car under fresh snow, first thing in the morning, judging by the light
Snow Report

A November to Remember | Snow Report

It’s certainly been a month to remember across the N Hemisphere.

The United States and Canada haven’t had the mega dumps they received at the start of last winter, but consistently cold temperatures combined with world leading snow making systems has allowed 50 resorts to offer November turns.

This past week has seen more natural snowfall, with the East Coast resorts enjoying powder on and off the piste.

The Nordic countries started off with a bang, with the Finnish resorts of Levi and Ruka offering quality turns from the start of the month. They’ve been joined by Norway and Sweden and with consistent snowfall and cold temperatures they look set for the season.

It’s been a very different story in Europe with the best November snow in decades.

car under fresh snow, first thing in the morning, judging by the light
Tignes snow

After a disastrous start to last winter and a poor summer skiing season, this winter couldn’t have been more different.

The Austrian and Swiss glacier resorts have enjoyed fantastic conditions throughout the month, with many bluebird powder days.

They’ve been joined by high altitude resorts in France and Italy, and the Bosnian resort of Jahorina and the Turkish resort of Ejder 3200.

This past week and leading into this weekend will see the Opening Days at:

  • Grandvalira, Andorra
  • Kuhtai, Lech Zurs and St Anton, Austria
  • La Clusaz, France
    Courmayeur and Selva Val Gardena, Italy
  • Deer Valley and Snowbird, Utah

And after a number of false starts, the snow tap has been turned on in Japan with resorts in the Hakuba Valley in the Japanese Alps (Hakuba Goyru, Hakuba Happo One, Hakuba Tsugaiake), Nozawa Onsen and Furano on Hokkaido open for business with powder everywhere.

This weekend sees the much anticipated return of the Niseko United resorts on Hokkaido.

In racing news, this weekend sees the Women’s Giant Slalom races at Mt Tremblant, Quebec, Canada; the Men’s Downhill and Super-G races on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA; and the FIS Freestyle World Cup at Ruka, Finland.

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A beautiful mountain with autumn trees in colour covered in snow
Selva Val Gardena image



Axamer Lizum (3/9 lifts; 9/38km piste; 30-60cm base), Bergeralm (4/7 lifts; 6/27km piste; 10-50cm base), Fieberbrunn (4/69 lifts; 5/156 piste; 0-30cm base), Gargellen (4/8 lifts; 12/37km piste; 55-100cm base), Gurgl (16/22 lifts; 88/112km piste; 20-90cm base), Hintertux (16/21 lifts; 48/60km piste; 30-160cm base), Hochfugen (3/12 lifts; 11/28km piste; 30-80cm base), Ischgl (34/46 lifts; 171/239km piste; 30-70cm base), Kaunertal (6/7 lifts; 40/55km piste; 105-230cm base), Kitzbuhel (6/56 lifts; 9/89 piste; 5-55cm base), Kitzsteinhorn (13/23 lifts; 16/61km piste; 10-115cm base), Lech Zurs (1/85 lifts; 95-150cm base), Molltaler (6/9 lifts; 19/36km piste; 60-90cm base), Obertauern (13/26 lifts; 25/100km piste; 80-110cm base), Pitztal (6/7 lifts; 15/41km piste; 15-175cm base), Schladming (4/47 lifts; 7/123km piste; 20-70cm base), Solden (22/31 lifts; 113/147km piste; 10-230cm base), St Anton (1/85 lifts; 20-70cm base), Stubai (19/26 lifts; 39/68km piste; 15-145cm base)


Jahorina (2/17 lifts; 3/52km piste; 40-40cm base)


Tignes (7/79 lifts; 15/300km piste; 15-150cm base), and Val Thorens (23/156 lifts; 105/600km piste; 150-240cm base)


