Snowy March ahead in the Alps

6th March 2017, by Abi Butcher

The French ski resort of Avoriaz earlier today. Photo:

The French ski resort of Avoriaz earlier today. Photo:

It’s currently snowing in the Alps, and if weather forecasts can be relied upon, this month is going to be a goodie for snowfall which bodes well for Easter and late-season skiing.

Fraser Wilkin of Weather To Ski says on his daily blog that snow is forecast for the next 24 hours — with some parts of the Northern French Alps expecting between 50cm and 70cm, and 30-50cm falling across the wider French and western Swiss Alps. Tomorrow the snow moves towards the central and eastern Swiss Alps and western Austrian Alps.

It’s great news for European ski resorts, which have had yet another poor snow year. If reports can be believed, the end of the season is going to be a lot better.

In his latest blog on Henry’s Avalanche Talk, Chris Radford writes that a “crazy snowy March” is ahead, that the Jetstream has shifted and is bringing with it a period of unsettled weather. This will come from the north, keeping the snow-rain limit below 1500m.

“Only seven days ago, we had only seen 2m 50cm of snow so far this season. This would not have been enough for late April,” says Chris.  “With the current snowfall and this weather forecast, now we can be sure of good snow cover in April.”

Editor Watts, who is currently testing 2018’s skis in Kühtai, Austria, is a big fan of late-season skiing. Read his latest feature for Where to Ski and Snowboard here

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