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Dolomites 2016/17 Weather Report

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Just back from half-term week in Val di Fassa.

Fresh snow (10-15cm) a week ago as we arrived 10/11th Feb, then a week of sunshine from Sunday 12th, cold overnight, but got quite warm in the afternoons midweek, so pistes softened quite a bit. Everything skied well, did encounter some hard-pack and pistes got scraped in heavily-trafficked areas.

Everywhere started off white after the fresh snow, it looked like winter wonderland last Saturday morning, but as the week progressed brown meadows reappeared in sunny spots in the valley.

Remarkably quiet in many of the smaller places in Val di Fassa, a bit busy at Passo San Pellegrino busy on Sunday as Italian day-trippers were in evidence. Anywhere on the Sella Ronda was also busy, particularly Val Gardena on Tuesday every chair had a crowd queuing. Cinque Torri was almost deserted on Thursday, definitely a good place to avoid half-term crowds!!
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Cloud was building as we left yesterday, a brief cold front was due to pass over from the North, but I don't think it produced anything snow-wise on the Italian side.

The outlook is quite dry on GFS and it looks like the temps will be on the rise by next weekend. It looks like Spring is coming early, after Winter barely got started!

I'm sure they will make to most of what there is with the grooming and make more if necessary to keep things going until more snow arrives.
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Snowed quite heavily on Seiseralm yesterday but only for a short time. I echo the comments of @luigi about the snow conditions and crowds on the Sella Ronda circuit. As soon as you got away from the 'wheel' eg. S Croce chapel, Pralongia, Seiseralm, Val di Fiemme the crowds diminished noticeably. Great week with the sun and good snow and anyone coming out soon should have a great time.
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luigi wrote:
Cinque Torri was almost deserted on Thursday, definitely a good place to avoid half-term crowds!!


Is than now reachable from the bottom of the Laguzoi lift? I did CT from there a few weeks back and had great time. Am i right in thinking that with good snow, theres a cat track down to CT and from the top there you can ski back down to the Laguzoi lift...?
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luigi wrote:
Cinque Torri was almost deserted on Thursday, definitely a good place to avoid half-term crowds!!


Is than now reachable from the bottom of the Laguzoi lift? I did CT from there a few weeks back and had great time. Am i right in thinking that with good snow, theres a cat track down to CT and from the top there you can ski back down to the Laguzoi lift...?
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According to this page http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/ski-area/cortina/slopes on the Dolomiti Superski website the runs around Falzarego are open, although some are still shown closed on the 3D map.
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shiva_71 wrote:
luigi wrote:
Cinque Torri was almost deserted on Thursday, definitely a good place to avoid half-term crowds!!


Is than now reachable from the bottom of the Laguzoi lift? I did CT from there a few weeks back and had great time. Am i right in thinking that with good snow, theres a cat track down to CT and from the top there you can ski back down to the Laguzoi lift...?
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Yes, both the connecting pistes were open on Thursday, as well as the Croda Negra chair, so the full Super-8 circuit around the Averau was open.

I don't think there is any snowmaking on these, so the recent snow was the game-changer.

On the red down from the Croda Negra across to Col Gallina/Falzarego/Lagazuoi there were a few patches where it was scraped and getting close to revealing bare earth.

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Is this the Cortina thread? Anyone there at the moment? I'm there on Thursday - wondering what conditions are like
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Is this the Cortina thread? Anyone there at the moment? I'm there on Thursday - wondering what conditions are like


Yep, Cortina is in the Dolomites!

