Nov 15, 2007

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Most of the Austrian resorts are seeing a great start to their winter season as snow continues to fall. Out of the open resorts Pitztal benefited the most receiving 50cm of fresh snow. Kitzbuhel has opened for weekend skiing one month earlier than expected following the recent snowfalls. Cervinia in Italy, Tignes in France and Gstaad and Les Diablerets in Switzerland are all closed due to high winds affecting lift operation on Monday. The lifts at Engelberg in Switzerland are closed until 23rd November for maintenance. Eleven resorts across USA are scheduled to open this week including Solitude, Heavenly and Crest Butte. Following a week of snow Kitzbuhel (25/130cm) opened its lifts on the 10th November a month ahead of schedule.The lifts will reopen again at the weekend. Kaprun (180/251cm) has closed the upper ski area on Monday due to high winds. It is now possible to ski down to the Langwiedboden and these are the only pistes open on Monday. Excellent conditions can be found at Pitztal (50/120cm) following 50cm of snow on Sunday. Powder skiing can be enjoyed across the glacier ski area. Both Glacier 3000 at Gstaad/Les Diablerets (0/44cm) and Saas Fee (2/95cm) are closed on Monday due to high winds. Engelberg (0/40cm) is closed until the 23rd November for maintenance work. On Monday Cervinia (5/100cm) is temporarily closed due to high winds in the area. The winds are expected to subside slightly on Tuesday and snow is also forecast for later in the week. The resorts which we report on in Norway are not yet open for the winter season 2007/8. A dusting of snow fell on the two open pistes at Feldberg on Sunday and further snow is expected later in the week. At Garmisch 2km of pistes are open on the Zugspitze and these are access by six lifts. The Classic Gebiet area is not open yet. Breckenridge (46/46cm) and Sunday River (10/60cm) opened at the weekend. Sunday River was the first resort to open in New England and the excellent early conditions mean that there will be seven trails open on Monday. Snow is expected to fall at Breckenridge on Monday which will freshen up the man made conditions. Similar conditions exist at the other open resorts in the USA as they have good skiing on packed trails. Only Lake Louise (40/40cm) is open for skiing and snowboarding on Monday. They have one trail open off the glacier express chair. The conditions are being described as fresh following snow on Sunday.

AUSTRIA Snow fell across Austria this weekend and it is forecast to continue doing so until the middle part of this week. Excellent conditions can be found across the open glacier ski areas which are now covered in fresh powder.

FRANCE Tignes (40cm) is temporarily closed on Monday due to high winds in the area. There was 10cm of snow on Sunday but it is unlikely that much of this will have settled due to the high winds. The winds are forecast to remain at the resort for most of the week.

SWITZERLAND On Monday the only skiing available in Switzerland is at Zermatt (0/100cm). The glacier only has four pistes open which are on the lower part of the glacier due to the high winds in the area.

ITALY Excellent conditions can be enjoyed on the glacier at Val Senales (30/100cm) following 50cm of new snow. The whole area has been blanketed in white powder which can be accessed by five lifts. Conditions will improve further later in the week as more snow is forecast.

ANDORRA The resorts which we report on in Andorra are not yet open for the winter season 2007/8.

NORWAY/SWEDEN It is now possible to ski in Sweden following the open of Sälen (20/40cm). The resort opened its first lift and piste on Friday 9th November and further openings are expected on the 15th November. On Monday the one open piste is covered with a dusting of fresh snow.

GERMANY The ski season in Germany has now started with both Garmisch (0/150cm) and Feldberg (0/30cm) open for snowsports.

BULGARIA The resorts which we report on in Bulgaria are not yet open for the winter season 2007/8.

SCOTLAND The Scottish resorts are not yet open for the winter season 2007/8.

USA Mammoth (15/25cm) was the only resort to have received new snow at that the weekend. The resort received 10cm on Sunday which improved conditions on the upper trail. They are now reporting fresh powder on the trail but there are also hazards so ride with care.

CANADA Snow has continued to fall across Canada. The most reported snow was at Kicking Horse (71/71cm) which had 41cm on Sunday.

EUROPEAN WEATHER OUTLOOK Snow is forecast across Austria, Germany and Switzerland until the middle part of this week. France and Italy are expecting snow on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The open resort of Sälen in Sweden will have a predominantly sunny week with snow forecast on Tuesday and then later on in the week.

NORTH AMERICAN WEATHER OUTLOOK The predominantly sunny weather will continue across the USA this week. The resorts of Colorado and California are forecast dustings of snow on Monday and Wednesday. It will be another snowy week across Canada.

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