2nd November 2022
It seems the dry and warm spell is over with some snow in the forecast for later this week. Start the snow dances folks! NEW
If it turns out to be correct the snow will be very, very welcome as the season approaches.
October has been unseasonable warm with some glacier ski areas not opening as planned, and others taking a hammering from the warm weather.
This may be about to end.
Snow is set to fall across many areas of the Alps with the areas at altitude faring the best.
“Following a very mild October with only a few modest snowfalls, most of which were at high altitude, a more significant storm is on its way to the Alps later tomorrow and on Friday,” said Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk on Wednesday.
“The bulk of the precipitation will reach the western Alps on Thursday afternoon before reaching all regions overnight on Thursday and early on Friday morning.
“The rain/snow limit will initially lie well over 2000m before descending towards 1000m on Friday morning in the northern and western Alps but will remain higher the further south-east you are.
“By the end of Friday, between 10 to 30cm of new snow is expected above 2000m across a wide swathe of the Alps, with perhaps 40cm or more in the high border areas between Switzerland and Italy, including at altitude in the Zermatt-Cervinia and Monte Rosa regions.”
Fraser Wilkin supplies PlanetSKI with regular updates across the winter and we believe weathertoski.co.uk is one of the most accurate sites for general alpine weather and snow conditions.
Here at PlanetSKI we have been reporting on the recent snow in the USA and Canada, with resorts opening early.
We have also been following the early season conditions in Europe:
Here is the current state of play:
Glacier Areas Open in Europe
Austria – Kaunertal, Pitztal, Stubai, Kaprun, Soelden and Hintertux.
Switzerland – Engelberg, Zermatt and Saas-Fee.
Italy – Val Senales, Passo Stelvio and Cervinia.
France – There are no areas open, with Val Thorens planning to be the first top open on 19th November. PlanetSKI’s Chris Moran will be in the resort and reporting back on the start of its season.
Here at PlanetSKI we’ll keep you posted so do check back….