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Snow Report

Spring Mountain Operations | Snow Report

After a fantastic week of snowfall across much of the Alps where up to 1.5m fell on the Austrian and Swiss glacier resorts, the mercury will gradually rise through the weekend with the chance of light rainfall at village level and 5-10cm above 2,500m. Check out Obertauern in Austria, Val d’Isère in France and Engelberg, Switzerland on their various social accounts for footage of wonderful spring skiing conditions across the Alps. 

Bonneval sur Arc in the Haute Maurienne has its marmots out whistling, whilst another 15-20cm is forecast – a repeat of last weekend’s excellent conditions. Mountain operations end Friday 26 April.

Sierra Nevada, Spain will see a mix of sunshine and cloud with freeze thaw conditions below mid-mountain and great piste skiing at altitude.

Temperatures will remain below freezing across Finland, Norway and Sweden with 5-10cm of new snow through Monday. Check out Levi, Finland here looking serene on world Earth Day. 

A huge, snowy mountain massif is white and looks majestic in the background, behind a cloud-filled valley and lit-up village in the near-ground
La Plagne looking lovely

The East Coast of the USA will see a mix of sunshine and light rain showers at village level through Monday.

Winter isn’t done in the Mountain States of the USA with 15-20cm forecast through to next Monday. The Colorado resorts of Arapahoe Basin and Loveland could see 25-30cm.

The western US states of Alaska and California will see freeze thaw conditions and sunny skies with a chance of light rainfall at village level and 10-15cm at altitude. Oregon resorts are forecast to receive 30-35cm of new snow.

a skier slides a tube-box in the snow park, a crowd behind and a blurred out warning sign of a stick man sledging face-forwards nailed to the tree in the foreground
Spring park sessions, Palisades

Canada’s Alberta resorts will see below freezing temperatures and 10-15cm of new snow through Monday. British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb will see rain below 1,500m and 25-30cm of new snow in the alpine.

The northern Japanese island of Hokkaido will continue to enjoy warm and sunny spring conditions through Monday with the chance of rainfall to mid-mountain. It will be a similar story on Honshu with temperatures reaching 18C at village level.

Pre-season storms continue to fall across the Southern Hemisphere building the snow base in preparation for mid-June openings.

Cerro Catedral, Argentina is forecast to receive 65-70cm of new snow through Monday with Corralco, Chile expected to see another 75cm.

Treble Cone, New Zealand is set to receive 25-30cm.

perfect corduroy piste with a shining sun and blue sky
Kaunertal corduroy

News From Around the Ski World 

Welove2ski has been out and about in the mountains, making the most of stellar spring conditions. Editor Nicola sends word from the slopes of Breuil-Cervinia in Italy:

“In the airy high altitudes of Cervinia, the snow remains in great condition from the top lifts all the way to the village.

“I would argue that right now there are few pistes anywhere else in the world that could rival the smooth conditions that we saw across the whole of this classic Italian resort today. There are even some smooth turns of 5-10cm to be found outside the poles if you venture (but be advised that the higher glacial terrain comprises crevasse danger).

“While the sun is shining, Cervinia is one of the ultimate cruiser-type resorts. We shall see how conditions evolve as the weather is due to turn in the next 24 hours.”

Welove2ski editor Nicola wearing blue stands inside a gondola looking out at the view below - a view of high snowy mountains and ski-tracked snow beneath
Editor Nicola rides the new Matterhorn Alpine Crossing from Testa Grigia/Plateau Rosa in Italy to Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland

It’s been a very busy time for the mountain operations teams at resorts across the ski world. Many have begun the task of ‘mothballing’ the infrastructure until next season. Others have been moving the large volumes of new snow which has fallen in the past two weeks to extend operations for this season. 

