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SNOW NEWS UPDATED 21 FEBRUARY 2024

INTRODUCTION North America continues to post the best snow conditions in the world in terms of fresh snowfall and plenty of powder with several storms moving in from the west and leaving fresh, deep snow across California, the Rockies, The Tetons and more. In fact, the snow has also been falling on Eastern ski states' slopes, New England, mid-Atlantic and the Midwest ski slopes too, if not quite so abundantly, enough for some good powder days from coast to coast.

EUROPE INTROIt was a fairly quiet week for snowfall in the Alps after the 20-50cm (8-20") accumulations last week, until falls of up to 30cm (12"), though more widely 10-20cm (4-8") were reported across the region on Tuesday morning, earlier than expected. Up to then there have been some snow showers and base depths on upper slopes are up a little on a week ago, but most have been light and there has been much more sunshine. Southerly European mountains have been back to seeing temperatures into double figures at 1,000m and even at 1,500m at times and rather than thinking of abnormally warm temperatures in January and February it now begins to feel like we can say "Spring is here early" as we enter the final week of meteorological winter time. Where winter is more present is in Scandinavia where temperatures have remained more reliably sub-zero and the snow more consistently powdery without the freeze/thaw further south. But it's important to note that most slopes remain open and most skiers are happy on the groomed runs, hardpacked with a little fresh on top.

Kaunertal

AUSTRIA REPORTIt has been a better week than recent ones in Austria with regular snow showers between sunny periods of up to 30cm (12"), refreshing the slope cover nicely. Temperatures have been lower but still in the +5 to +10C range and despite the fresh snowfall that is finally beginning to have an impact on open terrain - albeit a small one so far on the bigger areas. The Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn Skicircus (50/120cm / 12/48") has dropped to 82% open with 50km (31 miles) of mostly lower slopes closed, although that still leaves 220km (137 miles) open. The biggest open area, St Anton and Lech's Arlberg (65/360cm / 26/144") has dropped a little too, to 90% of its 300km (187 miles) of runs, but obviously, that's still plenty to see it through the remain 10 weeks or so of the season.

(c) Stefan Kothner - Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Gargellen

AUSTRIA FORECASTColder, snowier weather is forecast for the coming week, with the freezing point dropping down the valley where daytime highs will be closer to 5C than 15C. Accumulations of 20-40cm (8-16") are possible by the weekend so one of the most promising forecasts for a while.

The Matterhorn, Zermatt

SWITZERLAND REPORTYou know things are looking too warm when the FIS Women's World Cup Downhill races at Crans Montana (1090/160cm / 40/64") are on a shortened course that shortened at the base above 1500m, not like they normally are at the top due to strong winds, and the organisers of the famous White Turf races at St Moritz (10/90cm / 4/36") can't guarantee the safety of horses and riders on what should be a frozen lake at 1850m - but a drone survey is sporting cracks and wet patches. So these are all signs of the warm temperatures that have plagued the Alps, including Switzerland, for much of 2024 so far. There have been more snow showers though, with Engelberg (100.300cm / 40/120" reaching a three metre/ten feet base up top for the first time this season after 23cm (9") there on Tuesday. Most Swiss ski areas remain fully open, or nearly snow, but warm valley temperatures creating wet snow down low continues to be an issue. The 4 Valleys around Verbier (22/258cm / 9/103") remain more than 95% open though, offering 390km (146 miles) of piste, the most in the country still. Upper base depths are more than 10 times lower slope depths now though.

Above the clouds, Villars

SWITZERLAND FORECASTThe latter half of this week is looking promising for some decent snowfalls in the region of 20-40cm (8-16") on higher slopes by the weekend. Temperatures also dropping down to double-digits below freezing overnight above 2,000m and closer to freezing in valleys even in the daytime. So more like February norms.

Artouste by Jéremy Lacoste

FRANCE REPORTMostly sunny days again across the French Alps but with occasional light snowfalls up high, but the bigger snowfalls expected over the past few weeks have not really materialised so far. That said, 5-10cm (2-4") falls were reported on Tuesday morning over the previous night, a surprise for many. It has been cooler the past week than for much of the first half of February in the northern Alps with the freezing point generally moving between 1000 and 2500m altitude, the warmest temperatures in the high single figures in valleys. However, we've seen +15C in Valleys in the southern Alps, which conversely saw the biggest snowfalls 10 days ago. There's not been a great change in snow depths, with France just clinging on to the deepest-bases-in-the-world position as the only country where the 4-metre mark has been reached on higher slopes, almost all of the country's large ski regions remain 90% or more open too. They include the 3 Valleys (140/200 cm / 56/80") with 555km / 347 miles) of runs open - 92% of the maximum terrain and the most in the world.

