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Grächen Snow Report for 16 Dec 2017

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Grächen Snow Report for 16 Dec 2017

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Our Snow Report for Grächen brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Grächen snow report shown below was updated on 16 Dec 2017. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Grächen.

Grächen Snow Report Issued: 16 Dec 2017

Season opens: 16 December 2017 | Season closes: 8 April 2018

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon
Fresh snow depth:-cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
65
50
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Fresh
PowderOff piste Fresh
Resort runsResort runsOpen

Resort Ski Report:7 out of 11 Lifts open.35 of 44 km of pistes open.

Eyeball snow report
  1. eyeball reporterRoddy Willis SNOWING
  2. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: Snowing at a moderate rate at Haute Nendaz.
  3. eyeball reporterMember Report: There are snow showers in Zermatt. Light winds here. Very cold. There is a dusting of fresh snow. Lifts are all open. The snow on the pistes is packed Variable snow conditions off-piste
  4. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: There is heavy snow falling at Verbier.
  5. eyeball reporterMember Report: Snow falling in Mürren.
  
*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sat Sun Mon

(1621m — 2891m)

snow report today

0 km away

65
50

Fresh

Fresh
12
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 2256 m
400m 350m 700m

(1556m — 2671m)

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8 km away

60
25

Good
7 days ago
10
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2114 m
400m 400m 700m

(1510m — 2439m)

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10 km away

Eischoll webcam
130
50

Good
15
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1974 m
350m 350m 700m

(1800m — 3600m)

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13 km away

Saas Fee webcam
145
35

Fresh

Powder
20 cm
yesterday
13
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2700 m
450m 350m 700m

(1670m — 2400m)

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14 km away

No Info
10
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2035 m
450m 400m 700m

Notes on the Grächen Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Grächen. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Grächen piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Grächen snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Grächen, the Grächen weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Grächen weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Grächen, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Grächen. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Grächen snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Grächen snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Grächen snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Grächen snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Grächen, study the Grächen piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Grächen snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Grächen on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Grächen (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Grächen Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Grächen snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.

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