|Snow Report - 23 Nov 2015|
|Last snowed|| 21-Nov-2015|
|Fresh snow||60 cm|
|Lower slopes||15 cm|
|Upper slopes||60 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||Resort not yet open|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 25-Nov-2015)
Tignes (20/90cm) is the only resort we report on in France that is currently open for skiing, although more resorts should be able to open this coming weekend. Although it may only be possible to ski up on the Grande Motte glacier skiing area at Tignes, the skiing there is fantastic. 65cm of new snow fell on Saturday 21st November, followed by 20cm on Sunday 22nd. The weather cleared somewhat for Monday 23rd November providing great visibility to enjoy the excellent riding on offer on the groomed runs.
The neighbouring resort of Val d’Isere (22/80cm) is also in superb shape following the weekend’s heavy snowfall and is due to open for the winter season on Saturday 28th November, along with the links to Tignes.
Val Thorens, in the Three Valleys ski area, is also due to open for the winter season this coming Saturday.
Serre Chevalier is due to open for the first time this season on Saturday too but it will only be open for the weekend. The low temperature means the resort is hard at work making snow for the opening weekend. The resort then plans to open again from 5th to 8th December before opening daily from 12th December.
Further south, in the Pyrenees, the resort of Cauterets (20/50cm) is in great shape too with heavy snowfall over the weekend continuing into Monday. This resort is also planning to open on Saturday 28th November.
European Weather Outlook
Following the weekend’s heavy snowfall, Monday are Tuesday are forecast to bring calm and mostly sunny weather to the Alps. With overnight temperatures set to dip well below -10C, snow machines should be able to produce a huge volume of snow which is excellent news, especially for Austria where less natural snow fell over the weekend. A further spell of heavy snow is then set to sweep in on Wednesday, with the Swiss Meteo service calling for “intensive” snow overnight into Thursday – dropping as much as 30-50cm of fresh powder on the northern Alps, with up to 20cm expected further south and to the east. Over the weekend some decent sunny breaks are forecast, especially further east, before a further spell of wintry weather moves in from the west on Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are calling for similar snowfall totals as over the past weekend, so as much as 100cm of snow may fall in parts of the northern and western Alps.
The midweek spell of snow is set to benefit the Pyrenees more than the previous snowstorm, with upwards of 50cm forecast for most resorts during Wednesday and Thursday. Cold and changeable weather is then forecast for the end of the week – great news for opening weekend at most of our featured resorts.
Unsettled weather is also expected for Eastern Europe, with some decent falls of snow expected for Bulgaria in particular. With freezing levels lying above the lower slopes at times however, watch out for some rain at the base of the mountain.
Further cool and changeable weather is expected in Scandinavia over the coming week, with a few snow showers forecast in between longer spells of sunshine. As a result expect snowfall totals to amount to little more than a few centimetres, but with temperatures set to remain below freezing for most of the week snowmaking conditions look favourable.
It is set to be a bit of a rollercoaster this week in Scotland, where spells of snow are set to be interspersed by warmer interludes and sadly some rain. Most of the rain however is set to be light, so it should not fully strip the slopes of all the snow cover.