World Wide Snow Report

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Skiinfo, one of the world’s longest established and best ski information portals, has released its resort and snow information for more than 2,000 ski areas to more than a dozen different language portals this week. The following is a summary of the reports from around the world.

After a largely sunny Christmas week in the Alps, another spate of huge snowfalls occurred over New Years Eve and New Years Day with some resorts receiving a meter of fresh snow during the 48 hour period. Snowfall has slowed a little now but resorts are still reporting 20-30cm falls across Europe and bigger falls are expected again towards the end of the week. This is good news for snow depths for the rest of the season with many areas that had next to no snow this time a month ago are now reporting base depths at the average they’d normally be at around mid-February in an average year.

Elsewhere in Europe there has been more heavy snow in parts of Scandinavia and Scotland’s five ski areas have re-opened following fresh snowfall after earlier snow had thawed away in double digit temperatures over Christmas.

In the USA conditions remain “challenging” on both east and west coasts with limited snow and warm temperatures making snowmaking difficult, but colder weather has arrived in the East at least now improving things.

In Summary:

  •  Snow depth passes three metres (10 feet) at St Anton.
  •  On-going heavy snow causes avalanche safety and access problems in the Alps.
  •  Fresh snow in Eastern North America.
  •  Great conditions in BC Canada
  • Up to four feet if new snow in Norway.
  • Scotland’s five ski areas re-open after fresh snowfall.