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BLUE SKIES & POWDER AFTER THE STORM

The wild weather has subsided and it’s sunshine and powder snow. At least it is in the Aosta Valley in Italy. PlanetSKI is there. UPDATED

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FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY

Happy Valentine’s Day Folks!

We’re going for a romantic ski in the Aosta Valley… Pila or La Thuile?

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Aosta, Italy

Aosta, Italy

Decision taken.

We’ve made our way to Pila where we could hardly have wished for better conditions.

As you’ll see and hear in our latest video snow report, it’s blue sky and powder all the way:

PlanetSKI Valentine's Day snow report from the Aosta Valley. Looking good! 👍⛷❄️🍻

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Friday, 14 February 2020

And as proof of James’s claim, here’s the view of Monte Bianco (aka Mont Blanc) from Pila.

View of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) from Pila, Italy

View of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) from Pila, Italy

Pila, Italy, 14 Feb 2020

Pila, Italy

Pila, Italy, 14 Feb 2020

Pila, Italy

Meanwhile, over in the Austrian Tirol…..

St Anton, Austria

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria - photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria - photo stantonamarlberg.com

St Anton, Austria – photo stantonamarlberg.com

THURSDAY 13th FEBRUARY

The weather has closed in again with fresh snow falling.

PlanetSKI has moved round to Pila in the Aosta Valley and our editor, James Cove, is in the thick of it.

PlanetSKI video snow report

It comes from the Aosta Valley in Italy where it has started to snow…

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Thursday, 13 February 2020

And check out a few images from the slopes:

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy

#itssnowing #letsgoskiing @valledaosta_official @pilaaostavalley #snow

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Thursday, 13 February 2020

TUESDAY 11th FEBRUARY

Well, we can’t say we weren’t warned of conditions today in La Thuile in the Aosta Valley in Italy.

A sign at the ticket office was simple enough to understand.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

The extent of what was open told its own story.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

And at the top of the only gondola working this is actually inside as the wind had blown the snow in every time the door opened.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

And outside on the slopes:

PlanetSKI wind report

Seems there's a bit of wind in the Alps at the moment. Our editor, James Cove, reports.Read more here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/10/latest-storm-batters-the-alps/Aosta, Italy Aosta Valley

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 11 February 2020

And with that I ‘uncommitted’ myself and headed inside for a very welcome coffee and croissant.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

And, this being Italy, it came in at the princely sum of €2.60

Outside braver folk than me battled the elements.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

But once warm I headed out again and as I dropped into the trees and descended things took a turn for the better.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

La Thuile is a fabulous old-school resort that is linked to La Rosiere in France.

It is sort of ‘upside down’ as the steeper runs are just above the village (the ones open today) and the more gentle terrain is at the top.

I will certainly be back and will be writing a full-length feature on the resort – let’s hope by then the wind has dropped.

Meanwhile, it’s looking seriously good on the other side of the Atlantic after some huge dumps of snow, particularly in Colorado and Utah.

We’ve just posted this report:

MONDAY 10th FEBRUARY

The predicted storm arrived right on cue on Monday.

It had been much forecast and here is a video report from our editor, James Cove, filed on Sunday from the Aosta Valley in Italy.

PlanetSKI Video snow report

Seems there’s a bit of snow on the way folks!Read more about current snow conditions here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/07/planetski-latest-snow-report/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Sunday, 9 February 2020

It seems the trees were more useful on Monday by offering some protection from the winds.

See here for a report from James on what lies ahead as PlanetSKI bases itself in Italy for the rest of the winter:

PlanetSKI arrives in Aosta for 3-month stay

The latest storm brought precious little snow to the Aosta Valley on Monday.

“There was a light dusting but nothing worth talking about, the lower lifts in Pila were running but at the top of the resort it was very windy,” said James.

Over in the Monte Rosa region across the valley the winds were also having an impact.

Monte Rosa, Italy

“The  day has been affected by the wind allowing us unfortunately only a partial opening of the area.
Also for tomorrow, Tuesday 11th February, the forecast is, alas, for very strong wind on the valleys of Monte Rosa,” said the ski area in a statement.

“Areas affected roughly include the French Alps north of Grenoble, much of the Swiss Alps (except the far south, including Ticino) and parts of the Austrian Alps (except Carinthia and Osttirol),” said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin for weathertoski.co.uk, on Monday.

There is expected to be a slight lull in the weather over the next couple of days and then another storm is set to roll in on Thursday.

Meanwhile we are pleased to report snow falling in the Scottish ski resorts.

Here’s our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer.

Snow Report from the Highlands❄😁Ski-Scotland Nevis Range Glencoe Mountain Resort Glenshee Ski Centre Lecht 2090 Cairngorm Mountain

Posted by Where Stags Roar on Monday, 10 February 2020

And if it is powder that you are after you could do worse than Voss in Norway.

Voss, Norway

Voss, Norway

“We had half a metre of fresh snow last week in Voss and there’s been a further 30cm in the past 24-hours,” said Trevor de Villiers from Norway Home of Skiing.

The resort of Voss has just joined the collection of resorts under the Norway Home of Skiing umbrella as we reported here:

Fancy skiing in Voss in Norway?

Here at PlanetSKI we are planning to ski in La Thuile in the Aosta Valley in Italy on Tuesday which has extensive tree skiing and therefore should offer some protection from the winds.

We’ll let you know on Tuesday what conditions are like there, and across the Alps.

Do check back…

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