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After heavy snowfall this week there is sun across many parts of the Alps as the half-term week gets underway. Things remain good in North America but there's been no fresh snow. UPDATED

It was  another wild week of weather in the Alps as we have reported on PlanetSKI - see here for our report from Wednesday.

And now the sun is out creating some of the best conditions of the winter.

Great news as half-term approaches.

Here are some images from Saturday morning, sunshine and snow.

Saturday morning Verbier (Warren Smith Ski Academy)Saturday morning Verbier (Warren Smith Ski Academy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lovely video from Alpe d'Huez today.

 

Here are a couple of images from Thursday morning.

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And here is Friday in Avoriaz.

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Over in North America the snow has eased off but there are still some great conditions.

Our content editor, James Cove, has been in Sunshine Village in Canada where there has been every type of weather.

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Sunshine Village, CanadaSunshine in Sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for his report from the resort.

Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Thursday 11th February , comes from Fraser Wilkin at www.weathertoski.co.uk.

Snow conditions are generally good across the Alps as we approach half term, even if the weather is set to remain volatile until early next week - perhaps longer.
 
Recent snowfalls have benefited both the northern and the southern Alps, though with freezing levels all over the place, there has also been some rain low down.
 
The deepest snow is at altitude in the north-western half of the Alps, where we have seen 30-70cm of new snow this week and upper base depths have reached or surpassed 3m in a number of resorts, including Engelberg, Andermatt and Chamonix.
 
By contrast, the snow cover (in the north-west Alps) is still thin below 1500m, due to fluctuating temperatures and several bouts of rain.

Wengen and Morzine, for example, have just 10-30cm of snow on their lower slopes and need more to prevent problems later in the season.
 
Elsewhere in the Alps, snow cover is generally ok, and certainly much improved in the southern Alps thanks to two major snowfalls in the last week.

Conditions have also improved (overall) in Austria, though snow cover is still a bit thin in some lower resorts, something to watch later in the season, unless there are further falls soon.
 
In North America it's been a very quiet week (generally speaking) with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures...

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Austria

Snow conditions are pretty good across most of Austria right now.

A lack of sustained cold this season means that that base depths remain modest at low altitude, especially in the south. Zell-am-See (in the north) has 30/120cm of settled snow depending on altitude, while Bad Kleinkirchheim (in the south) has 5/45cm.
 
Glaciers aside, the very best conditions are in the higher resorts of the western Austrian Alps, such as Lech (140/190cm) and Warth-Schröcken (170/210cm).
 
A little snow is possible at times over the weekend, but not generally amounting to much.

It won't be particularly cold, however, with a few spots of rain also possible low down.

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France

Snow conditions are excellent in most French resorts, with the deepest snow at altitude in the north.

Les Arcs has settled snow depths of 125/230cm, while Avoriaz has 100/190cm.

Only below 1500m, in resorts such as Morzine (30/90cm), is the snow a bit thin.
 
Southern Alpine resorts are also much improved over the last week, thanks to two significant snowfalls.

Serre Chevalier now has a very respectable 25/145cm, while Risoul has 60/80cm.
 
Further snow is expected over the weekend, which may briefly turn to rain below 1500m in places on Saturday.

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Italy

Snow conditions in Italy are much improved following two significant snowfalls in the last week.
 
It should be pointed out, however, that even before this snow there was some excellent piste skiing on offer in the drought afflicted areas (such as the Dolomites), thanks to their state-of-the-art snow making.

Arabba now has 40/50cm of settled snow, while Livigno has 75/100cm.
 
The deepest snow is currently in the north-west, where La Thuile boasts 60/220cm and Courmayeur has 90/190cm.
 
Heavy snow is looking increasingly likely in Italian ski resorts from late Monday onwards.

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Switzerland

Swiss resorts are enjoying some excellent conditions in the run-up to half term, with decent snow cover across the board, and above average snow depths at altitude in the west.

Base depths are 30/200cm in Zermatt and Verbier, and 75/255cm in Mürren.


Further snow is expected over the weekend, heaviest in the west.

Rest of Europe

The Pyrenees have also seen a little fresh snow this week, with a lot of more forecast over the weekend - though watch out for some rain for a time on Friday night.

By early next week, however, snow conditions should be excellent in Andorra's Soldeu (40/70cm) and Spain's Baqueira Beret (60/115cm).
 
Over in Bulgaria, Bansko (65/100cm) hasn't seen much snow recently, but there is some in the forecast over the next few days which should help things to freshen up here.
 
Meanwhile, most Norwegian resorts are in great shape, especially Hemsedal (117cm mid-mountain), where there was nearly a foot of new snow on Tuesday.
 
Good conditions are also reported in Scotland this week, on-piste at least, with base depths currently at 25/55cm in Glencoe.

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USA

It's been a quiet week across the western US with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures.

On-piste, snow conditions are still pretty good, but off-piste most resorts are tracked out and/or spring-like.
 
At the moment, Vail (Colorado) has a 147cm mid-mountain base, while Snowbird (Utah) has 229cm, also mid-mountain.

Still leading the way though, California's Mammoth is claiming an impressive 419cm (upper mountain).

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Canada

There is a little fresh snow at altitude in Whistler (252cm mid-mountain), but it is mild, with rain in resort and variable lower slope conditions.
 
It has also been on the mild side further inland, but on-piste at least the skiing is still very good in Revelstoke (221cm mid-mountain).

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For daily weather bulletins as the winter progresses then see www.weathertoski.co.uk.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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