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HEAVY SNOW IN THE ALPS - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Sunday September 3, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

More than half a metre fell but most has now melted. It has been a good top up to the glacier resorts that open soon after a poor summer. UPDATED

It is now a distant memory but was good to see anyway.

There are plenty of pictures and videos of the snow porn lower down this article that was posted over the weekend and earlier in the week as the snow fell. 
But this is what it is now like in many places.

"It's melting with the reappearance of summer is back to summer in the Val de Bagnes!! Yippee!!!," said our reporter in the Swiss resort of Verbier, Catie Friend.    

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland

The most affected areas were in the eastern Alps and notably in Austria.

There were also some significant falls in the Dolomites.

The snow level was down to 1,600m in places.
The glacier resort of Stubai in the Tirol in Austria now hopes to open in a couple of weeks after the fresh snow.

"Just under 40 cm have come together... skiing from mid-September (depending on snow)," it said on Facebook earlier in the week.  

Well, it was actually 38cm but we won't hold that against them Wink

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria 

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria

And it came down on the Kitzteinhorn glacier above Kaprun in Austria.

Kitzteinhorn glacier, AustriaKitzteinhorn glacier, Austria

Kitzteinhorn glacier, AustriaKitzteinhorn glacier, Austria

Kitzteinhorn glacier, AustriaKitzteinhorn glacier, Austria

Here is the picture on the glacier at Hintertux that is currently open: 

Hintertux, Austria Hintertux, Austria

And the first snowmen appeared:     

Hintertux, Austria Hintertux, Austria

Soelden, AustriaSoelden, Austria

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria

And in Stubai too:

Pitztal, AustriaPitztal, Austria

Here at PlanetSKI we usually start our skiing season in the Tirol in October.  
And over in France this was the scene in Val Thorens last Saturday.

It is the highest resort in the Alps and will open at the end of November.


Last season we were in the resort as it opens and are planning to do the same again this coming winter.  
And here are a few images from the resort on Sunday after the storm passed:    

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France


It follows a poor summer on the glaciers in the Alps as we have reported earlier.  

Our thoughts here at PlanetSKI are turning to winter as summer ends and autumn beckons but such an early snowfall will make no difference to the season ahead as our resident snow expert, Fraser Wilkin comments:

"It means absolutely nothing in terms of the coming winter and fingers remain crossed that the Alps get off to a better start than in recent years," said Fraser. 

Fraser runs the web site    

Most of it has now melted but it was still good to see.

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