pristine corduroy grooming the focus of the shot, with the red snowcat visible pushing a huge pile
Snow Report

Life Is a Rollercoaster | Snow Report

Since our last report on Monday we’ve seen temperature fluctuations across much of the Northern Hemisphere bringing freeze-thaw conditions to some resorts, rain to others, and snow to the highest slopes and summits.

Despite this, there’s been fantastic early December skiing and snowboarding on offer.

Font Romeu and Les Angles in the French Pyrenees and the Andorran ski areas of Ordino-Arcalis, Grandvalira and Valnord are the latest to open for the winter season, with many more scheduled to open this coming weekend.

St Moritz, Switzerland hosts the Women’s World Cup Super G & Downhill World Cup races between 8-10 December, with Val d’Isere, France hosting the Men’s Giant Slalom & Slalom races on Saturday and Sunday.

We’ll be posting twice weekly snow reports on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the 2023/24 winter season, so bookmark us or better yet subscribe to get the latest snow news and our tips for where the snow will be.

If you’re out in resort drop us a line via our social media channels to share your ‘on the snow’ experiences and photos.

Skiers stand in the shadow on piste, looking towards a stellar view of high mountains peaking over a cloud-filled valley
Livigno looking brisk



Arcalis (6/16 lifts; 9/28 piste; 20-25cm base), Grandvalira (32/73 lifts; 39/215km piste; 15-30cm base), and Valnord (22/30 lifts; 19/48 piste; 20-25cm base)


Axamer Lizum (3/9 lifts; 13/38km piste; 70-90cm base), Bad Hofgastein (4/18 lifts; 14/82km piste; 30-90cm base), Bergeralm (3/7 lifts; 7/27km piste; 50-130cm base), Ellmau (7/82 lifts; 17/270km piste; 40-60cm base), Fieberbrunn (18/69 lifts; 33/156 piste; 70-110cm base), Gargellen (4/8 lifts; 19/37km piste; 110-130cm base), Gurgl (21/25 lifts; 91/112km piste; 50-130cm base), Hintertux (16/21 lifts; 52/60km piste; 55-185cm base), Hochfugen (7/12 lifts; 16/28km piste; 65-95cm base), Ischgl (39/46 lifts; 205/239km piste; 50-100cm base), Katschberg (4/17 lifts; 10/70km piste; 90-110cm base), Kaunertal (7/7 lifts; 53/55km piste; 205-290cm base), Kitzbuhel (14/56 lifts; 26/89 piste; 40-80cm base), Kitzsteinhorn (12/23 lifts; 25/61km piste; 20-120cm base), Kuhtai (7/12 lifts; 26/47km piste; 50-95cm base), Lech Zurs (46/85 lifts; 128/301km piste; 105-215cm base), Mayrhofen (5/29 lifts; 16/66km piste; 35-110cm base), Molltaler (7/9 lifts; 19/36km piste; 90-130cm base), Obertauern (24/26 lifts; 95/100km piste; 170-200cm base), Pitztal (6/12 lifts; 16/39km piste; 30-220cm base), Saalbach (18/69 lifts; 33/156km piste; 70-110cm base), Schladming (7/47 lifts; 21/123km piste; 50-100cm base), Schlick 2000 (6/9 lifts; 16/22km piste; 10-80cm base), Silvretta Montafon (8/36 lifts; 46/140km piste; 50-150cm base), Solden (23/31 lifts; 117/147km piste; 40-225cm base), St Anton (46/85 lifts; 128/301km piste; 60-215cm base), Stubai (15/26 lifts; 44/68km piste; 60-180cm base), Tauplitz (6/17 lifts; 19/43km piste; 50-130cm base)

Fresh snow piled up over indiscriminate object (picnic table? Car?) outside a wooden chalet
Courchevel snow covering



Jahorina (2/17 lifts; 3/52km piste; 20-20cm base)


Alpe d’Huez (23/70 lifts; 19/131km piste; 20-220cm base), Courchevel (15/54 lifts; 51/150km piste; 50-65cm base), Font Romeu (11/23 lifts; 20/58km piste; 10-20cm base), La Clusaz (4/4 lifts; 9/125km piste; 30-120cm base), Les 2 Alpes (15/17 lifts; 36/200km piste; 10-190cm base), Les Angles (5/23 lifts; 5/55km piste; 40-40cm base), Montgenevre (7/32 lifts; 11/80km piste; 60-100cm base), Tignes (35/79 lifts; 150/300km piste; 70-230cm base), Val D’Isere (21/38 lifts; 88/146km piste; 70-145cm base), and Val Thorens (22/22 lifts; 120/150km piste; 100-130cm base)


Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze (7/10 lifts; 12/20km piste; 80-220cm base)

pristine corduroy grooming the focus of the shot, with the red snowcat visible pushing a huge pile
Alta Badia piste perfection