Artouste-Fabrèges by Jérémy Lacoste

FRANCE FORECASTWe again have forecasts of 20-50cm (8-20") of snowfall in the final few days of this week, with temperatures dropping too. Whilst fresh snowfall will be welcomer, snow experts like Henry's Avalanche Talk are warning that the snowfall, if it arrives as forecast, could cause great danger on some slopes due to the mix of current conditions.

Madonna, Madonna di Campiglio

ITALY REPORTThere have been some light snowfalls on high slopes across Italian mountains over the past week but the main weather conditions have once again been warm, dry and sunny with the freezing point up at about 2,000m and valley temperatures reaching +10 to +15C. Most Italian slopes remain open, at least in the Dolomites and Alps, not so much in the Apennines to the south which have had and continue to have a very challenging winter. La Thuile (97/325cm / 39/130") is posting Italy's deepest base and Val Gardena is the most open terrain entirely within Italy, with 180km (113 miles) of runs open in its Dolomites Valley (The Via Lattea/Milky way and Cervinia/Zermatt both have more - nearly 300km (187 miles) each, but not all in Italy, if that matters.

skiing in Livigno

ITALY FORECASTThere is significant snowfall expected later this week with temperatures due to drop. A front moving through on Thursday/Friday could bring 20/40cm (8-16") accumulations on upper mountains if the snow arrives as the modelling predicts. Much colder weather with valley temperatures dipping back below freezing overnight and the daytime freezing point at about 1500m.

Cable car on top of Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze

GERMANY REPORTThere has been some snowfall through the weekend on higher German ski slopes with 5-20cm (2-8") accumulation totals reported. About three-quarters of the country's mostly smaller closed as they are levels too low for reliable snow cover this winter, but by contrast the 50 or so commercial centres with higher terrain are, on the whole close to fully open …but suffering thin, wet snow cover on lower runs. It has remained warm, 10C+ in the afternoon, below 1500m. No surprise that as (almost) always the highest slopes at Zugspitze (120/246cm / 48/99") have the deepest snow. 100% open Balderschwang (30/50cm / 12/20) has the most open terrain in the country with 41km (26 miles) despite the thin cover.

Zugspitze summit, Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze

GERMANY FORECASTAfter another few days of warm, sunny weather, snowfall is expected to low elevations from Thursday/Friday with temperatures dropping back towards freezing too. It's not going to be enough to really transform things for those without enough snow lying already.

SCANDINAVIA REPORTScandinavian centres continue to post the lowest temperatures in European skiing and more fresh snowfall. Downhill racers in the Men's FIS World Cup Tour on its stops at Norway's Kvitfjell (20/80cm / 8/32") at the weekend had lows of -10 to -20C keeping the course in great shape. However, it's further west around Voss (175/190cm / 70/76") that the region's deepest snow is to be found while the region's largest ski area, Sweden's à re (50/90cm / 20/36"), has 90% of its slopes open. After the Fonna Glacier reported the snow lying 10 metres (400") deep ahead of its spring/summer 2024 season start in May, Europe's most northerly major resort, Riksgränsen, is due to open for its 2024 season this coming weekend.

SCANDINAVIA FORECASTThere are some big snowfalls, potentially the biggest in Europe this week, forecast for the last three or four days of this week. Temperatures will be warmer than they have been, up to -5 to +3C, but up to 60cm (two feet) of snowfall is expected within 72 hours.

SCOTLAND REPORTMild temperatures have been testing the snow reserves of Scottish ski areas leaving most centres with little more than their base area nursery slopes still operational until the next temperature drop and fresh snowfall arrives, hopefully later this week. Nevis range has closed again and The Lecht is back to beginner only runs. Cairngorm, Glencoe and Glenshee were battling to have a few more runs open at time of writing but it was touch and go.

SCOTLAND FORECASTTemperatures are due to drop in the latter half of this week with fresh snowfall forecast. Its unclear as yet whether this will be enough to enable runs to re-open.

