Snow Report: Powder for Austria ... and Scottish skiing looks good too
Saturday 01 February 2014
There's great skiing on offer across Europe as a snowy January comes to an end. Heavy snow has returned to Colorado in North America and more is in the forecast. Conditions have greatly improved in Austria, with new snow boosting base depths at most resorts. Many Austrian resorts had powder skiing last Tuesday: Hintertux received 20cm, while Lech, Fieberbrunn and Mayrhofen all had 10cm of new snow. More is predicted to fall throughout next week with Hintertux and Kaunertal expecting around 40cm over the coming nine days.
It's been a good week for skiing in France following heavy snow last weekend. Some of the best conditions can be found in the French Southern Alps but it's snowy in the north too, with Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d'Huez receiving around 15cm on Wednesday night. Despite some clear days next week, Alpe d'Huez and Chamonix are looking forward to around half a metre of new snow.
There are excellent conditions in Switzerland after heavy falls at the start of the week. Andermatt is looking particularly good after 20cm fell on Thursday.
Pila, in Italy, continues to offer good skiing with a further 15cm of fresh powder landing on Thursday. There was also 10cm of new snow at Madesimo and Macugnaga on Wednesday and a whopping 37cm of powder fell at Madonna di Campiglio on Tuesday. More snow is forecast.
Excellent skiing can be found in most Scandinavian resorts, particularly in Norway. A few centimetres of fresh snow fell at Hemsedal on Thursday. It's similar in neighbouring Sweden where it's been cold in Are. Base depths aren't as deep as those in Norway but they have great conditions on and off piste.
Meanwhile, Scottish resorts are reporting base depths equal to the famous 2009/10 season. The deepest snow lies at Glencoe where it's approaching three metres. The Nevis Range has excellent amounts too. All upper areas are completely covered and the Back Corries have knee-deep powder from top to bottom.
Colorado is preparing for more heavy snow over the coming week with close to 70cm expected at Aspen and Crested Butte.
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