Alta Badia (39/58 lifts; 49/115 piste; 10-40cm base), Bormio (5/14 lifts; 26/50km piste; 25-100cm base), Cervinia (29/51 lifts; 132/322km piste; 10-170cm base), Courmayeur (10/18 lifts; 9/44km piste; 40-110cm base), Cortina (9/27 lifts; 15/120km piste; 10-25cm base), Kronplatz (23/33 lifts; 69/78km piste; 5-50cm base), Livigno (28/31 lifts; 90/115km piste; 55-85cm base), Madesimo (2/13 lifts; 6/37km piste; 30-40cm base), Madonna di Campiglio (14/20 lifts; 40/59km piste; 25-55cm base), Meran 2000 (5/9 lifts; 12/31km piste; 15-25cm base), Passo Tonale (19/30 lifts; 35/100km piste; 150-250cm base), Presena Gletscher (2/2 lifts; 5/8km piste; 150-250cm base), and Solda (7/11 lifts; 20/44km piste; 100-120cm base)


Jasna (7/19 lifts; 26/45km piste; 40-60cm base)


Baqueira Beret (26/36 lifts; 67/165km piste; 10-30cm base) and Sierra Nevada (7/24 lifts; 4/113km piste; 20-40cm base)


Adelboden (10/38 lifts; 28/102km piste; 45-90cm base), Aletsch Arena (6/35 lifts; 3/105km piste; 100-110cm base), Andermatt (4/20 lifts; 45/108km piste; 50-105cm base), Arosa (13/43 lifts; 35/220km piste; 60-145cm base), Crans Montana (5/24 lifts; 10/136km piste; 100-180cm base), Davos (12/18 lifts; 50/109km piste; 60-140cm base), Engelberg-Titlis (9/13 lifts; 26/73km piste; 35-125cm base), Flims Laax (10/26 lifts; 20/254km piste; 45-145cm base), Glacier 3000 (5/12 lifts; 9/31km piste; 55-225cm base), Grimentz Zinal (14/21 lifts; 40/115km piste; 30-90cm base), Gstaad (5/43 lifts; 9/203km piste; 25-65cm base), Grindlewald (24/67 lifts; 7/207km piste; 15-40cm base), Leukerbad (4/13 lifts; 15/48km piste; 50-185cm base), Saas Fee (8/23 lifts; 41/100km; 40-215cm base), St Moritz (15/24 lifts; 69/163km piste; 50-90cm base), Stoos (5/8 lifts; 10/35km piste; 80-100cm base), Verbier (10/73 lifts; 47/358km piste; 50-95cm base), Zermatt (28/54 lifts; 133/360km piste; 15-200cm base)

two snowboarders ride down an empty piste at dusk, an orange sunset lighting the slope
Yllas sunset runs


Levi (15/26 lifts; 13/38.5km piste; 25-50cm base), Ruka (13/22 lifts; 10/19km piste; 20-30cm base), and Yllas (12/26 lifts; 15/53km piste; 60-60cm base) in Finland

Geilo (6/20 lifts; 7/32km piste; 40-70cm base), Hafjell (10/18 lifts; 23/50km piste; 50-60cm base), Hemsedal (8/21 lifts; 10/44km piste; 25-40cm base), Kvitfjell (9/14 lifts; 19/39km piste; 20-80cm base), Myrkdalen (7/9 lifts; 12/32km piste; 40-50cm base), Oppdal (4/16 lifts; 8/56km piste; 5-25cm base), and Trysil (5/32 lifts; 18/78km piste; 25-40cm base) in Norway

Are (4/35 lifts; 12/91km piste; 35-60cm base), Kabdalis (3/4 lifts; 6/9km piste; 55-95cm 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)

Jackson Hole's iconic red cable car travels above the clouds to top station
Jackson Hole’s iconic red ‘tram’


Bear Mt (1/12 lifts; 35-35cm base), Heavenly (8/29 lifts; 3/94km piste; 50-50cm base), Mammoth (10/25 lifts; 25/90km piste; 35-45cm base), Northstar (7/15 lifts; 5-50cm base), Palisades Tahoe (12/43 lifts; 3/200km piste; 10-45cm base) and Snow Summit (2/12 lifts; 40-45cm base) in California

