It’s been a snowy week in much of the northern hemisphere with bigger accumulations in the Alps and Rockies than the previous fortnight. In the Pyrenees, which has been the snowiest place on earth for most of January, snowfall has eased on the Spanish side but over on the French side another metre of snow has catapulted Cauterets to the position of ‘deepest snow base of a major ski resort on the planet’ – taking the title from a Californian resort which had held it for the past few months.

For all the latest 'where is the snow' pictures, go to our gallery: Recent Snowfall

France

More big snowfalls have been reported in the northern French Alps with a handful of resorts reporting 60-75cm of new snow. The biggest winners of the last week, adding at least half a metre of powder, include: Argentiere (75cm), Avoriaz (73cm), Flaine (57cm), La Plagne (71cm), Val d’Isere (80cm) Val Thorens (55cm), and Meribel was among those just a few centimetres below the 50cm mark. 

Many base levels are now so deep (2-3m) that tour operators say even if there’s no more snow falls for the remaining 12-14 weeks of the season, there’s enough to last into May already. Ski resorts to have pass the 3m upper base depth marker include: Alpe d’Huez (3m), Val Thorens (3.1m), La Clusaz and La Rosiere (3.3m), Chamonix (3.5m), while Flaine is just a few cm off being the first in the French alps to hit the 4m mark.

Austria

There have been good to moderate snowfalls across the Austrian Alps over the past week. The biggest accumulations reported at Saalbach and Zell am See; both had 60cm of snow in the last seven days. However nearly all ski resorts have had good accumulations, typically 20-40cm, the majority of which fell Feb. 3/4, when a band of snow swept across the country. An increasing number of resorts now have snow depths at or approaching 3m including Kaprun (2.5m), Lech (2.8m) and St Anton (2.6m) – the latter receiving 45cm of new snow on Monday.

Italy

The snow is back in western Italy, big time, with huge falls in the past few days at resorts along the French and Swiss borders. Cervinia has had particularly significant falls, with 40cm falling at the weekend and 70cm in total this past week, it now had the deepest snow in Italy at 2.7m. A little to the south Sauze d’Oulx and Courmayeur have had 5cm each. There have been smaller snowfalls reported in the Dolomites although Selva Gardena reported a healthy 25cm accumulation on Monday (Feb. 3).

Switzerland

Swiss resorts have once again posted some of the most impressive snowfall stats of the last seven days with almost all of the country’s major resorts reporting 30-60cm of new snow.  Although much of it fell at the end of last week, smaller falls in the past 48 hours have kept the conditions powdery off piste, although the avalanche danger is also high.

Crans Montana and Saas Fee both reported the most impressive snowfall stat in Europe with around 110cm a piece of new snow on upper runs in the past week. Among the other big-base builders this last week were Klosters with 70cm and Andermatt, Laax, VerbierWengen and Murren with 50-65cm of new snow. Engelberg only reported 15cm of new snow, most of it on Monday, but it has the deepest base in the Alps still at 4.5m.

Eastern Europe

No fresh snow has been reported in Bulgaria but snow depths remain good with 1.8m on upper slopes at Bansko. Pistes are in great shape although the off-piste terrain is now largely skied out until the next fall. Further west, Slovenia’s Kranjska Gora received 10cm of snow on Saturday, freshening up its 40-80cm base.

Pyrenees

After three weeks of near constant heavy snowfall the build up of white stuff has finally slowed in the Spanish side of the Pyrenees and only small new falls have been reported by most resorts. All are now sitting on huge snowbases of course. For example, Baqueira Beret only saw 5cm last week but boasts a 3.7m base on upper slopes. On the French side of the mountains however the snowfall has continued and Cauterets claims the world’s deepest snow base at 5.5m after yet another metre of snow over the past week.

Scandinavia

Last week was a snowy one in Norway, providing excellent conditions and powder days all over the country. Major resorts like Trysil and Hemsedal got 20-30cm, freshening up pistes and parks as well as sending hordes of skiers out into the off piste again after almost a month of cold and dry weather. Western resorts like Røldal and Voss got up to above one metre in total, with even around 50cm more at the start of this week.

Due to the heavy snowfalls, combined with previous long periods of cold weather, avalanche levels are considerable and high across much of Norway and winds are strong, but other than that conditions could not have been much better in the run up to Norwegian winter holidays coming up in the next weeks.

Scotland

There’s been a lot of fresh snow in Scotland, but unfortunately there’s also been near continuous gales, which are expected to continue for much of this week leaving centres sometimes closed as ‘stormbound’ and when open, wind chill is double digits below. The good news is when the wind drops, snow cover is the best it’s been all season. Just, as always, check ahead if you plan to visit.

Canada

Snowfall in Canada has slowed a little, with unusually the biggest accumulation of the past seven days – nearly 30cm – reported by Blue Mountain in Ontario, a ski centre owned by Intrawest, the same company which owns the biggest resort in eastern Canada, Tremblant (1m base, 3cm fresh) and Whistler Blackcomb (1.8m base, 5cm fresh) in the west. Big White and Sun Peaks reported the biggest snowfalls in western Canada with around 20cm of new snow each while two more BC resorts, Red and Fernie, have the country’s deepest snow packs at 2m and 2.3m respectively.

USA

There’s been plenty of snow across the US in the last seven days which has been particularly welcome in Colorado where resorts have seen their biggest accumulations this season. As a result base depths are up to nearly a metre at some areas at last, and others have passed that and are offering the famous Colorado powder skiing. 

Vail had one of the biggest snowfalls in the country with 52cm of new snow at the end of last week. Breckenridge, which opened the world’s highest chairlift for the first time this season at the weekend, had more than 30cm of new snow. However, Jackson Hole up in Wyoming has reported the biggest accumulation of the past week with 59cm. Mammoth in California still has the deepest base of a major resort in North America at 4.9m. Over on the east coast there have been small accumulations of 6-12cm reported at resorts including Killington and Stowe keeping base depths up at around 1-1.2m.

The coming week

We expect it to keep snowing on both sides of the Atlantic at moderate levels in most places, perhaps a little less than the past snowy week. However accumulations in the Alps are likely to add another 2-40cm to bases by this time next week.

For all the latest 'where is the snow' pictures, go to our gallery: Recent Snowfall

Our next 'where is the snow in Europe and North America' report will be published Wed, Feb. 13.