Summer Snow in the Alps

Snow has fallen at altitude in the Alps giving a hint of what is to come. Check out the images of the August snowfall. UPDATED

Glacier 3000 in Switzerland claims 30cm has fallen, with some others seeing between 20cm and 10cm.

Glacier 3000, Switzerland:

Resorts have taken to social media to share images of the August snow.

Dachstein Glacier, Austria:

Some hiking paths in the area are currently closed.

Tignes, France:

Avoriaz, France:

Val Thorens, France:

There are currently four glacier areas open for skiing and snowboarding in the Alps.

Hintertux in Austria, Passo Stelvio in Italy, Saas Fee in Switzerland, plus Zermatt in Switzerland where the glacier can also be reached from Cervinia in Italy.

PlanetSKI reader, David Wilkey, has recently been on the Zermatt glacier:

“Skied at Cervinia/ Zermatt this summer for the first time,” said David.

“It’s really only fit for training/ drills. Most people there were Italian ski schools doing race training… And about 20 mostly local kids on the bumps and park.

“The ‘piste’ is limited, narrow and patchy… I wouldn’t bother travelling far too ski it.

“But still, it’s skiing, in the summer, and the views are stunning.

“Queues not too bad, although two out of 6 days no skiing due to bad weather, and one day only 1 lift running for most of the morning, so a 20-30 min wait for each tow…. Not fun when the run is only 30 seconds.

“Queue etiquette not too bad… Some sharp elbows, but easy enough to address, and some very helpful locals boarders when the lift attendant went AWOL.”

PlanetSKI was making a few turns at Hintertux back in June.

Hintertux in the summer. Image © PlanetSKI

Hintertux in the summer. Image © PlanetSKI

In Switzerland on Monday the Oberalp Pass, Grimsel Pass, Gotthard Pass and Flüela Pass were affected by the snow.

The Airolo-Ulrichen section of the Nufenen Pass was closed to all vehicles in both directions due to snow and ice according to Swiss police.

Snow is not unusual at this time of year and it doesn’t last long.

The temperatures are set to warm up across the Alps meaning an end to the snow and the heavy rain lower down the mountains.

Down in the valleys the temperatures will be around 30C in some places towards the end of the week.

Most the snow that has fallen will melt away, but it’s still good to see if you are a snow-lover like us at PlanetSKI.

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