|Snow Report - 12 Jan 2017|
|Last snowed|| 10-Jan-2017|
|Fresh snow||2 cm|
|Upper slopes||115 cm|
|Runs to resort||Artificial|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||Improving conditions thanks to the new snow|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 16-Jan-2017)
It’s was the clam before the storm in Switzerland on Thursday 12th January. Mostly cloudy, overcast conditions in the Swiss Alps today as moderate to heavy snowfall is forecast to begin later in the evening. Conditions on snow today were much improved from the weeks past, as recent snowfalls have refreshed the pistes. Champery (20/55cm) is starting to show a marked improvement, with just under one metre forecast in the coming 48 hours.
Broadly speaking for people traveling to resorts in the Swiss Alps this weekend you can expect conditions to be fantastic on piste. Off-piste the cover is still thin but improving rapidly, expect some rocks to be buried just below the fresh powder. By Saturday off-piste conditions will be excellent at any resorts with skiing above 2000m. Check for local avalanche conditions as the risk is very likely to increase rapidly also. Visibility won’t be amazing, but the skiing will be.
In the forecast, the next 48 hours will bring significant snowfall to The Swiss Alps. Resorts around The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc Massif will see the most amounts of snow at almost one metre. Further north and north east snowfalls are forecast at more than half a metre. Finally powdery conditions are returning to The Swiss Alps.
European Weather Outlook
Winter has arrived, better late than never apparently. The past few days has seen excellent snow fall, particularly in Austria, now its France, Italy and Switzerland’s turn. Coming up is a change in the direction of the flow of cold air. This change will, over the next 72 hours finally bring sizeable snow falls to resorts around The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc Massif. Strong winds are prevailing in some areas of the European Alps today. These winds will likely stay moderate to strong during the storm, this will mean uneven distribution of snow throughout the entire south western Alps range. In the east Italian resorts in the Sella Ronda will also see just under half a metre of new snow arrive. For the worried masses traveling to the Alps, fret no more. Over the weekend and into next week at time the visibility will be poor but the skiing will be fantastic.
The good news doesn’t stop for resorts in Germany either. The forecast is for more heavy snowfalls over the next three days. This week’s snowfalls should bed down a snow base to last the rest of the season, even the off piste areas will start becoming an option.
In Austria, briefly speaking the tap will stay on for the next three days with moderate to heavy snowfalls expected to continue. Beyond 72 hours the storm will slow down but conditions will stay cloudy with light snow.
The Pyrenees are getting some excellent snow fall currently, this will continue into the weekend. A great time to be skiing in the area.