Was up at Lagazuoi/Cinque Torri last Thursday and conditions were pretty good apart from what I mentioned in my previous post. It was getting quite warm though. Didn't go down to Cortina proper, but could see it in the distance, the sunny side looked a bit brown lower down, but the lower runs on the Tofana side are mostly N-facing, so shouldn't be an issue.
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Quick report from Latemar-Obereggen: skied all morning and the piste conditions are fantastic, even though it's warm. The lower ends of the pistes running back to Obereggen are getting a little soft, but nothing bad. Currently sat enjoying a coffee in glorious sunshine...
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@Bananamoore, drove up to Obereggen for the day last week from our base in Kastelruth. As you say the snow was mostly very good. It was the first time I'd skied in the Latemar area and I liked it a lot- very picturesque with slopes for all preferences including a pretty steep black (29a) - well, at least for me! There's no Ladin culture to cushion the German and Italian speaking divisions so in a matter of a few runs you go straight from what felt like Austria (Obereggen) to Italy (Pampeago). Good Germanic cheesy après ski at the Obereggen base too.
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@Bananamoore, drove up to Obereggen for the day last week from our base in Kastelruth. As you say the snow was mostly very good. It was the first time I'd skied in the Latemar area and I liked it a lot- very picturesque with slopes for all preferences including a pretty steep black (29a) - well, at least for me! There's no Ladin culture to cushion the German and Italian speaking divisions so in a matter of a few runs you go straight from what felt like Austria (Obereggen) to Italy (Pampeago). Good Germanic cheesy après ski at the Obereggen base too.


It's our second visit - we like it a lot (also been hiking here in the summer)! Last year we had the proper Narnia experience with lots of natural snow. Having obsessively checked the weather before we left this time, I was concerned about the warm temperatures. However, the pistes are holding up well at the moment and we are enjoying our very different 'spring' skiing experience this year! I am sticking to the blues and easy reds though personally!
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After flipping and flopping over the last couple of days Bergfex is now forecasting some very useful snow again on Friday for Alta Badia and the Sella Ronda. Also for Tuesday and Wednesday next week - but I'm treating that with as much scepticism as hope.

We're there on 5th March. Very Happy
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Wetterzentrale forecasts potential snow for today and not much more going forward

http://www.wetterzentrale.de/de/show_diagrams.php?model=gfs&lid=ENS&var=201&bw=&lat=51.4000&lon=13.6000&zip=4932

GFS - Meteociel sees nothing major short term but some potential for nice spells of snow on the 1st and 2nd of March

http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=46.574723&lon=11.673212

and ECM based Bergfex has somehow agreed with GFS for the 1st and 2nd.

http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=46.574723&lon=11.673212

I gather from the discussions so far that ECM/Bergfex has a better score in the Dolomiti...

@luigi, please keep the reports coming Smile
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agw wrote:
After flipping and flopping over the last couple of days Bergfex is now forecasting some very useful snow again on Friday for Alta Badia and the Sella Ronda. Also for Tuesday and Wednesday next week - but I'm treating that with as much scepticism as hope.

We're there on 5th March. Very Happy


I'm at Ortisei on the 5th- will the snow you are praying for answer my prayers too (newbie to Italy) Very Happy
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Charliegolf wrote:
agw wrote:
After flipping and flopping over the last couple of days Bergfex is now forecasting some very useful snow again on Friday for Alta Badia and the Sella Ronda. Also for Tuesday and Wednesday next week - but I'm treating that with as much scepticism as hope.

We're there on 5th March. Very Happy


I'm at Ortisei on the 5th- will the snow you are praying for answer my prayers too (newbie to Italy) Very Happy


Should do - although it's showing a bit less for you on 28th-1st.

http://www.bergfex.com/groeden-sankt-ulrich/wetter/prognose/#0

As you probably know it can snow in one valley but not the next.
We're at Badia (aka Pedraces) just opposite Santa Croce. This will be our 4th trip to the area in 5 years - love the Dolomites.
One run I've yet to do is 'La Longia' - the 10.5km piste down to Ortisei so hope to get over there this time.
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@agw, thanks for that, can't wait.
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Well - tomorrow (Friday) is now going to be a mere dusting apparently but something's definitely afoot for 1st and 2nd of March.

Up to 50cm at altitude???
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agw wrote:
Well - tomorrow (Friday) is now going to be a mere dusting apparently but something's definitely afoot for 1st and 2nd of March.

