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Weekly Snow Report - Thursday 20 December
The week ahead
And still it comes... more big snowfalls reported from across The Alps and North America, with many Alpine resorts reporting more than a metre of fresh snow over the past week.
After further widespread snow tomorrow (Friday), temperatures are set to climb briefly over the weekend with Monday in the Northern Alps likely to be 10C above the seasonal average! Sunday will see a fair amount of precipitation and this may fall as rain as high as 2,000 metres in places - affecting low-lying areas.
The lift in temperatures will be later and less severe to the East, but the mild spell will be brief and much cooler weather should be back in place by this time next week.
It does look as if the last week of December will be, again, cold and snowy.
We do need to, again, highlight the avalanche risk. There have been a number of fatalities already this week, with a lot of new snow. The mild temperatures forecast for the coming weekend will make the off-piste extremely dangerous and we expect to see some huge avalanches triggered in place. Please take all usual precautions and follow local advice.
- Some French and Swiss ski resorts pass 3m (10 feet) snow depth mark.
- Significant snowfalls in Colorado and Utah.
- Austrian snow depths pass 2m at snowiest resorts.
- Heavy snow in Western Canada, again.
- Mt Baker, world’s snowiest resort, first to pass 4m snow depth this season.
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For the full round-up of the latest snow conditions around the world visit the J2Ski Snow Report - December 20th.
The rapidly accumulated snow of the latest weather cycles is substantial, and a number of fatal avalanches have occurred in the past week.
It is essential that you seek (and follow) local advice in these conditions. Never ski alone and always carry all appropriate equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) - and know how to use it - if considering leaving the pistes.
Until next week,
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Our latest snow report (19 Dec) indicates snow depths of 235 (Upper Slopes) and 80 (Lower Slopes), with the last snowfall on 18 Dec. Gstaad reported "Fresh snowfall".
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