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Snowing heavily in The Alps
Sunday March 18, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

Winter is back. Last week it was +20°C across many parts of The Alps but now it is snowing again. PlanetSKI reports from the Portes du Soleil where 30cm is coming down and we bring first pictures of the new snow and a video snow report.

It is hard to believe that just a few days ago people in the Alps were basking in the hot temperatures and sunbathing rather than skiing.

It was T-shrts and flip flops - now it is ski jackets and waterproof gloves.

In the Portes du Soleil it began snowing around lunchtime on Sunday and carried on all day with predictions of more snow into Monday and up to 30cm falling in total.

It is a long way from the warm temperatures we reported on in the last PlanetSKI snow report from the middle of last week.

The snow is coming down across other parts of the Alps.

Up to 50cm is forecast at the top of Chamonix.

In Tignes it is snowing heavily though there are also strong winds.

PlanetSKI reporter Jane Peel has just arrived in Tignes and though people are welcoming the snow she advises some caution too.

"It started snowing on Sunday at about 3pm, but not heavily. At the top of the Funicular there was 15cm of fresh stuff on Monday morning, but the snow had stopped and there was a mix of sun and cloud. We have been skiing off the side of the pistes today and it looks better than it is. The impression is of fresh powder but there is no real depth to it. There are some pretty hard moguls and icy patches just below the surface," she said.

"It has started to snow again on Monday afternoon and we're keeping our fingers crossed it keeps on coming. The temperature is quite low. It was minus 10 at the Grande Motte this morning. Winter has definitely returned to Tignes."

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The PlanetSKI base resort of Verbier has also been hit by the snow.

"Winter returns ..... Shorts back in the drawer.... thermals out again!" said the local Verbier ski instructor, Neal Wardman.

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The fresh snow all bodes well for the Easter break which is a few short weeks away.

"I was sweltering in the Italian Alps last week with temperatures well above 20°C and now we have fresh snow coming down which is great for those people booked up for the Easter hoildays," said Richard Sills the assistant product manager for CrystalSKI who is in Avoriaz at the moment.

For a  PlanetSKI video eport of the snow in Avoriaz in the Portes du Soliel that we have just received then see below.

Here are a few pictures of the snow in Avoriaz.

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We have just received the photo below from Val Thorens from PlanetSKI reader, Lynsey Devon.

"Finally in Val Thorens and boy it's snowing!" she says on Facebook.

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And here is what Val Thorens now looks like in daylight.

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While it is snowing in Argentiere too.

The picture below comes from Julian Griffiths from European Snowsport.

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And in in Morzine people are waking up on Monday morning to snowy conditions. The photo below comes from Katie Waddington from Zenith Holidays.

"The view from my balcony this morning in Morzine! It has snowed all night! yay!" she said.

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The snow is not confined to the western Alps but is coming down pretty much everywhere.

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And while we are on the subject of the weather an earth tremor was felt in parts of western Switzerland on Saturday. 

A PlanetSKI reader in Verbier says his house shook for about 5 seconds and it measured 2.7 on the richter scale.

There were no reports of damage but it has been the talk of the resort and has been commented about on Facebook.

UPDATE TUESDAY 20th - Blue sky and powder. Smile

The pictures below were taken first thing on Tuesday morning - looks like being a good day.

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The PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, is in Avoriaz looking at the new developments taking place in the resort.

There are several new residences and an Aqua Park being built in a multi-million Euro expasnion of the resort. So do check back for those reports later in the week.

The last time he was in the area he took a ski safari round all the major resorts.

For a PlanetSKI video on that day then see below.

For the spirit of the mountains

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