SNOW IN THE ALPS
18th September 2016
There’s an autumnal chill in the air and the first significant snow has fallen at altitude. The seasons are changing. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps.
What a difference a week makes.
The warm weather and summer temperatures from the first half of September are a distant memory.
There has been snow across many of the high altitude areas of the Alps in recents and it has had an impact on the glacier ski areas that are open.
The last few days have seen snowfalls at altitude in the Alps.
And people are out enjoying the conditions:
In Saas-Fee in Switzerland it looks more like the middle of winter.
Check out the video below of the lucky ones out enjoying the powder!
The web camera images from Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol illustrate the change in the snowpack rather well.
Autumn officially begins this Thursday on 22nd of September with the autumn Equinox and here at PlanetSKI we’re starting to look forward to winter.
PlanetSKI’s Katie Bamber is currently near the ski resort of La Rosiere in the French Alps.
“I arrived at the weekend with a dusting of snow visible on the high peaks and there is now an autumnal feel out here in the Alps,” said Katie on Monday.
“We obviously have a way to go until the ski season gets underway but I love the Alps at this time of year when the seasons change and people’s thoughts turn to the coming winter.”
15cm of snow fell at the top of the resort as the temperature plunged.
Katie will shorlty be writing a feature on what it takes to be a chalet host – she is with the Green Rides Chalet Cookery School.
The training is not just for learning how to cook at a guest chalet, but includes every element involved in being a host.
“I didn’t realise how much went in to it, to be honest. But building a fire, chopping wood, fitting snow chains and wine tasting, as well as cooking for big groups, are great skills to learn,” said Katie.
The snow began falling last week in the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Rockies – see here for our earlier report with more pictures and video of the snow.
Here is what it looks like in the highest ski resort in the Alps – Val Thorens in Les3Vallees.
Here’s what it looked like in La Tania on 18th September, on the Col de la Loze – top of Dou Des Lanches chairlift.
— La Tania (@La_Tania) September 18, 2016
Meanwhile in Zermatt snow has been falling down to 2,200m – check out what it currently looks like in one of our favourite parts of Zermatt – Schwarzee.
A week or so it was summer at the top of Zermatt.
Not any more – here was the scene at the weekend.
But it is still green down in the valleys in Switzerland and much of the Alps has been shrouded in clouds.
PlanetSKI’s chief reporter, Jane Peel, was in the Dolomites in Italy earlier this month.
“There were definitely signs that summer was drawing to a close with some beautiful early autumn mists,” Jane said.
“Although there was still plenty of warm sunshine, there were also plenty of clouds, a distinct chill when the sun disappeared behind them, and in the frequent sharp rain showers.”
See here as Jane compared summer to winter in the area.
Some of our readers are also out in the Alps and have been sending us images as Autumn arrives.
“Great walk today in the Val D’Anniviers,” said Nick Williams from the ski tour operator, Mountain Heaven,
“We still have a way to go but it is the second half of September and I will putting my skis back on in just over 4 weeks time,” said the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove. “I’m kicking off my ski season where I usually do, high up in the glacier resorts in the Tirol.”
James will be in Stubai.
And here is what it looked like in Stubai at the weekend:
See here for an earlier report from James on October skiing high up on the Austrian glaciers from back in 2013 when there was half a metre of fresh powder.
8,000 people turned out for its opening day.
James will be heading to Stubai on October 19th this season and getting a sneak preview of the 33 Eisgrat cable car lift that opens at the end of October.
It is a huge development and the reworked cable car route also opens up a new ski run Fernau, a 3.8 km long descent to the valley.
The sophisticated tri-cable gondola is the longest of its type to be built in the Alps, and is the largest single lift investment made by any ski resort.
Later this week on PlanetSKI we will have a full report on all the significant new lifts opening for next season so do keep your eyes open for that story.
And in the meantime here at PlanetSKI we can confirm the seasons are changing and our thoughts are turning to winter.
Bring it on!
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