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

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@Casa Alfredino, Well, at least I won't have to worry about being cold.

Or skiing off-piste. We're there starting the 23rd.

Time to break out the GS piste skis.

I think we were spoiled last year with a couple of mid-week 15 cm dumps.
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To be honest it's not been a great offpiste year anyway - not much snow until a couple of weeks ago and not much since either. Unless you're willing to hike and skitour...
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We are arriving on the 23rd too. Hope it won't look too brown..
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@FrequentFaller, looking at Larceunei webcam, I fear that it will...
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Looks like it will be tee shirt skiing.. Which is a contrast to our trip this time last year that got down to -20c
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@FrequentFaller, @FrequentFaller, All in all would prefer the T-shirt! I actually like spring conditions, especially in Italy. Thinking to bring the sunblock.
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We are arriving on the 23rd too. Hope it won't look too brown..


Quite common for South facing valley level hillsides to look brown late February onwards in the Dolomites.

Shouldn't have any issues with snow level on the piste though. Val gardena reporting 79cm at valley level and 142cm on the mountain.
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I'll be out tomorrow on piste so will report back how conditions are.
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Pistes are in perfect condition, Wall to wall sunshine. The exceptionally dry air is preserving the snow. The runs actually improved through the week and were excellent to begin with. South facing slopes are softening slightly during the day as the snow off piste gradually transforms into spring snow.

Very impressed by Kronplatz. The run down to Reid is approaching 5 miles and the whole area being very modern has some of the widest best groomed slopes I’ve experienced in 50 years. And what about those blacks! Silvester is astonishingly good and Piculin is just crazy, with one pitch approaching 72degrees. Shocked

Heard a lot more English spoken on the slopes this year. The word is getting out Very Happy


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@Peter S, Awesome, can't wait. Hope snow holds up through the week of the 23rd...
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Looks like this this morning. Toofy Grin
From our hotel room Madeye-Smiley
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It looks great there now. Am heading in 2 weeks myself, are we likely to be looking at strips of pistes covered with uncovered rock everywhere beside it?
I’ve never ski’d this late in the year before, worried it won’t look natural at all. Panoramic views of rocks etc.
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@colly10, There is a reasonable coverage of snow at the moment - should still be there in two weeks.. (might be a bit 'heavy' in the PM)

You can get a "Panoramic views of rocks.." any time of year -- I had it in January '17...… Sad
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@albob, thanks, wasn’t sure what 2 weeks of sun would do to it
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Slopes in great condition. No slush even at mid/ late afternoon.
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Forecast looks very good this week. Perhaps a stronger breeze by Friday.

Humidity currently only 25% in Canazei. This is preserving the snow despite a temperature of 12.6C.
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Sunny and very dry air. Everything open. Pretty much perfect Dolomite conditions. Cool

Next 7 days more of the same though getting windier from tomorrow.
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@Peter S, thanks. Looking forward to next week, hope the wind turns out less than forecast!
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Out on Saturday, hoping it won't be too brown.. I know the pistes will be fine but I still love the winter wonderland look. Also we usually all take gopro's and the edit looks so much better with white everywhere..
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What a lovely week that was. Wall to all sunshine and great piste conditions. Only a few bits of slush/ hardpack at the end of the day (eg The long reds to Meida in Val di Fassa and Dantercëpies).
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What a lovely week that was. Wall to all sunshine and great piste conditions. Only a few bits of slush/ hardpack at the end of the day (eg The long reds to Meida in Val di Fassa and Dantercëpies).


Yep, pretty amazing how the snow seemed to preserve despite the very mild weather. Perfect conditions for getting a tan and seeing the views. Some young guys were stripped to the waist on the restaurant terrace at Passo San Pellegrino on Wed. Snow stayed remarkably good, just a few places where the sun gets to it was it hard in AM, then soft in PM, but it was still squeaking on the shady parts of the home run into Alleghe later in the week. Sunny valley sides are showing brown grassy patches as the snow slowly retreats.
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I'd never experienced. anything like it in February last week. It was like skiing in April. a few bare patches appearing off piste below 1600m but the pistes remained fine, if a little slushy after lunch. It was like April skiing. I quite enjoyed it.
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Pistes are in perfect condition, Wall to wall sunshine. The exceptionally dry air is preserving the snow. The runs actually improved through the week and were excellent to begin with. South facing slopes are softening slightly during the day as the snow off piste gradually transforms into spring snow.

Very impressed by Kronplatz. The run down to Reid is approaching 5 miles and the whole area being very modern has some of the widest best groomed slopes I’ve experienced in 50 years. And what about those blacks! Silvester is astonishingly good and Piculin is just crazy, with one pitch approaching 72degrees. Shocked

Heard a lot more English spoken on the slopes this year. The word is getting out Very Happy


Was out last week too, mostly heard Russion being spoken, normally very loudly Sad
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Plenty of Poles, Czechs, Slovaks. Fewer Russians, I think, than in past years.

