|Snow Report - 30 Jan 2015|
|Last snowed|| 30-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||20 cm|
|Upper slopes||100 cm|
|Runs to resort||Powder|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Italy (snow news updated 01-Feb-2015)
The recent flurry of snow showers in Europe hasn’t quite hit the majority of Italy yet but conditions are still good. Eastern Italy is seeing some snow fall as it makes its way across Austria and Switzerland but overall, the temperatures are below freezing so the pistes are well intact.
The Val D’Aosta saw fresh snow fall on Thursday 29th January. Pila (30/140cm) had quite a cloudy day which later turned to snow and up to 10cm was recorded. Pila has quite a lot of tree runs which significantly helps with the visibility. A total of 10 lifts were spinning on Thursday and pistes conditions were excellent, particularly on the upper slopes.
Also in the Val D’Aosta, Cervinia (45/210cm) had yet more snow and continues to prove itself of being a snow sure resort. Powdery conditions are being reported both on and off the piste. Visibility has been affected somewhat so it might be worth heading over to Valtournenche where the tree lines might help with this issue.
The forecast for the approaching weekend looks very cloudy with a very good chance of fresh snow to all of our featured resorts, fingers crossed.
European Weather Outlook
The current snowstorm could prove to be the season-changer, especially as the snow is not forecast to cease until Sunday night. By then over a metre of fresh snow is possible across a wide area of the northern and western Alps, with the heaviest falls around the French/Swiss border. Further east in Austria, between 20 and 40cm can be expected, with some favoured spots potentially seeing more. Current forecasts are pointing towards a brighter day on Monday, so this could be the best bet for some clear overhead conditions as yet more snow is predicted from Tuesday onwards. Again be careful to check the latest avalanche bulletins as the snow conditions are extremely volatile and will continue to be as the snow carries on falling.
Heavy snow is expected to set in on Thursday night across the Pyrenees and is not forecast to stop for almost a week. Current forecasts are pointing towards around a metre of snow by Sunday followed by even more next week. Some great skiing is likely as a result although be careful to heed the avalanche warnings as the danger level is likely to rise significantly over the coming days.
A further 15-40cm of snow is forecast for both Norway and Sweden over the weekend, adding to the already good conditions. Some sunnier weather is expected at the start of next week, providing the perfect opportunity to head out and enjoy the new snow.
Bulgaria is also expecting some heavy snow over the weekend, with Bansko looking at more than 40cm of fresh snow over the weekend. Unfortunately less is forecast where it’s needed in Pamporovo, but 15cm could still fall in the next five days.
Further heavy snow is expected in Scotland before the weekend is up. The heaviest falls are set to shift from the west to the east during Friday, with a further 25cm expected for Cairngorm, The Lecht and Glenshee.