SNOW Report : 1st Feb 2018
January has drawn to a close and left behind some of the largest snow-depths we have seen for many years across Austria. Storm cycles earlier in the month delivered unprecedented amounts of snow with some resorts reporting over a metre falling in 24 hours and some having to close roads in and out of resort due to high winds and high avalanche danger. Thankfully, this situation has now stabilised and the warmer weather of the last week has helped to consolidate the snow pack and reduce the avalanche danger.
We skied Fieberbrunn and the Ski Circus Saalbach-Hinterglemm last weekend and there was still powder to be had if you looked far enough. Pistes were immaculate and the weather was almost spring-like. The mercury has dropped back now and much more wintry conditions are here for at least the next week with freezing levels staying stubbornly below freezing even at valley level throughout the day.
All resorts now have a substantial snow-base with conditions for this time of year the best for nigh on 20 years! Excellent snow cover is guaranteed to Easter.
Cold weather is set to dominate for the next week with minus double figures expected at 2,000 metres (and hitting -20 in the higher resorts) and a mix of light snowfall for the next few days with some sunshine expected by the middle of next week as we head in to the half term week.
ACROSS OUR RESORTS
FIEBERBRUNN - SKI CIRCUS SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM-FIEBERBRUNN (85 cm lower slopes, 160 cm upper)
All 70 Lifts are open with superb piste skiing to be had on all runs. There is around 25 cm of fresh snow forecast higher up for the next 3 days which will re-fresh the off-piste which had become tracked and firm by last Sunday.
KITZBUHEL (83 cm lower slopes, 132 cm upper slopes)
Kitzbuhel has all of its 58 lifts open today with light cloud and snow forecast in the next 3 days (25 cm higher up). Great conditions on and off-piste with better visibility and sunshine expected after the weekend.
STUBAI (120 cm lower, 400 cm upper)
High winds and heavy snow clobbered Stubai in January closing the road to the Glacier on a number of days and resulting in the 4 metre (!!) base now being reported at the top. 30+cm of snow is expected in the next 24 hours and super-cold temperatures expected higher up by the middle of next week (-20C). Wrap up warm!
SOLDEN (162 cm, 313 cm)
Now boasting over 3 metres of snow at the top of the resort, 29/31 Lifts are open today with light cloud and snow showers. This will clear after the weekend to leave sunny days but expect bitingly cold temperatures by the middle of next week.
ST ANTON (130 cm, 365 cm)
All 88 of the Ski Arlberg’s lifts are in operation today with around 15 cm of fresh snow expected in the next 24 hours. Like most resorts across Austria, the cloud and light snow is set to clear by Sunday ushering in sunny, cold days ahead.
ZELL am SEE (55 cm, 172 cm)
It’s not often that Zell am See’s snow-depths march up towards the 2-metre mark and a real indication of the amount of snow that has fallen this season so far. 27/27 lifts are open today with around 30 cm of fresh snow expected between now and Sunday.