Snow reports from ski resorts in Europe are split this week, with fresh snow falling in Austria and across the Eastern Alps, but the weather remaining dry and sunny, although still cold, in France and the west.
Despite the lack of fresh snow and depths decreasing over the last week, the giant ski regions continue to open more terrain and February is starting with the most ski runs open of the season so far.
In North America, the big improvement has come in the east, where consistently cold temperatures and several feet of snowfall have dramatically improved what had been a poor first half of winter. In the west, British Columbia is currently reporting high avalanche risk in many areas, with five fatalities already this year – 2023 is already being compared to 2003, which was one of the worst years in history for avalanches in the province.
It’s been a week of almost non-stop sunshine in the Pyrenees with temperatures creeping a warmer, but conditions remain the best they’ve been all season, at least in terms of terrain with Andorra’s biggest resort Grandvalira (Soldeu, Pas de la Casa), now 80 per cent open. Scandinavia, by contrast, has had more snowy weather, with one resort in Norway posting 90cm of snow in 24 hours to Tuesday.
Eastern Europe has also been seeing more fresh snowfall and cold temperatures. Ski areas there continue to make up lost ground on the poor start to the season. Bulgaria’s Bansko now has 50km of its 75km of slopes open. Scotland has seen blizzard conditions this week with the cold and snowfall helping to replace snow lost in the mid-January thaw, so centres are open but don’t have many runs to offer at present.
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