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IT KEEPS ON COMING - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Monday January 7, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Austria has been slammed with snow, alpine villages have been evacuated & resorts cut off. Now it's arrived in France. UPDATED


And so it arrives in France.

Courchevel in Les3Vallees has it falling heavy:

Morzine woke up to this:

MorzineMorzine Wednesday 9th

This was Peisey-Vallandry in the Les Arcs ski area on Wednesday morning as PlanetSKI's chief reporter Jane Peel braved the cold and poor visibility to enjoy the freshly falling  snow.

Peisey-Vallandry, Les ArcsPeisey-Vallandry, Les Arcs Wednesday 9th

Down in the village of Arc 1950:

"Fresh snow is finally back!"

Fresh snow is finally back! Snap from Arc 1950Fresh snow is finally back! Snap from Arc 1950

See PlanetSKI's report direct from the slopes of the French Alps:
And the French Pyrenees gets a dusting  too.

Ax Les Thermes receives 5cm overnight, and Cauterets 2cm.

Hopefully it's a sign of things to come as the Pyrenees is in need of snow.

Read here for more on French Alps snow news:  Ski Conditions in France

Ax Les ThermesAx Les Thermes, French Pyrenees

French PyreneesCauterets

News from Austria:

Schools have closed, roads are blocked and roofs are being continually cleared (after some buildings have collapsed) from the incredible amounts of snow that's falling in Europe.

Flights have been cancelled, hundreds have been snowed-in in mountain areas, some without electricity.

It's been more than 1 metre so far in 2019 in many ski resorts and alpine villages, with more than 2 metres forecast over the next week 9 days.

Avalanche risks remain very high.

Lech-Zurs am Arlberg is a white world.

So much so, that roads are closed.

If it carries on the way it has today, Lech-Zurs will get another 50cm+.

2.4m is expected over the next 9 days.

St Anton am Arlberg is expecting 2.2m over the next week or so.

The Austrian resort has already taken 1m since the start of 2019.

On Wednesday, the International Ski Federation announced that the women's alpine World Cup races scheduled for St Anton this weekend (12th and 13th) have been cancelled due to heavy snowfall.

They will now take place in Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy the following weekend.

St Anton on Wednesday (and then below for overnight) - it hasn't stopped:

Ischgl, which was closed on Tuesday, has had its piste bashers out getting the mountain ready.

It had reduced skiing, but was open on Wednesday.

Check out this video from an early mountain worker:

From Wildschonau in the Tirol:

schneefall_schatzberg_wildschi770nau_04.01.19_mweissbacher_6_500Wildschonau winter wonderland

And here more on the snow that has made it to France - here's La Clusaz on Wednesday:

Do send us your images or experience if you're out in the mountains...


The storm has lasted several days, bringing huge quantities of snow to Austria, Germany & parts of Switzerland.

Austria has been slammed with huge amounts of snow, 2 metres in some areas.

But now the powder that has fallen in such a short amount of time is causing serious concern and already there have been fatal accidents.

Much of Austria has issued avalanche warning 4, the second highest, due to all the new snow.

Ischgl, on Tuesday 8th January, released that it will not open:

On Monday, the Austrian resort of Hochkar was evacuated due to the risk of avalanche.

It's a precautionary measure but the high levels of snow that have fallen and the reduced access from closed roads means the risk is high.

A weekend of heavy snowfall has led to a number of deaths across Austria, Germany and Italy.

Two people snowshoeing were killed in an avalanche near Salzburg on Saturday.

Rescue teams are still searching for two others who were out near Hohenberg.

Another avalanche in the Bavarian Alps claimed the life of another, while a tree falling due to the weight of snow has caused another fatality.

The snow has left thousands cut off and without electricity.

It continues to fall.

More than a metre more is expected this week.

Remember last year when Zermatt was completely cut off?

The resort was helicopter-ing on/out people for £50 a ride as the access roads and rail lines were blocked from an avalanche.


It's Austria that's had the most.

Austria has been slammed with huge amounts of snow, 2 metres in some areas.

We reported on it across the weekend.
A new snowstorm is on the way.

This coming storm will start on Tuesday and bring more heavy snow to the Austrian Alps.

It's expected to last through the rest of the week.

Good news is that the snow should hit in the expectant French Alps, but only delivering moderate amounts.

Temperatures will stay cold.

St Anton in the Tirol is currently on fire:

Tauplitzalm in Austria has measured 160cm of snow in just 72 hours, and over 2m in the past week.

This is a local ski area, and new to PlanetSKI.

But after this news it's certainly on our radar and visit list...

Let us know more, if you have visited here or somewhere nearby in the Styria area.

In Styria, other villages were snowed in over the weekend due to the massive snowfall.

Reportedly 600 residents and tourists were cut off over the weekend as a highway was closed due to avalanche danger. 

Innsbruck has reported 120cm this past week.

Kuhtai, a 40 minute journey from the Tirolean capital, took 40cm on Sunday alone.

Soll this weekend:

It's not all good news though.

The heavy snow has led to some accidents and two have died in the Alps in avalanches this weekend.

Unfortunately road accidents with vehicles skidding on snow have caused further deaths, including one near the town of Bad Toelz at the weekend.

Flight Aware reported over 200 flights cancelled on Saturday in Munich.

Central Europe saw many major highways closed due to icy conditions.

Road closures in AustriaRoad closures in Austria

Road closures, airport and train delays have been ongoing this weekend due to the amount of snow falling.

Planes have to be de-iced, roads cleared of snow and trees laden and heavy with snow cleared from train tracks after falling.

So, we get the idea.

Insane amounts of snow in Austria - fantastic powder but not to forget the dangerous conditions created.

PlanetSKI finds itself in the 'wrong' part of the Alps, snow-wise, our Chief Reporter Jane Peel in Les Arcs and Editor James Cove in Serre Chevalier.

Sent from Les ArcsSent from Les Arcs

Both report from France:
But let us feast our eyes on the snow pics from Austria:

This pony shows us just how much powder there's been in Obergurgl.

Snow in AustriaGurgl snow

Cars adrift on Sunday in ObergurglCars adrift on Sunday in Obergurgl

St Anton in the Arlberg dubbed yesterday Snow Sunday:

St Johann in Austria posted this video sum up on Sunday, claiming that "it doesn't get much better..."

Kitzbuhel, often with it's own climate, reports good things with its snow.

It opened way back, one of the first in Austria, and looks heavenly...

Kitzbuhel looking cute and snow blessedKitzbuhel looking cute and snow blessed

Our message: ski safe, ski slow.

Whether you're in the powder and heavy snow, make sure you are within the limits.

Or on the hard packed icy pistes, ski in control and aware of those around you.

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