15th September 2016
Snow has been falling in the Alps, the Pyrenees & the Rockies. And we have the pictures to prove it! Most will melt but it’s a sign winter is on its way. UPDATED
The latest pictures we have been sent come from the Tirol in Austria.
Hintertux to be precise.
It’s a resort that offers year-round glacer skiing, though the recent warm temperatures led to deteriorating conditions.
The new snow and cold temperatures will certainly help.
Our news reporter, Katie Bamber, is currently near the ski resort of La Rosiere in the French Alps.
“It’s wet, dark and cold. But look, I spotted some snow on an early morning run. We’ve had around 10cm of fresh snow on the surrounding mountains and seen a sharp drop in temperatures – 27 degrees to 11 in the area where I’m staying between Bourg St Maurice and La Rosiere. In the resort itself it is 3 degrees and feeling rather wintery,” said Katie.
It has also been snowing in Arc 1950 in France.
It has seen the first dustings of snow and is one of the best resorts in the Alps for December skiing.
This will all melt but it certainly looks good.
We first heard about the snow when a PlanetSKI reader sent us some images from the French Pyrenees last Thursday.
This image came from the web camera at the Pic du Midi above La Monjie.
The Pic du Midi is an observatory in the French Pyrenees.
See here for our earlier report on the snowfall and the Pic du Midi.
Back in the Alps it is looking pretty good at Val Thorens – the resrt opens at the end of November and we will be there as the season of 2016/17 gets underway.
There was snow in the Chardonnet bowl in Tignes on Thursday September 15th.
The photo comes from PlanetSKI reader, Alexandra Beuchert.
“Snow in the Chardonnet bowl this AM! #winteriscoming,” said Alex.
And here is what it looks like at the top of Tignes.
Over in Switzerland the mountains above Zermatt have a covering too.
And we have also seen the first dustings in North America.
Here is a picture of Breckenridge that we have just been sent from a PlanetSKI reader in the resort.
“Fresh snow atop Breck this morning ðŸ‘ðŸ»” Kristen Petitt posted on Facebook.
Breckenridge is the most popular US resort with British skiers and it is certainly one of our favourite resorts in North America – we were least there in 2014 when the Peak 6 lift opened.
And we were among the first to ride it and ski the powder – see here for our report from the time.
It has also been snowing at Loveland in Colorado.
The resort is one of the first in the USA to open some of its ski area.
It has pencilled in September 29th for the cannons to fire up and hopes to open in mid to late October.
Further north in Canada it is looking rather good in Sunshine Village near Banff.
We have been sent mores of pictures of the snow and will be uploading them shortly so do check back.
Of course none of it makes the jot of difference to the winter ahead as it will all melt.
It is the middle of September after all.
But it does mean one thing.
Winter is on its way.
Bring it on!
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