Hurricane powder is coming down in the Alps from the 14th till the 16th of October. Former hurricane Joaquin finally made it to the Alps and the results are awesome. You can find around 30-80 centimeters of snow above 2200-2500 meters from the Grande Motte (Tignes) to the Monte Rosa in Italy and the Mölltaler Glacier in Austria. And this might be even more locally. The main alpine ridge just got its base for the rest of the winter. It will remain cold next week and there's extra snow in the air. In this forecast you'll find:
Around 30-60 centimeters of snow came down the last 72 hours. The storm depression was shifting in the Po-valley and that resulted in snowfall on the Austrian glaciers on one day and in snowfall in Tignes or the Monte Rosa on the other. Pretty much the whole main alpine ridge got some freshies, but it also resulted in windy conditions.
The snow conditions on the glaciers are pretty good and you can make your first powder turns of the season. Some live images from west to east:
The glacier above the Stelvio Pass is still covered in clouds, you should check out this image of the Pass itself:
Both the Kitztsteinhorn and the Mölltaler glacier are still covered in clouds, but the sun will come out today. The sun already came out in the west, but it's still snowing in Austria and Italy. Just in line with our snow maps. Some more snow today and the sun will come out on Saturday, before a new storm will come in on Sunday.
A new storm is getting ready to hit the Alps just of the coast of Portugal. This storm made a deal with storm Steffen by sending some air from the southwest and north to Alps. This has the folowing results:
Saturday will be a great day, but Sunday will be a tricky one. It will still snow in the east on Monday and there's a chance on snow from the north on Tuesday. So, sunshine on Saturday, snowfall on Sunday and you can choose if you want to ride in the sun or with snowfall on Monday.
It's still early in the season and there aren't a lot of resorts that already have their lifts running. Check out the list below of the resorts that are open. Check out a resort for the latest and more detailed forecast and more information that comes in handy. Below a summary of what you can expect. Please keep in mind that the conditions will improve with the snow that still has to come down.
And of course you can always drive a pass and go for a tour. Keep in mind that there was no snow at all at slopes below 2600 meter. This is not more than an early start of the winter. Don't expect mid-winter conditions. King Winter painted everything in our favourite colour, but this doesn't mean that you don't have to deal with some hazards. Remember, it's still October, so there are the typical early season warnings. Only some high altitude resorts and some glacier resorts have their lifts running. The glaciers had to deal with high temperatures this summer and the snowcover is still thin. If you're riding on a glacier you should stick to the slopes. Please ride with your head and don't let stoke take over.
The next update will be on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!