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MORE SNOW FALLS

It is the first main week of the season as resorts fill up for Christmas. PlanetSKI looks at conditions across the Alps.

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The latest storm that came in across the weekend left some significant snow.

It has passed in places and continuing to snow elsewhere with some superb Christmas conditions.

The main photo above shows a piste basher out in Val Thorens in Les3Vallees at the height of the storm on Friday.

There was a brief respite on Saturday.

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

And then another storm came in on Sunday leaving yet more snow in the resort.

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees, France

It is a simiar picture elsewhere in France.
“We’re drowning in snow here in La Plagne,” said our friends over at Mountain Heaven.
La Plagne, France

La Plagne, France

It has been difficult getting in and out of some resorts with heavy snow on the roads.

There have also been high winds, closing some ski lifts.

Tignes, France

Tignes, France

Cervinia in the Aosta Valley in Italy has had a fabulous start to winter, but the new snow has its downside.

Bad weather conditions caused qualifications to be cancelled at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard Cross World Cup on Friday.

But the event went ahead on Saturday.

The Women’s World Cup race in Val d’Isere was less fortunate.

It was delayed on Saturday morning, and then cancelled altogether as the storm continued.

Racing postponed in Val d'Isere

Racing postponed in Val d’Isere

Heavy snowfall also caused the cancellation of the mens’ Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena in Italy.

Markus Waldner, chief race director for World Cup men, admitted, “Mother Nature told us – ‘Stop'”.

Meanwhile the storm took its toll elsewhere too as it approached.

PlanetSKI reader, Vanessa Fisher, is in Les Menuires in Les3Vallees.

“Made it over to Val Thorens in the sunshine this morning but the ominous looking clouds sitting up high over the Pointe du Voucher and Cime de Caron ridgeline moved in bringing 35/40km winds and slowly the resort started shutting down,” Vanessa said on Thursday.

Les3Vallees, France

Les3Vallees, France

“We made a quick exit, avoiding the crowds trying to get up the 3Vallees bubble link (chair closed), skied the long traverse Bd Cumin back to Les Menuires and headed up La Masse…which promptly shut down as we had a quick lunch.”
Les3Vallees, France

Les3Vallees, France

“Great fun cruising back down the empty slopes. Linked via Roc 1& 2 to Meribel and back up and over to Saint Martin making the most of what was left open.”

“Pistes pretty firm as the wind has blown any fresh snow away but more snow is forecast over the weekend perfect timing for Christmas skiers, fingers crossed the wind will die down a bit too.”

“Oh, and we saw some penguins too.”

Les3Vallees, France

Les3Vallees, France

For a full and detailed round up of conditions see our weekly snow report that has just been published.

Thousands and thousands of skiers and snowboarders are arriving in resorts in time for Christmas.

Staff at Ski Weekender are getting in the mood.

Happy Xmas from Ski Weekender

Happy Xmas from Ski Weekender

However there have been some travel problems.
The first Eurostar train of the season was due to go overnnight on Friday, but was cancelled because of industrial action in France.
Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this rolling story so do check back…

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