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Serra da Estrela Snow Report for 29 Jan 2017

  • Weather Forecast for Serra da Estrela at  m altitude issued: 11 pm22 Feb 2017 (local time)  
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Serra da Estrela Snow Report for 29 Jan 2017

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Our Snow Report for Serra da Estrela brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Serra da Estrela snow report shown below was updated on 29 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 Serra da Estrela.

Serra da Estrela Snow Report Issued: 29 Jan 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 28 Jan 2017
Fresh snow depth:0cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
35
10
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pisteWet
PowderOff pisteSlush
Resort runsResort runsOpen

Resort Ski Report:2 out of 4Lifts open.-

Serra da Estrela Snow Conditions:Resort runs are wet and slushy

Reported Weather Conditions:Rain,Slopes suffering in the rain,Temperature: 2°C

  
*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.

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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)
Thu Fri Sat

(1501m — 1951m)

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Fuentes de Invierno webcam
100
20
Spring 5 days ago
16
6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1726 m
2700m 2500m 3100m

(2102m — 3300m)

snow report yesterday

514 km away

Sierra Nevada webcam
200
50

Excellent

Powder
10 days ago
26
1
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2701 m
2750m 2550m 3000m

(1541m — 2400m)

snow report yesterday

637 km away

Candanchu webcam
190
60
Packed 10 days ago
12
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1970 m
2950m 1850m 2350m

(1551m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

649 km away

Formigal webcam
265
90

Good

Varied
2 cm
15 days ago
13
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1876 m
3000m 1900m 2350m

(1250m — 2100m)

snow report yesterday

652 km away

140
50

Fresh

Fresh
9 days ago
9
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1675 m
2900m 1750m 2300m

Notes on the Serra da Estrela Snow Report

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

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

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