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It is still snowing in The Alps
Wednesday December 7, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

The snowstorm is continuing in The Alps. PlanetSKI has been reporting direct from The Alps with fresh news and pictures since it started. Check out our snow report video. It is great news, but perhaps we shouldn't get too carried away.

"Driving into the low level resort of Silvretta Montafon in Austria on Wednesday there was snow dripping off the trees and a thick blanket of white powder everywhere. The resort is only about 1,000m high so it gives an idea of the snow level out in this part of The Alps at the moment," said the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove.

"It is a bit wet and heavy, but up top it is light and fluffy powder."

The resort opened on Thursday for its first day of the season and James Cove was there on the slopes of this little-known ski area.

Little known by the British that is.

It has a huge new lift making it the largest conected area in the Vorarlberg. Larger than Lech-Zurs.

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See below for our first video snow report of the winter with some snow in it!Wink

All over The Alps it has been dumping big time and our reporters, readers and friends have been bombarding us with pictures, information and news.

Montafon, December 7thSilvretta Montafon, December 7th













James Cove has driven past many other Austrian ski areas on his way to Silvretta Montafon and the news is good.

Very good.

Seefeld, Austria Thursday 8thSeefeld, Austria Thursday 8th













"We got about 20 cm of fresh snow last night so it doubled the amount which we had over the past few days. It is still forecasted to snow until tomorrow," said Holger Gassler from the Tirol Tourist Office on Wednesday.

Here are a few stats from the Austrian ski regions James Cove has driven near.

- St. Anton: 20 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 60 cm

- Berwang: 20 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 45 cm

- Kühtai: 30 cm of fresh snow in the last three days

- Ischgl: 20 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height now: 50 cm

- Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis: 25 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 40 cm

- Obergurgl: 10 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 70 cm

- Kaunertal glaicer: 25 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 123 cm

- Pitztal glacer: 13 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 146 cm

Seefeld, December 7thSeefeld, December 7th













Serfaus-fiss-ladis, December 7thSerfaus-fiss-ladis, December 7th












In France it has been even better.

"In between shovelling snow I took one or two photos for PlanetSKI! The wise village men say there is already 70cm snow and it's still falling," said Clare Burnett from Chamonix. "The Grands Montets opens this weekend."

Chamonix, December 7thChamonix, December 7th













Meteo France has reported between 40cm and 70cm above 2,000m within the last 24 hours.

An estimated 50cm -70cm is set to come down.

Val d'Isere may get over a metre. Tignes is doing just as well.

"Things have gone from 'nadda to mega' in a little over four days. The whole resort is now open, there is a HUGE buzz around, the snow has now finally stopped and its gonna be a bluebird day.... welcome to Winter 2011," said PlanetSKI reader, Steve Angus, a ski and snowboard instructor based in the resort for the season. He also runs the company, Fresh Chalets.

Check out his video of the powder below.

Val Thorens this weekVal Thorens this week












Les Gets, Thursday 8th DecemberLes Gets, Thursday 8th December












For a few more pictures from Austria then see below. 

A good friend of PlanetSKI's, Becky Hortion, has been sending us pictures from Austria and in one email she said  "BTW pls tell me when I am boring you!"

Keep sending them we say!

Serfaus-fiss-ladis, December 7thSerfaus-fiss-ladis, December 7th












ischgl at duskIschgl at dusk













We reported on the snow on PlanetSKI when it started falling at the weekend.

We updated it all on Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday there was enough for yet another story.

See all the links above if you want more pictures and information of how the storm developed across The Alps and the reaction of holidaymakers, the resorts and the tour operators.

Now we would be doing our job at PlanetSKI if we didn't point out that it is only one snowfall and who knows what the rest of the season will bring.

The PR people and even some supposedly independent information providing ski web sites have gone into overdrive as they say it sets up what will be a fantastic season.

We sincerely hope it does but there is absolutely no way of saying it will. 

Last season, albeit after a very good start, it snowed at Xmas and then some resorts, especially in western Switzerland and France, didn't see a flake until med-February.

One of the longest winter snow droughts on record.

Here is our snow overview from this time last year and the conditions now are no-where near as good.

"All we can say for certain at the moment is that it is snowing heavily after a poor start and it is very, very welcome. Out here in the Alps people have very broad smiles and the snow is amazing.  Silvretta Montafon is open and we have all had a great opening day on Thursday," said James Cove.

"However it does not mean it will be a bumper winter and there are still people in the ski industry worried by the economic situation and what will happen if it proves to be a poor snow season."

For the moment though let's just enjoy it.

If you are after a last minute deal over the coming holiday period you might want to see the PlanetSKI deal and discounts section. There are still some great holidays at good prices on offer.

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