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Hesperus Snow Report for 20 Jan 2017

  • Weather Forecast for Hesperus at  m altitude issued: 10 pm20 Jan 2017 (local time)  
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Hesperus Snow Report for 20 Jan 2017

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Our Snow Report for Hesperus brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Hesperus snow report shown below was updated on 20 Jan 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 Hesperus.

Hesperus Snow Report Issued: 20 Jan 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 20 Jan 2017
Fresh snow depth:18cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
102
102
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pistePowder
PowderOff piste-
Resort runsResort runsopen

Resort Ski Report:1 out of 2Lifts open.Resort is open. 7 inches (18 cm) past 48 hrs.

  
*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

(2493m — 2706m)

snow report yesterday

0 km away

102
102
Powder 18 cm
yesterday
56
9
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2600 m
1500m 1250m 1950m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

32 km away

168
157
Powder 18 cm
yesterday
41
6
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2988 m
1500m 1150m 1950m

(2679m — 3297m)

snow report yesterday

42 km away

162
162
Powder
Powder
17 cm
yesterday
67
12
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2988 m
1550m 1300m 2000m

(3170m — 4054m)

snow report yesterday

67 km away

356
178
Powder 8 cm
yesterday
68
14
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3612 m
1650m 1350m 2000m

(2659m — 3831m)

snow report yesterday

72 km away

130
130
Packed powder
Varied
10 cm
yesterday
59
13
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 3245 m
1650m 1450m 2000m

Notes on the Hesperus Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Hesperus weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Hesperus, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Hesperus. 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, Hesperus snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Hesperus snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Hesperus 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 Hesperus 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 Hesperus, study the Hesperus piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Hesperus snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Hesperus 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 Hesperus (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Hesperus Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Hesperus 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.