OS Conditions

SAL

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For those lucky enough to be traveling OS skiing this year, here's a nice summary of conditions from Snowheads:-

The early season across the Northern Hemisphere is gathering speed.
North America has above-average conditions. Europe is below-average. Asia is average.
Here is a summary of global snow conditions, from West to East...
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Canada: Western Canada remains topnotch. Plenty of new snow. Whistler is almost 100% open. East Canada has improved slightly. Mont Tremblant is roughly 30% operational.

USA: The Midwest has great coverage. Alta (Utah), Keystone (Colorado) and Beaver Creek (Colorado) are all more than 80% open. California, in the West, is limited. Mammoth is running 10%, mostly on manmade. Conditions in the East are better. A modest dump has allowed Killington to operate 12 of its 31 lifts.

Scotland: Conditions are volatile. Good snow up top allowed Cairngorm to run 3 tows on Sat. By Sun, rain and wind had wiped out most of it and the resort was closed.

Scandinavia: A good pre-season in Norway, Finland and Sweden has faded. A number of stations have shut back down, due to thin cover. Geilo in Norway is doing ok and has almost half its uplift running.

Andorra: Modest snowcover. No major resorts open. Worst start for a few years. Adverts for £99, fully-catered, 1-week chalet vacations have been spotted on the Web.

Spain: Limited snow. Sierra Nevada, in the South, has a handful of runs on the go. High winds still a problem.

Mediterranean: Resorts in Portugal, Corsica and Cyprus are closed. Temps are high. Unlikely to offer much before Jan.

France: Coverage has improved markedly above 1500m. La Plagne is self-reporting 55cm of fresh neige at its mid-station (2700m). Val d'Isere has 32% of all its slopes available, up from 5% just two weeks ago. The snowline in France is down to perhaps 500m, but depths are low.

Switzerland: The outlook is much healthier above 1500m. Zermatt has pistage down to the mid-station. St Moritz offers some top-to-bottom skiing. Saas Fee claims 70cm of pow-pow at resort-level. Like France, the Swiss snowline is down to about 700m, but depths are thin.

Italy: The situation is far better, particularly at higher elevations. Cervinia (2000m) has slopes down to the resort. Roughly 30% of its tows are fired up.

Germany: Reasonable snowcover. Still modest at lower altitudes. Garmisch is roughly 15% operational.

Austria: Austria is gaining ground. Ischgl, Obergurgl, Obertauern, Hintertux and Soelden seem to have the most available terrain. The big one, St Anton, continues to struggle, at around 5% open. Saalbach-Hinterglemm (1000m) opened a tiny number of lifts up top. The Austrian snowline is down to perhaps 700m, but heights are limited.

Alps: The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (UN WMO) indicated on Thurs that snowcover in the Alps was as much as two-thirds below-average for the first week of Dec 2006. This weekend's snow is, therefore, most welcome. The Southern and Western Alps received the most, overall.

CE Europe: Moderate snow across Poland, Czech Rep, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey. No major stations are believed to be operating.

North Africa & Middle East: Few stations, in places such as Lebanon and Morocco, are likely to be open much before the end of Dec.

India: Major snowfalls have hit the north of the country. Some upper villages claimed up to 7ft (2.1m) in just a few days. Gulmarg, the number one station, appears to have a handful of tows running.

China: Modest snow has fallen in the last couple weeks. No big stations known to be open yet. Yabuli (1400m), one of the top destinations, still seems shut.

South Korea: The season has just kicked off, with modest coverage. High 1, the number three resort, fired up this weekend.

Japan: A growing number of skitowns are ready for business. Temps are very cold. Kiroro Snow World (600m) in Hokkaido, which traditionally runs from Nov to May, already has a claimed 170cm on its peak. Nayoro Piyashiri (200m) received 40cm of freshies this week.


FORECAST: The 2-week weather forecasts indicate mixed conditions. Healthy temps and snowfalls across Midwest North America. Warming up slightly in Eastern USA. Asia looks to be less cold, but still snowy, particularly in Japan. The Alps will see higher temps, sunny skies and limited snowfalls. Lower slopes, below perhaps 1800m, may suffer for the next week.
 

Crystal

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Great summary, can we have one a week please
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SAL

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Got that one emailed to me from Snowheads. I'll post them when (if) I get anymore.
 

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The guy who runs Tremblant-insider is in meltdown because it's been r**ning.
Heaps of snow in Western Canada, bugger all in the East - and r**n.
I'm still hoping for some falls at Tremblant starting at about Xmas in time for my arrival a week later.
 
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SAL

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The latest from Snowheads forums:-

Overall: North America has above-average conditions; Europe is below-average; Asia is slightly below-average.