Up to 50cm at altitude???


chart for selva

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Thought it worth mentioning given the forecast for snow next week that the car I booked from Bergamo through Europcar website with winter tyres worked out fine. The car did indeed have such tyres and they even upgraded me to an Opel Mokka.
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Sorry if a little off topic - but others looking for winter tyres at Marco Polo should try Green Motion. I used it a few weeks ago - seems to be a rental part of the local VW Dealership and they provided winter tyres no problem and at a good price.
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agw wrote:
Well - tomorrow (Friday) is now going to be a mere dusting apparently but something's definitely afoot for 1st and 2nd of March.

Up to 50cm at altitude???


That would be just perfect, I'm arriving in Colfosco on the 4th!

Pistes should be fine anyway but I'm hopeful to find Winter wonderland at least for a few days
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@albob, Thanks for the chart snowHead

Safe to say there's something of a disagreement between ECM and GFS from the 9th onwards Laughing

I'm there 4-11th so it will certainly snow every day during that period rolling eyes At least there is plenty of tree skiing
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"...Safe to say there's something of a disagreement between ECM and GFS...."

As always !!
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This coming week looks like there will be TOO MUCH snow if predictions are correct?
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This coming week looks like there will be TOO MUCH snow if predictions are correct?


Bergfex have just dialled back on the snowfall for the weekend - suits us as we're arriving on Sunday.
I've been the long way round (via Bolzano and Bruneck) to Alta Badia from Venice once - it's a loooong transfer, 5+ hours.

The issue is usually the Campolongo pass between Arabba and Corvara.
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We are in Madonna at the moment and it is snowing heavily with about 50cm forecast.
It was very warm on Saturday and Sunday but cooled a bit yesterday and the pistes have held up fairly well given how busy it is (apparently its Hapsburg week) just getting a bit slushy and cut up from mid afternoon.
Looks like a return to sunshine and warmer weather tomorrow before more snow at the weekend.
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Steve.S wrote:
We are in Madonna at the moment and it is snowing heavily with about 50cm forecast.
It was very warm on Saturday and Sunday but cooled a bit yesterday and the pistes have held up fairly well given how busy it is (apparently its Hapsburg week) just getting a bit slushy and cut up from mid afternoon.
Looks like a return to sunshine and warmer weather tomorrow before more snow at the weekend.


I think it's Carnivale all over the Dolomites - I was told when I booked for 5th March that it was the week after all that so a good time to go. Mind you the lower pistes getting soft in the afternoon is familiar to me from previous years.
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We are in Madonna at the moment and it is snowing heavily with about 50cm forecast.

Just what I wanted to hear Very Happy (we arrive in Madonna on Saturday)
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Arrive in Madonna on the 26th March. More snow that falls now the better !!
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Snowing quite heavily in Arabba. A couple of inches since lunch.
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Arrive in Madonna on the 26th March. More snow that falls now the better !!


Be careful what you wish for . . . . Toofy Grin
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Ortisei on Sunday. About 6" will do nicely please, then sun and blue skies. Thanks! Very Happy
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40cm reported this evening according to Dolomiti Superski Facebook page
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maquibr wrote:
40cm reported this evening according to Dolomiti Superski Facebook page


I think they are saying up to 40cm has already fallen, I don't think they are saying there is any more due to fall tonight.
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The tables at Plan de Gralba had 6 inches or so of snow on them this am

At 18.00 they had this !! :: be scared, very scared......






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40cm reported this evening according to Dolomiti Superski Facebook page


40cm is the total depth, not what fell yesterday...
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Probably a good 60cms here yesterday, they were still digging cars out tonight.
Fantastic bluebird day today we are both cream crackered.
They are saying another 40cms over the weekend so anyone here next week should be in for a treat Very Happy
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Probably a good 60cms here yesterday, they were still digging cars out tonight.
Fantastic bluebird day today we are both cream crackered.
They are saying another 40cms over the weekend so anyone here next week should be in for a treat Very Happy


I'm arriving with a group on Saturday so now hoping the snow stops over the weekend but I fear it will continue into next week.
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Forecast seems to be a decent dump tomorrow (making for an interesting transfer day) followed by a largely sunny week

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