Scandinavian ski areas too have seen some of the best snowfalls of the season over the past week. Some parts of the region, notably in the west, had already had lots of snow this winter but others in the south and centre were suffering in warmer than usual temperatures. It is these that are celebrating 20-40cm snowfalls over the weekend. Riksgränsen, which opened for its 2020 season last weekend, has immediately reported the deepest base in Sweden (in fact four times its nearest competitor) at 4 metres, with 10cm of fresh snow. The region’s largest resort, Are in Sweden has a healthy 110cm base and all 40 lifts running, with nearly all runs open.
Scotland continues to enjoy some of the best conditions the country’s ski areas have seen in the past few years. After the weeks, months and entire seasons of week after week of yoyoing temperatures and frequent gales, the past few weeks have seen consistently low temperatures, snow depths building and even the winds easing – the result being more and more terrain open, more often. Glencoe, which has all but one run open (and that, the steepest, Flypaper, closed due to avalanche danger) now reports the snow lying two metres deep up top, although, for most of the other areas, which have around half to two-thirds of their terrain open (the most this season), it’s more like 30-60cm.