Sierra Nevada Snow Report:

The Sierra Nevada snow report is: 14 out of 17 Lifts open. 58 of 106.8 km of pistes open. Our model predicted that 1cm (0.4 inches) of snow fell over 6 hours between Saturday 18 of January at 10AM and Saturday 18 of January at 4PM CET at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less. Sierra Nevada Snow Conditions: .


Fresh Snow Depth:

Long Snow History
1cm
Sat 18 Jan
Origin:Report Origin

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
9cm
Fri 20 Dec (PM)
Origin:Report Origin

Sierra Nevada snow depths: updated 17 January 2020

Mountain
Upper snow depth:
80cm
Lower snow depth:
20cm

Sierra Nevada resort conditions:

Our Snow Report for Sierra Nevada brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Sierra Nevada snow report shown below was updated on 17 Jan 2020. 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 Sierra Nevada.

Last snowfall:

2cm
Dec 17
2cm
Dec 20
3cm
Dec 21
1cm
Today

Resort report:

Resort Open
Conditions piste
Piste condition:
Packed powder or groomed snow
Conditions off piste
Off Piste condition:
Next snowfall
Next snowfall:
1cm Sun 19 Jan (PM)
Next significant snowfall
Next significant snowfall:
8cm Mon 20 Jan (AM)
Lift
Lifts open:
14 out of 17
Conditions runs
Resort runs:
Open

Sierra Nevada snow conditions

  • 0
    Bluebird Powder Days
  • 0
    Powder Days
  • 5
    Bluebird Days

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Sierra Nevada Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Sierra Nevada 2019 - 2020. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

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Snow reports for resorts near Sierra Nevada

Find the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding near Sierra Nevada using our Snowfinder page.

Resort
Issued: today 417km  away
Issued: today 517km  away
Issued: yesterday 576km  away
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Webcam
Sierra de Béjar - La Covatilla webcamSerra da Estrela webcamValdezcaray webcamNo webcamAlto Campoo webcam
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Piste State
Last Snow
Amount:
Date:
4cm
today
Amount:
Date:
8cm
today
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2cm
yesterday
Amount:
Date:
2cm
today
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1cm
yesterday
Next 9 Days
0-3
3-6
6-9
12cm
15cm
27cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
1cm
11cm
3cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
12cm
28cm
8cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
2cm
2cm
4cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
22cm
14cm
17cm
Weather
Sat
light snow
Sun
snow showers
Mon
partially cloudy
Mid station 2178m
Sat
light snow
Sun
clear
Mon
clear
Mid station 1916m
Sat
cloudy
Sun
light snow
Mon
light snow
Mid station 1827m
Sat
light snow
Sun
clear
Mon
clear
Mid station 1650m
Sat
cloudy
Sun
light snow
Mon
light snow
Mid station 1886m

Notes on the Sierra Nevada Snow Report

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

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

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