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The Pyrenees has been waiting for a decent snowfall & it's finally happened. The Alps too have powder & now sun.

It hasn't been a bumper winter so far in the Pyrenees.

And that is putting it politely.

But at the start of the week to snow clouds rolled in.

Cauterets has done well, with more than a metre in 72 hours.

The weather was tough, with high winds making hard work for the mountain guys and girls.

The sun came out yesterday, Thursday 24th January, but more snow is forecast today and more next week:

The Granvalira had clear sky and time to enjoy the powder Thursday.


GranvaliraGranvalira 23rd January

But it's not just the Pyrenees mountains that have profited from the pow.

Les3Vallees had 40cm on Wednesday, which lead to this glorious ski day yesterday:
The off piste at La Masse in Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, looked fantastic.

Chalet co. Powder N Shine sent in these jealous-making images of fresh lines:

Les MenuiresLes Menuires

Les MenuiresLes Menuires

Les MenuiresLes Menuires

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Let us know how the snow is with you, if you're out in the mountains.


Snow conditions have gradually been improving across the Pyrenees in recent days, with bits and pieces of snow, and more in the forecast.

Depths remain modest for the time of year, but things are certainly looking up in both Spain's Baqueira Beret (35/65cm) and Andorra's Grandvalira (10/50cm).

Some resorts in the French Pyrenees are getting around 50cm, while one forecast puts 1m coming in over the next week or so.

We've been sent these images on the French Pyrenees on Thursday 24th.

Saint LarySaint Lary - Thursday


















PeyragudesPeyragudes - Thursday













And we received these images as the snow started.

Les Angles, French PyreneesLes Angles, French Pyrenees

St Lary, French PyreneesSt Lary, French Pyrenees

Cauterets, French PyreneesCauterets, French Pyrenees

Cauterets, French PyreneesCauterets, French Pyrenees

And it's looking better in Andorra:

"On Sunday evening we had around 15cm of snow fall across Arinsal, which continued all day on Monday. Monday morning was a great powder day - one we had all been waiting for," said Rebecca Crawford from Andorra Resorts.

"Beautiful surroundings and the constant snowfall made Monday our favourite day with half term round the corner and with more snow forecasted, it is going to be a great few months."

Arinsal, AndorraArinsal, Andorra

Arinsal, AndorraArinsal, Andorra

Arinsal, AndorraArinsal, Andorra

And the snow fell in Pas de la Casa too:

Pas de la Casa, AndorraPas de la Casa, Andorra

Pas de la Casa, AndorraPas de la Casa, Andorra

And Spain:

Val d'Aran, Spanish PyreneesVal d'Aran, Spanish Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is often the forgotten mountain range in Europe, but it has some fabulous skiing and things are looking up now the snow is coming down.

Here at PlanetSKI we are big fans and visit the Pyrenees each winter.

Last year we took the overnight train to the French Pyrenees:
And then popped into Andorra:
So, what about the snow elsewhere in the world?

See our latest and updated report from North America:
Here at PlanetSKI we will, as always, be posting our weekly snow report on Thursday so look out for the full details then.

In the meantime our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, is currently in the Portes du Soleil in the French Alps.

Our editor, James Cove, is heading from Val Gardena in the Dolomites to Les Carroz in France.

Seems he was rather taken with Val Gardena:
And here is what it looks like:

James arrived in Les Carroz in France on Wednesday so look out for his reports from the area later in the week.

See here for an earlier feature and look at what's new for this winter:
Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, has been in Madonna di Campiglio in Italy where there has been little fresh snow.

However she reports the pistes in perfect condition.

"Fabulous piste skiing in the Dolomites," said Jane.

Madonna do Campiglio, ItalyMadonna di Campiglio, Italy

See her review of what Madonna di Campiglio has to offer:
"Snow conditions in the Alps will be pretty good this week. In most of Austria and eastern Switzerland the snow remains exceptionally deep and there is still some powder to be found, with the help of a good guide," said our resident alpine snow expert, Fraser Wilkin from, on Monday.

See here for the daily updates on weathertoski.

"Snow depths are much more modest across the southern Alps, but cold temperatures, snow-making and the occasional small top-up of natural snow have also made for some excellent skiing, especially on-piste."

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