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Yet more snow
Tuesday January 24, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

The Alps has had another huge fall, there is powder in North America while PlanetSKI is in Russia where three metres has just fallen. Check out our latest snow report with a video that comes from Sochi. Other pictures are flooding in of all the snow across the world.

You may have read elsewhere on PlanetSKI about our trip to Russia and the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

We have been blogging about it here and there is a photo gallery at the bottom of the home page.

Not only has there been huge amounts of snow in Russia but the temperature has remained cold giving some of the driest powder we have skied this season.

It has now warmed up but the skiing and snowboarding is still good.

We have a round up of conditions elsewhere in Europe and North America further down the story but first the PlanetSKI video snow report from Sochi, Russia.

For a further idea of the huge amounts of snow that have fallen in Russia see the photo below of a lift in Rosa Khator.

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The resort staff had to dig a pathway through the snow just to get to the lift.

One one way to get to the lift - digOnly one way to get to the lift - dig













And here is a snow cannon that will not be required for a while.

Made redundantMade redundant












In The Alps it is another tale of heavy snow.

Last weekend resorts were once again cut off and some people could not get in nor out as we reported at the time.

The access road to several resorts Austria, including ischgl, St Anton, Galtur and Kuhtai were closed.

The picture below comes from the Austrian Tirol, a partner of PlanetSKI, as the snow disrupted the rail system.

Train disruptions in Austrian TirolTrain disruptions in Austrian Tirol












PlanetSKI reporter, Katy Dartford, who was covering the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, tried to get up to some of the events in Khutai.

"I needed to get from the events in Seefeld to the events in Kuhtai and decided it was best to get a cab to Kuhtai where I was planning to watch the ski cross finals.

The cab was due to arrive at 12.30, but no sign of it as apparently there has been an accident on one road and the other road into the town was closed because of heavy snow.

I decided to get to Innsbruck and make my way to Kuhtai from there when there was access.

The snow was falling very thick and the train was delayed by 30 minutes - pretty good I thought considering. Getting to Innsbruck the town was very empty.

At about 5.30 a mini bus came to take me to Kuhtai, the road were now open but the bus struggled up the hill so the driver had to head back down the hill to put snow chains on.

When we got to Kuhtai, it took perhaps an hour rather than 30 minutes,  the snow had been dug up and piled to probabll half a meter taller than me.

The next morning Hotel Elisabeth, where I was staying, was looking after all the customers who's flighs had been cancelled on Saturday because Innsbruck airport had been closed.

They'd been up probabaly since 4am and didn't leave untill well after lunch time.

I decided to try to ski,  but there currently only one two man chair lift open behind the hotel leading to a very short blue run.

I did that about 10 times then spotted a t-bar open. I  headed over but others came off it saying the snow was so thick their piste skies couldn't handle it and had given up.

I gave up too and went back to the hotel."

White out in KuhtaiWhite out in Kuhtai












"The next few days was better as lifts were open but very windy and no visibility.

It began to clear up on Tuesday afternoon with patches of blue sky. As I left for the airport on Wednesday morning it was glorious blue skies. Gutted!"

Brightening up in KuhtaiBrightening up in Kuhtai












It is never good to leave a ski resort with fresh snow everywhere and blue sky.

One of our good friends in the Tirol Tourist Office, Holger Gasler, has just been skiing above Innsbruck where there is 4m of snow at 2,000m

"Loads of snow and fantastic powder snow conditions on the Nordkette above Innsbruck," he said to us.

Judge for yourself in the pictures below that Holger sent to PlanetSKI on Thursday.

Better than being in the officeBetter than being in the office













By quite a long wayBy quite a long way













For further information about holidays in The Tirol see here.

In France access to some resorts was also restricted.

In Chamonix over 1metre fell - again.

"The pictures below were taken from my kitchen window and in the garden. 1m fresh snow when we awoke last weekend - exceptional!" said Claire Burnett from the resort tourist office. "There is now over 4m of snow at the top of lifts with 4.6m at Grands Montets."

The French resort will soon be promoting late season skiing and judging by the huge levels of snow it will be one of the best places in The Alps.

Down it comes againDown it comes again













Digging out in ChamonixDigging out in Chamonix













Another snowy weekend in ChamonixAnother snowy weekend in Chamonix













Chamonix is a partner resort of PlanetSKI.

The snow has though caused problems with avalanches.

One of our reporters, Guy Ordway from the ski school Performance, has just sent us a picture of an avalanche by the Carrefour restaurant in Verbier.

No-one was injured but it could have been worse.

"I was actually watching some boarders traverse right under it the night is slid at about 5pm, and you could see them setting off small wet slough slides as they went - so the signs were pretty clear it was getting unstable," said Guy Ordway.

Start of avalancheStart of avalanche











Finish of the avalancheFinish of the avalanche











In the USA there has been a bit of a snow drought this season.

There was a big fall a week or so ago and now it is snowing heavily again.

Heavenly and Northstar Resorts in Lake Tahoe, California, received more than 50cms of snow on Monday.

The area had a real problem with lack of snow as peope cancelled holidays and large area of the resorts were simply closed. There was no snow.

Not any more.

In Heavenly Resort 30 runs are open with skiing now possible from the top of the resort to the bottom.

Northstar currently has 39 open runs with 16 lifts running. There is top-to-bottom skiing on 700m of vertical terrain.

Both resorts are partners of PlanetSKI and we will have a series of reports from Heavenly and Northstar when we visit at the end of February.

We are obviously delighted the snow is falling.Smile

It is also snowing in Utah where will be reporting from at the beginning of February.

Park City has a 1m base and says it has had 25cm of fresh snow in the latest fall this week.  Neighbouring Deer Valley claims 50cm in the same storm.

While Canyons goes one better with 1m of new snow this week.

Photo credit, Canyons/Justin OlsenPhoto credit, Canyons/Justin Olsen












Check out the You Tube video of the conditions in a promotional video from the resort.

In Colorado Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone have had 25cms each.

We will be updating this snow report with more details, photos and vidoes later in the week as the snow falls so do check back.

In the meantime if you are out in the mountains then enjoy the skiing and snowboarding and keep safe.

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