Crews have worked tirelessly to build spring terrain parks and features for pleasure and competition, as well as creating the many pond skimming arenas which have become a firm feature of spring skiing celebrations.

a gloomy scene with the silhouette of a dog sitting on matting covering a glacier
Andermatt’s Gurschen glacier cover-up operation

At Andermatt in Switzerland they’ve been rolling out the ‘white carpet’ to preserve the Gurschen glacier. The glacier fleece is rolled out and attached to the rock, then weighed down by sandbags before the fleece panels are sewn together. Read here for an article over on our sister site Fall Line, which looks into the many processes of ‘snow farming‘.

Meanwhile in Val Cenis in France, the mountains operations team has its work cut out clearing up the debris and repairing the top lift station after five natural avalanches ran further than anticipated.

Thankfully the resort had already closed for the season and ski patrol was aware of the threat posed by the late season snowfall.

avalanche aftermath scene, piling onto a top lift station - aerial shot
Val Cenis’ avalanche aftermath

And finally Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi launched himself to a world record 291m ski jump on a specially constructed course by Red Bull. Watch it here

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

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

Between snow reports please visit the ‘stories’ section of Welove2ski’s Instagram to see the latest images and videos from ski resorts around the world.

Snow Stats From Ski Areas Around the World

a top-of-the-mountain round glacier building is pictured at dusk, overlooking the high mountains and pastel mountain sunset
Piztal at dusk

Austria Interconnected Ski Areas

Silvretta Arena [Ischgl, Samnaun] (40/46 lifts; 169/239km piste; 30-140cm base)

Austria Ski Resorts

Hintertux (17/21 lifts; 56/62km piste; 0-470cm base)
Kaunertal (5/7 lifts; 49/55km piste; 410-420cm base)
Kitzsteinhorn (11/21 lifts; 32/61km piste; 0-355cm base)
Moelltal Glacier (4/9 lifts; 6/36km piste; 0-290cm base)
Obertauern (3/26 lifts; 10/100km piste; 80-140cm base)
Pitztal Glacier (7/7 lifts; 35/41km piste; 20-315cm base)
Solden (5/31 lifts; 33/147km piste; 0-425cm base)
Stubai (18/26 lifts; 53/68km piste; 15-570cm base)

a mountain side is pictured under a blue sky - including all its lifts and pistes looking in great condition
Les 2 Alpes looking in great shape

France Interconnected Ski Areas

Three Valleys [Val Thorens, Les Menuires, ​Méribel, Courchevel] (25/156 lifts; 337/600km piste; 170-240cm base)
Tignes / Val D’Isere (64/79 lifts; 253/300km piste; 65-420cm base)

France Ski Resorts

Bonneval sur Arc (10/10 lifts; 32/32km piste; 80-390cm base)
Grands Montets – Chamonix (5/7 lifts; 15/29km piste; 5-400cm base)
La Clusaz (4/49 lifts; 6/125km piste; 0-235cm base)
La Plagne (25/74 lifts; 105/225km piste; 20-350cm base)
Les 2 Alpes (22/44 lifts; 120/200km piste; 0-340cm base)
Les Arcs (32/53 lifts; 145/200km piste; 20-460cm base)

Italy Ski Resorts

Cortina (6/27 lifts; 38/120km piste; 35-150cm base)
Livigno (19/32 lifts; 115/115km piste; 15-170cm base)
Macugnaga (4/9 lifts; 11/32km piste; 30-110cm base)
Passo Tonale (2/30 lifts; 8/100km piste; 100-400cm base)
Solda (5/11 lifts; 22/44km piste; 60-150cm base)

Switzerland Interconnected Ski Areas

Matterhorn [Zermatt, ​Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche] (21/51 lifts; 151/322km piste; 10-250cm base)

Switzerland Ski Resorts

Adelboden (6/8 lifts; 12/17km piste; 30-220cm base)
Corvatsch St Moritz (6/14 lifts; 56/120km piste; 30-200cm base)
Diavolezza (2/5 lifts; 10/35km piste; 10-200cm base)
Engelberg-Titlis (4/17 lifts; 11/70km piste; 10-395cm base)
Glacier 3000 – Les Diablerets (6/11 lifts; 9/31km piste; 0-300cm base)
Grindlewald Wengen (5/23 lifts; 10/102km piste; 0-120cm base)


