The satellite image below perfectly shows what is happening in the Alps at the moment. It’s sunny in most parts of the Alps and you can spot the mountains covered with snow. And that basicly means there aren’t any clouds. You can also spot the clouds north of the Alps and some clouds above Carinthia, that are dropping some last flakes. The most interesting region for us powderchasers is the region that is marked by the blue arrow. The eastern current is pushing humid air through the Po-valley towards the Alps. This air is forced to go up (stau) and as a result it is snowing big time. So, if you want to ride freshies the next couple of days, head over to the southern Alps west (this is the Piemonte).
Words are silver, images are gold. Or white and blue in this case. Check out how sunny it is today in the western and northern Alps.
The sun is dominating the Alps right now, but there’s one little region that is resisting against the upcoming rising temperatures. It’s snowing in the Piemonte today and they already got between 20-40 centimeters. I forecasted this yesterday and this is reality today.
Snow in Sauze d'Oulx
Snow in Prali
Be there now!
But the warmer temperatures are moving in. We were treated the last couple of weeks with cold temperatures and cold smoke blower pow, but this is about to change.
Powder advice, what to do?
Pick some features in the selector that you want the resort to have, such as trees, secret, etc, and you’ll see some suggestions.
You can read my analysis for the long term here. It will be warm in the week of 2-9 March. You can notice that immediately in the western and northern Alps. The current is moving to the southwest and that means a chance for snow for the southwestern stau regions (French southern Alps, Piemonte, south of the Monte Rosa). It will probably snow in the Engadin and the inneralpine regions around the Italian/Austrian main alpine ridge. But only if the fronts can reach that far. What will happen after that (after March the 8th) is uncertain. Some models predict a northwest stau, but other models are predicting ‘The Return Of The High Pressure Areas’. And yes, that sounds like a bad movie.
Conclusions for the week of March 2nd-9th
You’re biggest chances for powder this weekend will be in the four regions mentioned above. You’ll have to search for powder though. It might snow in the Piemonte and French southern Alps on Tuesday(night). The snowline will drop temporarily, but will rise again later (to 1500-1800 meters). There will be a föhn in the northern Alps and French northern Alps and it will be dry, maybe some precipitation at the end of the week, especially in the main alpine ridge.