|Snow Report - 23 Nov 2015|
|Last snowed|| 22-Nov-2015|
|Fresh snow||60 cm|
|Lower slopes||10 cm|
|Upper slopes||140 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 27-Nov-2015)
The snow continues to fall across much of Switzerland as another winter storm swept over the Swiss Alps on Thursday 26th November. Gstaad (0/110cm) and Les Diablerets (50/110cm) both saw snowfall of around 50cm overnight, with more snow reported to fall throughout the day. Powder conditions were on offer in both resorts, however, poor visibility due to low lying cloud limited the number of lifts operating on Thursday.
The snow is likely to continue across many resorts over the weekend. This will give way to period of settled weather next week, with temperatures set to rise above freezing for the first time in a week. Low temperatures in the evening should see that the snow hangs around for a little while yet, as well as providing good snowmaking conditions.
On the back of the recent snowfall we will see many resorts opening over the coming weekend. This includes Andermatt, Arosa, Davos, Grindelwald, Lenzerheide, Leysin/Les Mosses, Murren, Samnaun, Verbier and Wengen. All resort opening date are were correct as of Thursday 26th November and are subject to change at any time.
European Weather Outlook
Thursday’s snow is set to clear through the Alps from the west, lingering longest in the Austrian Alps, where a further 10cm is possible during the day. A mostly sunny Friday is then forecast, accompanied by temperatures well below freezing at all levels. Another snow front is then set to move into the Alps on Saturday, although it is looking likely to be less potent than initially expected. Snowfall totals are therefore likely to be much more modest, with between 10-25cm forecast for most resorts in the Alps. Sunshine and settled weather finally looks to be returning in time for the new week, with sunny skies and milder temperatures (above freezing at most levels during the day) expected. Little snowmelt is likely however owing to cold overnight temperatures, short days and weak sunshine.
Very similar weather is forecast for the Pyrenees, although less snow is forecast to fall over the weekend, with only 10cm likely at our featured resorts. Slightly higher temperatures are also forecast next week, with daytime peaks of around 7C expected at mid-mountain level.
Heavy snow is forecast for Bulgaria on Friday, dropping as much as 30cm on our featured resorts. More settled weather is then expected next week, with a slow rise in temperature looking likely as the week progresses.
Once Friday’s warm spell passes through, a very wintry spell of weather is predicted for Scandinavia over the weekend and into the start of next week. Heavy snow is set to track through Norway and Sweden on Sunday/Monday, bringing at least 20cm of new snow to our featured resorts, with as much as 50cm possible at Voss on the west coast.
Very unsettled and stormy weather is forecast for Scotland over the weekend and into next week, with high winds forecast to accompany spells of heavy rain and heavy snow. Hopefully after the snow falls (most likely on Friday and Saturday), the rain will not wash away all of the fresh accumulations and a decent base will begin to build.