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France and Italy Join the Party | Snow Report

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It’s a BIG weekend of opening days across Europe and North America, with France and Italy joining the party.

Despite heavy rain at village level at some Alpine resorts, the higher lifts and slopes have received plenty of new snow which has allowed a number of resorts to open earlier than planned.

The French resorts of Chamonix, Tignes and Val Thorens, and the Italian resorts of Livigno, Madonna di Campiglio, Passo Tonale and the Presena Glacier all open on 18 November.

The opening of Obergurgl and Schladming on the 16 November, and Kitzbuhel on the 18, will take the Austrian total to ten.

Davos opens on Friday 17 November with Engelberg Titlis, Grimentz-Zinal, Verbier all opening on the 18 November taking the Swiss total to seven.

Further north, Salen in Sweden starts spinning the lifts on the 17 November, with Trysil, Norway a day later on the 18 November.

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Across the pond, Brian Head and Park City in Utah open tomorrow (17 November) taking Utah’s offerings to three.

Stowe, Sugarbush and Sugarloaf join Killington as the East Coast Vermont resorts open for play.

Last but not least, Sun Peaks is the first resort to open in British Columbia, Canada.

Organisers are keeping everything crossed that the Women’s Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening World Cup Downhill races on 18 & 19 November will go ahead after training was cancelled earlier this week.

GB’s Dave Ryding makes his start to the season at the Men’s World Cup Slalom first race at Gurgl, Austria.

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There’s been plenty of fresh snow falling across the Alps the past 3-4 days with superb skiing on offer at altitude. What’s open now?

Hintertux (16/21 lifts; 37/60km piste; 0-100cm base), Kaunertal (4/7 lifts; 26/55km piste; 85-160cm base), Kitzsteinhorn (3/3 lifts; 40-45cm base), Molltaler (4/9 lifts; 10/36km piste; 0-70cm base), Obergurgl (19/26 lifts; 52/112km piste; 15-75cm base), Pitztal (6/7 lifts; 12/41km piste; 5-70cm base), Schladming (4/47 lifts; 5/123km piste; 0-40cm base), Solden (20/31 lifts; 81/143km piste; 5-145cm base), Stubai (14/26 lifts; 37/68km piste; 10-90cm) in Austria.

Glacier 3000 (4/5 lifts; 5/7 slopes; 0-100cm base), Saas Fee (8/23 lifts; 18/100km; 10-130cm base), Zermatt (8/51 lifts; 18/332km piste; 0-200cm base) in Switzerland.

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The Nordic resorts continue to open up more terrain thanks to snow making and natural snowfall.

Levi (9/26 lifts; 7/38.5km piste; 15-45cm base), Ruka (8/22 lifts; 5/19km piste; 20-30cm base) in Finland.

Kvitfjell (2/14 lifts; 2/39km piste; 15-50cm base) in Norway.

Kabdalis (2/4 lifts; 5/9km piste; 35-90cm base) in Sweden.

Over in N America, snowmaking has kept conditions on piste in great shape.


Mammoth (4/25 lifts; 6/90km piste; 25-30cm base) in California.

Arapahoe Basin (1/9 lifts; 2/105km piste; 10-45cm base), Breckenridge (6/35 lifts; 3/153km piste; 30-45cm base), Copper (3/24 lifts; 4/126km piste; 30-45cm base), Eldora (2/12 lifts; 5-50cm base), Keystone (6/22 lifts; 8/132km piste; 10-45cm base), Loveland (1/10 lifts; 1/93km piste; 30-45cm base), Vail (4/34 lifts; 2/234km piste; 35-45cm base), and Winter Park (6/25 lifts; 4/132km piste; 30-45cm base) in Colorado.

Mt Rose (1/8 lifts; 2/60km piste; 60-120cm base) in Nevada.

Solitude (6/9 lifts; 5 pistes; 15-40cm base) in Utah.

Killington (2/22 lifts; 4/118km piste; 30-30cm base) in Vermont.


Mt Norquay (2/6 lifts; 1/16km piste; 40-45cm base), Lake Louise (4/11 lifts; 7/139km piste; 45-45cm base) and Sunshine (3/12 lifts; 4/109km piste; 30-40cm base) in Alberta.

Sommet-Saint-Sauveur (1/8 lift; 1/38km piste; 10-20cm base) in Quebec.

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The freezing level continues to fluctuate across the Alps in the coming days, with a mixture of snow at altitudes above 2,000m and rain below that.

The Nordic countries will see consistent below freezing temperatures and clear skies in the coming days, with a storm system forecast Sunday into Monday.

The East Coast of the US and Canada will see mostly sunny skies with little to no precipitation over the next 3-4 days.

The West Coast and mountain states and provinces will see cold and sunny conditions with a storm rolling through Sunday night into Monday.

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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