There is some snow in the Alps – finally….

The welove2ski website reports that some snow has finally arrived in the Alps – but not much!   Unfortunately, the current fall isn’t reaching the Italian resorts – which is where I’m going!

http://welove2ski.com/snow-report/december-14-2015

See my previous post: ‘Where is all the snow this year.’

Image below is from the Snow Report on the http://www.welove2ski.com 

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Where is all the snow this year?

Unfortunately, there is not too much snow around in the Alps at the moment.  We definitely need more of a dumping to get the levels up or the snow cannon will be working in over-drive this season.

It’s best to pick a high altitude resort if you want guaranteed snow but if you’re off to America or Canada this year, you are in luck.  See the Welove2ski website for excellent weather reports.

http://welove2ski.com/snow-report

There is loads of snow in the US and Canadian resorts right now.  This might be the El Niño effect.    2015 sees the strongest El Niño in 18 years.  This could be making the winter milder in Europe but much colder in America.  It’s just my theory – I’m not a metrologist!  See link below for more info on the 2015 El Niño.

http://www.weather.com/news/climate/news/strong-el-nino-noaa-update-november2015

I’m off to Sauze d’Oulx in the Italian Alps on January 24th but the snow hasn’t been great yet this season.  But it is 2,536 m above sea level so is reasonably high up – I remain hopeful.    One of my favourite past times now is checking the Sauze d’Oulx live webcams – see link below.  All ski resorts now have webcams so if you are going off somewhere this season, you can Google the name of your resort + webcam and you should be able to find live cameras to show you what’s going on/how much snow is around, etc.  It helps to build up the excitement before you go!

http://www.sauzeonline.com/sauze-doulx-webcam/

 

 

Check out the snow forecast for the Alps!

I love this feature on http:www/welove2ski.com/snow-forecast

You can type in the name of your resort (yes – I’m going to Sauze d’Oulx in January!!! – see previous post).  The name of your resort will appear on the map of the Alps and it will give you a 5 day snow forecast.  I obsess over the snow reports and log onto this everyday to check progress – I’m a snow geek!    It adds to the anticipation of the holiday. This feature is only available for the Alps so if you’re going to America/Canada, this won’t work.

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This is also a great website for general snow reports – see the latest report below.  It’s a useful way to check out where the best snow is, if you are lucky enough to get a last minute ski break.

http://welove2ski.com/snow-report/november-25-2015

We have been very lucky with the snow these last couple of winters, so fingers crossed we will get another great season.

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It’s that time of year again – Ski Season 2015/16

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I love this time of year!  The ski season has started and I’m looking forward to Christmas.  But where to ski this season?

Crystal Ski http://www.crystalski.ie  and DirectSki http://www.directski.ie  have launched their new brochures for the 2015/16 season.  I love the new graphics in the Crystal Ski brochure and Direct Ski have a great 1980s ski vibe in their new campaign.

The Irish Independent had a really good ski supplement a few Saturdays ago – if you are looking for ideas.

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ski/

Recommended Ski Review Websites:

Some great ski websites for reviews on resorts, latest news, general information, etc, are:

http://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com

 

http://www.welove2ski.com  (This is a good site for checking out snow forecasts/conditions).

http://www.skiclub.co.uk

I normally ski in Austria because I love the Après-ski and pretty alpine villages, but a few years ago I skiied in Canazei, Italy. This is a lovely, pretty little resort in the Dolomites.  Check-out the review that I wrote for the RTE Travel site at the time.

http://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/travel/features/2009/0226/140692-canazei/

Anyway, I will be back very soon to give you more ideas and info…..