Sierra Nevada (5/23 lifts; 19/112km piste; 20-90cm base)

a team of skiers, backs to camera, take off down a spring-like ski run, the snowy valley pictured not far beneath them
Kabdalis spring skiing scenes

Nordic Resorts


Levi (23/26 lifts; 33/38km piste; 55-75cm base)
Pyha (6/9 lifts; 11/13km piste; 40-50cm base)
Ruka (19/22 lifts; 18/19km piste; 40-45cm base)
Yllas (25/26 lifts; 53/53km piste; 85-85cm base)


Hemsedal (18/21 lifts; 42/44km piste; 45-140cm base)
Myrkdalen (7/9 lifts; 30/32km piste; 70-220cm base)
Narvik (5/6 lifts; 8/10km piste; 30-50cm base)


Are (20/35 lifts; 59/91km piste; 40-80cm base)
Hemavan (10/10 lifts; 24/30km piste; 40-85cm base)
Kabdalis (2/4 lifts; 3/9km piste; 50-80cm base)
Riksgransen (6/6 lifts; 15/21km piste; 55-140cm base)
Tarnaby (3/5 lifts; 14/20km piste; 40-90cm base)


Nebelhorn-Oberstdorf (5/6 lifts; 6/12km piste; 0-240cm base)
Zugspitze (10/10 lifts; 16/20km piste; 130-355cm base)

a snowboarder in blue takes off a huge kicker in the snowpark of a ski area
Sunshine’s snow park


Alyeska (7/7 lifts; 59/62km piste; 100-365cm base)

Kirkwood (7/13 lifts; 38/65km piste; 50-215cm base)
Mammoth (14/25 lifts; 69/89km piste; 195-290cm base)
Palisades Tahoe (18/43 lifts; 113/200km piste; 45-315cm base)

Arapahoe Basin (8/9 lifts; 87/105km piste; 80-165cm base)
Breckenridge (7/35 lifts; 79/153km piste; 40-170cm base)
Copper (12/24 lifts; 79/126km piste; 45-150cm base)
Loveland (7/10 lifts; 86/93km piste; 75-170cm base)
Winter Park (6/25 lifts; 67/143km piste; 160-200cm base)

Sugarloaf (2/15 lifts; 74/87km piste; 20-50cm base)

Mt Rose (6/8 lifts; 38/60km piste; 150-200cm base)

Mt Bachelor (5/15 lifts; 48/100km piste; 60-235cm base)
Mt Hood (9/12 lifts; 76/90km piste; 155-290cm base)
Timberline (7/7 lifts; 31/31km piste; 160-405cm base)

Snowbird (5/14 lifts; 44/103km piste; 65-295cm base)
Solitude (7/9 lifts; 44/64km piste; 50-230cm base)

Killington (1/22 lifts; 8/118km piste; 20-50cm base)


Lake Louise (11/11 lifts; 125/139km piste; 95-155cm base)
Marmot Basin (7/7 lifts; 91/91km piste; 95-95cm base)
Sunshine (12/12 lifts; 104/109km piste; 40-155cm base)

British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb (10/27 lifts; 70/200km piste; 0-215cm base)


Furano (2/9 lifts; 2/32km piste; 10-40cm base)
Kiroro (3/10 lifts; 7/24 piste; 50-180cm base)
Niseko United (6/32 lifts; 9/51km piste; 10-170cm base)

Gassan – Nishikawa (3/3 lifts; 10/10km piste; 300-720cm base)
Happo One Hakuba (6/22 lifts; 11/52km piste; 0-150cm base)
Nozawa Onsen (3/17 lifts; 5/44km piste; 0-120cm base)
Shigakogen (12/48 lifts; 22/83km piste; 10-140cm base)
Zao Onsen (6/35 lifts; 2/50km piste; 0-55cm base)

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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