In Austria, Kitzbühel issued a powder alarm on Saturday. Christoph Hirnschall of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel told me: "The 20 cm of new snow on Saturday helped the winter's atmosphere very much as they added a layer of natural snow to the already well-prepared slopes." Kitzbühel had up to 45 cm of artificial snow on their mountain slopes before. Now the snow depths reach 65 cm on upper and 30 cm on lower slopes with 51 lifts in operation.
Today Bad Kleinkirchheim got 10 cm of new snow. Mölltaler Gletscher, Kleinarl and Montafon had the biggest snowfalls in 7 days with 31-35 cm.
The last two days Skiinfo has issued another dozen powder alarms in Switzerland with the biggest snowfalls in Diemtigtal - Wiriehorn (50cm in 48 hours) and Gstaad - Château-d'Oex (40cm on Tuesday).
Top snow depths in Switzerland are at Lötschental 235cm (7.5 feet), Andermatt-Gotthard 220cm (7.3 feet) and Les Marécottes - Salvan 220cm (7.3 feet) with Leukerbad and Celerina both saying 200cm (6.3 feet). The most snowfalls in the last 7 days has been at Vercorin, which has reported the biggest falls in Europe in fact, with 180cm (six feet) and Evolène 170cm (5.7 feet).
Italy continues to report the deepest snow depths in the world with the Marmolada glacier at Arabba and the Presena Glacier above Passo Tonale and Pragelato on 3.8m (12.7 feet) andd 4.1m (13.7 feet) respectively. Aranbba has reported another 50cm (20 inches) of new snow in the poast week as has fellow Dolomites ski area, Cortina. However Courmayeur in the West has reported the largest snowfall in the country for the paast week with 60cm (two feet) off new cover.
Snow depths are also building in France with Flaine now at 2.7m (9 feet) on upprer slopes, La Clusaz on 2.5m (8.3 feet) and Orcieres on 2.1m (7 feet). The French Alps have also seen some of the heaviest falls of the past week with St Gervais reporting accumulations of 90cm (three feet) and the Paradiski region of La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey 70cm (2.3 feet). Most other areasd have reported at least a foot of new snow.
On Monday 35cm (14 inches) fell at Serre-Eyraud and 30cm (a foot) at Pra Loup in the Southern Alps as well as atSainte-Foy in the Northern Alps. As a result of the new snow the snowdepth has already almost doubled since the end of 2009 at many French resorts.
In Austria, Kitzbühel issued a powder alarm on Saturday. Christoph Hirnschall of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel said, "The 20cm of new snow on Saturday helped the winter's atmosphere very much as they added a layer of natural snow to the already well-prepared slopes." Kitzbühel had up to 45cm of artificial snow on their mountain slopes before. Now the snow depths reach 65cm (2.2 feet) on upper slopes and 30cm (a foot) on lower slopes with 51 lifts in operation.
Top snow depths in Austria are still on the Mölltaler, Pitztal and Hintertux glaciers which all have base depths over two metres (6.7 feet). Snowfallk is continuing with Bad Kleinkirchheim reporting 10cm (four inches) of new snow today.
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