|Snow Report - 23 Nov 2015|
|Last snowed|| 22-Nov-2015|
|Fresh snow||30 cm|
|Lower slopes||30 cm|
|Upper slopes||60 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Fresh|
|Comments||Resort not yet open|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 25-Nov-2015)
The Swiss Alps were transformed over the weekend as a big winter storm swept in during the course of Friday. Snowfall started initially above around 2,200m, but lowered rapidly through Friday night to around 500m by early on Saturday morning. Up to a metre of new snow was recorded in parts of the northwestern Swiss Alps above around 2,500m, with most of our featured resorts seeing at least 50cm on the upper slopes. The only spots to miss out were in the far south and east of the country.
Despite the new snowfall, there was still relatively limited skiing on offer across the country on Monday 23rd November, but expect this all to change by the weekend as the majority of our featured resorts open up. Of the open resorts, the best skiing was arguably at Saas-Fee (10-140cm) where around 60cm of new snow fell over the weekend. Look out for the opening of further slopes lower down the mountain this week. Some great skiing was also to be had on the Glacier 3000 above Gstaad (20/80cm), following over 50cm of new snow over the weekend.
Davos/Klosters (5/38cm) also opened up full-time following the weekend’s snowfall, with four lifts spinning on the Parsenn Mountain. Keep an eye out for more piste openings this week as the new snow gets packed down and the snow machines continue to fire.
The list of resorts opening up this week and over the weekend is long thanks to all of the new snow, and we are currently expecting the following areas to open up by Saturday 28th November: Adelboden, Andermatt, Arosa, Crans-Montana, Engelberg, Flims/Laax, Grimentz/Zinal, Grindelwald, Lenzerheide, Murren, Samnaun, St Moritz, Verbier and Wengen.
Further heavy snowfall is expected over the coming days, accompanied by more cold temperatures. Between 30 and 50cm is forecast to fall to low levels during Wednesday and Thursday, before another wave of snowfall hits the country on Sunday and Monday – potentially bringing 50-100cm more fresh snow. In contrast to last season it is certainly looking good for pre-Christmas skiing!
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.