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From the Asitz alm, Saalbach Hinterglemm

INTRODUCTION The new week started with a predominately cloudy day in Austria. Fresh snow between Friday 17th and Monday 20th has improved the skiing throughout, with the Arlberg region in particular offering some great options both on and off-piste. Unfortunately many resorts are predicted rain on Tuesday 21st, but for higher resorts this may well fall as snow.

AUSTRIA For much of Austria the weather was mainly cloudy on Monday 20th February. There has been a bit of a drop in the temperature since the spring sun of last week, and many resorts have benefited from fresh snow over the weekend, which has contributed to some lovely skiing. In the Arlberg region the skiing was looking excellent at Lech/Zurs (85/120cm). 20cm of fresh fell on Friday 17th, and there are still some nice areas of off-piste powder to enjoy. Nearby at St Anton/St Christoph (60/155cm) conditions were equally good, and all 23 lifts where spinning across the resorts. Further snow is expected between 1600-2000m for the region this week. Towards Salzburg, Kaprun (60/130cm) was boasting some lovely looking groomed pistes, whilst in the Ski Welt (60/70cm) a touch of fresh snow refreshed the mountain at Ellmau, Scheffau and Soll. Current forecasts predict that rain may fall across most resorts on Tuesday 21st, with temperatures expected to sit at around +4C. However, fingers are crossed for higher resorts such as Hintertux (70/180cm) that the precipitation will fall as snow. Wednesday and Thursday are likely to bring a mixture of sun and cloud, with the next period of snow expected on Friday 24th.

La grande Casse, La Plagne

FRANCE The story in France on Monday 20th of February was of lovely, sunny weather but with variable snow conditions. The holiday crowds mean that much of the grippy snow disappears as the day goes on, leaving slopes hard packed and icy in places. Generally, however, slopes remain good right down to resort. The sun was shining in the Portes du Soleil today with most areas still holding decent snow cover. The best skiing is probably in Avoriaz (90/120cm). Beware of slopes getting a little icy and hard late on, caused in part by the cold and shade but mostly by the sheer quantity of traffic on the slopes. Chatel (30/75cm) is about ready to burst right now, with queues being especially bad at the Linga telecabine lift. The sun was also out in Flaine (63/195cm) where slopes were in mostly good condition despite being variable in quality. At the top, slopes could be hard packed, especially where shaded, whereas where exposed to the sun, slopes softened up fast. There were some interesting conditions to report in Font Romeu (130cm) where lots of snow plus warm temperatures and blazing sunshine have led to some early spring conditions. Expect runs to be hard on the legs. In Villard de Lans (35/80cm), there was no natural snow at the bottom of the mountain, and resort runs were made of artificial snow. Head up high for the best skiing there.

Achtitekt in the snow, Lenzerheide

SWITZERLAND Monday 20th February was another great day to be out in the Swiss mountains. Weather wise it was a pleasant day, with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. On piste snow conditions can be described as good generally and excellent on the freshly groomed runs this morning, thanks partly to the snow which fell during Friday and Saturday that has helped to refresh the mountain. Early morning conditions are slightly firm and fast becoming more varied and soft as the day progresses. Off piste conditions are tending to be poor and mostly packed/tracked, and in some places patchy snow cover is all that is available. In the week ahead, tomorrow is expected mostly cloudy although no snow is expected. Beyond this brief change conditions will remain fairly pleasant with partly cloudy skies dominating until the week. Friday is expected to be a snowy cloudy day. In the long range forecast there currently some significant snowfalls forecast, better information will be available on this after the weekend.

Montblanc, Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche

ITALY Monday 20th February was a predominantly sunny day with light cloud cover in some resorts. After the recent high pressure weather system, conditions are starting to become slightly unstable this week. Many resorts offered good to excellent snow conditions today thanks to the brief snow which fell on Friday and Saturday. On piste, warmer temperatures, hovering around zero degrees are generally keeping the snow soft and pleasant from the mid mountain and above, whilst lower down pistes can become slightly more wet and worn. Off piste snow is varied around the country, the best conditions are near Alagna (10/190cm) in the Monterosa ski area and Cervinia (50/180cm) near The Matterhorn. In contrast to the sun of Monday, the rest of the week is likely to see slightly more cloud cover, resorts in the east can expecting overcast conditions from tomorrow. No significant snowfall is currently forecast, although there is a large weather event currently showing in long range forecast. We will have better picture of this for you after the weekend.

Canillo, Grandvalira-Canillo

ANDORRA Monday 20th of February was another superb day of sun and skiing in Andorra. Slopes remain in good condition though they can be worn in places. Where exposed to the sun, slopes soften up quick, especially down at the bottom. Groomers in Pal/Arinsal (150/200cm) are advising to head up the mountain as the slopes are better and quieter.

NORWAY/SWEDEN Monday 20th of February was a decent day in Scandinavia. The snow drought continues in Hemsedal (12cm), where the natural snow cover is very thin indeed. The weather today wasn't fabulous either as the resort was reporting a mixture of sun, cloud and rain throughout the day. Almost every single lift was running in Lillehammer resorts on what was an overcast day there. There was good news for Oppdal (30/50cm) where 7cm of fresh snow fell today, freshening up the slopes.

