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POWDER DAYS! - Katie Bamber, Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Monday January 28, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

The forecast snow is falling across parts of the Alps with more snow later in the week. PlanetSKI reports direct from the Alps. UPDATED

It was forecast and it has delivered across much of the north western Alps.

I'm currently in Crans Montana in Switzerland where there has been some fabulous fresh snow.

Fresh lines Tuesday 29th in Crans MontanaFresh lines Tuesday 29th in Crans Montana

Fresh lines Tuesday 29th in Crans MontanaTaking fresh lines Tuesday 29th in Crans Montana

Crans-Montana, Switzerland28th dusting in Crans-Montana, Switzerland

See here for a blog on my trip to the resort:
It is a similar picture in nearby Verbier and the Swiss resorts of Gstaad and those in the Jungfrau region have also seen some fresh snow.

However there is considerable danger of avalanche across Switzerland and other areas of the Alps.

Two people have died in an avalanche in the French resort of Les2Alpes as we have reported elsewhere on PlanetSKI:
"Outside marked and open pistes a critical avalanche situation will be encountered over a wide area," said the Swiss Avalanche Institute on Tuesday, 29th January.

Avalanche danger in SwitzerlandAvalanche danger in Switzerland

Many French resorts have also seen the snow.

"We have had mixed weather over the last few days with some very low temperatures," said Michale Pettifer from Flaine.

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"Last night there was a storm with very high winds and about 25cm of new snow."

"The clouds cleared late morning to sunshine and excellent ski conditions."

"The pistes are in good condition but with a think dusting of new snow so not ideal for poor or timid skiers. Off piste has 25cm or more of new snow and very skiable, slightly on the heavy side caused by the wind last night."

Other French resorts have done well.

These include many of the major French resorts in Les3Vallees, Portes du Soleil, Paradiski and Grand Massif.

Tignes, Chamonix and Val d'Isere.

Here is the scene in Les Carroz in the Grand Massif.

Les Carroz, FranceLes Carroz, France

Les Carroz, FranceLes Carroz, France

My colleague James Cove will be posting a feature piece from Les Carroz later today (Tuesday) so do check back for that.

In the meantime looks like he's been enjoying the snow.

Covey in the powderCovey in the powder

See here for an earlier report from James in Les Carroz:
Fresh snow in Morzine and  Les Gets, 35cm+ with plenty more coming across the Alps this week," said our friends over at Maison Sport. 

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"As for the forecast for the rest of the week, there will be further snow at times, mostly in the western Alps early and mid-week, but increasingly favouring the southern Alps later in the week," said the alpine snow expert, Fraser Wilkin.

"Snow conditions in the Alps are generally very good, with lots of powder in the northern French, central and western Swiss Alps right now (though note that the risk of avalanche is now quite high off-piste)."

"There is also plenty of good skiing elsewhere, especially on-piste, helped by the generally cold temperatures."

There has been less fresh snow further east and into Austria, but after the bumper snowfalls earlier in the month it is looking fabulous.

Check out the images below from St Anton.

St Anton, AustriaSt Anton, Austria

St Anton, AustriaSt Anton, Austria

St Anton, AustriaSt Anton, Austria

See here for our latest reports from the Alps, North America and the Pyrenees:
And talking of the Pyrenees...

"Last week was undoubtedly the best week of the season so far with almost one metre of fresh snow throughout Andorra, amazing powder conditions in both Vallnord and Grandvalira, definitely what we have all been waiting for," said Rebecca Crawford from Andorra Resorts.

Pal-Arinsal has a base of 1.3m of snow and Ordino-Arcalis has 1.5m.

Throughout the Grandvalira ski area there is a base of 1.2m.

Arinsal, AndorraArinsal, Andorra

Arinsal, AndorraArinsal, Andorra

Arinsal, AndorraArinsal, Andorra

And let's not forget Norway.

Our friends from Norway - Home of Skiing have just sent us these images:

Geilo, NorwayGeilo, Norway

Geilo, NorwayGeilo, Norway

I will be bringing you further news from Crans-Montana shortly and further details from across the mountains so do check back.

And if, like me, you are out in the snow at the moment then enjoy and stay safe...

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