GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sunshine, blue skies, clement temperatures and the down side of all that: a diminishing snow base and harder than powder slopes for skiers. That’s the weather and ski forecast for the first weekend of 2013.
Thanks to the massive snowfalls everywhere in early December, there is still plenty of snow on Swiss Alpine slopes and the Jura resorts are able to keep slopes well groomed, with a base ranging from 30-120cm depending on altitude. Daytime highs of 4C are slightly cooler than in the Alps (6-8C) at 1,000 metres and higher, so snow melt is slower in parts of the Jura (also a bit less sunshine).
The Jura region resorts are seeing the installation of several new HD webcams throughout the season. Check out the latest one, the Fierney arrival at Crozet.
Switzerland has not had any fresh snow in the past few days, but the Swiss Avalanche Research Institutes’s snow levels map still shows good depth in most Alpine areas.