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Weekly Snow Report - Thursday 26 November
The week ahead
What a difference a weekend makes!
Les Arcs this morning - courtesy Les Arcs Tourist Office
- Big snowfalls in the Alps.
- Number of ski areas open in Europe and North America moves from double to triple figures.
- More than 60 US ski areas are already open - far more than any other country.
- First resorts in Pyrenees set to open at weekend, including ski areas in Andorra.
- Val d’Isere and Val Thorens among those opening on Saturday, Courchevel opened for a day midweek.
- Numerous resorts in Alps, Pyrenees, Rockies, Scandinavia etc Prepare to Open.
- Month of near non-stop November snow in Western North America,
- Further snowfall in the Alps.
- Marginal conditions in Eastern North America.
- Good covering, but not yet quite enough, on Scottish hills.
Last Friday/Saturday gave parts of the Alps a near 30C temperature drop from mid-teens above freezing to mid-teens below in less than 24 hours. The results were gale force winds (Tignes reported up to 150km/h gusts) and heavy snow. That snow was not quite at the excessive levels forecast by some but still some areas got nearly a metre through the weekend on upper runs and the 20-40cm forecast for most proved correct.
More important than the snow volume really though has been the ongoing dramatic change from summer-like to mid-winter weather since the big snowfalls, with temperatures remaining double digits below at many areas, allowing Europe’s snowmaking arsenal to fire up.
The snow hasn’t just been in the Alps too; with up to 50cm of snow reported in the Pyrenees. It wasn’t just last weekend either, with snowfall continuing, and set to continue, albeit probably with smaller accumulations. So, without wishing to tempt fate, it’s all looking much better than a year ago.
Elsewhere in the world there’s been snow on Scottish hills although Yad Moss in the English Pennines was the first outdoor snow centre in the UK to open for the season, last Sunday. Cold weather has allowed snowmaking in Scandinavia. There's been snow in Eastern Europe and the Dolomites and still more snow across the Atlantic in Western North America.
Things remain more challenging on the East Coast however with ski areas battling to open with snowmaking for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The cold temperatures are set to continue into next week, although they look likely to rise above seasonal averages as we head into December. There is more snow in the forecast for this weekend, and lighter precipitation for the following week. Even if we see a period of high pressure (as is possible), it's unlikely to trouble any but the very lowest resorts as just about everywhere has had enough snow and cold to start laying down good bases now.
There is much more detail of the snow around the world in the full version of J2Ski Weekly Snow Report - November 26th 2015 online.
Until next week,
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