Arcalis Tourist Board, Ordino-Arcalís

SPAIN / ANDORRA REPORTAfter the fairly relentlessly dry, warm and sunny first half of the season we've entered a period of more changeable weather in the Pyrenees with fronts bringing in some snowfall every few days, the amount falling variable (typically 5-15cm/2-6") and mostly benefitting higher slopes as afternoon temperatures in valleys continue to reach +5 to +10C so any snow making it down that low doesn't last long. There have been sunny days in between the snowy ones. The snowfall isn't really impacting the terrain open, which averages 55-65% of potential terrain, or boosting snow depth stats much. Grandvalira (25/65cm / 8/26") in Andorra, which includes Pas de la Casa and Soldeu has the most terrain open, 120km (75 miles), even though that's only 55% of its max terrain.

Arcalis Tourist Board, Ordino-Arcalís

SPAIN / ANDORRA FORECASTThe warm and sunny weather will continue for the next few days but the end of the week could bring some big snowfalls by this season's standards, with up to 30cm (a foot) by Sunday and temperatures dropping down to the valley floor, double digits below up on higher slopes.

Bezbog, Bezbog Ski Centre

BULGARIA / ROMANIA REPORTThe weather has stabilised a good deal after the torrential rain at the start of last week. Temperatures have remained below freezing on the upper mountain, freeze-thaw at lower levels, with plenty of sunshine. Pamporovo (97/114cm / 39/46"), which was one of the hardest hit by the storm, is back to 70% of its slopes open. Meanwhile, Borovets (130/150cm / 52/60") has extended its opening hours by 30 minutes and is now operating 'spring hours;' meaning a slightly longer ski day. It has 65% of its slopes open and the deepest snow.

2nd half of season much snowier than 1st half, Borovets

BULGARIA / ROMANIA FORECASTFreeze-thaw conditions with mostly clear skies continuing. Staying below freezing on high slopes but reaching +10C at resort level in afternoons, before dropping back below zero overnight.

CZECH REPUBLIC / SLOVAKIA REPORTThe major ski areas in the Czech and Slovak Republics have been reported better conditions - meaning more stable with less strong winds and rain/sleet/snow over the last week - although there has been more precipitation. This falls as rain on lower slopes meaning the region's smaller, lower centres are mostly closed, but the well-known areas, generally with higher altitude terrain, are largely fully open still. The Slovak Republic's biggest Jasna (40/100 cm / 16/40") has dropped to about 80% of its 50km (31 miles) of slopes open though from nearly 100% last month. The Czech Republic's biggest Špindlerův Mlýn (50/120 cm / 20/48") meanwhile remains at 98% open.

CZECH REPUBLIC / SLOVAKIA FORECASTCloudy skies and some light to moderate snowfall are forecast for the remainder of this week, with mountain temperatures between zero and -5C, and valleys +2 to +7C.

USA / Canada

NORTH AMERICA INTROIt's been a good week across much of North America, but particularly the West Coast and Rockies where a series of storms have brought plenty more powder to further bolster February snow totals and keep conditions very fresh on the slopes. Although the biggest falls have been in the west, ski areas in the East, Midwest and Mid Atlantic have also seen decent dumps, improving conditions here too as we near the start of meteorological springtime.

ROCKIES REPORTThe latest storm systems brought some good snowfalls across the Rockies and adjacent mountain ranges from last Thursday night onwards. Brighton (104/104" / 260/260cm) in Utah posted the biggest accumulation in the first 24 hours, receiving 17cm (43") of fresh snowfall ahead of a powder-filled weekend. It was good news too for America's biggest ski area, Park City Mountain Resort (75/92" / 175/230cm), which is 100% open and posted a 14" (35cm) accumulation in the first 24 hours of the storm. A third Utah area, Alta (64/140" / 160/351cm) has been posting the continent's deepest upper slope base depth and reports it is now 100% open for the first time this season. Meanwhile, legendary Jackson Hole (40/108" / 100/260cm) is also 100% open and also got dumped on.

ROCKIES FORECASTWe're back to mostly sunny weather for the week ahead with temperatures generally between the mid-20s and high-30s Fahrenheit through the 24-hour cycle at resort level, remaining below freezing above mid-mountain. So something of a holding pattern for snow, with a s freeze-thaw impact to lower slopes.

USA WEST REPORTThe famous 'Pineapple Express' weather system really delivered for the US West this week with the area receiving a second set of major storms beginning just over a week after the last one ended, and continuing, on and off, through much of the past week. Again California was a big beneficiary with many areas reporting at least a foot (30cm) of snowfall in the first 24 hours of the system on Thursday/Friday last week, setting up the region for an epic powder weekend. Mammoth Mountain (213/317cm / 85/125") was one of the big winners with several feet of new snowfall taking it through the 200" (5 metres) season-to-date snowfall total at its base, more than half of which fell in February.

