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21st November 2021

Last modified on November 24th, 2021

Conditions can best be generally described as about average for the time of year. Some areas have good snow but it has been warm. With luck that is about to change in the coming days. UPDATED

The predicted and very welcome snowfall has started.

It is currently just a dusting here and there.

But there is set to be more and with temperatures dropping it will fall in the valleys.

The weekend should see some decent snowfall in places.

Some areas could see up to 70cm.

“This upcoming storm cycle is welcome news for the Alps, after a protracted spell of mild weather has left most non-glacial ski areas with little natural snow,” said the snow expert, Fraser Wilkin, from

“There are some exceptions, such as Obergurgl in Austria, albeit temporarily closed due to Austria’s current lockdown, which has a good amount of natural snow, as do some resorts in the south-western Alps such as Montgenèvre, currently open at weekends.”

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Last week saw some decent snowfall in pockets of the south west Alps, but for much of the rest it was dry with very warm temperatures.

PlanetSKI was in Val Thorens last weekend for its opening with the skiing mostly on strips of snow on the pistes.

No matter, it was just a joy to be back on skis and on the snow after all this time.

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

See here for our full report across the weekend from PlanetSKI reporter, Chris Moran.

  • Ski season starts in Val Thorens

This coming weekend in France Val d’Isere is set to open.

One of the areas to have seen some fresh snow is Zermatt in Switzerland.

PlanetSKI reader Edward Killwick is up on the slopes.

Lets not forget the Pyrenees where snow has started to fall as well with the temperatures dropping sharply.

And what about over in the USA and Canada?

It is similar and with Thanksgiving on Thursday this week snow is needed rather urgently.

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the ski season in the USA.

Some resorts have already delayed the openings of their slopes:

In Utah their may not be snow in the air, but there is certainly some optimism.

California currently has the best snow in the USA after a huge storm earlier this month meant resorts could open early.

  • US resorts open early after heavy snow in California

In Canada the best skiing and snowboarding conditions are in the main resorts of Lake Louise and Sunshine Village near Banff in Alberta.

Many ski resorts in Austria are now closed after the country went into lockdown on Monday 22nd of November. They are allowed to be open as it is defined as “outdoor recreation” that is allowed under the lockdown rules

It is hoped the lockdown will be lifted on December 12th, with resorts opening on the 13th.

  • Austria goes into lockdown but skiing can continue

This is the situation for ski resorts open in Europe:

Austria – Stubai, Molltal and Kizsteinhorn.

Finland – Ruka and Levi.

France – Tignes and Val Thorens.

Germany – Zugspitze.

Italy – Cervinia, Val Senales, Solda, Passo Tonale and Madonna.

Switzerland – Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Engleberg, Andermatt, Davos/Klosters, Laax, Gstaad and Arosa.

There is limited skiing at these ski areas and operations can be at weekends only.

Do check with the individual resorts for the latest information.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be keeping an eye on the forecast snow in the Alps this week.

Lets hope this turns from patchy-brown to all-white.

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

Val Thorens, Image c/o Chris Moran/PlanetSKI

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