IT’S A WHITE XMAS AS FURTHER SNOW FALLS
24th December 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on January 1st, 2020
It’s 1m and counting as parts of the Alps are battered by another huge snowstorm. What a start to winter & the Xmas holidays! UPDATED
The resorts in Northen France and Western Switzerland have taken the lion’s share of the new snow – resorts such as Val d’Isere, Les Arcs and La Plagne in France + Verbier, Zermatt and Champery in Switzerland.
The huge ski areas of Les3Vallees and the Portes du Soleil have been pounded.
There have also been decent falls across other parts of Switzerland and into Austria.
It comes on top of a great start to the 2019/20 ski season that is now well underway.
It hasn’t stopped Father Xmas doing his work though.
We reported last weekend as the snow fell:
It has continued to chuck it down.
“Christmas Day will be brighter in the western and southern Alps (i.e. French, western Swiss and most of the Italian Alps),” said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from weathertoski.co.uk.
“However, snow showers will continue across the eastern Swiss and Austrian Alps, heavy at times with a rain/snow limit descending back towards or even below 1000m.”
“After a relatively fine day on Thursday, a new storm will bring snow to many parts of the Alps on Friday, especially in the north.”
The snow though comes with its problems.
Not least closed lifts and avalanche danger.
The risk of avalanches is now at 4 on a scale of 5 in the resorts that have seen the most snow.
That means there is a ‘High’ risk of avalanches and people are advised to be extra cautious.
Here is the state of play in Switzerland with resorts in the Portes du Soleil and others such as Verbier and Crans Montana under a Level 4 warning.
Avalanche have caused road and rail problems.
The road to the French resort of Vaujany in the southern Alps was closed by an avalanche on Tuesday.
It was closed to all vehicles in both directions.
There is a huge amount of work being done to dig out the lifts and to try to keep things moving.
Not to mention clearing the restaurant terraces.
And lets not forget other parts of the mountains in Europe…
Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article over the Festive Period so do check back… it’s looking like a christmas cracker.