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It's mixed weather in the Alps with a bit of everything as the long, unseasonably warm spell ends. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

There's been welcome fresh snow for some in the Alps.

Not a huge amount - between 5 and 20cm.

At lower altitudes it is falling as rain.

We have news from the Pyrenees lower down in this updated article, but first the Alps.

PlanetSKI is in the Austrian resort of Axamer Lizum near Innsbruck where it has just started to snow on Thursday afternoon.

Here's our editor, James Cove:

And what's he doing in Axamer Lizum?

It is where Ellis Brigham is doing its catalogue shoot for next season's gear.

We've been given exclusive access to the shoot and a sneaky look at what will be in fashion for next winter.

So, if you want to know what's hot for 2019/20 check back later.

Ellis Brigham catalogue shootEllis Brigham catalogue shoot

Ellis Brigham catalogue shootEllis Brigham catalogue shoot

Ellis Brigham catalogue shootEllis Brigham catalogue shoot

We'll also be reporting on the shoot itself - how it's organised and what happens behind the scenes.

The resort of Axamer Lizum remains closed though as high winds have brough the lifts to a standstill.

Lifts closed in Axamer LizumLifts closed in Axamer Lizum

And there've been fierce lift-closing wind storms for others.

It turned sunny and clear across much of the Alps on Tuesday but then the warm Foehn winds returned with a vengeance on Wednesday.

We have news from the Pyrenees lower down in this article.

First the Alps.

A friend of PlanetSKI, Rob Broomby, is in Canazei in the Italian Dolomites.

He sent us this snow report on Wednesday morning:

Our editor, James Cove, was over in Mayrhofen in Austria on Tuesday.

And here is what it looks like:

Zillertal Valley, The Tirol, AustriaZillertal Valley, The Tirol, Austria

This shows the huge amounts of snow that have fallen this winter:

Mayrhofen, The Tirol, AustriaMayrhofen, The Tirol, Austria

Yet more snow is definitely needed, especially on the south-facing slopes at low altitude:

Mayrhoffen ski area, the Tirol, AustriaMayrhofen ski area, the Tirol, Austria

But at altitude conditions remains superb.

This is the top of the Zillertal Valley with the glacier resort of Hintertux in the distance:

Zillertal Valley, the Tirol, AustriaZillertal Valley, the Tirol, Austria

There are more pictures and details about Austria, and elsewhere, lower down this article.

But before that, an overview.

"Later tonight and early tomorrow, the Foehn will ease as a cold front moves west to east across the Alps," said the alpine snow expert Fraser Wilkin of on Wednesday.

"This will bring some more widespread snow, first above 1300-1600m but to increasingly low levels later.

"Friday may see some early flurries in the eastern Alps before brighter weather spreads across all regions later."

We bring you some images from across the mountains.

First, as the snow returned on Monday.

In Val d'Isere in France:

In Courmayeur in Italy:

In Arosa in Switzerland, high winds forced the closure of the lifts on Monday.

Arosa, SwitzerlandArosa, Switzerland, Monday 4th March

But in the Austrian resort of Soelden, Monday was a blue-sky day.

The resort reported perfection on the Tiefenbach glacier.

This day with perfect weather ☀️ and best conditions on the slopes has to be shared with you. 😉 🎿

And Canazei in the Dolomites there was sunshine and a few wispy clouds.

Canazei, ItalyCanazei, Italy, Monday 4th March - photo Rob Broomby








This was Flaine in the Grand Massif in France on Monday...

Flaine, FranceFlaine, France, Monday 4th March
















And Flaine on Tuesday....

Flaine, FranceFlaine, France, Tuesday 5th March













And elsewhere on Tuesday, it was looking seriously good.

Zermatt, in Switzerland from the train:

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France, Tuesday 5th March

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France, Tuesday 5th March

Ischgl, AustriaIschgl, Austria, Tuesday 5th March

Kronplatz, ItalyKronplatz, Italy, Tuesday 5th March

And what about the Pyrenees?

The snow returned to Andorra on Wednesday 6th March...

There's still a lot of it on the ground in Andorra.

Our friends at Andorra Resorts say depths of around 230cm were measured in Ordino Arcalis in February and 155cm in Pal Arinsal.

They sent us photographic evidence.

Arinsal, AndorraPal Arinsal, Andorra

Pal Arinsal is now extending its opening on Saturdays until 6pm.

El Tarter, AndorraEl Tarter, Andorra

Soldeu, AndorraSoldeu, Andorra

See our latest detailed snow report that was filed by Fraser Wilkin of weathertoski on Thursday 28th February:
MAIN PHOTO - Galtur, Austria, Wednesday 6th March

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