Cervinia (17/51 lifts; 66/322km piste; 0-200cm base), Cortina (1/27 lifts; 1/120km piste; 10-30cm base), Kronplatz (18/31 lifts; 50/121km piste; 20-60cm base), Livigno (6/32 lifts; 10/115km piste; 25-50cm base), Madonna di Campiglio (7/20 lifts; 17/59km piste; 35-50cm base), Passo Tonale (3/30 lifts; 5/100km piste; 80-120cm base), and Solda (5/11 lifts; 20/44km piste; 100-120cm base)


Adelboden (2/38 lifts; 15/102km piste; 25-30cm base), Aletsch Arena (6/35 lifts; 3/105km piste; 80-90cm base), Andermatt (3/20 lifts; 20/108km piste; 30-80cm base), Arosa (8/43 lifts; 12/220km piste; 45-55cm base), Crans Montana (2/24 lifts; 9/136km piste; 20-80cm base), Davos (12/18 lifts; 24/109km piste; 30-120cm base), Engelberg-Titlis (5/17 lifts; 11/80km piste; 15-95cm base), Flims Laax (4/26 lifts; 6/204km piste; 25-90cm base), Glacier 3000 (4/12 lifts; 4/31km piste; 25-190cm base), Grimentz Zinal (14/21 lifts; 25/115km piste; 10-70cm base), Saas Fee (6/23 lifts; 28/100km; 15-150cm base), St Moritz (13/24 lifts; 63/163km piste; 10-90cm base), Verbier (5/73 lifts; 24/412km piste; 10-35cm base), Zermatt (17/51 lifts; 66/322km piste; 0-200cm base)

Peaks from Verbier, snow covered against a blue blue sky
Verbier Facebook image


Levi (14/26 lifts; 11/38.5km piste; 25-50cm base) and Ruka (9/22 lifts; 9/19km piste; 20-30cm base) in Finland

Geilo (5/20 lifts; 4/32km piste; 40-70cm base), Hemsedal (8/21 lifts; 10/44km piste; 25-40cm base), Kvitfjell (8/14 lifts; 14/39km piste; 20-80cm base) and Trysil (3/32 lifts; 9/78km piste; 25-40cm base) in Norway

Are (5/35 lifts; 12/91km piste; 25-60cm base), Kabdalis (3/4 lifts; 6/9km piste; 45-90cm base), Salen (4/38 lifts; 4/44 piste; 40-70cm base) and Vemdalen (4/12 lifts; 5/21 piste; 40-60cm base) in Sweden


Ejder 3200 (4/10 lifts; 4/34 piste; 10-90cm base)

A golden light over a snow covered valley and mountain
Passo Tonale, Italy


Bear Mt (1/12 lifts; 35-35cm base), Heavenly (6/29 lifts; 3/94km piste; 50-50cm base), Mammoth (7/25 lifts; 19/90km piste; 35-45cm base), Northstar (6/15 lifts; 50-50cm base), Palisades Tahoe (2/43 lifts; 3/200km piste; 10-45cm base) and Snow Summit (2/12 lifts; 40-45cm base) in California

Arapahoe Basin (3/9 lifts; 4/105km piste; 45-45cm base), Aspen (2/8 lifts; 30-35cm base), Beaver Creek (5/25 lifts; 5-35cm base), Breckenridge (20/35 lifts; 12/153km piste; 40-45cm base), Copper (6/21 lifts; 9/126km piste; 40-45cm base), Crested Butte (4/14 lifts; 50-55cm base), Eldora (7/12 lifts; 50-50cm base), Keystone (8/22 lifts; 13/135km piste; 40-45cm base), Loveland (4/11 lifts; 5/93km piste; 40-45cm base), Powderhorn (2/3 lifts; 65-65cm base), Purgatory (2/11 lifts; 10-40cm base), Snowmass (5/23 lifts; 40-60cm base), Steamboat (5/22 lifts; 7/165km piste; 20-30cm base), Vail (8/33 lifts; 10/234km piste; 55-60cm base), and Winter Park (8/25 lifts; 4/132km piste; 50-50cm base) in Colorado

