Our snow reports are provided by The Ski Club of Great Britain. They are updated on a regular basis so do re-visit the page to check the latest weather conditions in each of our 10 resorts.
Despite the lack of snow across many resorts in Europe there is good news on the horizon as the average mid mountain temperature is starting to drop after the recent surge of warm weather. By the time we reach Friday 5th December each of our featured countries should be seeing average temperatures around the freezing mark or below. The snow level is expected to drop to around 2,000m as well which is great news for the snow cannon teams in the resorts. Austria is expecting light snow fall on Tuesday 2nd followed by sun and cloud but by the end of the week there is a good chance of more snow to coincide with the cold temperature. France, Italy and Switzerland all saw cloudy skies and light snowfall on Monday 1st and it is expected to continue throughout the week, which is excellent news as the temperature is beginning to drop to suitable levels. It is still looking unlikely for many resorts that have projected opening dates for this weekend but the week ahead will certainly help with preparations. Both Norway and Finland remained dry with sun and clouds and the overall temperature is fairly cold, which is ensuring the piste conditions remain very good.
There are now more locations to ski at in France, although most of the skiing is higher up on the glacier slopes of resorts like Les Deux Alpes (0/80cm), Tignes (0/60cm), Val d’Isere (0/30cm) and Val Thorens (40/80cm). Serre Chevalier (0/70cm) is the exception. The resort opened for weekend skiing, offering excellent early season skiing conditions on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November. The slopes are closed during the week but the resort plans to open for skiing and boarding again next weekend, 6th and 7th December. The Three Valleys ski area plans to offer skiing from Courchevel (0/42cm) and Meribel (0/30cm) from 6th December. As with the majority of French resorts the best conditions here are high up as due to the mild autumn there is not much snow lower down. Monday 1st December unfortunately saw wet weather lower down across the majority of French resorts. Chamrousse, Chatel, Foux d’Allos, La Tania, Les Orres, Les Saisies and Pra Loup all originally planned to open this coming weekend but all have less than ideal snow conditions. Many have confirmed they are pushing back their opening date to 13th December. While some have not confirmed a date the lack of snow, especially lower down, makes it unlikely they will open on Saturday 6th December. The good news is that fresh snow was falling higher up on Monday 1st December. This week should see further cloudy weather and with lower temperatures than of late so more fresh snow could fall.
A new week and a new month brought lots of cloud and scattered sunshine and showers in many resorts on Monday 1st December. Some of the higher resorts benefitted from the light showers as the colder climate at altitude brought light snowfall. There are a lot of our featured resorts in Austria that are planning to open this weekend but its looking very unlikely as the level of snow cover is very poor. The recent hot climate has seen many base depths melt away with only limited cover at altitude. As soon as the temperature is suitable the snow cannons will fire up and continue preparations for the opening days. The Stubai Glacier (0/130cm) profited from the light rain fall today as light snow fall was seen early on, which has refreshed the pistes and helped the resort offer good riding on groomed pistes. The off piste continues to be varied so please be aware that the cover will be limited in places. The cloudy skies that Austria experienced on Monday are expected to continue into Tuesday 2nd with less sunshine but there is a good chance of light snowfall at all of our featured resorts. The forecast is indicating a little more sunshine mid-week followed by more clouds towards the weekend. The temperature is expected to drop below freezing towards the weekend which could spell good news for many Austrian resorts.
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