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Dolomites Weather/Snow Report (& useful links) 2018/19

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@andyb64. Recommendations for detours or for food stops?

Lots of detour opportunities. The Sella Ronda goes clockwise and anticlockwise, both good and entirely different (in a similar sort of way). Just off the circuit is the whole Pralongia plateau, full of pretty cruisy blues, or head down the red or black to La Villa. There are too many other possibilities to mention in detail without knowing what you like. Similarly, I've been coming to this part of the world for 10 years or more and have rarely had a bad meal at a refugio. One I do return to is Mesoles which is just off to the left hand side coming down blue 40 into Colfosco. Slightly old fashioned with linen on the table. Nice older ladies serving. Or, if you're looking for something more lively, try Jimmy's up the hill at the top of Frara gondola. Busy but very efficient and great views.
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Skiied Sella Ronda today, pistes starting to really firm up in the cold temperatures. A superb trip though!

I would like to take my daughter over from Canezei to Val Gardens tomorrow, I have the Siperski Pass, my daughter has Val Di Fassa Pass which won’t be valid in Val Gardena.
What are the options for upgrading her for the day?
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jimmybog wrote:
Mollerski wrote:
A foot forecast over sun/mon.

Lovely, we leave next Friday. Cool


Where abouts??

Selva
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At risk of being a negative nelly - I reckon the weather models struggle with this area though ...

Every time some decent snow appears a week away , by the time it gets closer it seems to fizzle out...

I am am giving up on snow-forecast.com. Gets me too excited and often never pans out.

Someone in the birthday bash thread said Bergfex is better / more accurate so I am using that now...

To compare - Arrabba at the top - Snow forecast says 44 cm over Sunday / Monday
Bergfex is 8 cm !!


Certainly this week, and also when we were here last year, the bergfex forecast has been far more accurate when looking 1-3 days out than snow-forecast.com. We also did the Sella Ronda today in mostly great piste conditions.

Tomorrow looks like maybe being the best day of the week. Cold, but plenty of sun and relatively quiet wind strength compared to the rest of the week. All in all, the skiing has been great, quite remarkable considering there hasn’t been a decent snowfall for over a month now.

It’s still been very scenic for the most part. Some of the lower mountain sides are looking a bit bare but it’s been very cold so most of the snow that did fall has hung around apart from the lower slopes which get direct sunshine.

A decent bit of snowfall would definitely be the icing on the cake for anyone heading out here but at the moment there’s certainly no need to worry about the snow conditions.

I did notice that the added benefit of the cold conditions today was that the snow cannons in Passo Sella were going great guns with huge mountains of snow being created. At a guess I’d say it looks as if they’re not expecting any great amounts of snow to fall off in the near future. Or maybe they’re making more snow just in case.
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A very nice day today. Freezing cold, but lovely sunshine and a fairly quiet wind.

This is the view from Boe across to the top of Chertz. Still looking nice and wintery and the pistes are in good condition with lots of snowmaking going on in the freezing conditions.

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@olderscot, Thanks for posting the pic. The more the merrier snowHead
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@olderscot, Thanks for posting the pic. The more the merrier snowHead


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Bergfex suggesting 20cm plus in Gröden tomorrow and Monday, although the official local South Tirol weather forecast positions the snowfall boundary further north (Bozen)
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New webcams keep popping up ! :: just found this (views of Saslong slope and valley..)

https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/trentino-alto-adige/bolzano/selva-di-val-gardena.html
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thank you guys for the good information on the armentsrola link. we are here still and in the nice weather the last 3 days have had a splendid time and enough snow


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Now up to 1127kms of piste open. Just 73kms left to go. Presumably the 3% of slopes without snow making snowHead
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Seems to be snowing, judging by the webcams and radar
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pjd wrote:
Seems to be snowing, judging by the webcams and radar


Yep - I just checked the webcam I linked above -- lots of white stuff flying by the cam ! Smile
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Italy having one of its least-snowy seasons of all time.

Badly needs some real snow.
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albob wrote:
pjd wrote:
Seems to be snowing, judging by the webcams and radar


Yep - I just checked the webcam I linked above -- lots of white stuff flying by the cam ! Smile


Useful webcams in that link, especially the ones that show you lit up towns so you can see whether it’s been snowing when it’s dark Very Happy
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Whitegold wrote:
Italy having one of its least-snowy seasons of all time.

Badly needs some real snow.


And therein lies the irony. The least snowy region in the alps but one of the most reliable for sking ! So far this season most days have been sunny and there haven't been any closures because of avalanche risk Laughing

Just as well that our sport is called 'skiing' and not 'snowing'. snowHead
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Corvara this morning after a couple of inches of overnight snow

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Corvara this morning after a couple of inches of overnight snow



Yep looks much better today. 10cm Overnight in Alta Badia, 11cm in Val Gardena. Now looks predominantly dry for next 10 days at least
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@motyl, Very Happy
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Looks perfect. Whoever's out there this weeks should have a great time. Bergfex are showing the possibility of some more snow to come later in the week.
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Looks perfect. Whoever's out there this weeks should have a great time. Bergfex are showing the possibility of some more snow to come later in the week.


