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MORE SNOW FALLS - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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The Alps has seen more snow & at PlanetSKI we haven't forgotten the Pyrenees (or Scotland). Check out the latest as the most recent storm passes. UPDATED

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

PlanetSKI reporter Catie Friend has sent us this photo taken in Verbier this morning.

Verbier Verbier after the storm, 14th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"If I hadn't been whooping so hard, I'd have managed some shots of the epic powder," Catie told us as she came off the mountain.

"Glorious weather, epic conditions. The place is crawling with ski mountaineers!"

She says it's so cold that the snow cannons are going full tilt to top up the natural snow.

The photos below were forwarded to us from Innsbruck that is bathed in wintry sunshine on Tuesday morning.

Innsbruck 14th November (photo: Tirol WERBUNG - Holger Gassler)Innsbruck 14th November (photo: Tirol WERBUNG - Holger Gassler)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innsbruck 14th November (photo: Tirol WERBUNG - Holger Gassler)Innsbruck 14th November (photo: Tirol WERBUNG - Holger Gassler)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solden - Tirol (Instragram)Solden - Tirol (Instragram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Tourmalet - PyreneesGrand Tourmalet - Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UK weather has taken a wintry turn, which is good news for the five Scottish mountain resorts.

Cairngorm Mountain posted these photos of the snow on the hill on Monday.

Cairngorm 13th NovemberCairngorm 13th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Cairngorm 13th NovemberCairngorm 13th November
















The Lecht took to Instagram, commenting "Hope this is a sign of a good season".

Hope this is a sign of a good season

A post shared by Lecht2090 (@lecht2090) on Nov 13, 2017 at 1:17am PST



MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

Another weekend snowstorm has hit large parts of the Alps.

Up to 50cm has fallen in places and some areas report 1m.

It follows a big storm a week ago.

It is too early to call how much it will affect skiing in December but with some resorts opening and the others firing up their lifts next month it is certainly very welcome.

Some of the big resorts in France are looking good.

Here is the transformation in La Tania in Les3Vallees in the past 24-hours.

La Tania, Les3ValleesLa Tania, Les3Vallees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference a day makesWhat a difference a day makes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was Tignes on Sunday.

PlanetSKI reader Rob Greatbach described it as the calm before the storm.

TignesTignes, Sunday 12th November - photo Rob Greatbach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here's what Tignes looks like on Monday morning:

 

And up on the Grande Motte glacier there's 1m of fresh snow.

This photo was posted by the Panoramic restaurant.

Grande Motte TignesGrande Motte, Tignes, Monday 13th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And over in Val Thorens which will open a week early this coming weekend...

Val ThorensVal Thorens, Sunday night 12th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val ThorensVal Thorens, Monday morning 13th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it looked tasty in Zermatt according to this photo we have just been sent by our friends over at Inghams who are in resort preparing for the coming season.

Zermatt, SwitzerlandZermatt, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the snow is perhaps not welcomed by all in the Swiss Alps:

Swiss AlpsSwiss Alps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this report shortly so do check back.

FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

Here is the forecast weather map from Friday looking at the next three days

Purple is good!

3 day snowfall mapLooking good according to snow-forecast.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the next few days there should be 20-50cm above 1800m in the Alps.

Some areas could see as much as 80cm.

"All eyes are now on the weekend when a new storm will deliver significant snow (and for a time some rain) mostly to the northern half of the Alps," said our resident snow expert, Fraser Wilkin form weathertoski.co.uk.

"The first weather front will be a warm one which will raise the rain/snow limit to between 1600m and 2000m for a time on Saturday (highest close to the northern foothills of the Alps).

"On Sunday, however, a cold front will help lower this limit back down to 1500m, then eventually to under 1000m.

"Snow showers will continue to low levels across the northern Alps into the early part of next week before high pressure starts to reassert itself from the west."

And here are the latest images of the snow we have received from Switzerland and from the Warren Smith Ski Academy that is currently running courses in the Italian glacier resort of Cervinia.

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Here at PlanetSKI we will be tracking the storm in the Alps across the weekend and looking at what is happening in the Pyrenees.

See here for our latest snow report on the good early season conditions.

So, what about the Pyrenees.

The range has had some good snowfall this week, but has been ignored by some.

Not us.

In the French Pyrenees there has been 40cm in the ski resort of St Lary and 80cm in Cauterets.

These images were taken in the past 24-hours.

St Lary, French PyreneesSt Lary, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cauterets, French PyreneesCauterets, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And deeper in the Pyrenees it is looking pretty good in the Grandvalira area of Andorra.

Grandvalira, Andorra, Pyrenees  Grandvalira, Andorra, Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandvalira, Andorra, Pyrenees  Grandvalira, Andorra, Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in Pal in Andorra too:

Pal, Valnord, AndorraPal, Valnord, Andorra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pal, Valnord, AndorraPal, Valnord, Andorra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The November snow is very welcome and the ski operators report a surge in bookings, however some caution is urged.

There was good November snowfalls in the past three years and it promised a bumper start to the season.

However the last three years have seen poor snow in December as the snow stopped falling and the temperatures warmed up.

The same could happen again - let's hope not.

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