In the morning, Grasgehren/Bolgengrat

GERMANY Monday 20th February was as cloudy low visibility day for our featured German resorts. Cloudy spring like conditions continued in Germany today making for slightly uninspiring conditions. On snow conditions can be best be described as variable yet good. Warmer temperatures are producing a slightly wet yet lose type of snow on the pistes, sounds bad but it makes for slower, softer more forgiving skiing. The off piste skiing remains poor and limited. The cloudy almost miserable conditions will remain in place intermittently this week until Friday. Currently Friday is expected to be a moderately snowy day, however there is the potential for rain this weekend. If you're traveling to Germany to ski this week conditions will be varied, weather wise we will have a much better understanding later in the week.

First lift, first lines!, Bansko

BULGARIA It was a sunny day in Bulgaria for both Bankso (70/150cm) and Borovets (130/155cm), where there was some good skiing on hard packed pistes. In Pamporovo (65/80cm) the weather was more changeable and with around 4cm of snow predicted to fall. Current forecasts show for a largely sunny week in Bulgaria with temperatures likely to be around freezing until Tuesday 21st, and then about +4C from Wednesday 22nd. Snow is next predicted for Saturday 25th February.

SCOTLAND There was no skiing on offer in Scotland Monday 20th February. Mild weather has brought rain to the country and has stripped away almost all of the ski centres snow. You would be forgiven for thinking that the Scottish season may well be a wash out, however, there is some reason for optimism, with a drop in the temperature and snow expected across Wednesday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd February.

USA Monday 20th February was broadly speaking a powder day in America. Very heavy snowfalls today across many of our featured American resorts, Squaw Valley (271/520cm) is expecting just under one metre today, Mammoth Mountain (477/889cm) forecast to receive another 75cm dump today also. Jackson Hole (231/342cm) is starting today with another 35cm of fresh after just over half a metre in the past few days. Elsewhere a number of resorts are reporting no less then 20cm in the past 24 hours. It's yet another sensational report for the American ski fields. In the forecast this week. Snow, lots of it and pretty well everywhere. It is going to be another stormy snowy week. Once again America is one of the best places on earth the ski and board.

CANADA Monday 20th of February was a great day for skiing in Canada. Banff resorts were in great condition today thanks to recent snow related activity. There is even the possibility of new snow today. The best conditions are of course, at the top. Big White (188cm) had lots of new snow with 16cm falling overnight on the 18th. Flurries were expected today on a powder day in the resort. Fernie (228cm) was much improved after conditions deteriorated at the weekend. Around 20cm today and yesterday freshened things up and provided some powder off piste. Marmot Basin (101cm) was also in good condition where pockets of fresh powder could still be found off-piste. Finally, revelstoke (231cm) had a powder day today, but lifts were opening slowly due to the snowfalls. Overall, conditions remain very good in Canada.

EUROPEAN WEATHER OUTLOOK It is going to a mix of weather conditions in the Alps this week. This weekend should see some excellent snow conditions all over The Alps, but we will see some strange weather before then. Austria and Germany will see a brief period of very warm temperatures in the next few days. This sudden mixing of warm and cold air will bring wide spread rain. The freezing level will quickly rise to between 1500m and 1800m, snow can be expected above 1900m. Italy and France will see cloud cover related to the change but shouldn't expect any precipitation. Switzerland will see lots of cloud and potentially some mixed precipitation but nothing too heavy. Beyond this cold air will return rapidly late on Thursday. It's not exactly clear what weekend conditions will be like currently, however most resorts in the central and northern Alps will experience powder skiing conditions on Saturday. For a more accurate picture on weekend condition check back here on Thursday. It is also worth mentioning that currently there is a large storm appearing in the long range forecast for the end of this month. It still a long way away but it is worth a little bit of excitement over. In The Pyrenees the weather will be mostly sunny this week. No new snow is currently forecast with the exception of Sierra Nevada where light snow is expected every day this week. Snowy conditions return to Scandinavia this week with light to moderate snow forecast in Norway Finland and Sweden.

NORTH AMERICAN WEATHER OUTLOOK In Canada the forecast for the coming week reads for a prolonged period of snow and clouds that is likely to stretch into next week as well. Accumulations are expected to be consistent, but not huge, with around 2-5cm expected in most regions of Canada every day. Temperatures will be coldest from Thursday 23rd and into the weekend, where Alberta is expected to read around -16C. In the USA there is likely to be some sun in Colorado on Tuesday 21st, before the cloud then rolls over for the week. The forecast predicts for resorts in California to continue getting slammed with heavy snow, with Heavenly expecting over 100cm before the weekend, which is nothing compared to 90cm that Squaw Valley is predicting to fall on just Monday alone. In Utah temperatures will drop significantly mid-week, and some big accumulations are expected. For resorts in Vermont such as Killington, the temperature is expected to be warmer at around +6C, and this many bring rain at times in between periods of sun.