Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Snow Report

Snow Report, January 14

Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
The Welove2ski snow forecast for January 15. Note how snowy the Italian Dolomites are looking, in the south-east.

That’s more like it! Winter is wintry again. In the Alps, temperatures are low, there’s fresh snow on the slopes and more is in the forecast.

It’s due to stay that way for the rest of the week, too. One particularly interesting feature of the snow forecast over the next three days is how it’s favouring the Italian Dolomites. According to the Dolomiti Superski snow report, there’s already been 10-20cm of snow in places – and parts of the region could see over half a metre more before Thursday.

Don’t forget, this is on top of a rejuvenating dump which refreshed the snow across the northern Alps on Thursday night and Friday. Up to 50cm fell above Chamonix and Val d’Isere, although 30-40cm was more usual. France, Switzerland and Austria all benefitted. Significantly, the snow fell down to resort level in many places and refreshed the pistes on even the lowest runs. Higher up, the off-piste runs have been restocked with powder too, and the Tirol’s avalanche service reports that “In many places there is marvellous powder for superb skiing descents.” Clearly, someone there had a memorable weekend!


Here’s a wee taste of how the snow was this weekend in Val d’Isere, courtesy of the British ski school The Development Centre.

And here’s our Meribel blogger, Alf Alderson, soaking up the superb conditions on Saturday.

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Alf Alderson in Meribel on Saturday. Anyone else feeling jealous? Photo: © Alison Prideaux

If you are planning to ski off-piste, then stick to the higher slopes whenever the weather allows – 30-40cm of snow doesn’t create bottomless powder, and lower down your skis will quickly discover the crusty stuff left behind by the annoying thaw over Christmas and early January.

Here’s a quick survery of the day’s webcams and photos.

Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Still plenty of soft snow left for Peter Miles of New Generation Ski School in Courchevel this morning. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Tignes, January 14. The snow is 135-275cm deep here and top temperature will be -8C. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Samoens in the Grand Massif, January 14: 100-295cm of snow and a high of -6C today. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Sunshine in Cervinia. According to the snow report, the cover is 65-235cm deep. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
The scene above Verbier this morning, where the snow is up to 235cm deep. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
The Hossa Bar, near St Moritz. The snow here is 40-125cm deep, and a high of -4C is expected. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Lech this morning, where the snow is 110-225cm deep. A high of -4C is expected. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Fresh snow in Kitzbuhel this morning. The snow is 40-135cm deep and the high today will be -8C. Photo: ©
Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Heavy snow falling today above Moena in the Italian Dolomites. Up to half a metre is expected. Photo: ©

The weather will stay cold and snowy until the end of the week, with the freezing level down to an altitude of 400m midweek and just 100m on Friday. After that, there’s going to be a thaw, but not nearly as intense and probably not as prolonged as the one we saw over Christmas.

Up in Scandinavia, it’s wintry too. In Are, Sweden, the temperature is -8C at the bottom of the slopes and it’s due to get no higher than -10C tomorrow. Here’s how it was looking this morning.

Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
Are, Sweden today. It’s -8C, and there’s 55cm of snow packed down on the pistes. Photo: ©

Meanwhile, in North America, the outlook is mostly cold and sunny. That’s not good news for the Colorado resorts. They had a dusting of snow over the weekend, but generally the snowpack is a lot thinner than it should be for the time of year. Many resorts could do with a decent dump to improve the off-piste skiing.

Elsewhere, the snow is deeper. The Californian resorts had a top-up of snow last week, as did Snowbird in Utah and Jackson Hole in Wyoming. However, conditions are best in western Canada at the moment, with many resorts reporting over half a metre of snow in the last week. Among them was Lake Louise in Banff National Park. There, the skies cleared on Saturday to reveal the resort’s eye-popping scenery…

Snow Report, January 14 | Welove2ski
The fabulous view from the top of Lake Louise on Saturday. Yesterday, top temp was -17C! Photo: ©



France flag France: Hallelujah! The thaw is over, and if the mercury doesn’t rise above 0C again before mid-March, that’d suit us very nicely. 30-50cm of snow fell across the French Alps on Thursday and Friday, and there should be 20-30cm more tomorrow. The skiing surface has already improved dramatically, and the next dose of snow will further improve conditions. Above Val Thorens the snow is 120-210cm deep, and in Flaine it’s up to 100-295cm deep.
Switzerland flag Switzerland: As in France, the Swiss resorts are happy to see the back of the thaw. There was 30-40cm of fresh snow on Thursday and Friday in many places, and Andermatt and Engelberg are among those resorts who did best from the snowfall. Currently, Verbier has 75-230cm of snow on its slopes, Andermatt has up to 100-380cm, and Davos up to 60-129cm.
Austria flag Austria: There was 30-40cm of fresh snow across many Austrian resorts before the weekend – and there’s more to come this week, as the weather in the Italian Dolomites leaks across the border. Conditions, are much improved, especially in the lower ski areas, such as the Skiwelt. Currently, the Arlberg resort of St Anton reports 70-190cm of snow on its slopes, Obergurgl 85-190cm and the Skiwelt 50-130cm.
Italy flag Italy: Generally, there’s been less snow in the Italian Alps than the in northern half of the region this winter – but the Italian Dolomites are set for a good start to the week, with up to half a metre of the white stuff expected in places. Canazei has already had 10cm of fresh and reports up to 125cm of snow on its pistes. Above the Aosta valley, Cervinia has 65-135cm of settled snow on its slopes.
Andorra flag Andorra: There’s been some much-needed new snow in the Pyrenees. Today, the Grand Valira – Andorra’s biggest ski area – reports 20cm of fresh snow on its upper runs. The high there will be -2C. At last – winter returns to the region!
Western USA flag Western USA: California has some of the deepest cover in the west at the moment – there’s up to 269cm of settled snow at Kirkwood, for example. In Utah, Snowbird the snow report talks of 160cm, mid-mountain; in Jackson Hole in Wyoming that figure is 124cm, and in Vail, Colorado 53cm.
Western Canada flag Western Canada: western Canada had a good week, last week. Currently, the mid-mountain snowpack at Whistler is 199cm, and at Fernie it’s 235cm. Lake Louise has 149cm.

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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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