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It appears that the well overdue but all together sensational current storm cycle is drawing to a close. Metres of snow have fallen in the past week and it appears the winter season has finally had the reboot it needed, however the next change is upon us. The next 48 to 72 hours will see the last tiny amounts of snow fall from the sky before strong sunshine returns. From Wednesday morning skiers and riders can expected to wake up to sunny clear skies and dry conditions, not matter where you are in the European Alps. Sunny conditions will remain in place everywhere right though until Sunday the 22nd. If you’re skiing Europe next week, don’t fret. It is still far too early to forecast how conditions will be beyond the 22nd. In the Pyrenees, Andorra is currently experiencing sensational snowfalls. After an excellent weekend the next 36 hours should see around 30cm of fresh. Beyond this window expect mostly sunny conditions until the weekend. In far north Scandinavia expect a continuation of current conditions with a mix of sun, cloud and light snowfall.
Monday 16th of January was the first week of skiing since the significant snowfalls that happened towards the end of last week and over the weekend. The weather across Europe cleared to reveal some considerably snowier mountains. Everyone has been talking about the snow in the Alps, but it’s the Pyrenees where things are really kicking off. If you were in the area and looking for some great off-piste, you could do worse than head to The Grand Tourmalet area, where Bareges/La Mongie (100/180cm) is being dumped on yet again - 30cm, maybe more, to fall today. Most of the resort will have to be hiked, however, as only 5 lifts are open. Cauterets (80/160cm), on the other hand, has had so much snow it was unable to open – up to 80cm today alone. Over in the Alps things have really got going in the La Plagne area with loads of new snow recently. There are now 64 lifts open in the area. We may have given Charmousse (55/80cm) a bad rap for their slow start to the season, but it’s time to turn that frown upside down and give credit where it’s due - most lifts were open today and there was some good powder skiing under blue skies. Flaine (50/230cm) and the rest of the Grand Massif are looking in really good shape thanks to huge amounts of new snow. Links between the resorts are finally open there. Valmorel (75/95cm) is another resort that looks much improved thanks to 45cm of fresh snow – certainly worthy of a shout out. Loads of new lifts were open in La Clusaz (50/130cm) today, where there was plenty of powder off-piste. The best area of all has to be Chamonix (40/150cm). All resorts in the area are incredible options at moment. All lifts are now open in les Houches (40/150cm) and the Vallorcine (40/80cm) area is now open for skiing. If you happen to be skiing in France this week, well you couldn’t have timed it any better.
A cloudy day for many areas in Austria saw the arrival of yet more fresh snow and the continuation of the great conditions that the country has been experiencing of late. Whilst the visibility was limited at resorts such as Kaunertal (50/200cm) and Karpun (80/180cm), around 5cm of new snow meant that there was yet more fresh tracks to be had, and with the majority of lifts currently running it certainly is an excellent time to be hitting the slopes. Elsewhere, towards Salzburg the Loferer Alm (90/130cm) has fallen under the radar somewhat. However, conditions the conditions across the resort continue to improve, and with a stable base depth now in place, there should be good skiing for weeks to come. The Arlberg region is also offering great skiing. In St Anton (65/160cm), a resort renowned for its off piste, the options are currently excellent, and nearby at Lech and Zurs (95/130cm) the state of affairs is equally as appealing. The snow and clouds are predicted to continue to dominate the skies over the course of Tuesday 17th January. Thereafter a return to sunnier skies is expected, with temperatures likely to be around -10C.
There were sunny and very cold conditions in Switzerland on Monday 16th January. The weekend bought large snowfalls, making for excellent albeit cold ski conditions today. Conditions have improved enough that resorts in the Gstaad Glacier 3000 area have now opened: Les Diablerets (50/105cm) and Villars (50/105cm) are now open and are looking in amazing condition. Flims/Laax (32/105cm) is also looking fantastic thanks to almost one metre of new snow over the weekend. Broadly speaking conditions are excellent right around Switzerland. In high altitude resorts like Saas Fee (35/160cm) and Zermatt (10/125cm) the snow is heavily wind affected up top. Powder pockets can still be found off piste for those who know where to look. In the forecast, strong sunshine is expected to make a return this week. Sunshine is expected to become the main feature weather wise well into the weekend.
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