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Last week saw 30+cm of snow fall in places in Austria and Italy, then it was back to extreme heat & now some more snow. It's the 'whiplash effect'.


August in the Northern Hemisphere started as a heatwave month - it was record breaking for many mountain resorts.

The Dolomites started the month as the warmest ever recorded, but take a look at the end of August 2018 there:

It's the same story in the Austrian Alps, but with even more snow.

Read on below for our report closely following the weather patterns in Europe as it has swung from snow to 30-degree sun to snow again.

And here's a short photo diary of the past week at one of the highest glacier resorts, Schladming - Dachstein:

Schladming - DachsteinSchladming - Dachstein

Schladming - DachsteinSchladming - Dachstein 28th August

Schladming Dachstein 2nd SeptemberSchladming Dachstein 2nd September

Read more here on current snow across the world:
Here's a dramatic image of the Dolomites on 30th August captured by LaanScapes Photography:

Facebook LaanScapes PhotographyLaanScapes Photography


The snow that fell last week (mainly 26th August) in European ski resorts was quite the surprise.

More than 38cm fell in Obertauern a ski resort in Salzburg, Austria, when temperatures dropped to freezing last week.

It was short-lived, however, as temperatures later rose to 30 degrees.

As the planet warms, we tend to see extreme weather swings.

It's called the "whiplash effect", caused by an overall warmer climate on our planet.

Then, just as September arrived, the snow returned to the highest glacier resorts...

Stubai AustriaStubai glacier, Austria, 1st September

Pitztal, AustriaPitztal glacier, Austria, 1st September

Kaunertal, AustriaKaunertal glacier, Austria, 1st September

Read on below to see the incredible August snow in various resorts across Italy and Austria as we reported on it at the time.

First we post our pic from the epic Dolomite mountain range and after a video from Obertauern, Austria on 26th August that received most snow:

@guyedwardsInstagram post by @guyedwardes

Taken in the Dolomites in northern Italy last Sunday morning ... yes that's 26th August 2018!!

Fresh snow fell overnight with about 10-15cm accumulating at higher altitudes....

... By midday only the mountaintops had snow and by the evening it was all gone.


Most of the snowfall has come down on Austria and Italy, with many of the glacier resorts that are either open or are due to open in the autumn getting a welcome top up.

While the biggest dumps have been at high altitude, the unseasonal temperatures have brought snow at lower altitudes too.

The snow began falling overnight on Saturday but it's forecast to warm up again later this week.

27cm of snow was recorded to have fallen on Sunday in Italy's resort, Alta Badia in the Dolomites.

Alta Badia in the Dolomites on SundayAlta Badia in the Dolomites on Sunday

From Val Gardena next door in the Dolomites:

Val GardenaThese guys look happy snapped in Val Gardena

Snow has also started falling across the pond in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Read more here of August snow in the USA:

Here is the snow at the Kitzsteinhorn, Austria:

Looks more like winter!Looks more like winter!

Here's the latest from Hintertux, Austria:

Stubai in Austria is notching up the snow count little by little - here's a look at Sunday and there are more photos below:

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria

Over in Saalbach-Hinterglemm it's not all surprising August snow.

Flash floods hit the area cutting off hundreds of people, as we have reported:

Saalbach FacebookHigher up in Saalbach-Hinterglemm photographed by a visitor

Solden, AustriaSoelden, Austria

Soelden glacier resort in Austria posted its fresh dusting - not bad for a winter ski season due to commence on 17th September.

If you want to know where you can still ski or snowboard in Europe (mostly in Austria), then check out our guide:
Have a look at our photo and video gallery of some of the best snowy images:

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux glacier, Austria - 30cm reported on Sunday morning

Nassfeld, AustriaNassfeld, Austria

On the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun, reports claim that as much as 50cm fell overnight Saturday-Sunday.

Karprun, AustriaKaprun, Austria - photo Intersport Bruendl

Kitzsteinhorn, AustriaKitzsteinhorn glacier, Austria

The weather disrupted sporting events.

In Zell am See, the bike leg of an Ironman event was cancelled on Sunday as snow was obstructing part of the course.

Zell am See, AustriaZell am See, Austria

Zell am See, AustriaZell am See, Austria

Organisers of the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun say the race was changed to a swim-run format.

"This change has been made to ensure the well-being and safety of our athletes, staff, volunteers and spectators," they said.

"We share the disappointment this late change causes and thank you for your patience as we deal with an environmental factor beyond our control."

Snow in AustriaSnow in Austria has disrupted sports events

UPDATE:  The weather was looking a bit more bike friendly as the sun returned to Zell am See on Monday morning.....

Zell am SeeZell am See, Austria, Monday 27th August

Obertauern, AustriaObertauern, Austria on Sunday - Photo Hotel Zirbenspa Enzian

In the Italian Dolomites, snow fell as low as 1,200 metres.

Above 2,000 metres, around 30cm  dumped in the Badia and Gardena valleys.

Some serious clearing up was required at the Piz Arlara mountain restaurant in Corvara Alta Badia....

Corvara, DolomitesView from Piz Arlara, Corvara, Dolomites

Temperatures plummeted to minus 8 Celsius at 3,000 metres, though warmer weather was expected to return later in the week.

Snow in the DolomitesSnow in the Dolomites

We don't think they'll be doing much lounging on the deckchairs in Val Gardena....

Special morning in august ❄☀ #snow #summerbreak #valgardena

A post shared by Baita Troier Hütte (@baita_troier_huette) on Aug 26, 2018 at 1:36am PDT

And this is the Passo Stelvio early on Sunday morning......

Passo StelvioPasso Stelvio, Italy


France has also had snow.

The summer skiing season on the Tignes glacier is finished, but this photo taken from the glacier shows a dusting on the peaks and slopes below...

Tignes, FranceTignes, France

And in neighbouring Val d'Isere....

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France

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