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Zinal Snow Report for 23 Nov 2017

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Zinal Snow Report for 23 Nov 2017

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Our Snow Report for Zinal brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Zinal snow report shown below was updated on 23 Nov 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 Zinal.

Zinal Snow Report Issued: 23 Nov 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 13 Nov 2017
Fresh snow depth:20cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
53
20
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste
×
Closed
PowderOff piste Varied
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:0 out of 21Lifts open.

Zinal Snow Conditions:Resort open for weekend skiing

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun,Lovely weather, perfect ski day,Temperature: -3°C

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*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)
Fri Sat Sun

(1566m — 2896m)

snow report yesterday

0 km away

Zinal webcam
53
20
×
Closed

Varied
20 cm
11 days ago
15
10
3
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2231 m
2450m 1600m 400m

(1571m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

5 km away

Grimentz webcam
53
20
×
Closed

Varied
20 cm
11 days ago
14
10
2
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2286 m
2500m 1600m 350m

(1800m — 2374m)

snow report yesterday

15 km away

Vercorin webcam
30
5
Packed
12
10
1
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2087 m
2550m 1600m 350m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

16 km away

Arolla webcam
×
Closed
12 days ago
25
11
6
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2500 m
2400m 1600m 400m

(1621m — 2891m)

snow report today

17 km away

×
Closed
11 days ago
10
8
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2256 m
2400m 1600m 400m

Notes on the Zinal Snow Report

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

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

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