Huge amounts of snow have already fallen in Austria (Carinthia and Ost-Tirol excluded) and the eastern part of Switzerland . As a result, many roads have been closed and villages can not be reached. We are dealing with a unique situation in terms of avalanche danger. You can see this on the maps below:
All resorts in Austria in or and north of the main alpine ridge have to deal with an avalanche danger that's HIGH (4 on a scale of 5). This is truly unique and is very rare. With the snow that now is coming in from the north, the avalanche danger in the East of Switzerland has also increased to HIGH.
There are crazy amounts of snow in large parts of Austria (especially for the beginning of January) and it doesn't look that it's going to end soon. The differences in the Alps couldn't be greater, becasue only the east of Switzerland has more snow than normal, but the snow cover is thinner than normal in the other regions in the Alps (west of Switzerland, French Alps and Italy).
The reason that Austria has so much snow at the moment is all due to high pressure area Angela. It has been situated above the Alps since Christmas and forces storms to find a detour to the Alps. Because Angela is constantly sitting above the French Alps, the supply of storms from the west and south is blocked.
At the same time, the storms succeed in reaching the Alps with a north to northwestern current. The result is a succession of storms that continuously ensure new supply of snow. Angela will position itself a bit further to the west the coming week. As a result the snowfall will not only be concentrated on Austria and the east of Switzerland, but you can also expect snowfall in the west of Switzerland and the French northern Alps. The entire northern Alps, including the French northern Alps, will get fresh snow next week. The French southern Alps and Italy, like the southern regions of Austria and Switzerland, remain dry and sunny in the coming week. Pity, because they could use some snow over there.
As you can see: powder is a choice. Now that the Christmas holiday is over, the peace returns to the Alps. It's no longer necessary to book early. It is not crowded in the Alps until the beginning of February and with these tips you certainly score untracked powder in the coming weeks. Patience is a good thing, but whoever follows this 10 step-by-step plan certainly finds the way to the white gold.
PA #7 is in effect until Tuesday. It's still snowing heavily on Sunday, but the intensity of the snowfall decreases on Monday and the sun can actually get through. It is nice and cold and the snow is of good quality.
The avalanche danger is HIGH, some roads are closed and a number of villages are not reachable by road. Nevertheless, you can ride powder. But avoid the ski areas with mainly terrain above the tree line. Don't ride above the tree line, it's simply too dangerous! Ride powder between the trees and avoid large open and steep sections. Even steep sections above a forest are dangerous because avalanches can reach far into the trees. Search and find your destination in one of the following regions:
A new storm is coming in on Tuesday. Because the high-pressure area is now somewhat more to the west, the snow will also reach the northwest of the Alps. This will improve conditions here, but it won't be epic in an instant. The new snow falls on an old layer (pay attention to the rising avalanche danger) and there is little snow between the trees.
What I would personally do? I'd go to the same resorts where it was already on during PA #7. It is deep, you can ride great lines between the trees and the crowds are gone. The list for PA # 8 is therefore almost identical to that of PA #7. Pick a small resort in:
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Stay stoked, Morris