SNOW IS FALLING IN THE ALPS!
1st January 2017
Parts of Austria have seen more than half a metre though some of the main French resorts are missing out. Italy is good in places and there is some in Switzerland which saw its driest December for more than 150 years. UPDATED
Snow is finally coming down in the Alps after a long dry period.
Many resorts haven’t seen fresh snow since the middle of November.
In our home resort of Verbier in Switzerland some much needed snow was falling on Thursday morning.
It is snowing all the way down to the valley floor in La Chable.
The pictures from Verbier come from PlanetSKI readers Heather Jefferies, Julian Griffiths and Neal Wardman.
The latest pictures we have come from France – Val Thorens & Chamonix.
“From the mid-station down was completely dry before the storm. Last night and this morning we got 2 or 3 cm in town. Compagnie du Mont Blanc website reports 10cm at the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), 15cm top of Brevent (2525m), 34cm top of the Index lift at Flegere (2385m), 10cm at mid-station Grands Montets, 10cm top of Charamillon lift (1850m) at LeTour,” said PlanetSKI reader Trey Cook from Chamonix.
However some of the French resorts in the north west Alps are missing out.
The best of the snow is coming down further east in Austria with the freezing level at around 800m.
Here are the current snow depths in some of the resorts in Austria: Galzig 80cm, St. Christoph 80cm, Valluga 70cm, Gampen 50cm, Rendl 45cm.
And people are wrapping up warm
It was -6°C today and the forecast for tomorrow is -18°C.
To say the snow is welcome is something of an understatement.
Here’s a video from Zell am See:
And here’s another from St Anton:
The ski resorts of Lech, Ischgl, Saalbach and Kitzbuhel in the Tirol are also doing well.
There is even snow in the city of Innsburck, the capital of the Tirol.
And in Hintertux the snowmen are so excited they are doing headstands 😉
Here it is down in the valley in the village of Rattenberg in the Tirol.
So, where is the latest snow falling?
“At last, a proper winter storm from the north! It won’t deliver for everyone, but the landscape will be transformed over the next 24 hours for a good part of Austria and Switzerland, at least. Further west the big French resorts will miss the heaviest of snow, however, as will the southern Alps – where some places will stay completely dry,” said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from weathertoski.co.uk
And PlanetSKI is once again where the snow is. And the cold temperatures.
Kisia Cove, the PlanetSKI Socila Media Editor, is currently in Lapland.
“Blimey I’ve never been so cold in my life! It was -21C outside the hotel this morning and -24C on top with wind factor made it feel like – 34C,” said Kisia.
“Fantastic snow conditions, squeaky and soft yet firm but not icy….. fantastic snow, fantastic wide runs, lovely conditions but a little cold….. we keep having to pop indoors to have a hot chocolate to warm up,” she added.
Many resorts in the USA are being hit by a huge snowstorm.
California, Colorado and Wyoming are dealing with heavy snowfall.