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Weekly Snow Report - Thursday 28 November
The week ahead
As a snowy November draws to a close, the forecast models are hinting that December will continue in the same vein after a brief (slightly mild) first week... we shall see. Right now, there's a lot of snow on the ground...
* More heavy snow in the Alps and Pyrenees - up to 60cm in 48 hours reported.
* Many ski areas in Pyrenees open this weekend, snow depths up to 1.8m up top.
* More than 100 ski areas open across USA for thanksgiving weekend.
* Upper slope base depths already approaching 3m/10 feet at the snowiest resorts in the Alps.
* Less good in Scotland and Scandinavia, but a ‘return to winter’ imminent there too.
There’s been an avalanche of emails from resorts to the J2ski.com offices announcing heavy snowfall, early openings and general excitement. The season has not actually started, still, at most resorts but after the entire month of November has been almost one long snowy deluge the pent up excitement is at fever pitch.
In the past week the big accumulations in both Europe and North America were largely over last weekend although the snow has continued to fall at more moderate levels over the past few days. Temperatures are also dropping low - to double digits below zero - in some areas of the Alps and Pyrenees.
But the short version is that, generally speaking, it’s a great start to the season in most areas. Base depths are up to 1.8m (six feet) in the Pyrenees where large numbers of ski centres, including Andorra, open for the season on Saturday.
Likewise there are many areas opening in the Dolomites and more big names in the Alps too. Excited reports are claiming anything from ‘the best start of the season for six years’ to ‘the best start of the season for 20 years.’ Across the Pond more than 100 ski areas are now open in the US in time for the current Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
An exception, slightly, seems to be Scandinavia where resorts are struggling to build a base with generally warmer temperatures than they’d like. The only event in the autumnal FIS World Cup racing calendar to be cancelled so far has been at Kvitfjell in Norway. Scottish areas, which had also been tentatively hoping to re-open this weekend are looking decidedly brown after a warm mid-week rather than white in the web cam pictures today, although a return of colder weather is expected any minute now.
There is much more detail of the snow in The Alps, Scandinavia and North America in the full version of our J2Ski Weekly Snow Report - 28th November 2013 online.
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Our latest snow report (27 Nov) indicates snow depths of 38 (Upper Slopes) and 30 (Lower Slopes), with the last snowfall on 26 Nov. Waterville Valley reported "Packed powder snow".
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