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Over 6ft (2m) of Snow Forecast for Pacific Northwest

A giant snowstorm current hitting the Pacific Northwest ofNorth America may deposit up to two metres of snow (over six feet) at some ski areas in Alaska, BC, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State by the start of next week. Mt Baker in Washington State (pictured below), which, on average, posts the most snowfall of any ski area in the world each season (16.3m) and holds the all-time single-season snowfall record (29m in '98-99) has received just over a metre of snowfall this week already, and there’s much more forecast. It’s good news for the region which had a warmer than average Autumn, with little natural snowfall and temperatures too warm forsnowmaking, forcing some ski centres to delay opening. https://www.facebook.com/mtbakerskiarea/videos/755671471462664/ Lookout…

24 Hour Snowfall Totals Up to 80cm in the Alps

Following a tough start to the season, a big snowstorm that hit the Alps over the weekend and continues this week has led to some huge snow accumulations over the past 24 hours with some resorts claiming that as much as 80cm (32 inches) fell on Sunday. Many resorts report at least 50cm (20 inches) - and the snow is still falling. It appears to be great timing for this significant weather event that looks set to bring more than a metre of snow to some centres by the time it eases tomorrow. With the main ski season getting underway next weekend and two of the busiest weeks of winter over Christmas and New Year only a fortnight away, winter holidaymakers…

Up To A Metre (3ft) of Snow Forecast for the Alps: Sat – Mon

The short-range weather forecast is increasingly pointing towards very heavy snowfalls hitting the Alps from tomorrow until Monday. It looks like it will keep snowing further into next week too. Recent image from Courchevel Sunday appears to be the day when the snowfall will be most intense, with a number of ski areas, particularly in the Western Alps, expected to get as much as 55cm in 24 hours on that day alone, but accumulations of 15-30cm are also forecast on Saturday and Monday. Our snow picks page ranks the resorts that will see the most snow. Most resorts in the Western Alps have 65-85cm of new snow over the next three days with some of the biggest forecasts given for…

Arlberg Region Opens for 2018-19 Season

Lech, Zurs and St. Anton in Austria’s famed Arlberg ski region have kicked off their 2018-19 winter. So far snow cover is a little limited with the base given as 20cm and 14 runs, representing a combined 14km of slopes, open for early arrivals. However heavy snow is forecast for Sunday/Monday December 2nd/3rd with up to 40cm of new snow expected in the region within a 48 hour period. (Lech during snowfall on Wednesday 28 November) St Anton has a number of events and attractions laid on to start the winter season over the weekend under the heading of a new event called "Catch Me if you Can". This includes the chance to test new season ski and snowboard gear…

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Opening 34 New Runs Served by New Quad Chairlift

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) in Coliorado, USA will today open its newest terrain expansion, The Beavers. The 468-acre terrain expansion is served by a new quad chairlift running from 9am to 3:15pm daily and marks an expansion of the existing ski area - one of the world’s highest, by almost a third. The 34 new runs of the expansion include two new intermediate groomed runs, open bowls and what the centre claims is some of the best glade (tree) skiing in Colorado. “We’ve been fortunate to have received good snow in October and November. This past week’s storm of an additional 22” has given us the opportunity to put the finishing touches on the new terrain. The conditions are…

Zermatt Opening Over 90km of Runs this Weekend, and New 3S Lift with Solar Power Plant

The combined Zermatt-Cervinia ski area will have the biggest ski area in the world open this weekend with more than 90km of runs accessible on the Swiss and Italian side of the border surrounding Europe’s highest ski lifts. Zermatt will also be running it’s new 3S gondola up to the Klein Matterhorn which has been operating daily since 1st November having taken there years to build during 100-day summer construction weather windows at its high altitude around 3,800 metres above sea level. The new lift, which will run alongside the existing cable car, has won attention for lots of features including some cabins with glass floors and others encrusted with Swarovski crystals, but it is also a very environmentally friendly…

First of the Big Areas Opening in the Alps This Week

Although several dozen ski areas are now open in the Alps for the 18-19 season, few offer more than 20km of terrain so far and most less than 5km. That’s due to change this weekend however as several of the big hitters are scheduled to open on Friday and Saturday meaning that ski areas offering at least 50km of runs will be operational. The French Alps have not had a very snowy Autumn on the whole leading to Tignes opening for its glacier skiing a fortnight later than planned last month and both les 2 Alpes and Val Thorens cancelling planned pre-season snowsports opening. However Val Thorens has now confirmed it will open at least 30% of its terrain this…

More Resorts Opening Early as Heavy Snowfall Hits Colorado

Three more ski areas will open in Colorado today (November 7th, 2018), and they're all opening earlier than planned. The early-openings, which will take the number of areas already open in the famous ski state to six, are all the result of heavy and repeat snowfalls since early October.  Most of the state's ski areas have now seen more than a metre of snow and those already open report 60-80cm bases. Breckenridge and Keystone are both opening three days ahead of schedule, Eldora 10 days. https://www.facebook.com/eldoramountainresort/videos/10156036480567998/ Breckenridge (pictured below yesterday) has announced it will have 10 runs open today - three greens, two blues and five black diamond runs: Callie’s Alley, Spruce, High Anxiety, Rounders and Little Johnny It's a…

Where’s Open to Ski or Board Already in November?

It's early days of course and it might yet all go wrong but October has been a very promising early start to the 18-19 season, and we begin November with about 30 resorts already open, many of them having seen several feet of snowfall already. The USA received some record-breaking biggest-ever-October snowfalls in the middle of the month allowing Wolf Creek in Colorado to claim the kudos for being the first on the continent to open, but since then eight more have joined it from East to West coasts, and November will see dozens then hundreds more open through the month. In Europe things weren't looking great until the final weekend of the month when huge snowfalls arrived in the…

Weekend of October Snowfall Totals Up to 1m In Alps

A huge snowstorm currently hitting the Alps has now deposited up to a metre of snow over the past 72 hours, and some areas may see another metre before the end of October, with the heaviest snowfall yet expected today, 29th October. Passo Stelvio in Italy (pictured top yesterday) has reported a metre of snow.  It is a summer ski area open for six months from May to November and scheduled to end its 2018 season  this coming weekend.  The Diavolezza glacier ski area in Switzerland's Engadin region reported 85cm in 48 hours yesterday.  It opened for its 2018-19 ski season just over a week ago. In Austria, Solden, which was staging the first weekend of Wild Cup racing for…