SNOW Report : 2nd Mar 2018
Snow Report : 2nd March 2018
The ‘Beast from the East’ has swept across Austria this last week bringing some seriously cold temperatures in the -20C’s and a biting wind. Warm spring sunshine is some way off yet as we head in to March and, whilst the Beast has moved on and temperatures have returned to the norm for this time of year, long lunches on the terrace are still a good couple of weeks away yet.
Conditions on and off-piste remain excellent with snow-depths well above average for this time of the season and there is still powder to be found with a short hike. Thanks to the well-established base and the uber-cold temperatures of the last week, top-to-bottom skiing is now guaranteed beyond the Easter Weekend and there is more snow yet to come.
The high season Euro School holidays officially end 3rd March however, the next couple of weeks look well-booked as skiers take advantage of the outstanding conditions – some say the best for a generation!
Across Austria, today, Friday 2nd March, sees settled mostly sunny weather with the freezing level around 500 metres in the more easterly Kitzbuheler Alps, around 1,000 metres further west (St Anton). The forecast for the next week sees little change – a mix of sunshine and light cloud with a few snow showers around the middle of next week.
ACROSS OUR RESORTS
FIEBERBRUNN - SKI CIRCUS SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM-FIEBERBRUNN (80 cm lower slopes, 160 cm upper)
All 70 Lifts are open with superb piste skiing to be had on all runs and some fresh snow off-piste if you are prepared to hike. Cold, chalky snow conditions.
KITZBUHEL (95 cm lower slopes, 143 cm upper slopes)
Kitzbuhel has all of its 58 lifts open today with a mix of sunshine and light cloud. Settled and cool weather looks set to dominate with the freezing level for the week ahead around 1,000 metres.
STUBAI (100 cm lower, 400 cm upper)
With its high altitude slopes, Stubai saw temperatures on its upper slopes dropping to near -30C last week – and this is without the windchill. It remains cold (-5C to -10C for the next few days) and there is a whopping 4 metre (!!) base on the upper slopes now with skiing guaranteed until late May!
SOLDEN (164 cm, 318 cm)
Another resort boasting an impressive snow depth of over 3 metres higher up which is well established and will see the resort through to late April. Cold temperatures in the week ahead and a good chance of some fresh snow (15cm) in the middle of next week.
ST ANTON (125 cm, 360 cm)
All 88 of the Ski Arlberg’s lifts are in operation today with a mix of sunshine and light cloud in the mix for the next few days. A chance of some fresh snow (around 15 cm) around the middle of next week.
ZELL am SEE (65 cm, 176 cm)
The early season snow and cold temperatures mean that Zell am See is reporting excellent snow-depths as we head in to March. 25/27 Lifts are open today and the week ahead offers a good mix of sunshine and light cloud with temperatures around freezing at 1,000 metres.
Source: Bergfex.com // Image : Saalbach.com