald, Davos, Verbier and Klosters, where anything between 20 and 30cm of fresh snow is being eagerly awaited.
A modest sprinkling of snow has fallen in Italy over the last week, with many of the country’s big resorts having to rely on their excellent snowmaking facilities.
Photo: Sauze d'Oulx
The most favourable snow conditions right now in Italy are at Cervinia (30-120cm), Sauze d'Oulx (50-140cm) Sestriere (50-140cm), and Val Senales (5-90cm), as well as Kronplatz (20-40cm) where pistes are being kept open with mostly man-made snow.
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