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More snow across the Alps as February kicks off where January left off. PlanetSKI reports from the thick of it.



We are currently in Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol, in the AostaValley in Italy and also in Les3Vallees in the French Alps.

On Wednesday more of the PlanetSKI crew arrived in Innsbruck.

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, arrived in Ischgl on Monday afternoon and was out on the pistes on Tuesday:

Ischgl on Tuesday:

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On Wednesday Jane travelled down the Paznaun valley to Kappl.

It's known as a family friendly resort but it's so much more than that.  Jane will be telling us why in her report from the area soon.

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And our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, rolled into Cervinia in Italy on Tuesday:

Lower down this article you'll see Katie was in Champoluc on Monday.

She likes to get about.

PlanetSKI has also been staying in Les Menuires in France and skiing the whole area - as conditions allow.

The weekend snowfall has eased off and we headed over to Courchevel and Meribel.

It's looking good:

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Very good:

And by the end of the day?

Tracked out:

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In town yet another clearing up operation was underway as we arrived over the weekend as heavy snow fell:

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Here's PlanetSKI's Marie Taylor up on the slopes on Saturday:

As you may have spotted from Marie's accent she is Canadian.

She has never skied in the Alps and will be reporting later in a series of special reports about the difference between skiing in The Rockies and the Alps.

And on it was into the powder:

Elsewhere huge quantities of snow have been falling over the weekend with up to 1m in some places.

"Massive quantities of snow have fallen across the western and southern Alps, including the French and Italian Alps, some western and southern parts of the Swiss Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil, St Moritz) and the far south of Austria (e.g Nassfeld)," said the alpine snow expert, Fraser Wilkin.

"Further snow is expected in places, with the heaviest snow shifting towards the northern Alps (e.g. Mürren, Engelberg, St Anton, Kaprun) before the weather starts to settle down early next week."

With all the fresh snow there is a high danger of avalanche and in places the risk is now at Level 5, the highest risk.

In Italy eight people died in avalanches at the weekend:

Skiers were caught in two separates avalanches in Serre Chevalier in France on Saturday.

All the victims were dug out.  The risk in the area at the time was Level 4.

An 18 year old, Sacha Arabadzic, has been missing in the resort of Oz-en-Oisans in Alpes d'Huez in France since last Thursday.

The search has continued over the weekend but hopes are fading.

In the Portes du Soleil:

As we said earlier Katie Bamber has been in Champoluc in Italy where it ihas been very cold.

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In Austria it's been picture perfect.

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This was the scene as Jane Peel headed to Ischgl in Austria on Monday.

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Flying in to Innsbruck airport:

While our editors, James and Kisia Cove arrive in Innsbruck on Wednesday to ski resorts in the Tirol - for three months!

One of the first places they are likely to head to is St Anton.
And here's why:
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We will be updating this article later so do check back...

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