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THE SNOW IS BACK

Some areas that have so far missed out are now getting snow. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps on the amazing start to winter. UPDATED

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Thursday 28th November

All in all, it’s looking very promising as December approaches.
Christmas should be a cracker.
After a couple of quiet days on the weather front, the snow has been falling again, starting in the western Alps and moving east.
More snow is forecast to Friday.

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

The heaviest has been in the northern French Alps, Switzerland and the far west of Austria.

Fraser Wilkin of WeatherToSki says resorts that should see a decent amount of snow include:

France –  Val d’Isere, Tignes, the resorts of the 3 Valleys, Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne, Grand Massif (Flaine), Chamonix, Portes du Soleil (Avoriaz).

Switzerland – Jungfrau Region, Engelberg

Austria – Lech and St Anton.

“These should all see in the region of 20-40cm of new snow above 2000m by Friday, but any precipitation will mostly be rain below about 1200m,” he says.

Last weekend the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove was in Val Thorens in Les3Vallees and the new snow is very welcome.

On Monday it was bare at resort level in neighbouring Les Menuires in Les3Vallees:
Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Monday 25th November

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Monday 25th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Monday 25th November

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Monday 25th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on Thursday in Les Menuires:

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Thursday 28th November

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Thursday 28th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Thursday 28th November

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Thursday 28th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Thursday 28th November

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, Thursday 28th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Menuires opens next weekend, December 7th, and PlanetSKI’s chief reporter, Jane Peel, will be there as the season gets underway.

“I can’t say I was unduly worried as the boss sent me the pictures from Les Menuires as he drove past earlier in the week, but let’s just say I prefer the pictures from today,” said Jane.

The photo below from WXCharts, highlights anticipated snowfall across the Alps and also shows precipitation in Scotland, Norway and the Pyrenees through to 13th December.

Anticipated snowfall across Europe

Anticipated snowfall across Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 27th November

Several more resorts are opening this weekend.
They include the French resort of Val d’Isere (and its link with Tignes which already has several runs open); Lech in Austria and Corviglia mountain in St Moritz, Switzerland.
Below are some of the latest images of snow around the mountains…
Valfrejus, France

Valfrejus, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Nassfeld, Austria

Nassfeld, Austria

And we’re sharing this video from Ischgl in Austria which shows the extent of the current snow cover there…
And let’s not forget the Pyrenees.
Europe’s other major mountain range has had a fair amount of snow this autumn.
This is Arinsal in Andorra, which says it will open 89% of its pistes and 97% of its lifts on Saturday.

Arinsal, Andorra

Arinsal, Andorra

































Monday 25th November
What a November it’s been.

Heavy snow has fallen across many parts of the Alps in a series of storms.

Check out this video from Livigno in Italy.

 

And it’s not over yet.

It looks as if the end of the month will continue in much the same vein.

With more ski areas opening up this coming weekend, it’s looking pretty good for early season skiing.

The resort pictured below doesn’t open until 14th December.

Vars, France

Vars le Foret Blanche, France, Sunday 24th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vars le Foret Blanche, France

Vars le Foret Blanche, France – Sunday 24th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are, however, swathes of the mountains that have missed out on the biggest dumps.

Some have suffered from a period of very high winds, stripping the mountain sides of much of the early snow.

The PlanetSKI Editor, James Cove, has been in Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens in France, for its opening weekend.

Winds were gusting at up to 200km/hr, with its consequences.

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather caused some disruption, but it was still a great start to the season.

And here is his latest video snow report after the weekend storm had passed:

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

The alpine snow observer, Fraser Wilkin of WeatherToSki, reports on Monday that there is now a temporary lull in the weather after huge snowfalls over the last two to three days.

He says between 60cm and 120cm of fresh snow has fallen above 2,500 metres in a number of places:

  • The southern French Alps close to the Italian border.
  • The far south-east of the French Savoie.
  • The Italian Piedmont.
  • The North East of the Aosta valley and parts of the far south of Switzerland.

Below are some more images of ski resorts in those regions that have had the most snow over the past few days.

The bulk are from Italy:

Prato Nevoso, Italy

Prato Nevoso, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Sauze d’Oulx, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pila, Italy

Pila, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prali, Italy

Prali, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vars le Foret Blanche, France

Vars le Foret Blanche, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isola 2000, France

Isola 2000, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val Cenis, France

Val Cenis, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Except for the odd shower here and there, Monday and Tuesday will be mostly dry and mild with some sunny spells,” Fraser Wilkin says.

“Some more organised precipitation is then expected to move in from the west mid-week, with snow above 1300-1800m.

“The heaviest is likely to be in the northern French Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif, Chamonix), albeit falling as rain lower down.

“Later in the week the wind will swing more into the north-west, with any snow falling to increasingly lower levels.”

See our first detailed country-by-country snow report of the season, provided to us by WeatherToSki, on Friday 22nd November.

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