THE SNOW IS BACK
25th November 2019
Some areas that have so far missed out are now getting snow. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps on the amazing start to winter. UPDATED
Fraser Wilkin of WeatherToSki says resorts that should see a decent amount of snow include:
France – Val d’Isere, Tignes, the resorts of the 3 Valleys, Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne, Grand Massif (Flaine), Chamonix, Portes du Soleil (Avoriaz).
Switzerland – Jungfrau Region, Engelberg
Austria – Lech and St Anton.
“These should all see in the region of 20-40cm of new snow above 2000m by Friday, but any precipitation will mostly be rain below about 1200m,” he says.
Last weekend the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove was in Val Thorens in Les3Vallees and the new snow is very welcome.
And on Thursday in Les Menuires:
Les Menuires opens next weekend, December 7th, and PlanetSKI’s chief reporter, Jane Peel, will be there as the season gets underway.
“I can’t say I was unduly worried as the boss sent me the pictures from Les Menuires as he drove past earlier in the week, but let’s just say I prefer the pictures from today,” said Jane.
The photo below from WXCharts, highlights anticipated snowfall across the Alps and also shows precipitation in Scotland, Norway and the Pyrenees through to 13th December.
Wednesday 27th November
Heavy snow has fallen across many parts of the Alps in a series of storms.
Check out this video from Livigno in Italy.
And it’s not over yet.
It looks as if the end of the month will continue in much the same vein.
With more ski areas opening up this coming weekend, it’s looking pretty good for early season skiing.
The resort pictured below doesn’t open until 14th December.
There are, however, swathes of the mountains that have missed out on the biggest dumps.
Some have suffered from a period of very high winds, stripping the mountain sides of much of the early snow.
The PlanetSKI Editor, James Cove, has been in Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens in France, for its opening weekend.
Winds were gusting at up to 200km/hr, with its consequences.
The weather caused some disruption, but it was still a great start to the season.
And here is his latest video snow report after the weekend storm had passed:
He says between 60cm and 120cm of fresh snow has fallen above 2,500 metres in a number of places:
- The southern French Alps close to the Italian border.
- The far south-east of the French Savoie.
- The Italian Piedmont.
- The North East of the Aosta valley and parts of the far south of Switzerland.
Below are some more images of ski resorts in those regions that have had the most snow over the past few days.
The bulk are from Italy:
“Except for the odd shower here and there, Monday and Tuesday will be mostly dry and mild with some sunny spells,” Fraser Wilkin says.
“Some more organised precipitation is then expected to move in from the west mid-week, with snow above 1300-1800m.
“The heaviest is likely to be in the northern French Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif, Chamonix), albeit falling as rain lower down.
“Later in the week the wind will swing more into the north-west, with any snow falling to increasingly lower levels.”
See our first detailed country-by-country snow report of the season, provided to us by WeatherToSki, on Friday 22nd November.
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