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Snow & Weather

Australia opens, Europe shuts

Australia has record-breaking early snow and opens up, Europe has record-breaking late snow but closes down. Why?

Where’s the snow?

It’s snowing in places, melting in others but many resorts in the Northern Hemisphere are closed. The Alps has just had a serious dump in places. Here’s the snow overview on 29th April.

It’s good news and bad news

It’s snowing heavily in parts of the Alps with 3/4m set to fall in some places. Good news for the few skiers and snowboarders out, but not so good for others.

You either love it or you hate it

Winter has returned to the Alps with some people dancing for joy and others most definitely not. Parts of Switzerland, France and Italy are experiencing some of their heaviest snowfalls of the winter, just when they thought it was all over. Well, it’s not!

The snow carries on – April 22

In many places winter still isn’t over. Italy seems to have hit the jackpot this week with more heavy snow. Spain continues its amazing season with further snowfalls. Many resorts though are closing.

It ain’t over yet. Not at all!

The snow is back, some resorts are still open, others are extending their season and we’ve just had a powder day in Switzerland. Again! Where is still open?

Winter is back!

Yesterday we were having a beer in the sun wearing shorts and flip flops; today we’re getting our powder skis back out. Parts of Switzerland are set to receive another half metre over the next few days.

Where’s the snow?

Check out our snow over view as there’s still plenty around. Many resorts are closing, but others are extending the season.

Snow overview 13th April

The resorts in the Northern Hemisphere are winding down and yet it’s still snowing in many places. However, the Southern Hemisphere is springing into life.

Avalanches hit the Alps

In Austria 60 people are trapped in their homes while in Switzerland a person dies off piste. 4 people were caught in an avalanche in Val d’Isere. The authorities advise people to be cautious.

Melting snow causing problems

The thaw is causing problems with large wet snow avalanches, flooding and swollen rivers. 3 youngsters have drowned in fast flowing rivers in Austria.

Spring is in the Air

There’s a spring in our step too at PlanetSKI as we love it at this time of year. It can provide some of the best conditions of the winter.

The winter continues

Here in the Alps there is powder to be found – again. It’s turning into a great end to the season and it’s set up well for the Easter holidays. Check out the fresh reports, pictures and video.

It’s snowing out in the Alps

Spring has been put on hold and winter has returned. Check out the reports, pictures and video.

Be careful off piste

That’s the message from safety experts after a number of avalanches. The temperature is warm and fresh snow is now resting on a crusty layer.

The snowoverview – still looking good

Here’s the update on conditions in the mountains on Wednesday, March 18th. French meteorologists report that winter 2008-09 to date is 1.2 degrees cooler than usual.

Yet another big snowfall

Many parts of the Alps are being buffeted by another huge snowfall. It’s been snowing for 2 days in some places with already good conditions getting even better.

The Snow overview; where it is & isn’t

Here’s the updated report on Wednesday, March 4th. Europe has had a quieter week to recover from its huge snowfall but more is now falling. It’s also dumping in Western North America.

Is this winter the best ever?

This winter has seen the best snow in recent times. So why has it snowed so much and what, if anything, does it tell us about climate change? PlanetSKI investigates.

The Snow overview

Here’s the updated report on Wednesday, February 25th – yet more snow is falling, especially in Austria.

Austria under snow

Over 2 metres of snow has fallen with great skiing conditions but towns have been cut off and there is a serious danger of avalanche.

Snow overview

Here’s the updated report on February 21st – it’s snowing again across the mountains!

China makes the clouds snow

After a long drought scientists make it snow

Thaw Hits Scotland

After last week’s spectacular snowfalls, temperatures shot up 5 degrees at the ski areas leading to a melting of the snow.

Things return to normal

There’s yet more fresh snow in the Alps. With half term around the corner it’s all looking pretty good out here.

Snow overview

Here’s the updated report on February 12th and to make a change we’re starting in Yorkshire!

Sledge sales in UK boom

Following all the recent snow in the UK a sledge company in Scotland sells almost 30,000 in a week.

Snow overview – the latest conditions

Where the snow is and where it isn’t. But perhaps that should read where it is and where there’s more of it.

Powder in The Pyrenees

It’s been quite a winter there too as our PlanetSKI contacts testify. The best for decades and it is still snowing.

It’s been a powder day. Again.

