Patrick Thorne

31 Mar 19

Heavy April Snow Forecast for the Alps & Dolomites

Patrick Thorne

31 Mar 19

Snow forecasting agencies are predicting that up to a metre of snowfall will arrive in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees this week.

In what could be the biggest snowfall for some weeks, it appears most ski resorts will receive 15-30cm (6-12 inches) of snowfall, many 30-60cm (1-2 feet) and some as much as 90-120cm (3-4 feet).

The snowfall is expected to be widespread although in the Alps, Wednesday the 3rd and Thursday the 4th April look set to be the snowiest with many resorts seeing the bulk of the snowfall arrive in those 48 hours.

Snow forecasting agencies expect resorts including Cervinia in Italy (open to May) and Zermatt over the border in Switzerland (open for snowsports year round) to have received 50cm of snowfall by the end of Wednesday, with more arriving on Thursday.  The biggest accumulations will be on higher slopes.

A number of low altitude ski areas have already ended their 2019-19 ski seasons this Sunday, March 31st, but the majority are staying open for the Easter holidays, which for many UK schools begin next Saturday, 6th April.

The Pyrenees look like they’ll have light snowfall all week, but they are not expecting to get any big 24-48 hour accumulations.

The Dolomites are also expected to see snowfall all week, but here the really heavy snow should be on Wednesday and Thursday as in the Alps. J2Ski.com is currently forecasting more than 90cm (three feet) of snow for Alta Badia, Cortinas d’Ampezzo and the Fassa Valley and nearly 1/.2 metres (4 feet) for Val Gardena.  If the snow arrives as forecast this would be one of the biggest falls her of the season.