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WINTER RETURNS TO EUROPE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday May 15, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Will it never end? Heavy snow has been falling in parts of the Alps and Pyrenees. Enough. It's time for some sunshine. Please.

The best winter in Europe for years is over.

Except no one has told the snow gods.

It's been bucketing down in some parts.

Up to 30cm has fallen at altitude in Val d'Isere and Tignes.

Some reports say there could be a metre or more yet to come.

Is summer really only a few weeks away?

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France, 14th May

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France, 15th May - photo Val d'Isere piste patrol

The new snow is great news, of course, for the resorts that offer summer skiing. 

If you fancy it have a looked at our guide:
Val d'Isere will open a few of its non-glacier winter lifts and runs for the first time in its 82-year history on 3rd June.

They are due to remain open for two weeks after which the glacier is due to take over for summer skiing - assuming, that is, that they're managed to clear the road up to the glacier by then.

The snow is also good news for those like PlanetSKI reporter Squash Falconer, who doesn't need open lifts to get uphill.

She's been out ski touring in Tignes with her snow-loving furry friend.

TignesTignes, France, 14th May - photo Squash Falconer

But most resorts are busy trying to prepare for their summer activities and the new snow is not helping.

The mountain biking and hiking trails - and the sunbeds -  will take some clearing before they can be used, and the frustration is mounting.

It looks like it could be mid-winter in Les Arcs.

"Isn't it supposed to be spring time?" the resort said on Facebook.

Les Arcs, FranceLes Arcs, France, 14th May

Les Arcs, FranceLes Arcs, France, 14th May

Cervinia in Italy pubished this photo below on Facebook with the plea: "how about we get some sun after all this snow?"

Cervinia, ItalyCervinia, Italy, 14th May - photo @federicoshr Instagram

Austria hasn't been left out, with a lot of snow in the glacier resorts but also some at lower altitudes.

This is the scene Lech on Tuesday, 15th May:

Lech, AustriaLech, Austria, 15th May

Walkers have been asking when they'll be able to use the popular Lechweg long-distance trail. 

The resort said on Monday that it will be another three weeks before it can be fully opened up.

Lech, AustriaClearing the Lechweg hiking trail, Lech, Austria

And here are a few more images of the wintry scenes across the Alps and the Pyrenees....

Kitzsteinhorn, AustriaKitzsteinhorn, Austria, 15th May

Kitzsteinhorn, AustriaKitzsteinhorn, Austria, 15th May

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France, 14th May

Alpe d'Huez, FranceAlpe d'Huez, France, 14th May

Courchevel, FranceCourchevel, France, 14th May

Serre Chevalier, FranceSerre Chevalier, France, 14th May

Vallnord-Arcalis, AndorraVallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, 14th May

Grandvalira, AndorraGrandvalira, Andorra, 13th May

As the snow continues in Europe, the southern hemisphere is gearing up for its ski season and it's been a promising start:
Don't get us wrong.  We LOVE the snow.  We LOVE winter.

But now, we are ready for summer. 

After all, we have plans:
Winter.  That's enough.

Thank you.

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