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Dolomites 2016/17 Weather Report

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We had a really great week based in Pedraces even though the local area at Santa Croce shut on Wednesday and Sonpunt on Thursday. Some fantastic overnight repair work to lower areas, especially Corvara kept things skiable, the Sella Ronda was open both ways and still good to ski and dip on and off of to make great days out. The cinque torri and the hidden valley were in great condition apart from the very bottom. We went over to Alba using the new lift and enjoyed some good skiing on virtually deserted pistes. We had no lift queues and everywhere was quiet on the pistes all week. My son and I clocked up over 350k each in 6 days according to the Ski Tracks ap.
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So much closed now, very early finish to the season Sad
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Arabba is still hanging on for another week -- although the bare areas on the Burz slopes now have a 'green' tinge !
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Going very cold later this week. A bit too late for the lift served season though.
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Looks like another decent fall middle of this week
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Snow now arriving Over the Dolomites.
Bergfex are forecasting 70cms at the summits. More than has fallen all season snowHead
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How much natural snow actually fell in the Dolomites this season?
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Good cover again this morning

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How much natural snow actually fell in the Dolomites this season?


I'd say not enough to be significant. If it wasn't for the excellent snow making then the season would almost certainly have been a washout. If you looked at the snow off of the lower down pistes you could see that on the slopes that had sun none of it lasted more than 2-3 weeks from even the heaviest of the natural snowfall. Many of the interconnecting slopes with no snow making were closed for much of the season despite the ability for the snow groomers to shovel it about.

If you look at the snowfall history for Val Gardena on onthesnow.co.uk then the rough numbers are:

2017: 100 cm*
2016: 214 cm
2015: 142 cm
2014: 766 cm
2013: 572 cm
2012: 356 cm
2011: 120 cm
2010: 353 cm
2009: 462 cm

* ignoring 8cm on 5th April which is out of season - I haven't checked the other years for snow in/out of season and other years will also have the early snow in them as well as I think these are calendar years.

So it looks like 2017 is likely to be the lowest snowfall for the last 9 years, but close enough to the other couple of poor years to be more or less the same, and only about a third of the average snowfall (@ 340 cm) over the same period. Here's hoping next season will have more typical snowfall.
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