|Snow Report - 04 Mar 2015|
|Last snowed|| 02-Mar-2015|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||20 cm|
|Upper slopes||120 cm|
|Runs to resort||Good|
|Off piste snow||Tracked|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Italy (snow news updated 04-Mar-2015)
A warmer climate is working its way across Europe at the moment and some of the lower resorts in western Italy are starting to see heavy slopes on their resort runs. High altitude slopes are still looking good however after the fresh snowfall the country saw last week.
One of our featured resorts to see some fresh snow was La Thuile (45/150cm) with around 5cm falling on Monday 2nd March. It’s by no means a huge amount but fresh snow is always welcomed. The off piste is still quite varied but the pistes have been refreshed, to go alongside all 37 lifts that were turning. The warmer climate means that lower runs are getting heavier in the afternoon but high altitude runs are looking good, especially with the latest fall and the climate remains quite cold high up.
We have had reports of high winds, particularly in Courmayeur (65/165cm), which caused the majority of the lifts to close, leaving eight turning for the day.
The current cloudy spell is expected to remain until midweek, with some light snow possible, but then it should start to brighten up once again.
European Weather Outlook
The heavy snow falling across the Alps on Monday is set to slowly taper off during the night into Tuesday, especially in France and western Switzerland. But lighter snow is set to fall for much of the week, potentially adding a further 20-30cm to what was falling on Monday, including in the south towards Italy. Temperatures are set to fall away throughout the week and by Thursday the freezing level may reach as low as sea level. Sunshine is currently forecast to make a welcome return on Friday, but Austria may cling on to a few snow clouds into the start of the weekend.
The mild air is set to clear through the Pyrenees during Tuesday night, dropping the freezing level to around 1,000m. This should be accompanied by some nice falls of snow of between 10 and 20cm. A sunny spell of weather is then expected to begin on Thursday and last into the weekend, with temperatures set to rise above freezing once more.
Settled weather is expected for Bulgaria until Thursday, before more snowclouds sweep in across the country. Initially rain may fall on the lower slopes, but by Sunday around 20cm can be expected on the upper slopes, with perhaps 10cm lower down as the freezing level drops off.
A nice settled spell of weather is forecast for Scandinavia, with sunshine in the forecast for both Norway and Sweden. The skies won’t be clear all the time as patches of clouds are set to drift in from time to time, but nothing more than a dusting of snow is expected.
Snow is set to continue to fall across Scotland until Tuesday before potentially the best day of the week on Wednesday. Make the most of this break in the weather as sadly a strong southwesterly flow is forecast for the end of the week and the weekend, bringing strong winds and mild temperatures.