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HALF-TERM SKIING IN THE ALPS

A bit of rain, a dusting of snow, some sunshine and fluctuating temperatures. It’s been a mixed bag of weather in the Alps for the busiest week of the season.

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Friday 21st February

Our latest detailed snow report from Fraser Wilkin of Weather To Ski is now out.

Thursday 20th February

It’s been perhaps the best day of the half-term week.

The sun’s out after more snow fell yesterday to a greater or lesser degrees across the whole of the northern part of the Alps.

The south, however, is still waiting for its turn to top up the pistes.

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is skiing in the small resort of Torgnon in the Aosta Valley in Italy today and has sent this snow report:

Snow Report: Torgnon, Aosta Valley in Italy – 20th February 2020

PlanetSKI half term snow report from the Aosta Valley. Thursday 21st February. Read our updated article on conditions in the Alps over half-term https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/18/half-term-in-the-alps/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Thursday, 20 February 2020

As James says, it is really very quiet on the slopes….

Torgnon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Torgnon, Italy, Thursday 20th February 2020

Torgnon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Torgnon, Italy, Thursday 20th February 2020

Check out his full report here on the day as he seems to have found yet another favourite resort:

Avoiding the crowds in the Aosta Valley: Next Torgnon

Torgnon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Torgnon, Aosta Valley, Italy

These photos were send to us on Thursday from Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol – looking fabulous in the sunshine.

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol Thursday 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol Thursday 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol Thursday 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol 20th February 2020

Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol Thursday 20th February 2020

In France, this was the view that greeted PlanetSKI reader Richard Critchlow first thing this morning in Courchevel in Les3Vallees.

Courchevel, France, Richard Critchlow

Courchevel, France, Thursday 20th February 2020 – photo Richard Critchlow

And Flaine in France is reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning and 100% sunshine.

Flaine, France

Flaine, France, Thursday 20th February 2020

Wednesday 19th February

The snow has returned to the northern Alps.

This is Flaine in France today…

Flaine – 19 février 2020 – PowPow

💯 De la bonne neige fraîche ! ❄️ 1600m : 83cm – 2500m : 280cm ⚠️ Équipements spéciaux obligatoires pour accéder à Flaine.

Posted by Flaine on Wednesday, 19 February 2020

And La Clusaz….

La Clusaz, France - photo resort Facebook

La Clusaz, France, Wednesday 19th February 2020

Lech, Austria -

Lech, Austria – Wednesday 19th February 2020

Tuesday 18th February

There’s been a spell of unseasonably mild weather.

In some spots, it’s rained right up to 2,000 metres.

But it’s cooled down again.

If you’re lucky, you’ve had some snow to freshen up the pistes just in time for the sun to come out on Tuesday.

Some resorts have had around 20cm of fresh snow but many have had only a sprinkling.

The latest PlanetSKI video snow report was filed on Tuesday by our editor, James Cove, who’s in the Aosta Valley in Italy.

Snow Report: Crevacol, Aosta Valley 18th February

PlanetSKI video snow report from the Aosta Valley on Tuesday 18th February. Read all the latest news direct from the slopes: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/18/half-term-in-the-alps/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 18 February 2020

See here for the report from James on Crevacol.

Seems he rather likes the place:

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Read more about skiing in the area:

The alpine snow watcher, Fraser Wilkin of Weather To Ski is in Les Arcs in France for the half-term holiday.

“Yesterday afternoon it rained as high as 2,100m before finally turning to snow here at 1,800m, but not before the bulk of the storm had passed,” Fraser said on Tuesday.

“This morning we have about 1-2cm of fresh snow at 1,800m, and around 10cm at 2,500m.”

Not far away in La Tania in Les3Vallees, there was a little snow overnight with possibly more expected on Wednesday.

Otherwise, it’s forecast to be sunshine for the rest of the week.

La Tania, France

La Tania, France, Tuesday

Further north in Flaine, it was sunshine all the way and a few freshies on Tuesday.

Flaine, France

Flaine, France, Tuesday

PlanetSKI reporter Christian Ferree is in Chamonix and says the resort is in pretty good shape after a much needed significant snowfall last week and some more overnight.

“The temperature over the last few days has been high at plus five but it’s dropped again,” he told us on Tuesday.

“The pistes are in great condition with soft ice below 1,600m and up to 3200m, good dry snow.

“We had rain yesterday up to a fairly high altitude – 2,200m – but as the night drew on the temperature dropped and so the snow line came down to us in the village of Argentiere at 1,200m this morning. There was about 25cm at 2,500m.”

“So now we have glorious sunshine throughout the valley, excellent cold fresh conditions at altitude.”

Snow Report: Chamonix, 18th February 2020

Chamonix snow report… Read more here about current conditions in the half-term week: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/18/half-term-in-the-alps/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Chamonix Tuesday 18th February

Chamonix Tuesday 18th February 2020

Chamonix Tuesday 18th February

Chamonix Tuesday 18th February 2020

Sunny ski slopes in Chamonix 18th February

Chamonix Tuesday 18th February 2020 (photo: Christian Ferree)

sunny ski slopes in Chamonix 18th February

Chamonix Tuesday 18th February 2020 (photo: Christian Ferree)

Just down the road in Morzine in the Portes du Soleil ski area, conditions were looking good on Tuesday morning for the crowds out on the slopes.

You can tell it’s peak season!

https://www.facebook.com/MorzineAvoriaz/videos/1590242421125093/?t=374

Most of the recent snowfall has been in the northern and the western parts of the Alps.

There’s been very little in the east, while the whole of the southern Alps has remained completely dry with no new snow in the immediate forecast.

“Wednesday will see a new storm bring some light to moderate snowfalls across the northern half of the Alps again, this time to lower levels (700m or so) with 5-10cm likely above 1,000m in resorts such as Avoriaz, Engelberg, Lech and Kaprun, ” Fraser Wilkin said.

If you’re skiing or snowboarding for half-term, we hope you have a fabulous week.

If you’re not, why not sit back and enjoy the views……..

Kitzsteinhorn (Zell am See/Kaprun), Austria

Kitzsteinhorn (Zell am See/Kaprun), Austria

St Anton, Austria

St Anton, Austria

Schladming, Austria

Schladming, Austria

Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Davos, Switzerland

Davos, Switzerland

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