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SKI RESORTS IN PICTURES

This week should have been busy on the slopes with families enjoying the final week of the Easter holidays. Sadly, there’s some great spring sunshine but no skiing. PlanetSKI reports on what we’re missing.

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If you love your sunshine and don’t mind a bit of slush, this would have been a fabulous Easter break for skiing and snowboarding in the Alps.

For many resorts this week would have been the last of the season, had it not been for coronavirus forcing their early closure.  Others would have continued into May.

We have compiled a series of webcam images from Wednesday 15th April and photos taken in the past few days from across the mountains.

They show the deserted villages, resort centres and slopes.

First, the latest on the snow from Fraser Wilkin of WeatherToSki.

“Since lockdown much of the Alps has been dry and sunny,” he says.

“It turned cold in the latter stages of  March with some snow in places, heaviest in the south-east (e.g. Dolomites) but it wasn’t widespread and many western and northern parts of the Alps stayed dry.

“In the last couple of weeks it has warmed up again, indeed it was very warm last week (which would have been the busiest of the Easter weeks) with day time temperatures into the 20s in many of the lower valleys. So conditions over the Easter period would have been pretty good, at least if you like good weather and spring skiing.

“As for snow levels, they are still very good at high altitude but lower down it is most definitely looking spring like, as it should do.

“Very roughly speaking, had pistes continued to have been prepared, you might still have been able to ski down to about 1000-1400m on north facing slopes right now, 1500-1900m on south facing slopes.

“People should not read too much into resort level webcams as bashed pistes last much longer than snow just left to melt on its own, which is of course what has been happening over the last few weeks.

“So some resorts that now look completely devoid of snow might have had a ribbon of white returning to resort under normal circumstances.”

FRANCE

We start with four images sent to us by Sue Chapman, who is living in Peisey Village in the Paradiski ski area.

She has been taking her permitted daily exercise around Peisey and Vallandry.

Vallandry, Paradiski, France, April 2020

Vallandry snowfront, Paradiski, France

Sue Chapman in Peisey Vallandry, France

Sue Chapman enjoying the spring sunshine, Peisey Vallandry, France

Lobster pot lifts from Peisey village, France

Lobster pot lifts from Peisey village, France

Peisey Village, France

Peisey village, France

And the images below from Tignes come from Alex Beuchert and her husband Simon Perry.

They took them on Wednesday afternoon.

Alex Beuchert in Tignes 15 April 2020

Alex in Tignes

“Normally The Loop Bar & Tignes Cuisine terraces would’ve been rammed the past 4 weeks—they are a total suntrap & we’ve been blessed with amazing weather all of lockdown!” Alex told us.

“However, according to Météo France, our wonderful weather streak looks forecast to end from Sunday… for the rest of the month!

“I fear that may adversely affect people’s mental health out here, as the sunshine coming through the windows of apartments can be a big mood lifter & using one’s balcony in the sun kind of feels like an extension of our ‘1hr outside allowance’ per day. ?

Tignes, France, 15 April 2020 - photo Alex Beuchert

Usually busy après ski terraces in Tignes, France, 15th April

Tignes, France, 15 April 2020 - photo Alex Beuchert

Tignes, France, 15th April

Tignes, France, 15 April 2020 - photo Alex Beuchert

Tignes, France, 15th April

Tignes, France, 15 April 2020 - photo Alex Beuchert

Tignes, France, 15th April

Val d'Isere, France - photo resort

Val d’Isere, France – photo resort

Webcam at Bellevarde, Val d'Isere, France 15 April 2020

Webcam at Bellevarde, Val d’Isere, France, 15th April

Webcam image of Chamonix, France, 15 April 2020

Webcam image of Chamonix, France, 15th April

ITALY

Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy - photo resort

Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy – photo resort

Webcam Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy 15 April 2020

Webcam Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy, 15th April

Webcam Torgnon, Aosta Valley, Italy, 15 April 2020

Webcam, Torgnon, Aosta Valley, Italy, 15th April

Webcam Bormio, Italy, 15 April 2020

Webcam Bormio, Italy, 15th April

AUSTRIA

Webcam, Ischgl, Austria 15 April 2020

Webcam, Ischgl, Austria 15th April

Webcam Lech, Austria, 15 April 2020

Webcam Lech, Austria, 15th April

Webcam Obergurgl, Austria 15 April 2020

Webcam Obergurgl, Austria 15th April

Obertauern, Austria - photo resort

Obertauern, Austria – photo resort

SWITZERLAND

Arosa, Switzerland - photo resort

Arosa, Switzerland – photo resort

Webcam Verbier, Switzerland, 15th April 2020

Webcam Verbier, Switzerland, 15th April

Verbier, Switzerland 15 April 2020 - photo Catie Friend

Verbier, Switzerland, 15th April – photo Catie Friend

NORTH AMERICA

And far away from the Alps, on the other side of the Atlantic, this photo of Banff in Canada comes to us from Jason Connell.

“The hills are alive with the sound of music, but sadly the streets of Banff are filled with the sounds of silence,” he says.

Banff, Canada, April 2020 - photo Jason Connell

Banff, Canada – photo Jason Connell

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