IT’S GOING TO SNOW!
31st October 2016
A big storm is on its way to the Alps with heavy snow this weekend followed by cold temperatures. As we start November we’re getting rather excited at PlanetSKI. It’s looking good in Canada too. UPDATED
In the Alps some snow had already started to fall.
We have reports of snow coming down in the glacier resorts of Austria.
It’s not much, just a dusting, but it’s a foretaste of what’s to come with a decent storm predicted for this weekend across large parts of the Alps.
Some reports predict over +50cm at altitude but, as always, we will have to wait & see.
“As expected, some north-eastern parts of the Alps are waking up to a dusting of snow this morning. Although the snow fell as low as 1000m in the northern Austrian Alps, it really hasn’t amounted to much across the Alps in general – just a few cm above 1200-1500m in the north-east,” said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, to us on Thursday.
“All eyes are now on this weekend when a much more active storm will reach the Alps bringing significant quantities of snow in places,” he added.
Fraser writes a weekly snow report for us here at PlanetSKI and it starts next week so do remember to keep an eye out acros the winter.
See here for his web site weathertoski, that details the latest conditions.
And the best news from Fraser?
After the weekend snow it is set to remain cold.
“It will stay cold and unsettled next week which means that much of this snow will stick around, and in some spots continue to accumulate.”
“It’s too early to say that we are in for a bumper early season but we certainly have the makings of a decent high altitude base and the general trend is very promising,” Fraser added.
Meanwhile in North American Sunshine Village near Banff in Alberta opened on Thursday.
It is the resort’s earliest opening in over 30 years.
We have a full report in this related article on PlanetSKI.
As far as we are concerned the ski season of 2016/17 has started – the glacier resorts in the Alps are open and there is skiing and snowboarding to be had.
The latest pictures we have come from Engelberg in Switzerland that has opened some runs at the top of the resort.
“There are the best early season conditions in the past 5 years or so. On Monday the glacier was pretty much a private playground, for the dozen or so people out and there was good snow right up until late in the afternoon,” said PlanetSKI reader Wayne O’Fathaigh.
“As with all glaciers at this time of the year there was a great mix of ski school training, race training and the public. With low temperatures and more snow forecast for next week it is making for a great start to the season,” added Wayne.
PlanetSKI made its first turns in October in Sölden as we reported a week or so ago.
There were around 8,000 people out on the slopes of the glacier resort in the Tirol.
In a few weeks we are off to Val Thorens in France for its opening.
Hundreds of people are out on the slopes of Hintertux everyday.
And this is what it currently looks like ahead of the new snow that is on its way.
But that is nothing to what one of our readers, Trey Cook, has been up to.
Trey is an experienced off piste skier and mountaineer.
He lives in Chamonix year round.
He is very experienced and we do not recommend anyone else tries to ski the Vallée Blanche area at the moment.
But look at the conditions.
“Niko Pettersson and I went up the Midi after the last storm thinking we’d just have a cautious poke around the glacier. Man, were we surprised. Check out the video to get an idea of the conditions on the Vallée Blanche right now,” said Trey.
More snow is set to fall in the Alps in the next 24-hours.
In Austria Tuesday will remain sunny and crisp with a cold front moving in on Wednesday.
The snow line could drop to 900m.
In Austria the temperatures will drop further on Thursday and the snow line is set to fall to 800 metres.
Higher up this is what it currently looks like in the glacier resort of Pitztal.
We’re looking forward to winter.
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