Snow falling in the USA and breaking records in Europe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 18, 2009 11:39 am

It’s been snowing here in the USA, and resorts like A-Basin and Mammoth have opened a handful of their slopes to skiers and boarders. Even towns like Park City, Utah have seen snow line the streets. Sometimes, though, American snow doesn’t always correlate to similar conditions across the pond. (Of course, the same goes for the US. A season could be epic in Tahoe and stink in Utah, or vice versa.)

This year, though, it seems as if Europe is faring well so far in snowfall. According to the athletes training in Saas Fee, Switzerland, there has been excellent coverage. And recent reports from Austria are that this year’s early snow percentages have broken the record books. Vienna’s Central Agency for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) recently told the Austrian Times that up to 40 centimeters has fallen as low as 1200 meters, and that snow could even hit as low as 400 meters, which would cover local cities. In fact, it could be the first snow cities like Innsbruck have seen before October 20, ever. 

The early white stuff is due to arctic winds that have been lingering to keep temperatures low. If all bodes well, the 2009/2010 ski and snowboard season could be epic across the globe. So if you’ve always been hankering to take a ski trip to Chamonix or Gstaad, this may be the year to go.


photo: Austrian Times