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HUGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW HIGH UP IN THE ALPS - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Sunday May 27, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

There's a lot of melt to go after the huge snowfalls of last winter. Many mountain passes remain closed and teams of workers are out.

A stupendous amount of snow this winter, falling late spring in places, means there's still a lot up there.

One of the biggest spring cleanups in recent years is underway.

Not a lot more words needed really.

Here's how it's looking as teams clear snow from mountain passes and resorts continue the clear up for cyclists and summer tourism.

Alpcycles imageAlpcycles image at petit St Bernard pass

Val d'Isere's efforts:

Posted just one week ago by La Rosiere - at work to reach the Petit Saint-Bernard...

The France-Italy border : La Rosiere - La Thuile

Espace San BernardoEspace San Bernardo

Espace San BernardoEspace San Bernardo

Here in the Savoie in France, there's more than 4m that needs shifting:

Col de la MadeleineCol de la Madeleine

The sheer amount of snow this winter has caused damage to buildings.

There's also the danger of avalanches as snow melts

In Switzerland on Sunday 20th May an avalanche swept away two cars, leaving three people injured on the Klausen alpine pass.

The point of the road where accident occurred stands at 2,000m and only opened earlier in the week due to the amount of snow.

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Elsewhere in Switzerland, here's the Great St Bernard Pass:

St Bernards PassSt Bernards, Switzerland

If it's skiing you miss to know about, then this will be of interest:

The French resort of Val d'Isere will re-open its winter lifts for summer skiing on 3rd June.

Two lifts will be spinning - the first time in its 82 year history - serving its winter pistes and lift passes will cost from €28 per day.

May in Val d'IsereMay in Val d'Isere

Read more here, as well as more on where to summer ski on Europe's fantastic glaciers:

La Grande Motte looking gorgeous:

Grande MotteTignes' Grande Motte glacier this week:

"The lifts have closed, most people have left the resort.... But when there's still snow it would be rude not to enjoy it," said PlanetSKI reporter Squash Falconer who lives in the resort year-round.

Tignes, FranceTignes, France

And let's not forget the Pyrenees that also saw large amounts of snow last winter.

Here's the Grand Tourmalet in the French Pyrenees...

French PyreneesFrench Pyrenees

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