IT’S BEEN SNOWING IN THE ALPS
10th August 2016
The Austrian Alps have seen some snow at altitude – good for the handful of glacier resorts. There’s also been snow in Sweden & in the southern hemisphere.Check out the latest! UPDATED
There was a dusting of fresh snow last weekend in Hintertux and Kaprun.
Then on Wednesday there were further falls in as the temperature dropped.
In the resort of Hintertux in the Tirol, that is currently open for summer skiing, this is what it looks like – more like mid-winter, than mid-summer.
And this is what it looks like at the top of the resort for the lucky few out on the slopes.
For a PlanetSKI report on our pick of the glacier resorts in the Alps for a spot of summer skiing then see this earlier feature.
There has also been snow this week at Stubai and Pitztal in Austria.
While conditions are good over on the glacier above Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervinia in Italy.
The Warren Smith Ski Academy runs courses based in Cervinia throughout the summer months and here is a video update from the man himself.
The glacier slopes are still open at Les2Alpes in France but have closed in Tignes.
For PlanetSKI reporter, Squash Falconer, who lives in Tignes year-round that is time to don some crampons and take a hike:
Squash has also been ski touring in Norway this summer – check our her amazing adventures in this article on PlanetSKI that we have just posted.
The pictures are stunning:
And there has been some unseasonal snow in the ski resort of Are in Sweden.
The image below has been posted on the Facebook page of a local restaurant, Bistrologiskt.
Snow in August is rare! The video below has had 100,000s of views.
What are conditions like around the world?
Here is a summary from our friends over at the Ski Club of Great Britain from earlier in the week.
“The fine weather provided superb visibility, allowing visitors to make the most of the great riding conditions on offer.
Fresh snow fell at Hintertux and Kaprun, Austria over the weekend.
Tignes in France is now closed for the summer skiing season.
Timberline in Oregon, USA is still open for skiing too although it was cloudier there on Monday morning.
Of the southern hemisphere skiing countries, New Zealand is the stand out spot at the moment with heavy snowfall at a number of resorts over the last week. Mt Lyford reported 75cm of fresh snow landing in one day over the weekend.
Despite any significant snowfall over the weekend in Australia the riding is still good at the moment.
In South America, Chile offers the best riding condition although Las Lenas in Argentina is not doing too badly.”
Check out its snow reports here.
The Ski Club GB continues to write at length about snow around the world throughout the summer months and here at PlanetSKI we find it a great resource.
So, what’s it like in the southern hemisphere?
Below is an image taken overnight on Wednesday at Falls Creek in Australia.
And see here for our last report on PlanetSKI that focused on New Zealand.
And lets not forget the resort of Afriski in land-locked Lesotho in Southern Africa – it is seeing its best snow since 1996.
We will be updating this article with more pictures of snow around the world so do check back later.
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