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211212_tigneslesBrevIn what is being hailed as the best start to a season for more than a decade, winter has well and truly arrived in the Alps with some resorts reporting nearly 3 metres of snow – more than they received over the whole of last season.

While the huge dumps are certainly welcome they’ve been causing a few problems with extremely high winds reported plus a heightened avalanche risk. Conditions are now calming down however, temperatures are sticking around the freezing level and just a few cms of snow is forecast across the Alps for 24th and 25th.  

Here’s our pick of the best snow conditions currently around:

France snow report
The French Alps are reporting some incredible depths of snow currently, with Tignes (260cm) pictured above, La Plagne (250cm) and Les Arcs (240cm) leading the charge. Also recording depths of more than 2 metres are resorts in the northern Alps, including Flaine, Samoëns and Chamonix, which are all due a further few cms of snow by the weekend.

Switzerland snow report

Saas Fee has a staggering 345cm of snow, giving such a snowsure resort as Whistler a run for its money. Close behind in the snow depth stakes are Gstaad (280cm), Les Diablerets (230cm) and Andermatt (220cm). Powder and fresh snow is being reported across the country, and a few cms are due to fall across most Swiss resorts on the 24th.

Austria snow report
Enjoying a very healthy start to the season, Stuben has 240cm of snow, Pitztaler Glacier 216cm and St Anton 185cm. Very good snow conditions are being reported and the SkiWelt and Amadé regions are expecting a further 7cm of fresh snow by the weekend.

Italy snow report
The small resort of Passo Tonale near Madonna di Campiglio tops the chart in Italy with 220cm of snow, then coming a close second is the Aosta Valley, with Alagna (200cm), Courmayeur (170cm) and La Thuile (160cm) all reporting good conditions. A smattering of snow is forecast in the Aosta Valley by the weekend.

North America snow report
The Alps have firmly been seeing the brunt of the snowfalls for the past couple of weeks, but Canada in particular is still reporting some good conditions in places. The remote resort of Powder King is living up to its name, with 264cm of packed powder snow, while Whistler has 145cm of hard packed snow. In America, Breckenridge is reporting 79cm of powder snow, Heavenly 61cm of packed powder snow and Telluride 84cm of powder.
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