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Is Serra da Estrela snowsure?

The snowiest week in Serra da Estrela is week 1 of March. There are typically 2.2 snowy days during this week with 17cm of snowfall. Check out the Serra da Estrela Snow History graphs below. Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Serra da Estrela

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December5cm0.9 days
January7cm1.6 days
February9cm1.9 days
March11cm1.9 days
April6cm1.6 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Serra da Estrela during December (week 1):

The average snowfall forecast during week 1 of December for Serra da Estrela is 2 cm. There are typically 0.6 snowy days during this week. Serra da Estrela prevailing weather and snow conditions during the first week of December at the middle elevation of the ski area at 1916m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the average freezing level (2521m) is far above the middle elevation of Serra da Estrela. A day with snowfall happens on average every second year during the first week of December but on average there is one wet day during this week every year. In the years when snow falls at this time of year, forecast model average snowfall for the week is 4cm. Temperatures averaging above freezing both day and night in Serra da Estrela during week one of December with average maximum temperature 2.3°C and minimum temperature 1.3°C at the middle elevation. Usually there are four days per week when the sun comes out at this time of year. Mainly light winds (average 27km/h) are unlikely to affect ski lifts but the historical norm is for the mean wind to reach 30km/h two days in this week. Calm, sunny and below freezing perfect weather days that follow new snow (bluebird powder days) are rare, occuring this week on average one year in 0


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Serra da Estrela and (2007 – 2018).

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Summer

Serra da Estrela

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Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Serra da Estrela and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Serra da Estrela are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Serra da Estrela and (2007 – 2018)

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Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Serra da Estrela are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Serra da Estrela and (2007 – 2018)

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Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
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The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Serra da Estrela are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.