|Snow Report - 17 Dec 2014|
|Last snowed|| 17-Dec-2014|
|Fresh snow||2 cm|
|Lower slopes||2 cm|
|Upper slopes||37 cm|
|Runs to resort||Worn|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Hard base, light dusting of fresh snow|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 17-Dec-2014)
Monday 15th dawned mostly cloudy across the Swiss Alps, with some light snowfall in the forecast for this week. Several resorts are now operating daily, although the best conditions are to be found on the upper slopes and in areas covered by snowmaking.
Zermatt (0/78cm) had a huge 247km of pistes prepared to start the new week and excellent on piste conditions have been reported by our Ski Club leader currently in the resort.
Elsewhere the best conditions remain on the upper slopes, especially as temperatures have warmed slightly over the weekend. Saas Fee (9/210cm) was offering good skiing up on the Allalin glacier and it was also possible to ski back to the resort.
Grimentz-Zinal (0/40cm) is now open daily and was running 15 lifts, accessing some decent piste conditions at altitude. Similarly, Arosa-Lenzerheide (9/30cm) had 10 lifts open over the weekend and will continue to operate throughout the week.
Some light snow is forecast to fall across Switzerland on Monday night. The latest predictions unfortunately are suggesting that freezing levels will rise on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing some rain to slopes below 2,500m.
European Weather Outlook
After a fairly cloudy day on Monday across Europe, the forecast is indicating that the clouds will thicken and there is a significant chance of fresh snow to all of our featured countries on Wednesday. Switzerland looks as though it will benefit the most with up to 12cm being predicted, where as the likes of France, Italy and Austria should see an average fall of around 5cm. The freezing level may rise above 2000m later in the week which could see light rain but the slopes at high altitude shouldn’t be affected.
Bulgaria had a fairly clear day on Monday and this is expected to continue until midweek then more clouds should move in but this could bring more fresh snow.
Norway / Sweden have differing forecasts to each other in that Norway is expecting quite a cloudy week with scattered snow showers being predicted throughout the week. Sweden on the other hand looks as though it will be brighter with a few cloudy spells.