Spring Ski Conditions
Spring Ski Conditions
Category: General news | Published: 29th March 2012

We all know that spring skiing brings warm days and bright sunshine. The cold nights then help to keep the snow firm and allow snow cannons to lend a hand where needed. Clouds are forecast to develop over many locations on the 1st April, matched with a drop in temperature which indicates towards a light snowfall at the beginning of next month.

Thanks to the Ski Club of Great Britain we can bring you a quick overview of what the snow and skiing conditions are like across Europe and North America:

French resorts have also been enjoying pleasant sunshine and mild weather over the last week. Piste depths are beginning to reduce as a result of the spring conditions however, skiing on the whole is incredible for this time of season. Resorts such as La Plagne and Les Arcs still have a respectable lower piste depth of 130cm. Take the Vanoise Express lift from La Plagne over to Les Arcs with an area lift pass. Val d’Isere and Val Thorens are both forecast to receive an extra 26cm of fresh snow over the next couple of weeks.

Austrian resorts are enjoying spring like conditions with higher pistes remaining in excellent condition. Resorts such as St Anton and Obergurgl are some of many higher altitude resorts that are enjoying great piste quality. It has remained fairly warm in Austria this week but temperatures have been forecast to get cooler next week. 42 cm of snow is forecast to land in Kuhtai and Solden in the next 9 days.

Swiss resorts have been slightly cooler compared to bordering countries this week which means the pistes are still in excellent condition. Spring skiers in Switzerland have been enjoying the best of both worlds – cooler, snow loving temperatures and lovely bright sunshine. Zermatt is expecting 73cm and Nendaz is forecast 25cm of snow over the next 9 days.

In Italian resorts the riding conditions are common for this time of March. The snow is still firming up overnight and providing packed riding first thing. The warm weather and bright sunshine during the day is softening the snow for afternoon spring skiing. If you prefer to avoid the soft stuff the advice is to stick to the higher slopes in the afternoon. Cervinia is forecast to receive 58cm and Gressoney should be welcoming 63cm of fresh snow over the next couple of weeks.

The story in North American resorts is varied. Resorts such as Heavenly are forecast to receive fresh snow as cooler temperatures and cloud cover increases. Mammoth recently enjoyed a dump of around 27cm of new snow creating ideal skiing conditions. Ski conditions in most North American resorts are incredible however, a select few resorts are beginning to close for the season. Squaw Valley is forecast to receive a fresh 32cm and Jackson Hole is expecting 17cm of snow over the next 9 days.

Canadian resorts are having one of the best spring seasons this year. Cool temperatures and heavy snow has continued to fall this week. Kimberley has enjoyed 15cm over the last week and is expecting another 40cm in the next 9 days. Whistler has an enviable 317cm base and has 89cm forecast for the coming weeks. Skiing in many Canadian resorts remains unbelievable this week and with fresh snow expected in numerous resorts conditions look set to stay great.

(source: www.skiclub.co.uk)

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