New Snow in the Alps Nears Metre Mark

New Snow in the Alps Nears Metre Mark

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New Snow in the Alps Nears Metre Mark

J2SkiNews posted 12-Mar



The heaviest snowfall in the Alps for two months has led to resorts reporting up to 98cm of fresh snowfall in the past 7 days, and some as much as 90cm (three feet) in the past 72 hours.

Switzerland, and particularly the Valais region, has reported the biggest accumulations with Anzere posting those biggest numbers but Les Marécottes – Salvan not far behind with 94cm in the past week, most of it since the weekend.

Galtur, on Austria's Swiss border, has had the most snowfall in Austria with 85cm (60cm since the weekend).

In terms of the well-known resorts Davos has had 63cm (50cm of that since Saturday) and Verbier 55cm (45cm since the weekend). At Kaprun there's been 65cm and at Saalbach (pictured top) 60cm.

Most other ski areas in the Alps, including in France and Italy, have had at least some fresh snow and many good accumulations, if not quite so much as the areas mentioned above.

The weather overall is very changeable and very varied across the region, going from thawing plus temperatures and rain at valley level in some lower areas to double digits below freezing on mountains. The snowfall has brought periods of low visibility and there have been very strong winds at times too.

Moderate to heavy snowfall is expected throughout the rest of the week with a weekend lull and then (although forecasts become less certain the further off you look) it currently appears more heavy snowfall will arrive at the start of next week.

Andermatt, which posted the deepest base in the world for most of this season at 6 metres, until it was overtaken by Squaw Valley late last week, is forecast to receive more than a metre more snow.
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Biki17
reply to 'New Snow in the Alps Nears Metre Mark'
posted 15-Mar

Hi,
Thank you for the good news.
Only Slightly off the main topic. We are trying to decide between Les Arcs and Ischgl for a week skiing from 13 April 2019. Could anyone advice please which one is more reliable in terms of snow and which ski area is more interesting ?

J2SkiNews
reply to 'New Snow in the Alps Nears Metre Mark'
posted 16-Mar

It is hard to rank one over the other to be honest. Both are very big, both have a huge range of skiing, both pretty 'snowsure' - in Les Arcs' case with the glacier up to 3200+ metres and Ischgl is more just a strong snow record. Ischgl opens earlier and closes a little later (start of May) than Les Arcs but Les Arcs could stay open later if they wanted. Ischgl is 'very German' wheras Les Arcs has quite an international mix - a lot of Brits, Dutch, Scandinavians... Ischgl you can ski over the border in to Switzerland and buy stuff duty free in Samnaun, Les Arcs you can take a double decker cable car over the valley to La Plagne...
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Biki17
reply to 'New Snow in the Alps Nears Metre Mark'
posted 16-Mar

J2SkiNews wrote:It is hard to rank one over the other to be honest. Both are very big, both have a huge range of skiing, both pretty 'snowsure' - in Les Arcs' case with the glacier up to 3200+ metres and Ischgl is more just a strong snow record. Ischgl opens earlier and closes a little later (start of May) than Les Arcs but Les Arcs could stay open later if they wanted. Ischgl is 'very German' wheras Les Arcs has quite an international mix - a lot of Brits, Dutch, Scandinavians... Ischgl you can ski over the border in to Switzerland and buy stuff duty free in Samnaun, Les Arcs you can take a double decker cable car over the valley to La Plagne...


Hi,

Thank you for your advice.

I have made a decision and booked accommodation in Ischgl.
There are lots of runs between 2300 m and 2872 m there and that and quality of accommodation swayed it.
We have skied once in La Plagne in March and it was enjoyable.
So hopefully we will make it to Les Arcs some day.
Last April we were in Val d'Isere and the snow was epic

Any good coffee and lunch spots tips would be appreciated

Best regards,
Andy

Topic last updated on 16-March-2019 at 19:45

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