We’re happy to report more big, early-season snowfall in Ski Country. Over the weekend, snow fell in the Alps and more is expected this week, up to 6.5 feet in fact! In British Columbia and Alaska, the 10-day forecast is looking uber deep (8-feet-deep) and Japan has received some pre-season snow, too!
New snowfall in the Alps
Over the weekend, another early-season snow storm arrived in the Alps and more is expected to fall in the coming days. Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, Courmayeur, Avoriaz/Morzine and Saint Moritz saw the most significant snowfall—up to 70 cm (28″)—above 2,000 meters (6,562′), which has further improved the high-alpine and glacier base conditions and allowed many of the ski resorts that are already open to start grooming. According to wepowder.com, forecasters are calling for an even more significant storm to arrive on Wednesday and run through Friday, dropping upwards of 200 cm (79″)! Chamonix, Courmayuer, Engelberg-Titlis, Val d’Isere/Tignes, Flims, the Interlaken resorts, Gstaad and St. Anton are all forecasted to receive 100 cm (39″) or more.
British Columbia + Alaska
“Snow will hammer the West Coast of Canada right up to Coastal Alaska in the next week or more as a series of Lows tracks across that region. Wow is the Gulf of Alaska ever busy!” – Meteorologist Tom Niziol, The Weather Channel
New snowfall at Hokkaido, Japan ski resorts
In this first week of November, Niseko is pacing well ahead of last year’s reported snowfall. In the last seven days, Niseko received 18 cm (7″), which is almost a third of what the resort reported in November 2015. Rusutsu reported up to 15 cm (6″) and Furano reported 13 cm (5″).