Snow report: All white in Italy, but Scotland waits for storms to end
Saturday 15 February 2014
Italy has had one of the snowiest periods in its history, especially in the Dolomites. Locals in Arabba say it could be the biggest snowfall in 300 years. It's great further west too, with reports of excellent skiing in Sauze d'Oulx.
It was a reasonably dry and sunny week in Austria following a snowy weekend. Piste conditions are good and more snow is expected this week. Ischgl and Obergurgl could receive up to 80cm.
There was fresh snow in many French resorts on Thursday. La Rosière, Chamonix and Valmorel received the greatest amount, reporting 20cm on Thursday morning. Strong winds have been affecting some lift operations and slopes, particularly at high altitudes, but this is forecast to drop off.
Swiss resorts have forecast new snow this weekend and into next week, from 26cm at Lenk up to almost 60cm at Zermatt by Friday. Some resorts have also been affected by high winds.
It's sunny and cold in Andorra with temperatures down to -7C in Arcalis. About 10-15cm of snow fell at most resorts earlier in the week, giving excellent skiing, on and off-piste.
Storms continue in Scotland, bringing more snow and high winds. Only two resorts were open on Thursday: Glenshee and The Lecht. Both are reporting a good amount of fresh snow. Glencoe, Nevis Range, and Cairngorm were all affected by high winds, but the storm has dumped another load of snow and fantastic skiing and boarding is expected when the weather clears. Upper piste depths of 400cm have been reported at Glencoe, 300cm at Cairngorm and 380cm at Nevis Range.
Loads of new snow fell in the US last weekend. Squaw Valley received a huge 97cm last Sunday, which has almost doubled the base depth.
It's been snowing on and off in Colorado; around 5cm fell at Breckenridge on Wednesday; off-piste areas have lots of powder after the recent storms.
Revelstoke, Canada, had 30cm over Wednesday and Thursday. It brings to an end the recent cold snap and provides them with welcome powder skiing. More snow is forecast too. It's similar at Whistler which received 35cm on Wednesday – powder can be found all over the mountain and 113cm of snow is expected by next week.
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