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ANOTHER SNOWSTORM POUNDS THE ALPS

The powder is piling up as the second big storm of the week has swept in. There have been significant falls over a 24 hour period. PlanetSKI reports from the mountains. UPDATED

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Friday 6th March

The snowstorm has eased and here is the scene in the Aosta Valley first thing on Friday morning from our balcony in Aosta.

Looks like it could be rather special.

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

The big question is whether we head to Pila above the city or over to the Chamonix valley and a powder day on the Grand Montets.

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

So, Chamonix it is.

Our snow report comes from the Argentière:

PlanetSKI reports on the snow conditions in Argentière, France. Friday 6th March.

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Friday, 6 March 2020

Argentière, France, 6 March 2020

Argentière, France, 6th March

Argentière, France, 6 March 2020

Argentière, France, 6th March

Thursday 5th March

As forecast, it’s coming down.

It’s heaviest in the west.

It started in the French Alps last night and is still going.

Val Thorens, France, 5th March 2020

Val Thorens, France, 5th March – photo resort

Val Thorens, France, 5th March 2020

Val Thorens, France, Thursday 5th March – photo resort

Verbier in Switzerland is also getting a big dump and it’s still falling.

Verbier, Switzerland, 5th March 2020

Verbier, Switzerland, Thursday 5th March – photo resort

“This morning the bad weather has extended across much of the western Alps and is starting to push into Austria,” said Fraser Wilkin of Weather To Ski.

“The rain/snow limit is all over the place across the Alps today.

“It is still mostly quite low (600-1200m) in the central and southern Alps but is in the process of rising to between 1600m and 2000m in the more exposed mountains of the northern and western Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil).”

“It will peak this afternoon, before a cold front lowers the snow once again in the western Alps.

“By the end of the night the rain/snow limit will be between 600m and 1000m across most parts of the Alps.”

The Portes du Soleil, which includes the French resorts of Morzine and Avoriaz, was already looking good, before the latest snowfall.

Portes du Soleil, France, 3rd March 2020

Portes du Soleil, France, Tuesday 3rd March – photo Office de Tourism de la Valleé d’Aulps

Resorts in the northern French Alps could see between 30cm and 50cm above 2,000 metres by tomorrow morning.

Resorts in the far north west of the Italian Alps, for example those in the Aosta Valley, where our editor James Cove is currently based, are likely to see around 20cm to 40cm by Friday morning.

This is the view from his office this afternoon…

Office day today. Been doing this all day long in Aosta. Tomorrow will not be an office day!

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Thursday, 5 March 2020

And in the centre of Aosta?

Looking good:

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Snow falling in Aosta

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Thursday, 5 March 2020

The snow is also falling in the Dolomites further to the east in Italy.

This was how it looked just before the latest storm in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, March 2020

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – photo Cortina Marketing

WEDNESDAY 4th MARCH

There is snow falling in the USA, Canada and across many parts of the Alps.

Powder snow.

PlanetSKI is in Pila, in the Aosta Valley.

Our breakfast balcony view looked tasty first thing.

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Up on the slopes the morning saw gorgeous blue sky with the powder snow kept in good shape by temperatures that were  below freezing.

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Though chopped up there was plenty of off piste to be had and the locals say these are the best conditions of the season so far.

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Then by mid-afternoon signs of the approaching storm, with more snow on the way.

PlanetSKI snow report Wednesday 4th March 2020

We're in the Aosta Valley in Italy as another storm is set to arrive….Aosta Valley Aosta, Italy

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Wednesday, 4 March 2020

And talking of snow, lets not forget Scotland.

It is looking superb with the best conditions of the winter.

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

PlanetSKI is in Scotland currently reporting on some ski testing.

PlanetSKI at the Glenshee ski tests

And here’s what it is like:

Ski Tests at Glenshee

Ski Tests at Glenshee

Ski Tests at Glenshee

TUESDAY 3rd MARCH

It looked good in the Aosta Valley in Italy this morning from the PlanetSKI  base in Aosta.

The rain and snow of yesterday was but a distant memory and a blue sky, powder day awaited.

Aosta Valley, Italy

Aosta Valley, Italy

Aosta Valley, Italy

Aosta Valley, Italy

And so it turned out – what superb conditions.

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

So, what about the snow in Pila and round the rest of the Alps?

Our editor, James Cove, gives his assessment from Pila:

Powder day in Pila!

Check out the latest PlanetSKI video snow report that comes from the Aosta Valley in Italy.See here for our updated snow report: https://planetski.eu/2020/03/01/mixed-and-variable-weather-in-the-alps/Aosta Valley Aosta, Italy

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Now James mentioned Livigno in his snow report.

Well, this is what it currently looks like in town.

Livigno, Italy

Livigno, Italy

And La Plagne got a name-check in the video snow report.

One of our regular readers and occasional reporter, Simon Wilson, is in the French resort.

“Excellent conditions throughout the Paradiski area as you might imagine at the moment. We had 35 cms of fresh snow last night up at Plagne Bellecote,” said Simon.

La Plagne, France

La Plagne, France

La Plagne, France

La Plagne, France

 

SUNDAY 1st MARCH

The temperatures have dropped from this time last week when it was exceptionally warm across the Alps.

Some places in the Alps had their warmest February day on record.

Now snow has been falling in places.

Overall though it is a mixed picture as we start off a new month.

Variable weather in the Alps

Variable weather in the Alps

“The weather in the Alps remains unsettled, with further storms set to rattle in off the Atlantic over the next few days,” said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, on Sunday.

He runs the respected web site weathertoski.co.uk

“Most parts of the Alps can expect significant snowfall at some stage during the coming week, including the southern Alps (especially on Monday), which had previously largely missed out”.

See here for the latest detailed snow report he filed for PlanetSKI.

Our editor, James Cove, is now back in Aosta in Italy after an extended stay last week in Zermatt.

The alpine weather was all over the place and led him to get back to Italy the unorthodox way.

Zermatt to Cervinia

Zermatt to Cervinia

See here for the full details: Zermatt or bust

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland

And this week?

James will be skiing in the resorts of the Aosta Valley and surrounding areas, enjoying the good March ski conditions.

It’s the little-known resort of Crevacol on Monday where there will likely be some powder snow and no-one around.

Mid-week he’s testing the new 2021 Elan ripstick skis in Courmayeur – one of his favourite skis.

Then he’s heading over to Chamonix in France on Thursday or Friday.

Maybe both days depending on the conditions

He will also be writing a full length report on the impact of the Coronavirus in the Italian Alps.

No hype, just the facts on what is actually happening and the possible outcomes, so check back for that.

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, wrote about it earlier.

Suffice to say there is deep concern, but is it warranted and what is actually happening on the ground in the Italian Alps and beyond?

And he will be looking out for some of that snow…

The Alps

The Alps

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