×

Snow in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Rockies & Beyond…

The cold snap across much of Europe has brought some dustings of snow.  It may only be the start of September, but it’s a sign that winter is on its way. UPDATED

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

THE ALPS

Some of the Swiss resorts have undergone a transformation.

Verbier has gone from summer to autumn overnight.

Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier, Switzerland

Glacier 3000 near Gstaad and Les Diablerets claims 40cm of fresh snow.

Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad, Switzerland

Over in France here’s Val Thorens in Les3Vallees:

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

A few days ago it was a summer scene in the highest resort in the Alps.

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens is planning to open at the end of November.

With all things being OK on the Covid-19 front PlanetSKI, once again, plans to be there for its opening weekend as the winter of 2020/21 gets underway in late November.

We’ve been going for many years:

We start our season in Val Thorens

Val Thorens opens

48-hours in Val Thorens

Nearby Val d’Isere reports snow falling at 2,500m and above with 5cm at 2,600m.

Here’s the wintry scene at the Col de l’ Iseran.

Val d'Isere, France

Val d’Isere, France

While it’s also looking pretty wintry at the top of the Olympique too.

snow Alps Pyrenees & beyond

Val d’Isere, France

The weather though has closed some of the lifts and limited summer activities.

“The Borsat chairlift will remain closed for the day,” said Radio Val d’Isere at the weekend.

“The Tc de Solaise and the Olympique cable car will be open but only for pedestrians. No access by ski lifts for mountain bikes on the area today because of the weather.”

snow Alps Pyrenees & beyond

Photo c/c Radio Val d’Isere

 

Skiing is currently in offer in Cervinia in the Aosta Valley Italy on the glacier it shares with Zermatt.

There has been a dusting at altitude and (continuing with the cow theme in our photographs) here is what it looked like ahead of the storm.

snow Alps Pyrenees & beyond

Cervinia, Aosta Valley, Italy

Down in Aosta itself one of our regular readers, Phil Brown from Impulse Racing, says “as the sun comes back out after a couple of days….. the first early Snow’s arrived up high”.

snow Alps Pyrenees & beyond

View from Aosta

Here is the scene in Alpe d’Huez in the southern French Alps.

Alpe d'Huez in the southern French Alps

Alpe d’Huez in the southern French Alps

THE PYRENEES

There has been some snow over in the Pyrenees too.

In Andorra the snow level is at 2,200m and more snow is forecast this afternoon and into Sunday night.

Andorra, the Pyrenees

Andorra, the Pyrenees

The snow in the Alps of course means absolutely nothings for the winter and it will all melt, but we’re snow lovers.

We love to see snow.

The snow has arrived in the Alps, Pyreness and beyond with a dusting in some resort in North America too.

THE ROCKIES, NORTH AMERICA

Here’s Big Sky in Montana, USA:

And in neighbouring Wyoming:

Snow falls along Wyoming State Route 22 over Teton Pass on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Wyoming Department of Transportation)

Snow falls along Wyoming State Route 22 over Teton Pass on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Wyoming Department of Transportation)

The first snow has been seen at altitude in Colorado, USA.

The resorts of Arapahoe Basin and Loveland battle it out to open first, usually mid-November.

Loveland has already seen a dusting.

Here’s a web camera image from the top of Lift 9 at 3,800m.

Loveland says it hopes to start making snow in around four weeks.

Loveland, Colorado

Loveland, Colorado

Aspen has seen the lightest of dustings – 2.5cm according to the resort.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

Breckenridge, c/o Bryce Metzger

Breckenridge, c/o Bryce Metzger

Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado

And further north in Canada the first falls of snow have been seen too:

snow Alps Pyrenees & beyond

Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Where snow has been falling in ski resorts in decent amounts is Down Under.

Coronet Peak in New Zealand has received 20cm in the latest ongoing storm.

snow Alps Pyrenees & beyond

Coronet Peak, New Zealand

Australia has seen some decent snowfall too, with around 1m falling recently.

Heavy snow falls in Australia

Here’s Thredbo in New South Wales:

Heading into the weekend…Real Fast🤘⚡️

Posted by Thredbo Resort on Thursday, 27 August 2020

Even with the snow it seems the locals are able to eat out.

The locals are out enjoying this beautiful weather 🌞

Posted by Thredbo Resort on Friday, 28 August 2020

 

And if you want to see more images of the snow then do check back later as we update this article…

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •