2 February 2015 from Nikki in 'Mountain weather''

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After heavy snow forecasted at the weekend arrived as expected, ski resorts across Europe (particularly in the northern Alps) are breathing a huge sigh of relief! The deep snow needed to maintain ski areas in good condition until the end of the ski season has finally arrived. Resorts such as Alpe d'Huez now have a very decent 120cm on the lower slopes and up to 200cm on the highest slopes. Most of Switzerland and Austria also had heavy snowfalls and only Italy missed out on the serious dumps. Ski resorts in the Pyrenees received 150 to 200cm causing havoc but creating great optimism in the ski industry.

Snow reports unanimous about avalanche risk

The snow forecast for Alpe d’Huez was spot on and the views from the Pic Blanc at the top of the Alpe d'Huez ski area today are just dreamy! 200cm of snow has now been measured at the highest point in the ski area. We don’t want to be party poopers but however tempting all that deep virgin powder may look, avalanche risks are very high and all ski resorts recommend NOT skiing off-piste in the coming weeks. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy those lovely little fluffy bits next to the marked pistes under the ski lifts where your main worry is making a fool of yourself and doing a face plant in the deep powder to the great joy of everyone on the ski lift!

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Alpe d'Huez Pic Blanc 1pm 2/2/15

Snow forecast for this week

Weather forecasts and snow reports are showing very low temperatures right across the Alps for this coming week with light to medium snow falls in most areas. The southern French resorts that missed out on the weekend’s heavy dumps will be treated to some decent snow falls this week. Around 30cm of fresh snow are forecasted this week in the ski resort of Serre Chevalier. Check the snow forecast for Serre Chevalier. The western Italian Alps should get some fresh snow this week too after missing out at the weekend! Check the snow forecast for Courmayeur.

Snow and weather forecast for the next 14-days

If you’re able to plan a last minute ski trip outside school holidays, then get booking for next weekend. After the heavy snow that fell this weekend and snow reports forecasting more snow this week, the pistes will be absolutely perfect by next weekend. Let me just put the cherry on the cake – the weather forecast for the week starting the 7th of February is generally sunny for the whole week! Check out the snow and weather forecast for Alpe d'Huez and Courmayeur.

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Webcam Val Thorens

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Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!