Cold & Fine For Most of the Alps


It’s turned colder across the Alps again.  Some parts have had a welcome big snowfall this week but snow depths are generally way below where they should be for the time of year. Meanwhile it’s dumping again in the USA. NEW

The areas that have been lucky with the snow in the last few days are in the far south-western Alps.

Prato Nevoso in the Piedmont has had as much as 80cm fall.

And Isola 2000 over the border in France has seen some welcome snow.

The alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, of WeatherToSki, says more snow is expected in the region, with the heaviest the further south you are.

Some snow will reach the Milky Way resorts (eg Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx), parts of the Maurienne such as Val Cenis and as far as Val d’Isère.

Elsewhere it will stay cold and fine.

Austria has some of the best of the skiing in the Alps at the moment.

It’s had more consistent snowfall – though nothing in the last couple of days – and lower temperatures than elsewhere.

We’ve been sent these photos from Holger Gassler in Innsbruck.

Nordkette ski area, Tirol, from Innsbruck, Tuesday 28th February. Image © Holger Gassler

Nordkette ski area, Tirol, from Innsbruck, Tuesday 28th February. Image © Holger Gassler

PlanetSKI reader, Kylie Field, reported on Sunday that there had been some snow in Soelden.

“Finally some snow in Austria, 12cm in Soelden,” she told us.

But the best of the snow was in the Arlberg.

“The snow situation in the Alps is an unusual one right now,” Fraser Wilkin said on Tuesday.

“Snow depths are way below where they should be for late February across most of the Alps, with very patchy or non-existent natural snow cover at lower altitudes in many central and western regions.

“Most major resorts can still offer plenty of reasonable piste skiing, and the recent cold has at least now put the brakes on the thaw. However, the pistes are often hard-packed or icy and more snow is urgently needed to both improve the snow quality and to prospects for the rest of the season.”

PlanetSKI reader, Sue McCausland, sent us this image from Les2Alpes in the southern French Alps at the weekend, where there had been a small top-up of snow.

Les2Alpes, France.

Les2Alpes, France. Image c/o Sue McCausland

Elsewhere in France there were a few flakes falling in Tignes as PlanetSKI reporter, Claire McAteer, arrived at the weekend.

It hadn’t seen any snow for more than a month.

Around 5cm fell across the day.

Tignes, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Tignes, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Claire McAteer, Tignes, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Claire McAteer, Tignes, France. Image © PlanetSKI

See more detail from the last week in our earlier PlanetSKI Snow Report

And the forecast for the Alps?

There could be more widespread snow later next week but it’s too far away to be sure.


Meanwhile,  the epic season enjoyed by resorts in the west of the USA – in particular California and Utah –  is continuing.


The area is now at the centre of another storm cycle which is expected to deliver powdery snow.

“We could see up to 130 inches of snow in total by Wednesday afternoon for 8.5-day totals!” Palisades Tahoe resort says.


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