Lovely Fresh Snow...
18 March 2013 Last updated at 23:05
Kaunertal in Austria has had lots of snow over the weekend and lots more is forecast for the rest of Austria this week. It's been snowing in Alpe d'Huez recently with 40cm falling on Sunday. Nearby Les Deux Alpes also received loads of fresh powder. Lots of snow also fell in Italy this weekend with up to 60cm falling at Bardonecchia. Later this week it's the turn of the Dolomites to get lots of fresh snow, setting them up very nicely for the approaching Easter holidays. Low temperatures and heavy snowfall are the theme for resorts in Switzerland, with powder skiing to be expected for much of the coming week. Winter has returned to Canada again with Fernie receiving around 50cm of snow over the weekend. America hasn't missed out on winter's return either. 8cm fell at Breckenridge in Colorado.
Snow was falling in many places on Monday 18th March. Low temperatures and high winds were also prevalent on Monday, meaning some of the best skiing was to be found in the shelter of the trees. Kaunertal (112/215cm) welcomed fresh snow on Monday, with more to be expected over the course of the week. Wintery weather has truly returned after a spell of spring like conditions last week. Fantastic conditions can be found in the Arlberg ski area, where low temperatures were keeping pistes in great shape. This week is likely to see changeable weather, with sunshine and fresh snow both forecast in most places.
Loads of fresh snow fell over the weekend in the French Alps, with 80cm falling in Alpe d'Huez (213/420cm) and 60cm in nearby Les Deux Alpes (140/250cm). The heavy snowfall resulted in the closure of some lifts on Monday 18th March but there was still plenty of powder-covered terrain to be enjoyed. Low temperatures in most high resorts created fantastic on-piste skiing. The Espace Killy and the 3 Valleys also welcomed fresh snow over the weekend, giving a boost to the already good snow conditions. Some high winds led to the closure of exposed lifts on Monday but great skiing was to be found in all the open terrain. More fresh snow is in the forecast this week, with resorts in the Northern Alps likely to see the heaviest snowfall.
15cm of fresh snow fell at Zermatt (35/245cm) on Monday 18th March. Zermatt now offers excellent skiing and vastly improved pistes, although the weather is fairly poor, the excellent snow more than makes up for this. Lighter snow fell at Davos (60/154cm) on Monday. Their whole ski area is in great condition with 6cm of new snow and lower temperatures. More snow is expected in the first half of this week so it should continue to improve further.
Lots of snow fell over many Italian resorts over the weekend and Monday. 40cm fell at Alagna (30/200cm) which is one of their biggest snowfalls of the season so far. Two of their four lifts were running and with a high avalanche risk, it isn't advisable to go far off piste just yet. 20cm fell at Arabba (122/232cm) too. The area has excellent conditions all over and the fresh powder means even on-piste conditions are like skiing off-piste. There is more snow expected over the week too so it's fantastic news for anyone heading to the area for the coming Easter holidays.
There is currently excellent skiing throughout Andorran ski resorts. Low temperatures and plenty of fresh snow have resulted in great skiing being offered both on and off piste. In Soldeu (150/220cm) pistes were in amazing condition all the way to the lowest point in the Grandvalira area over the weekend. Powder skiing was to be found in Pas de la Casa (200/250cm) on Monday 18th March, where lots of lifts were open to give access to the best terrain the resort has to offer. Over the course of the week the temperatures are expected to rise, with snow also likely to fall in flurries during the week.
Light snow was falling in Bansko (60/190cm) on Monday 18th March. They have a great base depth for the time of year, particularly after a fairly cold winter and they're looking in good shape for the coming Easter holidays.
Monday 17th March was another stormy day with heavy snow and the east saw strong winds. Cairngorm (45/150cm) was unfortunately closed due to the stormy weather on Monday. Drifting snow across the access road meant it was hard to get to the area. The fresh snow means it will be awesome when they're able to open. It was snowing over on the west coast too, with lighter winds and more friendly conditions than over at Cairngorm. Nevis Range (50/175cm) was one of these, reporting 20cm of fresh snow on Monday 18th March and although windy, lift operation wasn't affected. A cold and snowy week is expected for the majority of the Scottish ski areas which should set them up very nicely for the busy Easter period.
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