|Snow Report - 24 Jan 2015|
|Last snowed|| 22-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||35 cm|
|Upper slopes||240 cm|
|Runs to resort||Good|
|Off piste snow||Tracked|
|Comments||Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 25-Jan-2015)
Conditions are much improved across Switzerland following last weekend’s snowfall and the efforts of pisteurs to produce good slopes. Some places have caught some more snow during the week, further adding to the good snow conditions. It is worth mentioning that snow conditions remain below average, but the Swiss Alps are only one big dump away from being fully back on track.
Some of the best skiing this week has been in the south of Switzerland. St Moritz (35/145cm) saw loads of new snow last weekend and has been running every lift all week, with some excellent powder conditions reported off piste. The Ski Club Leader in Zermatt (12/180cm) has been reporting some fantastic conditions throughout the week, with some great powder on offer across the whole ski area.
Saas fee (35/240cm) picked up 10cm of fresh snow on the morning of Thursday 22nd January, and whilst visibility is poor, the snow conditions are very good across the mountain. All 42 lifts have been turning at Arosa/Lenzerheide (50/80cm) this week, with some very good piste conditions in both valleys.
Light snow is expected over the weekend, but some places such as the Jungfrau Region could pick up 20cm. The snow is predicted to continue through into next week.
European Weather Outlook
Some more snow is in the forecast for the Alps this weekend, although the falls are likely to be mostly light in nature. Northern Switzerland and Austria can expect the heaviest snow, with up to 20cm forecast on Saturday. Elsewhere smaller amounts are predicted, but what falls will do so in cold air (below -5C at mid-mountain) so expect some lovely soft snow conditions. Visibility may be affected so make sure you’ve got some low-light lenses if you’re heading out to the Alps. There is the potential for a major snowfall event during the second half of next week, according to the latest forecast models. On current predictions, over a metre of snow is forecast for most of the Alps, but please bear in mind that the models can change as Alpine forecasting is notoriously complex. Keep an eye on the situation over the weekend to get the very latest information as the forecast evolves.
The Pyrenees can expect to see more snowfall over the weekend, although most of it should be light. Sunshine is currently expected for Sunday so make the most of the clear skies then if you’re planning a day-trip.
More light snow can be expected across Scandinavia, with the potential for 10cm of fresh snow for some. The best chance for some sunshine is on Sunday.
Light snow is also predicted for Bulgaria over the weekend, totalling around 10cm on current forecasts. Clouds should cover the skies for the majority of the weekend, but the best chance for brightness is on Saturday.
The recent settled spell of weather is set to come to an abrupt end in Scotland on Friday. New snow is expected over the weekend and into next week, but watch out for some fluctuations in the freezing level which may bring short periods of rainfall.