Snow Report, August 9 | Welove2ski
Snow Report

Snow Report, August 9

This week's snow report looks back on a great week for the white stuff in New Zealand, Australia and the Andes.

It’s been a snowy week in the southern hemisphere…

10-15cm of snow ‘up top’ on the South Island, New Zealand…

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Wednesday morning at Treble Cone on the South Island. Photo: Treble Cone/Facebook

…with heavier snow to come next week.

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The Meteoblue forecast for New Zealand on Wednesday August 14. Photo: ©

63cm of snow in the last seven days at Perisher in the Snowy Mountains of Oz…

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Perisher, New South Wales, on Monday. Photo: Perisher Resort/Facebook

…although it’s been warm and sunny at times too.

Whenever the sun comes out, conditions are spring-like,  so to be sure of getting firm snow, the Australian national squad has been getting up at 5am. Still, at least they get the whole mountain to themselves, as you can see from the video, above.


But the best snow right now is in the Andes. Yesterday, Portillo’s snow report boasted 56cm in 48hrs…

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Photo: Portillo/Facebook

…Valle Nevado’s snow report reckons there’s been 60cm…

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Photo: Valle Nevado/Facebook

…Termas de Chillan, in the south, claims one metre…

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Photo: Nevados de Chillan/Facebook

…and as for Las Lenas in Argentina…

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At Las Lenas in Argentina, they claimed 101cm of snow fell at the bast in the latest storm, and 150cm up top: although it’s packed down more densely now. Photo: Winter Channel/Facebook

…which is why everyone’s a little excited right now.

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Photo: Winter Channel/Facebook

Meanwhile, in the Alps…

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This was the half-pipe on the glacier above Les Deux Alpes this morning. Conditions are very good given it’s early August. Photo: les 2 Alpes Snowpark/Facebook

But even the skiers are finding the biking irresistible.

The Alps are getting a mixed bag of weather at the moment – days of wondrous blue skies, followed by heavy rain. Today, for example, it’s chucking it down in the Austrian Alps: but the weekend should be drier.



France flag France: the Pisaillas glacier above Val d’Isere has now closed for skiing, but there are still turns to be had above Tignes and Les Deux Alpes. Summer is really starting to get hold of the snow now, thinning the cover, but according to Les Deux Alpes’ snow report, the white stuff on its glacier is still 165cm deep – conditions are pretty good given it’s now early August.
Switzerland flag Switzerland: You can still ski on the glacier above Zermatt, and links over to Cervinia are open too. At last, Saas Fee’s glacier is now open for summer skiing, too.
Austria flag Austria: you can currently ski on the Hintertux and the Molltal glaciers. The Kitzsteinhorn glacier closed to skiers on July 21 and expects to reopen in mid to late September. Today’s rain hasn’t been good for the glaciers in Austria – but the Hintertux still claims 245cm of snow in places at the top.
Italy flag Italy: access to high-altitude skiing above Cervinia is now possible – mostly on the Swiss side of the border above Zermatt.
Andorra flag Andorra: Andorra’s ski resorts are now closed for the summer.
Western USA flag Western USA: all the mainstream ski resorts are now closed, but you can still make turns at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon.
Western Canada flag Western Canada:  The glacier above Whistler has now closed for summer skiing.

About the author

Sean Newsom

As well as founding Welove2ski in June 2007, Sean has written about skiing and snowboarding in the British press for 28 years. For the last 20 of them, he’s also been the ski travel editor at The Sunday Times.

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