Sun Valley (2/18 lifts; 45-45cm base) in Idaho

Sugarloaf (2/14 lifts; 8/160km piste; 15-35cm base) in Maine

Big Sky (5/38 lifts; 10/250km piste; 20-25cm base) in Montana

Mt Rose (4/8 lifts; 8/60km piste; 30-60cm base) in Nevada

Wildcat (3/5 lifts; 5/25km piste; 20-40cm base) in New Hampshire

Taos (4/14 lifts; 4/113km piste; 30-65cm base) in New Mexico

Alta (6/13 lifts; 11/71km piste; 45-90cm base), Brian Head (3/9 lifts; 60-60cm base), Brighton (2/57 lifts; 60-60cm base), Park City (8/42 lifts; 8/250km piste; 30-40cm base) and Solitude (6/9 lifts; 3/64km piste; 25-45cm base) in Utah

Killington (3/22 lifts; 6/118km piste; 5-35cm base), Mount Snow (4/26 lifts; 30-30cm base), Okemo (4/19 lifts; 4/70km piste; 30-40cm base), Stowe (5/13 lifts; 3/70km piste; 30-60cm base), Stratton (4/14 lifts; 30-30cm base) and Sugarbush (2/18 lifts; 30-60cm base) in Vermont

Jackson Hole (2/13 lifts; 6/116km piste; 5-55cm base) in Wyoming

a skier on an empty piste under the sun, a tree branch loaded with snow in the foreground of image shows off fresh snowfall
Park City Facebook image


Marmot Basin (3/7 lifts; 12/91km piste; 25-35cm base), Mt Norquay (2/6 lifts; 1/16km piste; 65-65cm base), Lake Louise (6/11 lifts; 16/139km piste; 40-45cm base) and Sunshine (5/10 lifts; 29/109km piste; 30-40cm base) in Alberta

Sun Peaks (6/12 lifts; 6/135km piste; 5-25cm base) and Whistler Blackcomb (14/27 lifts; 25/200km piste; 0-55cm base) in BC

Sommet-Saint-Sauveur (3/8 lift; 1/38km piste; 15-15cm base) and Tremblant (6/14 lifts; 10/82km piste; 30-80cm base) in Quebec


Furano (2/9 lifts; 2/32km piste; 20-30cm base); Happo One (2/22 lifts; 1/52km piste; 20-100cm base); and Nozawa Onsen (2/17 lifts; 13/44km piste; 10-40cm base)

Snow dig out at a top lift station in Hakuba Japan
Happo One, Hakuba, Japan


The Alps will see rising freezing levels up to 2000m throughout Thursday, dropping back to around 1100m from Friday.

This will mean rain and a loss of snow cover down low, but 30-60cm of new snow up high.

This will be accompanied by high winds which will raise the avalanche risk considerably.

The Nordic countries will see consistent below freezing temperatures and clear skies in the coming days, with a slim chance of snow in Norway.

The East coast of the US and Canada will see a fluctuation in temperatures through the weekend, with a mix of snow at altitude and rain in the village.

The Mountain states and provinces will see a healthy storm cycle rolling in on Friday which will bring 30-50cm of new snow.

The West Coast states and provinces will see light flurries Thursday into Friday with warming temperatures through the weekend.

The tap has been turned on in Japan with significant snowfall forecast over the next 3-4 days.

a picture perfect ski resort shot form a drone, with trees frosted in snow
Daniel Roos | Saalbach

About the author

Mike Richards

Welsh valleys boy born & bred, Mike now lives between Cardiff and Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan where he's a pro ski instructor. Mike came to skiing later in life at 27, with his first ski season spent as a Chalet Host in Ellmau, Austria in 1993. He's skied every year since, notching up 100+ ski areas across 21 countries and five continents, including his home hill in Brecon Beacons National Park. His personal motto - "If it's snowing, I'm going..."

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