SNOW Report : 4th January 2018
The strong winds of the last few days that accompanied Storm Eleanor are slowly subsiding and it is snowing lightly across Austria today with a freezing level currently around 400 metres (lunchtime 4/1/18) but set to rise as the day progresses. Around 20-60cm of fresh snow has fallen at altitude in the last 24 hours and there is powder to be had today and more settled weather arriving as we head in to January. Avalanche danger is currently high (3 or 4 out of 5) due to the fresh snow and high winds. Take care.
Everywhere now has a substantial snow-base and the conditions for this time of year are the best for well over 10 years. Snow-depths will continue to build and excellent snow cover is now guaranteed to Easter.
Unsettled weather is set to dominate until the end of this weekend with a mix of further snow, sunshine and cloud. Higher resorts in the West (St Anton, Solden) will see high winds and temperatures look set to climb above freezing at resort level before settling down next week. By Tuesday / Wednesday next week, settled sunny weather is in the forecast with temperatures dropping back to where we would expect them for this time of year. Will this be the first stable, high-pressure since the start of November?
ACROSS OUR RESORTS
FIEBERBRUNN - SKI CIRCUS SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM-FIEBERBRUNN (70 cm lower slopes, 125 cm upper)
All 70 Lifts are open with great skiing across the area on and off piste. 20cm of fresh snow fell higher up in the last 24 hours and conditions are superb. Warmer temperatures arriving later today and sunshine and light cloud for the weekend.
KITZBUHEL (65 cm lower slopes, 95 cm upper slopes)
Kitzbuhel has 48/58 lifts open with excellent conditions, 10 cm fresh snow in the last 24 hours and runs to resort level are open. Preparations for the Hahnenkamm downhill race continue on the Streif and the Race Organisers will be hoping for cold, freezing temperatures and no more fresh snow to get the Streif ready for the 20th January!
STUBAI (70 cm lower, 300 cm upper)
High winds and heavy snow have hit Stubai over the last couple of days and there is more to come. A 3-metre base (!) is now established higher up and this is going nowhere until June! 18/25 lifts are open with wind and heavy snow affecting some operation and a very high risk of avalanches.
SOLDEN (115 cm, 280 cm)
Nudging almost 3 metres of snow at the top, 17/31 Lifts are open today with winds affecting full operation. A foot of fresh higher up in the last 24 hours and the best skiing to be had currently on the lower slopes due to the winds.
ST ANTON (70 cm, 165 cm)
Clocking in with 60 cm of fresh snow higher up in the last 24 hours, 56/88 lifts are open in the Ski Arlberg region with a reduced operation due to the winds and high avalanche danger. Snowing heavily today with the freezing level heading up towards 2,000 metres later on which will increase the danger off-piste. Beware.
ZELL am SEE (30 cm, 135cm)
Not the highest of resorts but therefore less likely to be affected by heavy snow and high winds and this does mean all lifts are running (27/27). Great conditions on and off-piste with settled, sunny weather arriving for the weekend.
Image : Giggijoch, Solden 4.1.18