SNOW Report : 9th March 2020
Austria Ski Resort Snow Conditions
This last weekend saw arguably some of the best conditions of the winter so far and the Freeride World Tour took place in Fieberbrunn yesterday under clear blue skies with a blanket of fresh powder. Conditions could not have been better with some amazing riding on the Wildseeloder face.
The European school holidays are now over and the slopes will be much quieter as a result. It is always worth keeping in mind that many resorts have their peak upper slope snow depths in mid to late March and this really is one of the best times for skiing in the Alps in our opinion. Longer days, warmer sunshine and Spring skiing at its finest!
Around our resorts
SKI CIRCUS SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM-FIEBERBRUNN-LEOGANG (55 cm lower, 175 cm upper slopes)
Snow-depths here are now the most they have been all season following a couple of weeks of top-ups of the white stuff and there is great skiing to be had on and off-piste. The Freeride World Tour has been and gone and this week will see a few showers and then some warmer, sunnier days at the weekend. A good base higher up will last until early April (scheduled to close 13th April).
KITZBUEHEL (56 cm lower, 111 cm upper)
56/58 lifts are open in Kitzbuhel today with good conditions on piste and claggy this afternoon as some snow showers move in. It is starting to get rather spring-like lower down however, most of Kitzbuhel’s skiing is in the 1200-2000 metre range and there will be good skiing higher up on piste as a minimum through until April.
STUBAI (35 cm lower, 380 cm upper)
The upper snow depths on the Stubai Glacier continue to build up and this is a great late season destination and is Austria’s largest glacier ski Area. It will be quite windy this week higher up with a mix of sunshine and showers with around 20cm of fresh snow in total expected up top.
SOLDEN (142 cm lower, 328 cm upper)
There is great skiing to be had this morning (29/31 lifts are open) across the ski area although cloudy and showery weather will move in this afternoon. There is excellent cover higher up and runs to resort are softening later in the day. A mixed bag of weather this week and looking good as we head towards the middle of March. Another good late season destination.
ST ANTON (120 cm lower, 385 cm upper)
St Anton has seen some decent snowfall since our last Snow Report and there is excellent cover now across the whole resort with all 88 of the Ski Arlberg lifts open today. There is a further 30cm of fresh snow expected this week and the season is far from over. A good late season choice.
ZELL am SEE – KAPRUN (30cm lower, 160 cm upper)
All lifts are open today in Zell with the connection to Saalbach open and excellent skiing on-piste under cloudy skies with snow showers higher up. Upper slopes are in great condition and runs to resort level are a good mix of artificial and natural snow with good cover currently. Up on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier at Kaprun, there is 285 cm on the upper slopes – a great snow-sure back up all covered on the same lift pass.
The first week of March saw some cold temperatures and decent snowfall which means conditions across all resorts are looking good as we head towards the middle of March. This week will see mixed conditions with some sun, cloud, snowfall and snow showers with a freezing level swinging from 600 metres to 2000 metres. Settled sunny weather is in the forecast this coming weekend when it will finally start to feel more spring-like.
Image : Zell am See-Kaprun 9.3.20