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After a parched February, March has seen winter return to ski resorts with a vengeance

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The flailing tail of Storm Gareth will lash the Alps today, with fresh snow falling widely across the French, Swiss and the western Austrian Alps.

Between now and Friday there will be significant falls of up to one metre on the higher slopes across the northern and western Alps before the weather calms down again for the weekend, ahead of more snow from Monday.

Some Italian resorts close to the French and Swiss border (La Thuile, Cervinia) will also see significant snow but the southern Alps and the Dolomites will generally see less precipitation. 

Depths will be impressive in many resorts which are enjoying a brilliant March after a parched February. In France, expect a metre at Avoriaz (60/180cm) – but clear skies for Rock the Pistes! -  and Flaine (20/250cm), 80cm at La Clusaz (30/195cm), around 75cm at Alpe d’Huez (127/135cm), around 60cm at Les Arcs (140/285cm) and 55cm at Meribel (85/156cm) and Val Thorens (173/253cm), Tignes (110/233cm). 

In Switzerland, we should see 60-90cm at the likes of Verbier (115/250cm), Andermatt (35/600cm), Engelberg (55/585cm), and Saas Fee (45/200cm) – which is looking at nearly half a metre on Monday alone.

Eastern Austria will largely miss out on the more substantial snow, but Arlberg resorts, Lech (160/230cm) and St Anton (35/345cm) will see a metre by the end of the week. 

Winds will continue to be gusty, though hopefully not as fearsome as the gales that closed many lifts across the Alps earlier this week.

Cervinia (35/205cm) and other border resorts such as Courmayeur (40/150cm) will get 60-80cm, but yet again the Dolomites will largely miss out – though Monday might see something more than a few flurries.

Not a lot of snow on the horizon for the Pyrenees – about 20-30cm at altitude, but plenty of sunny skies too.

One word about the US, where California and other Western resorts have had some record snowfalls, Squaw Valley has followed Mammoth in pledging to keep its slopes open until July.

Mammoth Mountain has received 635 ins of snow this winter season whilst Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has received 596 ins.

Both resorts are part of the Ikon Pass. Those who purchase their 19/20 Ikon Pass now will be able to access both Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows from 8 April 2019, giving them three additional months of skiing and snowboarding.


Why not book a late season getaway to take advantage of the new snowfall? Ski the beautiful resort of Grindelwald, Switzerland and stay at the charming Hotel Jungfrau Lodge for just £499pp this month!




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