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Heavy snow sets the scene for Alps skiers

While many skiers in the Alps have been experiencing weather more suited to an early spring for the past week or so, a plunge in temperatures and new heavy fresh snowfalls are changing the picture.

It isn't just European skiers who are finally getting the conditions they have been hoping for either, as premier Canadian resorts are now very cold and leading US ski domains are set to be influenced by a northerly airstream too.


The Swiss Alps have seen a mix of conditions in the past week but a big temperature drop and heavy snowfalls at all elevations, is changing things to a more wintery feel. Above Verbier, the snow base ended last week at 145cm and piste skiing took on a firm feel over packed snow.

France and Italy

In France, Val Thorens at 2,300m is likely to be one of the main beneficiaries of approaching changing weather and a further 30cm of fresh snowfall is predicted for the next five days.

Sunshine skiing has been the norm across Italy in the past few weeks with snow depths sinking, especially in the Dolomites. New falls of fresh snow and lower temperatures over the weekend have improved conditions and even more snowfall is expected in the coming days.


Austria has already experienced new snow, but this has been mixed with rain at lower elevations. Again, changes continuing from the weekend mean colder air and up to 50cm of snow are expected. Temperatures across Austria are set to fluctuate over the coming weeks, but conditions for skiers will remain good. Kaprun near Salzburg, as well as Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll and Obergurgl all currently have fresh pistes.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your Ski Travel Insurance in advance.

Date Created: 27 February 2017

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