MORE SNOW FALLS
21st December 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on December 27th, 2019
It is the first main week of the season as resorts fill up for Christmas. PlanetSKI looks at conditions across the Alps.
The latest storm that came in across the weekend left some significant snow.
It has passed in places and continuing to snow elsewhere with some superb Christmas conditions.
The main photo above shows a piste basher out in Val Thorens in Les3Vallees at the height of the storm on Friday.
There was a brief respite on Saturday.
And then another storm came in on Sunday leaving yet more snow in the resort.
There have also been high winds, closing some ski lifts.
Cervinia in the Aosta Valley in Italy has had a fabulous start to winter, but the new snow has its downside.
Bad weather conditions caused qualifications to be cancelled at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard Cross World Cup on Friday.
But the event went ahead on Saturday.
The Women’s World Cup race in Val d’Isere was less fortunate.
It was delayed on Saturday morning, and then cancelled altogether as the storm continued.
Heavy snowfall also caused the cancellation of the mens’ Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena in Italy.
Markus Waldner, chief race director for World Cup men, admitted, “Mother Nature told us – ‘Stop'”.
Meanwhile the storm took its toll elsewhere too as it approached.
PlanetSKI reader, Vanessa Fisher, is in Les Menuires in Les3Vallees.
“Made it over to Val Thorens in the sunshine this morning but the ominous looking clouds sitting up high over the Pointe du Voucher and Cime de Caron ridgeline moved in bringing 35/40km winds and slowly the resort started shutting down,” Vanessa said on Thursday.
“Great fun cruising back down the empty slopes. Linked via Roc 1& 2 to Meribel and back up and over to Saint Martin making the most of what was left open.”
“Pistes pretty firm as the wind has blown any fresh snow away but more snow is forecast over the weekend perfect timing for Christmas skiers, fingers crossed the wind will die down a bit too.”
“Oh, and we saw some penguins too.”
For a full and detailed round up of conditions see our weekly snow report that has just been published.
Thousands and thousands of skiers and snowboarders are arriving in resorts in time for Christmas.
Staff at Ski Weekender are getting in the mood.
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