Where To Ski In Europe For One Of The Best Seasons In Years


It’s been more than two weeks since Northern Europe plunged into a deep freeze, with temperatures below zero. The result is magic for skiers and boarders: The most popular ski resorts are finally enjoying great snow in what’s already considered one of the best ski seasons in years.

The Arctic blast has also descended south to the Alps, the Pyrenees and even the Italian Dolomites.

“It’s a welcome change for Europe’s ski resorts, which have struggled with a lack of snow in recent years sparked by global warming,” Euronews writes.

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Let’s start with the most recent facts:

  • Scandinavian resorts have seen temperatures drop to -30C and even -40C for a couple of weeks, with most slopes open and more daylight on offer.
  • The French Alps, including Courchevel, Avoriaz, Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isere and Montgenevre, have gotten 60+ centimeters of snow.
  • The Austrian Alps reports 30 centimeters of snow for Lech-Zuers and 20 centimeters for St. Anton am Arlberg, Warth-Schrocken, Ischgl and Kitzbuehel.
  • Switzerland has recorded over 40+ centimeters of powder.
  • Consistent subzero temperatures and snowfall in Scotland have led to the opening of all five ski areas in the Highland centers at Glencoe, Nevis Range and Fort William.
  • Italy’s slopes are catching in with up to 50 centimeters of snow at several resorts.
  • 60 ski resorts are now open in Eastern Europe.

“The big picture is good, with nearly all slopes open and base depths remaining healthy,” reports the U.K. ski magazine InTheSnow.

“Heavy snow has returned to Europe’s ski resorts,” writes Euronews, adding that as “Northern Europe plunged into a deep freeze last week, with temperatures plummeting to almost -43C in parts of Sweden, the Arctic blast has now descended south to the Alps,” with a meter of powder descending on resorts including Chamonix, Les Gets and Morzine.

“Snow, sun and cold temperatures as European resorts boast excellent conditions,” reports The Telegraph.

Here’s the current snow outlook, as reported by ski experts, for some of the main ski destinations across Europe:

Austria

It has been a week of mixed weather across the Austrian Alps, but in general “it’s looking good pretty much everywhere,” according to OnTheSnow.

The report from OnTheSnow describes “snowy mornings to sunny afternoons, with temperatures a little warmer in the -5 to +5C range. Snow depths continue to look good with two glaciers—Kaunertal and the Stubai—among the three Austrian areas now reporting the snow lying more than 3 meters/10 feet deep up high.”

The other is St Anton, in the huge Arlberg area, which is reporting 250 kilometers of terrain open, while all of Kitzbuhel’s slopes are fully open.

“There have been some great images coming out of Austria this week, with heavy snowfall down to valley floor turning low-valley resort villages into picture perfect snowy scenes,” writes OnTheSnow. “As most of the country’s big ski areas were already 70-80% open anyway, the new snowfall has just improved things further. St Anton has both the deepest snow in the country—nearly 4 meters deep up high.

“Snow has been falling in the Austrian Alps this week, including 30 centimeters for Lech-Zuers and 20 centimeters for St. Anton am Arlberg, Warth-Schrocken, Ischgl and Kitzbuehel.”

France

“There’s been a lot of fresh snowfall in the French Alps this week, further improving conditions that were already good, with the snowpack deeper than average—in fact passing the four meter mark last week at Flaine, Les Arcs and Chamonix,” reports OnTheSnow.

Conditions are great across the French Alps, except for some wet snow at low elevations. The world largest ski area, the 3 Valleys, has most of its 550 kilometers of runs open.

The best snow conditions in France, according to OnTheSnow, are in Avoriaz, Val Thorens, Tignes, Les Arcs, Courchevel, La Rosiere 1850, La Plagne, Val-d’Isère, Meribel, Alpe d’Huez, La Tania and Montgenevre.

Switzerland

“Great conditions across the Swiss Alps,” reports OnTheSnow, with more than 90% of the slopes open with Verbier and the 4 Valleys posting the most terrain skiable—410 kilometers. Saas-Fee has the country’s thickest snowpack, approaching four meters at the top.

The best snow conditions in Switzerland, according to OnTheSnow, are in Arosa Lenzerheide, Davos-Klosters, Aletsch Arena, MelchseeFrutt, Samnaun, Elm, Murren-Schilthorn, Skiarena Andermatt-Sedrun, Saas-Fee and Engadin St. Moritz.

Italy

“Light snow has fallen in Italy this week, freshening conditions nicely,” writes OnThe Snow.

Low pressure descending from the North Atlantic brought Italy the first taste of”‘real winter” to its Alps.

“Make a beeline for La Thuile in the Aosta Valley, Livigno in the Alps or Val Gardena in the Dolomites,” invites Euronews, “to cash in on over half-a-meter of snow above 1,000 meters.

The Apennines will also be covered in snow above 1,500 meters, reports Meteo.it.

According to a study by British travel agencies, Italy has now emerged as the continent’s top budget ski destination, overtaking Bulgaria in terms of affordability, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Scandinavia

Snowfall and low temperatures have characterized the weather in Norway, Finland and Sweden, with up to 30 centimeters of fresh snowfall and temperatures as low as -30C.

Most ski areas in the region are fully open, including all the big resorts such as Hemsedal, Trysil, Are, Ruka and Levi. The deepest snow has been reported in Western Norway.

Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe appears high on the list for budget-friendly ski holidays and a good alternative to the Alps.

“Skiing on the fringes of Europe opens up some exciting destinations,” writes National Geographic. “Head east or to the Pyrenees for affordable mountain resorts offering a rich cultural experience. Beginners and families seeking a small, friendly ski area could save hundreds of pounds by choosing any one of a multitude of small ski resorts in countries such as Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.”

Reports are mixed on the snow conditions at Europe’s eastern countries. Some, like Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have fully opened their slopes while towards the south, Bulgaria and Romania, for example, are reporting plenty of snow up high but not much on lower slopes.

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