24th January 2023
Cold temperatures and more snowfall in the Alps are turning January into a great month for skiing and snowboarding. There’s also snow in the Pyrenees, while parts of North America and Scandinavia are continuing to deliver the goods. NEW
“Snow conditions are now somewhere between good and excellent across most of the Alps,” said Fraser Wilkin, the alpine snow expert from WeathertoSki on Tuesday morning.
“They are especially good in the French Alps, the south-western Italian Alps (eg the Milky Way) and the far south-eastern Alps (eg Nassfeld, Dolomites), all of which have fresh snow to varying degrees.”
Before we go into the more detail, here’s our editor James Cove’s latest snow report from La Clusaz in France.
It’s looking good.
There may not have been any more snow in La Clusaz in recent days but some ski areas in the south-western Alps have had a significant dump in the past 24 hours.
Around half a metre or more came down in parts of Italy and over border in France during the day on Monday and overnight.
Fraser Wilkin says a ‘Retour d’Est’ is responsible.
“The areas most favoured by this Retour d’Est are the southern Piedmont (e.g. Sestriere, Prali, Prato Nevoso, Limone) and some resorts just across the border in France, including those in the eastern Maurienne (e.g. Bonneval sur Arc), the Queyras (e.g. St Veran) and the eastern Mercantour (e.g Isola 2000).
“Most of these areas have seen upwards of 50cm of fresh snow, with 70cm+ in some spots, with a bit more to come today, though not nearly as much as last night.”
Val d’Isère also had around 20cm of fresh snow at resort level at 9am on Tuesday and 50cm up on its Pisaillas glacier.
There have been some freshies in the Italian Dolomites and the Carinthia region of Austria, but otherwise it’s stayed dry and chilly in the Alps.
Over the next few days there’ll be a bit more snow in the south and east but next week the heavy snow is forecast to return to the northern Alps.
There’s also been snow in the Pyrenees and it’s still coming down.
— Météo Pyrénées (@Meteo_Pyrenees) January 24, 2023
Norway has had spectacular powder skiing and snowboarding for weeks now.
In Myrkdalen, however, it’s turned mild.
On Tuesday morning, the resort reported 16cm of ‘wet snow’ at the top, where it’s 1 degree Celsius, and rain at the base.
Over the Atlantic in North America, there have been epic conditions so far this season in some parts – mainly the western US.
Palisades Tahoe in California has had record-breaking snowfall.
So far there has been 14 feet – that’s more than 4 metres – in January alone.
They’re calling it Janu-buried.
But after the snowstorms, came a break in the weather at the weekend and blue skies.
It’s not so perfect further north over the border in Canada but that doesn’t mean there isn’t good skiing to be found.
PlanetSKI’s Claire McAteer is there and reporting for us as she travels around.
We’ll be updating this snow report so do check back.