Info is coming in all the time at snowHeads so, for updates, check here: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewforum.php?f=22

Here is a summary of global snow conditions at 26:12:06, from West to East...
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Canada: Western Canada has excellent coverage. Whistler is 100% open. Snow depths in Blackcomb are roughly twice the longterm average. East Canada is still poor. Mont Tremblant is just 35% operational.
On the spot reports: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=21671

USA: The Western side of the USA is generally superb. Plenty of powpow. Up to 1.2m of new snow fell last week in Denver over just a few days. Alta (Utah) and Breckenridge (Colorado) are nearly 100% running. Conditions in the East are exceptionally weak. The number of trails open at Stowe is 72% below its 5-year average for this time of year.
On the spot reports: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=21920

Scotland: Conditions are far from ideal. More than 90% of all the skilifts across Scotland are closed. Cairngorm is best, with around a fifth of its tows fired up.

Scandinavia: A good pre-season in Norway, Finland and Sweden has largely faded. Many stations are only partially open. Hemsedal in Norway is one exception, with 90% uplift.

Andorra: Modest snowcover. Most resorts running on manmade. Worst start for a few years. Soldeu is roughly 40% open. Snow depths are about 60% below the longterm average.

Spain: Moderate conditions. Sierra Nevada, in the South, is around 40% operational. La Molina, in the North, is running about 40% of its lifts.

Mediterranean: Resorts in Portugal, Corsica and Cyprus are closed. Temps are high. Unlikely to offer much before Jan.

France: Coverage remains reasonable on northerly slopes above 1600m. Southerly runs look grim below 2000m. Snowheads report that pistes are mostly hard and icy. Val Thorens (70% open) and La Plagne (68%) stand out as being above-average. Morzine is below-average, with 29% of its tows operational.
On the spot reports: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=21821
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=20285
Piste Hors Video snowReporthttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8803665099662742976

Switzerland: The Swiss Alps look mostly good. Zermatt, in the West, has above-average snow depths. It has more than half the slopes open and pistage right down to resort. St Moritz, in the East, has more than 60% of its uplift available.
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=21965

Italy: The snow is sticking around over 1800m. Cervinia (2000m) is holding up well. It has 75% of lifts on the go.

Germany: Weak snowcover. Still modest at lower altitudes. Garmisch has just one-fourth of its tows fired up.

Austria: Austria remains below-average. Snowguns are blasting full-bore to maintain coverage. Ischgl, Obergurgl, Obertauern, Hintertux and Soelden seem to have the most available terrain. The big one, St Anton, continues to struggle, with just over one-third of the area available.
On the spot reports: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=20554

Alps: Snow levels remain below-average in most parts, particularly Germany, Austria and France. Many resorts could be going into Jan having had just one major snowfall in 3 months. There is even some low-level talk about an Alpine drought. The Alps pressingly need a big dump in the next few weeks, to revive the season.

CE Europe: Moderate snow across Poland, Czech Rep, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey. Bansko in Bulgaria is just 15% open, partly on artificial snow.

North Africa & Middle East: Few stations, in places such as Lebanon and Morocco, are likely to be open much before Jan.

India: Conditions are healthy. Plenty of freshies in the North. Gulmarg, the number one station, appears to have more than half its uplift running.

China: Coverage appears modest. A handful of bigger stations, such as Yabuli (1400m), have a few lifts operating.

South Korea: Snow has been limited and temps are high. Seoul reportedly had its warmest Christmas Day (13c) in 100 years. High 1, the number three resort, has a small number of tows on the go. A sizeable snowstorm is forecast for nothern parts of South Korea later this week, which should help.

Japan: Conditions are mixed. Some skitowns have plenty of snow, while others have almost none. There have so far been few signs of the multi-meter megadumps from last season that caused buildings to collapse and villages to be cut off from civilization. Asahidake, in the North, has a self-reported 300cm of snow on its peak. At the other end of the scale, Imajo 365 has just 50cm up top.


FORECAST: The 2-week weather forecasts indicate mixed conditions. Sun and a bit of snow across Western North America. A little snow in Eastern USA. Asia looks to be cold and snowy in parts. The Alps will see sun in week one, followed by modest precipitation during the first week of Jan -- this may sometimes fall as rain below roughly 1800m, due to highish temps.

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Please remember, this summary is a helicopter view. I have almost certainly missed something. Feel free to fill in the gaps here:http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=22043
 
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SAL said:

Switzerland: The Swiss Alps look mostly good. Zermatt, in the West, has above-average snow depths. It has more than half the slopes open and pistage right down to resort.

:woohoo: :woohoo:
 
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My family are in the snowless Valley of the Isere (france) this week and next. I chuckle in their general direction.
 
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