Snow Report : 26th Mar 2018
Snow Report : 26th March 2018
It is almost the end of March and Winter is stubbornly refusing to let go across the Austrian Alps. We would usually expect warmer temperatures by this stage of the season but it is going to be another 5 to 6 days of unsettled weather before warm, sunny weather finally arrives.
With early season record snowfall and cold temperatures throughout this winter, snow coverage remains excellent with above average snow-depths for this time of year. It last snowed at the weekend and some of the best powder and blue skies of the season were to be had this last Saturday and Sunday on virtually empty slopes.
The Easter Weekend is this weekend (1st April) with some Europeans already on holiday this week through to Easter Monday. For those of us heading to the Alps over the Easter Weekend and in to next week, temperatures are finally set to climb with classic freeze-thaw spring conditions likely to dominate from Easter Monday with the best skiing in the mornings, long terrace lunches in the afternoon!
Even with all the snow, once Easter has passed, many resorts close as it becomes unviable to operate the lifts and ski areas. We have included below planned dates of closing.
Today, Monday 26th March, sees unsettled weather with a freezing level around 800 metres and some light snow (5-10 cm) higher up across our Austrian Resorts. A mix of sunshine, cloud and light snow is forecast for the next few days with the freezing level from 1,000-1400 metres depending on where you are in Austria. On Saturday, around 15 cm of new snow is forecast on the upper slopes in the Kitzbuheler Alps region and up to 30cm on the Stubai Glacier. Further west (St Anton), strong winds from the south will accompany the snow.
ACROSS OUR RESORTS
FIEBERBRUNN - SKI CIRCUS SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM-FIEBERBRUNN (70 cm lower slopes, 140 cm upper)
All 70 Lifts are open with superb piste skiing to be had on all runs with fresh powder snow off-piste from the snowfall over the weekend. Mixed weather through to Easter Sunday followed by warm, sunny Spring weather. Resort closes 8th April.
KITZBUHEL (83 cm lower slopes, 147 cm upper slopes)
Kitzbuhel has 52 of its 58 lifts open today with a mix of light cloud and snow showers. Still great conditions for this time of year on and off-piste, light snow forecast until the weekend and warmer, sunnier weather from Easter Sunday. Some lifts close 8th April, plenty open until 22nd April.
STUBAI (70 cm lower, 400 cm upper)
It is cold at the top of Stubai right now (-12C) with cloud and snow showers. The 4 metre base at the top is going nowhere and there is over half a metre of fresh snow forecast higher up for Thursday / Friday / Saturday. Sunnier weather from Easter Sunday. Resort closes late May.
SOLDEN (164 cm, 318 cm)
Still boasting an impressive snow depth of over 3 metres higher up, Solden is set to stay open until late April. Cold temperatures higher up all week with cloud, limited visibility and light snow in the forecast. Sunnier weather from Easter Sunday.
ST ANTON (120 cm, 370 cm)
87 of 88 of the Ski Arlberg’s lifts are in operation today with a mix of cloud and light snowfall today. Warming up as we head in to the weekend but remaining unsettled with light snow until Easter Sunday. High winds higher up at the weekend may limit lift operation. Excellent snow conditions on and off-piste, Resort closes late April.
Image : Solden.com