Arapahoe Basin (4/9 lifts; 4/105km piste; 45-60cm base), Aspen (3/8 lifts; 50-55cm base), Beaver Creek (9/25 lifts; 10/150km piste: 25-75cm base), Breckenridge (22/35 lifts; 12/153km piste; 50-55cm base), Copper (8/24 lifts; 12/126km piste; 40-85cm base), Crested Butte (5/14 lifts; 80-85cm base), Eldora (7/12 lifts; 50-50cm base), Keystone (11/21 lifts; 15/135km piste; 10-55cm base), Loveland (5/11 lifts; 7/93km piste; 60-60cm base), Monarch (4/6 lifts; 60-60cm base), Purgatory (2/11 lifts; 10-40cm base), Snowmass (7/23 lifts; 80-90cm base), Steamboat (7/22 lifts; 11/165km piste; 40-60cm base), Telluride (4/19 lifts; 5/88km piste; 25-75cm base), Vail (11/34 lifts; 51/234km piste; 55-90cm base), Winter Park (10/25 lifts; 15/143km piste; 60-85cm base) and Wolf Creek (9/11 lifts; 86/100km piste; 60-70cm base) in Colorado

Sun Valley (5/18 lifts; 50-55cm base) in Idaho

Sugarloaf (6/14 lifts; 42/116km piste; 25-35cm base) and Sunday River (5/20 lifts; 26/85km piste; 60-70cm base) in Maine

Big Sky (5/38 lifts; 10/250km piste; 30-40cm base) in Montana

Mt Rose (6/8 lifts; 15/60km piste; 30-60cm base) in Nevada

Wildcat (3/5 lifts; 5/25km piste; 40-45cm base) in New Hampshire

Taos (5/14 lifts; 4/113km piste; 60-60cm base) in New Mexico

Alta (6/8 lifts; 27/71km piste; 120-160cm base), Brian Head (3/9 lifts; 50-55cm base), Brighton (3/7 lifts; 105-105cm base), Deer Valley (8/25 lifts; 12/103km piste; 30-70cm base), Park City (10/14 lifts; 12/250km piste; 50-85cm base), Snowbasin (4/9 lifts; 105-105cm base), Snowbird (4/14 lifts; 19/103km piste; 70-110cm base), Solitude (6/9 lifts; 12/64km piste; 45-95cm base) and Sundance (5/5 lifts; 80-80cm base) in Utah

Killington (4/22 lifts; 29/112km piste; 30-35cm base), Mount Snow (6/26 lifts; 30-30cm base), Okemo (5/19 lifts; 16/77km piste; 30-40cm base), Smuggler’s Notch (1/9 lifts; 13/78km piste; 30-90cm base); Stowe (6/13 lifts; 35/75km piste; 40-75cm base), Stratton (7/14 lifts; 30-30cm base) and Sugarbush (4/18 lifts; 30-90cm base) in Vermont

Jackson Hole (3/13 lifts; 9/116km piste; 15-95cm base) in Wyoming

three fluffy white mountain goats stand on a rocky-snowy hill, a cable car travelling way above them
Skylab Media House, Big Sky


Marmot Basin (3/7 lifts; 12/91km piste; 25-40cm base), Mt Norquay (3/6 lifts; 2/16km piste; 70-110cm base), Lake Louise (8/9 lifts; 16/139km piste; 45-55cm base) and Sunshine (6/10 lifts; 29/109km piste; 70-70cm base) in Alberta

Fernie (7/10 lifts; 41/142km piste; 50-80cm base), Sun Peaks (6/12 lifts; 6/135km piste; 10-45cm base) and Whistler Blackcomb (12/27 lifts; 40/200km piste; 10-70cm base) in BC

Sommet-Saint-Sauveur (2/8 lift; 5/38km piste; 30-50cm base) and Tremblant (6/14 lifts; 19/82km piste; 5-145cm base) in Quebec


Furano (3/9 lifts; 5/32km piste; 50-80cm base), Happo One (5/22 lifts; 5/52km piste; 20-105cm base), Niseko Grand Hirafu (13/32 lifts; 14/51km piste; 20-80cm base), Nozawa Onsen (4/17 lifts; 6/44km piste; 10-45cm base), and Rusutsu (3/18 lifts; 13/42km piste; 20-40cm base)


The Alps will continue to experience the rollercoaster of temperature fluctuations over the coming 3-4 days with a mix of sunshine, rain and snow.

The Nordic countries will see consistent below-freezing temperatures and snowfall. Conditions should be excellent.

The east coast of the US and Canada will see temperatures rise well above 0C with a rain/snow mix on Sunday evening, before normal service is resumed from Monday.

The Mountain States and provinces will see snowfall through to Monday evening bringing 10-20cm of new snow.

British Columbia in Canada will see snowfall through to Monday evening which will bring 20-40cm of new snow.

California will experience freeze-thaw conditions and sunny skies through the weekend.

It’s also warming up in Japan with heavy rain forecast at village level and heavy snow up high.

A sunny day and empty piste, with fresh snow covering surrounding sidecountry and trees, on a sunny, brisk-looking day
SkiWelt ski area, looking beautiful under a fresh covering

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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