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Airports have been disrupted, resorts cut off and some alpine villages evacuated as heavy snow continues in Austria. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

It is #snowmageddon in Austria at the moment.

Huge amounts of snow are falling and it is set continue later in the week.

Winter has struck with a vengeance.

Here are the latest images from social media as some sort of clear up operation gets underway.

Hochkonig, AustriaHochkonig, Austria

Skiwelt, AustriaSkiwelt, Austria

"Over two feet of snow has fallen since we arrived on Friday. This is the view out of the breakfast room. We rushed out to make a few fresh tracks this morning before meeting the group in Lech in Austria," said PlanetSKI reader, Sherriden Killick.

Lech, AustriaLech, Austria

Our friends at Snoworks are in neighbouring St Anton in the Tirol.

The St Anton ski area now has some imoreesive snow depths: Valluga 330cm, Galzig 240cm, St. Christoph 180cm, Rendl 145cm.

But the recent snowfall comes with its difficulties.

About 600 people were cut off in villages in the Styria region of Austria as roads were closed over the weekend.

Other villages in the Austrian Alps were also cut off by snow-blocked roadways.

The village of St Johann was evacuated on Saturday because authorities feared strong winds could build up huge amounts of snow and trigger avalanches.

The main road into Saalbach-Hinterglemm was shut on Saturday night due to the avalanche risk.

"Anyone traveling to Saalbach-Hinterglemm tonight please be aware that the road into the valley is going to be closed due to avalanche risk until the morning, at what time we do not know," said the authorities on Saturday.

"The ski center Obertauern is not accessible via roads either. As the B99 is also closed."

Avalanche blasting is taking place after more heavy snowfall.

"The Tauern motorway (A10) will be closed on Sunday morning due to avalanches at Flachau (Pongau) for one hour - between 8.30 and 9.30 clock," said the authorities.

By the time the storm has passed more than 2m could have fallen at altitude in the ski resorts.

Here at PlanetsKI we will be updating this report later on Monday so do check back.

"This almost continuous snowfall will no doubt cause plenty of problems," said our snow weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from

"With a sky high risk of avalanche, it is imperative that you do not venture off-piste. Local infrastructure, such as exposed roads and buildings, may also be affected."

"The areas most at risk of disruption are the Austrian Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburgland and parts of Styria and Upper Austria."

"These areas could see another 50-100cm of new snow this weekend alone, then much more again this week."

Innsbruck airport in the heart of the Tirol in Austria has been severely disrupted with heavy snow and high winds.

Innsbruck airportInnsbruck airport

Though it was back to normal on Sunday.

Dozens and dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed on Saturday.

The flights include Thomas Cook Airlines, Austrian Airlines and easyJet.

Flights from Moscow, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Birmingham and Edinburgh were diverted to other airports.

The first plane to land on Saturday at Innsbruck after the snow had been cleared from the runway was a Bristol Airbus A320 from Austrian Airlines.

It landed at 2pm.

It was one of the busiest weekends of the season with people coming back from a New Year break and others heading out to enjoy the January skiing.

Here is a social media post from Family Ski News:

Innsbruck airport, Saturday 5th JanuaryInnsbruck airport, Saturday 5th January















And others have been taking to social media at Innsbruck:

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Innsbruck airportInnsbruck airport




















And it is not just Innsbruck airport in Austria.

Salzburg airport further east has also been affected.

Here is a statement from Crystal SKI:


"Due to forecasted poor visibility at Salzburg Airport, we've made the decision to redirect our TUI Airways flights (TOM) to Linz Airport.

Please check-in at the airport as normal and Crystal staff will be at Linz to assist you on arrival.

Your transfer will now take longer, we'd suggest picking up some extra snacks and water for the journey.

We'll do our best to get you to your resort as quickly as possible."

Munich in Germany has also been affected with 120 flights canceled and others delayed.

And it is a tale of further travel chaos out on the roads with heavy snow blocking roads and mountain routes becoming treacherous.

The roads around Salzburg were gridlocked for part of Saturday.

There is also danger of avalanches that threaten road and rail routes around the country.

In contrast, there was no disruption at Lyon airport in France as PlanetSKI Chief Reporter Jane Peel arrived en route to skiing in Les Arcs, staying in Arcs 1950.

"There's been no snow to speak of in this part of the Alps since Christmas, although we are told we might get lucky on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

"The advantage of the drought is that there were no issues flying into Lyon, which was very quiet, as were the roads to resort now the New Year crowds have left".

And as Jane hit the slopes of Les Arcs on Sunday it was clear that it couldn't be more diffferent in the French Alps compared to Austria:


Our editor, James Cove, has arrived in Serre Chevalier in the southern French Alps where there has been no snow since before Xmas.

"There is no powder but the slopes are said to be in excellent shape and I'll be sending reports from Serre Chevalier later on Monday," said James.

Back in Austria it has been a white out lower down too.

Here is the city of Innsbruck on Saturday:

Innsbruck, The TirolInnsbruck, The Tirol


















One of our regular readers, Lindsey Cairns, lives in Austria and has posted these images on Facebook with some sound advice:

Valley level in AustriaValley level in Austria
















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And it seems she has the right idea with travel chaos across the country:

"Well that's a wee bit of snow. 🌨🌨🌨❄️❄️❄️ I think this counts as being snowed in so a duvet day for me! #snowmageddon2019," Lindsey posted.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article so do check back...

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