We’ve just had half a metre of snow here in Verbier and today all the lifts opened. Check out the video.

Snow brings great skiing and chaos

Another big storm has dumped snow across the Alps bringing excellent conditions, but also travel problems.

Snow and rain

The Alps have been buffeted by another big storm though the temperature has risen so it’s not good for everyone. A team from PlanetSKI was in Chamonix at the weekend.

Snow overview – the latest conditions

It’s dumping it down in the Alps again though in North America conditions are pretty patchy.

It’s snowing again

Many resorts have received some fresh snow and more is set to come this week. It’s a welcome sight as some pistes were getting a bit hard packed and bare. See the video.

More snow please

It hasn’t snowed in weeks, what’s here was skied out ages ago and it’s now hard packed and windblown. The rocks though remain covered and the slopes are deserted. Apparently more snow is forecast soon. We have an updated video in this report too.

It’s cold across Europe. Freezing!

Marseilles in France has snow for the first time in over 20 years, Britain shivers and its pretty cold at 3,000m in the Alps too.

Snow round up.

More snow is needed. The last widespread fall was at the New Year but at least the cold temperatures have preserved it.

Snowboarder triggered fatal avalanche

An unidentified snowboarder set off the slide that killed a woman in Snowbird

It’s cold in the Alps. Very cold.

Switzerland has just had it’s coldest night of the winter with the temperature dropping to -26c.

Snow round up – our weekly look at conditions

The heavy snowed has eased off but many places in the Alps had a fresh fall on New Year’s eve.

There’s still powder to be found

A fresh fall on New Year’s Eve helped top up conditions nicely. Check out the video of the powder on New Year’s Day.

Snow chaos in North America

Heavy snowfalls in parts of the USA and most of Canada have caused severe disruption.

Canadian survives 3 nights in the snow

A Canadian woman was found alive, buried in 58cm of snow three days after she went missing

Happy Christmas from the Alps

We have some videos, a few pictures and tales of powder underfoot and blue skies overhead.

The best many can remember.

As the season proper gets under way we’re taking a closer look at the situation. The amount of snow, how it bodes for this winter and the impact on the ski industry.

Snow round up – where it is, where it isn’t.

Here’s our weekly update of conditions. It’s looking pretty good but we do have a few words of caution.

The weather worsens

Zermatt is cut off, Val d’Isere is shut and winds have been gusting to almost 200 kilometres per hour in places. There have been scores of road accidents, power cuts and whole communities cut off.

Here we go again – more snow

Yet another snow storm is dumping it down in the Alps. It’s lookng pretty good in the Pyrenees too.

Mont Fort in Verbier opens

The top lift in the Swiss resort is now open and PlanetSKi was there to film it. Sadly a person was caught in a big avalanche off the back of Mont Fort on Monday.

Wow!

We went to the bar for some drinks last night in Verbier and this is what we saw when we stumbled out. Shed loads of snow.

It’s still snowing across the Alps

There’s been further snowfall across the Alps making it the best start to the season in years. However it’s been marred by the first avalanche death.

More snow to hit the Alps

As if the season hasn’t got off to a good enough start there’s a new snow storm is on its way. This time hitting the southern Alps. More resorts are opening this weekend too.

More snow to hit the Alps

As if the season hasn’t got off to a good enough start there’s a new snow storm is on its way. This time hitting the southern Alps. More resorts are opening this weekend too.

Buckets of snow & it’s cold.

As we’ve been reporting over the past few days it’s been snowing big time across the Alps and a team from planetSKI is there to report back on the excellent early season conditions. Check out the video too.

The snow in pictures

Here’s a few photos of the snow in Switzerland this week. If you want more take a look at photos of the week.

It’s chucking it down!

Heavy snow has been falling across large parts of the Alps with some resorts opening and others unable to because of too much snow. A team from planetSKI was in the Swiss Alps at the weekend.

New theory on avalanches

Slab avalanches are the most common type to kill people and now Scottish scientists have fresh research on how they may occur.

Heavy snow falling, more predicted.

More ski resorts are opening this weekend in the Alps and the Pyrenees. Many ahead of schedule. We have reports direct from the Alps, the Rockies and the Pyrenees from people already out enjoying the snow. Bring it on!

SOUTH AMERICA’S EPIC SEASON

Last winter was one of the best in recent times in South America with record levels of snow and visitors.

Snow report

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