Selva Snow Report, 02 Mar 2010

Chalet in SelvaAfter Monday’s breathtaking superb blue skies surrounding the beautiful mountains of Val Gardena, topped with summer conditions and perfect deep, soft snow left behind after last Thursday and Friday’s snow storm, it would be quite hard to beat the skiing conditions at the moment. Today is not so much t-shirt weather like yesterday but the sun is trying to creep through the vast white cloud that sits above Selva this morning.

There isn’t a lot of compact snow on the pistes, just loads of powder! So all you skiers who like to carve down the mountains, with those parallel turns, Val Gardena is the place to be. Obviously with powder comes some moguls, but if you make the best use out of them, you can have a real good time on the mountain. Maybe use them as jumps or avoid them and go round as if it was slalom? Regardless, skiing in soft powder with blue skies and warm conditions, you couldn’t be asking for anything more.

At the top of the Ciampinoi, you can sit back relax and see for miles whilst topping up your tan, to be honest the same goes for any mountain restaurant. Grab a deck chair in Araba, whilst making it half way round the famous Sella Ronda. Or for the more adventurous skiers, with the current conditions, I always recommend to break off the Sella Ronda at Araba and head up to the Marmolada, where currently, you won’t be able to find any better views around than at Punta Rocca, 3250m high.

Temperatures at the moment are at a warm 2˚ and -4˚, so leave the thermals at home and even venture out in just your t-shirt. You would be surprised how warm it can get whilst sitting in the sun. But, with these temperatures it’s keeping the massive dumping of snow we received last week, lovely and fresh, which is perfect.

Beautiful scenery surrounds Selva at the moment and skiers in resort are going gung-ho and trying to get in as much skiing as they can because who knows when this amazing weather will end.

Temperatures are set to drop slightly tomorrow. There is an expected light snow in the afternoon, leading into the evening and overnight, with around 2cm of snow set to fall. Thursday could see some more snow with a heavier snow shower overnight and into Friday if temperatures are correct. Friday should see the return of some more sunshine, which would be brilliant if there is some fresh snow arriving Wednesday and Thursday.

Wind chill is very mild at the moment but will pick up on Thursday night and could hang around until Friday evening.

It seems that all of Europe’s half-term is now out the way, as resort has become a little bit quieter. But it doesn’t stop the local town coming out in force for local events. Tonight sees the next instalment of the Ice Hockey play-off between Gardena and Torino. And after the Winter Olympics coming to a close with a fantastic ice hockey match between the USA and Canada, I expect the stadium to be pretty full come 8:30pm.

And, last night in the area, saw the Selva Ski School’s ski and fashion show on the Freina slope next to the Ciampinoi piste. With the usual back flips from the freestyle skiers and the other fantastic demonstrations from the instructors, there was an extra special element to the show, with instructors parading on a platform in their uniform and also showing the latest ski wear on offer in the town.