USA WEST FORECASTThe snow showers are easing now and clear skies with sunny weather are forecast for the week ahead. Lows mid-teens Fahrenheit overnight, highs mid 20sF

MIDWEST REPORTAfter a few lacklustre weeks with above-freezing temperatures, it's been a good seven days for ski areas across much of the Midwest with some of the best snowfalls of the season. Temperatures have also remained close to, or below freezing all week, including in the afternoons. Minnesota was one of the big winners with Wild Mountain (10/24" / 25/60"), famously one of the first in the US to open for skiing each October, posting a six-inch (15cm) accumulation and reporting powder conditions. Terry Peak (8/12" / 20/30cm) in South Dakota reported a 4"/10cm snowfall too - a big boost given the meagre depths. Michigan ski areas continue to top the accumulated depth tables though, led by 100% open Ski Brule (48/48" / 120/120cm).

MIDWEST FORECASTMostly dry conditions with some states like Wisconsin staying sunny, others like Michigan getting overcast skies. Temperatures are mostly below freezing, in the 20s and low 30s.

USA EAST REPORTA very positive mood on the US East Coast as storms delivered some decent dumps ahead of the President's Day holiday weekend. Although we were talking up to a foot, rather than feet of snow, this has been one of the coldest, snowiest weeks of the season and skiers and boarders have been enjoying the pow. There have been some big snowfalls in the Mid Atlantic region to the south too with Pennsylvania one of the big winners with its largest report, Blue Mountain Resort, reporting 12 inches (30cm) of snowfall going into the weekend. Camelback Resort reported 9-12 inches (23-30cm) and Jack Frost/Big Boulder 12"+ (30cm+) each.

USA EAST FORECASTFollowing a few dry, sunny days which could see temperatures climb up into the low 40s in the afternoon, the next front is due to move in Thursday bringing significant snowfall, then continuing into the weekend with lighter falls.

CANADA WEST REPORTIn a sign that conditions are looking somewhat better now in Western Canada, particularly in Alberta and in the eastern half of BC, the Freeride World Tour finally staged its first scheduled stop of the 2024 campaign at Kicking Horse (40/120cm / 16/48"), a resort where much of the freeride terrain was temporarily closed a few weeks ago due to warm, wet weather. Since then there's been plenty of snowfall. Whistler Blackcomb (10/148cm / 4/59"), on the coast, is up to about 75% open and reported over 30cm (12") of snowfall this week and again improving conditions on higher ground. The big event there this week was a visit by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a year ahead of the resort staging the Invictus Games.

CANADA WEST FORECASTContinuing sunny skies are forecast for the coming week, with temperatures mostly below freezing but creeping up to +3 or +4 inland at bases in the afternoons, and +5 to +8 on the BC coast.

CANADA EAST REPORTLow temperatures and light snowfalls have been a feature of the past seven days in eastern Canada, although the past few days have turned clear and sunny for most. With temps dipping to -20C on high slopes overnight and reaching highs of -5C in valleys in the afternoons it has been time to layer up and enjoy the crisp snow. Most of the region's ski areas have most of their slopes open with some like Sommet Saint-Sauveur (60/90cm / 12/36") now 100" Open. However, despite posting a very thin base at its base, Quebec and the East's largest ski area, Mont Tremblant (6/130cm / 3/52"), has the most terrain open in the region, 90% of its terrain.

CANADA EAST FORECASTDry and sunny midweek but a fresh front bringing snowfall just in time for the weekend. Temperatures down towards -5 C at resort level, -15C overnight at the top of the slopes.

View over The Sea of Japan, Chisenupurri

JAPAN REPORTIt has been a quieter week on Japanese slopes with more clear skies and more resorts seeing their snow stats depths dip a little as the snowpack settles rather than grow in the last 7 days. There have been some light snowfalls though and some have seen their numbers up more significantly, with ski areas in Aomori and Gifu prefectures seeing the greatest slope snow depth growth of 20-30cm (8-12"). Tengendai Kogen Ski Area (150/350cm / 60/140") near Yonezawa City in Yamagata is posting Japan's deepest snow with Niseko (110/310cm / 44/124") not far behind.

JAPAN FORECASTAfter a rather warm start to the week temperatures are expected to plummet over the next few days to double-digits below and moderate to heavy snowfall continues through the rest of this week.