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Season hits its stride in the Alps with sun, snow and freezing temperatures

 
Fine, we’ll admit it. The season didn’t exactly get off to a flying start this year, which is why we’re all so delighted to see the snow conditions in the Alps looking fantastic today, tomorrow and the next few weeks. Yep, the skiing looks great after the latest bout of snowfall, with fifty centimetres of the fresh stuff giving good powder.
 
The best snow around is still very much in North America at the moment, with Whistler-Blackcomb seeing some of the best conditions. Otherwise, the US has similarly excellent conditions with resorts like Aspen and Jackson Hole boasting great snow and a lively atmosphere. That’s all well and good, but what about the Alps?
 
Well, in France the snow is reaching a pretty good depth at the top, in time for a host of events across the big resorts to kick off, including the World Cup Skiing Finals in Meribel. With half term in a few weeks, the new snow couldn’t have come at a better time for the big family focused resorts. Whilst I wouldn’t recommend going too far off piste this year due to unstable snowpack, France’s snow conditions aren’t looking too shabby now that the temperatures have settled. 
 
Ski lift photo credit reway2007
Ski lift photo credit reway2007
 
Switzerland has just seen the FIS Ladies World Cup in St Moritz, with excellent conditions through the weekend and upper slopes boasting 30cm more snow cover than the equivalent French resorts. The snowiest Swiss resort is Engelberg and it’s sitting pretty with 345cm of snow on the slopes of Mount Titlis. Smug skiers heading to Switzerland can expect conditions to hold for the foreseeable future too, making this one of the safer bets for a last minute deal this year. Just as long as you can stomach the prices. 
 
Over in Austria, where the average snowfall has been down this year, the cold temperatures have seen snowfall across resorts such as Obergurgl in recent weeks. With the FIS Men’s World Cup taking place in Kitzbuhel, Bode Miller (who remarked that the race track this year looked ‘mean’- we can only guess what that might’ve meant) and his pro racer buddies were out in force. On the bright side, the après ski is still as fantastic as ever.
 
Elsewhere, Italy has benefitted from the best of the recent snowfall. With upper slopes getting a good amount of snow added to their base. Cortina and Cervinia both have great skiing on dry powdery conditions for the next week, with low temperatures persisting. If you’re looking a little further off the beaten track, the Scandinavian countries and Eastern Europe are seeing decent conditions too. 
 
So there you have it, it’s been snowing across the Alps, leaving conditions perfect for the influx of skiers heading to the mountains in the next few weeks.