The snow forecast for Friday/Saturday from bergfex for Corvara looks very suspect to me. On the latest GFS forecast for Friday/Saturday it looks mainly dry??? Wonder where Bergfex get their forecast data from??
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Not being an expert, I can only refer to a previous post on here.

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Snowforecast uses GFS while Bergfex use ZAMG which, I think, is based on ECM. The general view is ECM is more accurate in the short term.
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Not being an expert, I can only refer to a previous post on here.

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Snowforecast uses GFS while Bergfex use ZAMG which, I think, is based on ECM. The general view is ECM is more accurate in the short term.


Thanks for that info, i couldn't remember which site used which forecast data!!

The ARPAV dolomites forecast also now mentioning possibility of something for Friday. WIll be interesting to see what happens as GFS isn't predicting much for this period. Hopefully Bergfex is correct Very Happy
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I certainly found that last week Bergfex was more accurate than Snowforecast for Corvara. This time though I think it was largely a case of how much (if any) cloud and snow was going to make it down over the alps to the Dolomites from Austria (very little in reality) so it might not have much relevance in other situations or conditions.
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olderscot wrote:
Looks perfect. Whoever's out there this weeks should have a great time. Bergfex are showing the possibility of some more snow to come later in the week.


Four inches of snow beyond the edge of the piste sounds far from perfect! If you want perfect then head to Austria!
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@jellylegs, perfect for me. Not interested off piste, so its all cosmetic to me.
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Fair bit of snow overnight and of and on today
A bit more forecast for tonight
Just finished for day as lights gone flat and there are some big bumps with the new snow
Sells r closed of and on today due to high winds high up
On piste condition were good even before the new snow
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Heading out to Canazei Saturday so glad to hear on piste conditions are good.
Was hoping to do Val de Mezdi this trip but not looking like a possibility so far ...
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olderscot wrote:
Not being an expert, I can only refer to a previous post on here.

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Snowforecast uses GFS while Bergfex use ZAMG which, I think, is based on ECM. The general view is ECM is more accurate in the short term.


Thanks for that info, i couldn't remember which site used which forecast data!!

The ARPAV dolomites forecast also now mentioning possibility of something for Friday. WIll be interesting to see what happens as GFS isn't predicting much for this period. Hopefully Bergfex is correct Very Happy



https://www.meteotrentino.it concurs re Friday
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Bergfex/ECM forecast going for 25-35cm at the end of the week, mainly Fri night into Sat morning.

https://www.bergfex.com/civetta/wetter/prognose/

GFS 06z main run looking dry, but some ensemble runs are showing precip and pulling up the average in that period.

https://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=46.5&lon=11.8

ARPAV are calling for snow, but going cautious saying the quantities are yet to be defined:

http://www.arpa.veneto.it/previsioni/it/html/meteo_dolomiti.php

Let's hope ECM/Bergfex have it right! snowHead
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Heading out to Canazei Saturday so glad to hear on piste conditions are good.
Was hoping to do Val de Mezdi this trip but not looking like a possibility so far ...


You will be fine
None of the runs that have snow making have been closed other than for wind that we have came across so far

Our skis have not made it here yet though they seem to be on there own tour of Europe!!!
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I guess Friday's snow depends on a Genoa or Adriatic Low scenario licking some moisture in. Very tricky to call until it develops. At this stage, the low that may produce it is probably a twinkle in Newfoundland's eye.
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@luigi, Indeed. From observation over a few years, that is the most reliable source of snow for the area.

Clearly we need more butterflies to flap their wings in SE Asia. Madeye-Smiley
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The most reliable source of snow in the Dolomites comes from cannons.

To be clear, I love the Dolomites and we're going to Selva at half term. However, it's definitely the weak sister in terms of natural snow.
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The most reliable source of snow in the Dolomites comes from cannons.

To be clear, I love the Dolomites and we're going to Selva at half term. However, it's definitely the weak sister in terms of natural snow.



But the big brother in terms of sunshine!
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Give me cannon's every time
Great on piste skiing and mostly sunshine so far and very quite lift's
Much rather be here than Australia at present
No off piste yet though
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Given that it’s amongst the sunniest and driest part of the alps, the dolomites certainly wouldn’t be my first destination of choice for going off piste without prior knowledge of recent and above average snowfall.

For Skiing on piste in dramatic and beautiful winter scenery I think it’s hard to fault the current conditions.
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^^I agree -- have never seen finer on-piste conditions. Hero snow!

However, last year we were able to sneak in some sidecountry excursions above 2000 meters. But the terrain is generally not conducive -- not many high alpine bowls, very steep rock formations etc.
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We are flying to Venice Marco Polo airport, hiring a car then travelling to Pozza di Fassa at half term. Any recommendation on which route to take? Most direct route according to google maps is A27 to Belluno then SR203 to Moena. Is this a route that should be relatively safe after snowfall. We will have chains but not snow tyres. Any thoughts from those in the know?
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we had some pretty epic off piste last year in some very varied terrain which lasted well because it's not an area that's famous for it's off piste
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