INTRODUCTION The sun was shining brightly over Austria on Thursday whereas Switzerland had quite a cloudy start to the day with the odd scattered shower. The spring conditions have been halted in New Zealand and Australia as all resorts have had fresh snow. In South America it was quite sunny with a few patches of cloud but overall conditions were very good.
AUSTRIA Conditions continue to be very good in Austria at the moment as the sun continued to shine on Thursday 18th September.The Molltal glacier (210cm) looked very appealing on Thursday as the pistes were well groomed after a recent snow fall and there were blue skies, light clouds and nice sunshine. The resort team had three lifts turning for those out enjoying the fresh pistes. The average mid-mountain temperature was around 5C so it was nice and cold at the top of the ski area which made for excellent conditions.The nice weather looks like it might begin to turn with the weekend approaching. It looks as though it will be bright starts for the next few days but clouds will develop in the afternoon. So set that alarm clock and catch the first lifts to enjoy some early morning sun and piste.
FRANCE All our featured French resorts are now closed for the summer and will reopen when winter arrives.
SWITZERLAND The weather wasn't as nice in Switzerland on Thursday 18th September as it was in other parts of Europe. It was mainly overcast with scattered showers lower down the mountains but it did brighten up more as the day wore on.Despite the clouds, Zermatt (110cm) was open with 11 lifts turning and the resort team had plenty of good pistes on offer for all to enjoy. The overall temperature was around 4C so it was quite cold at the top and as a result the pistes were quite hard, which provided a fast surface. At the top of the Klein Matterhorn there was light snow fall which is great news for the pistes up there.If you are heading out this weekend it might be worth packing a low light lens as it looks likely that it will be quite cloudy but there is a chance of light snow fall.
ITALY Cervinia, The Presena Glacier and Val Senales are closed for the summer.
NORTH AMERICA Timberline, USA and Whistler, Canada are closed for the summer.
AUSTRALIA It might be spring time in Australia but the snow has returned to all of our featured resorts. It has been snowing lightly over the past couple of days with some resorts having a light dusting and others receiving up to 6cm. Mount Buller (40cm) had the most snow with around 6cm falling early on Thursday 18th September. It's not a huge amount but it's certainly welcomed as spring conditions were softening the pistes. Falls Creek (100cm) continues to offer excellent skiing in Australia. The resort received around 3cm, which has firmed up the pistes and held off the spring conditions for a little while longer. If you are heading to the mountains this weekend then you should be in luck with the weather because the snow clouds look likely to clear with the sun breaking through in time for the weekend.
NEW ZEALAND There's been plenty of snow falling in New Zealand over the past few days and Thursday 18th September was no exception. All of our featured resorts have had snow fall recently and some resorts have developed powder pockets. Treble Cone (172cm) had around 15cm on the 16th September. This is great timing for the resort as spring conditions were beginning to settle in so the pistes look brand new and there is pockets of fresh powder off the piste Whakapapa (254cm) had around 10cm on Thursday, which again is excellent news as spring conditions were softening the pistes, now they have a nice new layer so get out there and get your turns in.Despite the fresh snow there were a few closures due to recent weather. Mount Dobson (52cm) is currently on hold but may open at the weekend so keep an eye on their website. Mount Olympus (40cm) is currently closed until snow conditions improve. Porters (50cm) had amazing 35cm recently but the resort has closed temporarily until the snow pack can be assessed because recent winds have caused some safety concerns. The forecast for the weekend looks quite cloudy with a chance of more snow although it should brighten up towards the end of the weekend but don't let that stop you hitting the mountain and enjoying the fresh snow.
SOUTH AMERICA The weather across South America looked excellent on Thursday 18th September with wide spread sunshine and nice temperatures ranging from just below freezing to around 4C at mid mountain level Chapelco (70cm) continues to offer great winter skiing after a recent snow fall. The resort team had ten lifts turning on Thursday for those out there enjoying the slopes. The off piste has been tracked now but there is still a good amount of the soft stuff off the piste and in the back country.The Three Valleys consisting of El Colorado (60cm), La Parva (55cm) and Valle Nevado (40cm) had quite a chilly day with average mid mountain temperature hovering around the freezing mark. This was added to the great conditions as the sun was shining and a total of 40 lifts were in operation for their snow sports enthusiasts.The weather forecast for the weekend looks quite changeable across South America with most of our featured resorts enjoying sunshine until the latter stages of the weekend. There will be some clouds developing mid way thorough the weekend but this could bring light snow fall.