....and the English abroad are not renowned for being softspoken Blush
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Many Dutch here this week it seems....

Colfosco edelweiss valley really slushy bumps in the afternoon, this morning we skied the dantercepies side and runs above self a which seemed to be in good nick considering conditions. The top of the saslong was good. The run off the backside of belvedere heading to Arabba also good.
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Just got back on Saturday, I'd echo what has already been said. Pistes are generally very good, heavier in the afternoon certainly. If you catch it wrong some pistes can then harden up on the way back at the end of the day.

Looking at the forecast this week it seems as if it will get warmer. Fingers crossed for everyone that it is not as warm as predicted.
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Very warm here, hero snow until about 1330 then getting heavy. Friday looks like normal temperatures, around 2 f. Thursday predected to be 9-10 in ValG.
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The forecast from next Wednesday/Thursday onwards is for quite a bit of snowfall for the following 5 days or so. And I'm off to Civetta on Friday, March 8 Very Happy
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Friday could see a bit of precipitation but will likely be rain at sub 2000 meters. Today was very balmy (11 deg) below 1800 m, as in a blast of warm air.
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Yes, possibly a little rain below 1700m (I reckon) on Friday. Nothing significant though. A few opportunities for snow next week, but at the moment looks like they'll mainly be affecting the north side of the Alpine ridge. Hopefully all of the Dolomites should get at least a few centimetres though - perhaps more near the Austrian border.

Temperatures also finally forecast to drop towards average for the time of year next week. Just need to get through a few more mild days first.

Anyone out there: how are lower pistes / runs without snowmaking doing at present?
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@denfinella, hard to say, here in Val Gardena every run has snow cannons, but the snow level is up around 1800 m -- 90% brown below that. So any run without snowmaking at this point wouldn't be open. It was 11 (!!) today. Everything below 2000 was pretty much oatmeal by 1300 except for spots in the shade. We hit the Saslong first thing in the am today and it was spectacularly grippy snow, maybe 30 minutes of corn before it got cut up...
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@denfinella, Im heading out to Arabba on Friday, ill let you know how its running Happy
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We are based in Santa Christina this week and it's so hot. Runs that we were screaming down last year are now awful by the afternoon. Any steep runs on the sella Ronda circuit are moguled by 11am with hundreds of people struggling to get down. Coming down the Sasslong at the end of the day is a massive ordeal and not fun (for me anyway). I've also never experienced my skis suddenly being griped like you've run onto one of those mats to stop you at the chair lift. I guess that must be the wetness of the snow.
Looks like another very hot day today and I for one will knock it on the head at midday and head for the nearest bar.
The weather changes tonight and starts to cool with the promise of light snow.
For those coming out next week you'll be ok because the pistes will still be ok'ish and with cooler temps it there will be less chop.
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@Pasigal, thanks for the detailed update. Fortunately the Dolomites are pretty much the best place to be with thin natural snow cover, given how much snowmaking there is. Nevertheless, 1800m is a pretty high natural snow line, particularly for February. We're out in Val di Fiemme next month and there are a few areas where snowmaking is less comprehensive than the Sella Ronda, such as Passo Rolle, Jochgrimm, San Martino and the long Innermorati piste above Falcade. Hopefully most of this will stay open.

@PaulC1984, looking forward to your report.

@FrequentFaller, I know what you mean about the sudden grippy / sticky snow. We've experienced it in Scotland a few times and occasionally in the Alps. It can be very disconcerting!

Snow should firm up when temperatures drop over the next few days, regardless of how much new snow falls. Smile
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Will be interesting to see if they feel the need to make any more snow this year. I get the impression that by January most years they usually have enough depth on the runs to last the whole season ?
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Isn't there a shedload of snow on its way from next Wednesday?
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@Ignatius, on the latest forecasts... no. The Dolomites are too far south to catch the heavier falls. Should still get a bit, particularly in the northern Dolomites, though may fall as rain in some of the lower resorts.
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Larciunei (selva nursery slopes) webcam showing 3.2 degrees today - big drop from the 12 degrees of yesterday !


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The week ahead on Bergfex predicts that the Dolomites will be sunnier, drier and a bit cooler than everywhere else in the Alps.

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Today was sort of the downside of lots of manmade snow...temperatures dropped about 10 degrees, so yesterday's slush was today's granular, which got scraped off pretty well in a lot of places around Selva today. A few flurries about but no accumulations. Still, we had 5/6 days of good to excellent piste conditions, plus skiing in sunglasses and baselayer/softshell...so no complaints.
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