More Snow is Falling in the Alps

Another storm is hitting, starting off the season nicely in many places. At last winter is here folks. UPDATED

It has been a while coming, but heavy snow continues to fall across many resorts in the Alps bringing a welcome sigh of relief all round.

Here is the latest image we have from the Alps as the snow clears.

It comes from Verbier in Switzerland:

Image c/o Verbier tourist office

Image c/o Verbier tourist office

The resort opens again this weekend.

And here is what happens next weekend.

Santa is in town:

And over in France:

Val Thorens is opening this weekend after a delayed start and things have improved further since  7-days ago:

PlanetSKI’s Chris Moran will be in the resort for its opening weekend.

Do check back for his reports as the season gets underway.

More ski resorts opened in the Alps last weekend, but much of it was on man-made snow despite the recent falls.

The colder temperatures had allowed for more snow to be made.

And now it is coming down naturally.

Here’s the scene in St Anton in Austria on Tuesday:

Central/southern Austrian Alps and the Dolomites in Italy have seen up to half a metre of snow already in the latest storm.

Elsewhere in some the Alps between 5-15cm fell on Monday night.

“Wednesday will see a new weather front reach the Alps bringing a bit more snow for some, mostly across the northern and western Alps (e.g. Tignes, Avoriaz, Mürren, Klosters, Lech) where a further 5-15cm is possible,” said the alpine weather expert Fraser Wilkin, from weathertoski.co.uk on Tuesday.

“So, the overall snow situation in the Alps is continuing to improve, though we are still generally below par for late November,” added Fraser.

PlanetSKI’s Katy Dartford was in Obergurgl in the Tirol last weekend and reported on the ski area’s opening of the 2022/23 season.

Katy Dartford, Obergurgl, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Katy Dartford, Obergurgl, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

See here for her full report as proceedings got underway:

Obergurgl, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Obergurgl, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

We have been following the snowfalls over the recent days in this earlier PlanetSKI report:

Snow fell down to the valley floor last weekend in Austria.

Image c/o Paznaun Valley

Image c/o Paznaun Valley

Image c/o Paznaun Valley

Image c/o Paznaun Valley

In some other parts of the Alps it was little more than a dusting at the weekend.

Here was Les Menuires in Les3Vallees:

Image c/o Les Menuires Tourist Office

Image c/o Les Menuires Tourist Office

Image c/o Les Menuires Tourist Office

Image c/o Les Menuires Tourist Office

Image c/o Les Menuires Tourist Office

Image c/o Les Menuires Tourist Office

But on Tuesday it looked a bit different in the area.

The neighbouring resort of Val Thorens is set to open this weekend after a delayed start.

Other resorts opening away from the Alps include Kvitfjell in Norway.

Plus Norefjell.

“We’re finally opening this  Saturday we’re opening all three elevators in Bøseter, this means three descent, 2 km of prepared ski slopes and 250 altitude meters,” said the resort.

PlanetSKI will be in Norway next January on a rail ski safari.

See here from Norway – Home of Skiing about what the resorts in the Scandinavian country offer:

“There have been plenty of winters of heavy snow in November with a poor season to follow,” said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, who is heading out to the Alps shortly.

“Equally there have been plenty of dry Novembers, that have led to a bumper season. As always we’ll just have to wait and see.”

One thing we do know is that PlanetSKI will be watching snowfalls closely and reporting back.

Here’s the state of play on resorts offering some skiing & snowboarding so far in the Alps:

Austria: Obergurgl, Kaunertal, Kitzbuhel, Soelden, Piztal, Stubai, Hintertux, Molltal, and Kitzsteinhorn.

Italy:  Sulden, Cervinia and Val Senales.

Switzerland: Andermatt, Davos, Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Engelberg, Arosa/Lenzerheide and Verbier.

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