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IT’S BELTING DOWN WITH SNOW IN THE ALPS!

After a long spell of sunshine and mild temperatures, the snow has begun falling again. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

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It’s been dumping down and there’s more to come.

Our latest images come from La Thuile in the Aosta Valley in Italy.

La Thuile in the Aosta Valley at 1600m

La Thuile in the Aosta Valley at 1600m

Here’s a rather long video of the post-storm tidy up in St Anton ?  and doesn’t it look fabulous.

https://www.facebook.com/Stanton.Arlberg/videos/631534711016416/

As the storm passes, more photos are being forwarded to us.

These were forwarded to us on Thursday from the Tirol.

Obergurgl, Tirol

Obergurgl, Tirol

Obergurgl, Tirol

Obergurgl, Tirol

Here are some shots from Les Menuires in Les3Vallees in France.

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees

“With February rapidly approaching and the half-term week around the corner the snow is very welcome.  Things are now be set up very nicely for our guests,” said Vanessa Fisher, a spokeswoman from the resort.

And these from our friends in St Anton in the Tirol in Austria.

St Anton, Austria - photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria - photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria - photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria - photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

Here’s Val Thorens in France in Les3Vallees:

[En direct] Livraison (toujours) en cours !❄❄😱 #ValThorens #Live

Posted by Val Thorens on Tuesday, 28 January 2020

 

Val Thorens, France - photo resort

Val Thorens, France, Wednesday – photo resort

Looking good in Val d’Isere too:

Neige du 27 janvier | Val d'Isère

[❄NEIGE]La neige est revenue hier soir sur la station, et elle continuera de tomber toute la journée ! 😍Info météo en station 👉 https://bit.ly/310Jq8d-[❄SNOW]A new snowfall started yesterday evening, and it will keep snowing all day long! 😍Live weather forecast of the resort 👉 https://bit.ly/2RUQXkV

Posted by Val d'Isère on Tuesday, 28 January 2020

And in Les Arcs…

Les Arcs, France

Les Arcs, France

“There is a lot of fresh snow this morning across the northern and western Alps,” Fraser Wilkin of Weather To Ski said on Wednesday.

“Given the amount of wind, it is quite difficult to know exactly how much as fallen but the general consensus is that the northern French Alps (e.g. Espace Killy, Paradiski, 3 Valleys, Grand Massif, Portes du Soleil) have already seen between 40cm and 70cm of new snow above 1800m, with more to come today.”

There’s also been significant snow in parts of the Swiss Alps – with up to 60cm at altitude in places such as Verbier and Mürren – the west of Austria and the far north west of Italy.

“Snow, snow & even more snow ❄️ Since yesterday it has been snowing quite a lot in Lech Zürs,” the resort said on Facebook on Wednesday.

“In the valley the snow height is up to 115 cm and in the skiing area up to 140 cm. Also today up to 40 cm of fresh snow is expected! ☃️”

Lech, Austria - resort photo

Lech, Austria, Wednesday – photo resort

Our latest video snow update, filed on Tuesday afternoon, comes from our editor, James Cove, who is in Schladming in Austria.

And here’s a moody photo of those clouds rolling in…

Schladming, Austria

Schladming, Austria, on Tuesday

And snow it did.

Here’s scene at the Night Race in Schladming on Tuesday evening.

Schladming Night Race

As James mentioned in his report, the snow began bucketing down further west, in France.

“A major Atlantic storm has reached the Alps, with significant snow expected across many northern and western regions over the next day or two,” said Fraser Wilkin of Weather To Ski on Tuesday.

“The heaviest precipitation will fall in the north-western Alps, with predicted storm totals of 50-80cm above 1800m by tomorrow in the French Savoie (e.g. Paradiski, 3 Valleys, Grand Massif, Mt Blanc area).”

He says some resorts in Switzerland, Austria and Italy will also see between 30 and 50cm by the end of Wednesday.

Michael Pettifer of PlanetSKI partner MPI Brokers is in Flaine in France for the British Schoolgirls Races.

And it is snowing.

Hard.

“There are very high winds restricting the number of lifts open, and the forecast is for 40 to 45mph winds later today when they expect all lifts to shut,” he tells us.

“There is limited skiing for now thus the slopes are quite crowded and visibility is fair to poor, but not flat light.

Flaine, France - photo Michael Pettifer

Looking gloomy in Flaine, France on Tuesday – photo Michael Pettifer

“The pistes have a good dusting of powder and getting deeper while off piste is ankle deep powder.

“So some good skiing can be had and as I write it’s still snowing hard, yippee!”

Flaine, France

Flaine, France, on Tuesday – photo Michael Pettifer

PlanetSKI reader Dominic Hurst is in Tignes.

“It’s snowing heavily,” he told us on Tuesday.

“Most of the lifts are closed. More snow tomorrow as well.”

There are winds of up to 35mph.

Tignes, France - photo Dominic Hurst

Tignes les Brevieres, France on Tuesday – photo Dominic Hurst

Tignes, France - photo Dominic Hurst

Tignes, France, on Tuesday – photo Dominic Hurst

MONDAY 27th JANUARY

James Cove in Schladming reports that there’s no sign of any new snow yet, but it’s still looking good.

Schladming, Austria

Schladming, Austria

On piste at least.

Schladming, Austria

And certainly out of mountain restaurant windows.

Schladming, Austria

James posted this video report on conditions as he arrived in Schladming on Sunday.

And bless you to the person on the chairlift with the bad cold 😉

So, what about elsewhere in the Alps as the snow approaches?

As always we turn to Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk who said this on Monday:

“After a fine start across many parts of the Alps, cloud will increase in the west with the first precipitation arriving in the French and western Swiss Alps this evening.”

“The precipitation will intensify tonight and tomorrow across the western Alps, with the rain/snow limit gradually lowering towards or even below 1000m. It will also become very windy with blizzards expected at altitude.”

“The northern French Alps (roughly north of Grenoble) and the south-western Swiss Alps (e.g. Verbier) are set to see the heaviest snow from this storm, with a forecast 40-60cm above 1800m by Wednesday, and 80cm+ in a few favoured spots in France.”

“As a rule, the further south and east you are, the less significant any snow will be. That said, there will still be some useful falls across the eastern Swiss Alps, most of the Austrian Alps and some parts of the Italian Alps.”

“Lets hope some of it reaches us here in Schladming in the eastern Alps,” said James.

It looked good flying into Klagenfurt airport at the weekend.

Aerial arrival into Austria

Aerial arrival into Austria

See here for more on the airport: Coming into land at Klagenfurt

James is in town for one of the highlights of the FIS racing calendar:  the night-time World Cup slalom that takes place on Tuesday.

Preparations are underway.

Schladming World Cup Night Skiing

Schladming World Cup Night Skiing

Schladming World Cup Night Skiing

It would be rude not to arrive a few days early and check out the skiing and the snow conditions in this part of the Alps.

Schladming, Austria

Schladming, Austria

Schladming, Austria

We’ll be hearing more about the skiing in Schladming and its surrounding mountains later + details on the wonderful Klagenfurt airport – a fabulous backdoor way into the Austrian Alps.

But what about the snow elsewhere?

One of our regular readers, Michael Pettifer from MPI Brokers arrived in Flaine, France at the weekend.

“The weather is overcast, but the visibility is fair.  The pistes are in good condition considering the lack of snow for the past week or so,” said Michael on Monday.

“It is hard with a light dusting in snow in places and some ice. The off piste is best described as variable!”

Flaine, France

Flaine, France

Earlier he was in Morzine in France.

“Piste conditions are excellent but a bit icy on the lower slopes. The off piste is skied out and though there are pockets of powder to be found the snow is pretty heavy,”said Michael.

“We have had good sunshine with occasional clouds.”

Morzine, France

Morzine, France

The specialist ski insurance provider, MPI Brokers, is sponsoring a number of events in the Alps at the moment including the Inter-livery ski championships in Morzine with 230 racers taking part.

Morzine, France

Next he is onto Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley for the ‘AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic’ run by the charity Snow-Camp.

See here for further details as we reported on its launch:

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