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Saturday January 12, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

The place to be at the moment is the Pyrenees.There is yet more snow coming down in the Alps this week and winter is back with a vengeance. Check out our updated snow report as the snow keeps coming. PlanetSKI has been in the Austrian Tirol.

Reports from the Pyrenees are mouthwatering.

The main image comes from the Grand Valira ski area  in Andorra.

By Wednesday evening up to 1m had fallen in the resorts of the French Pyrenees.

One email we have received from a reader claims 1.5 meters.

"La Mongie is currently cut off with many avalanche warnings in place with the heavy snowfall," said a spokeswoman for the area to PlanetSKI.

Once the snow eases and the slopes are made safe there should be some great skiing in the resorts of the Hautes-Pyrenees and other areas.

Looking good in the Haute PyreneesLooking good in the Haute Pyrenees












PlanetSKI will be in the Pyrenees in March with a visit to Andorra and hopefully the French Pyrenees too.

Andorra awaitsAndorra awaits













In the meantime here's what it looks like in Arcalis, one of our our favourite resorts in Andorra.

Back in the Alps the snow remains good.

But it is very cold -15c in our home resort of Verbier.

PlanetSKI reporter Conrad Sutcliffe is in the Italian resort of La Thuille at the moment.

"Perishingly cold, I can't remember being this cold - ever!" he said on Thursday.

"Snow is good, icy in some patches but in general still good. Still snow on the roofs and some on trees," said Alex Cove who is in Val d'Isere this week.

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France













In Central Switzerland there has been more heavy snowfall and PlanetSKI has been further east in the Ski Juwel area in the Austrian Tirol.

See our last video snow report that was shot on Saturday 12th January.

The snow though has caused a few transport problems in the Alps.

Chambery airport in France was closed at the weekend for a period due to fog and that had an impact on the busy Saturday transfer day.

Some flights were diverted to Lyon airport.

At Innsbruck airport in Austria on Saturday there were long queues inside the terminal but this was caused by the numbers of skiers and snowboarders rather than the weather.

Last Friday the airport was shut for a while and passengers had to be diverted to Munich in neighbouring Germany.

Flying in Flying in













Flying outFlying out













We will be updating this report with further details of the snow at it falls and we will have news from our readers and reporters around the mountains.

One of our readers is in the hills - The Lake District to be precise. Tim Whiteman has just sent us the image below after the snowfall in the UK.

Lake Grasmere, UKLake Grasmere, UK











Over in Tignes fresh powder is reported by reader, James Timothy, who sent us an update on Sunday.

"After a blue skies day yesterday, we were expecting 15-20cm more snow last night but appear to have only got a sprinkling in resort and mostly blue skies this morning. Some threatening clouds to be seen so it may snow later," he said.

James in the powJames in the pow

















The photo was taken under the Tichot lift in Tignes Val Claret where the snow is pretty much thigh deep. 

In the meantime here are our latest pictures of the snow.

It really is turning into quite a winter.

Alpbach, AustriaAlpbach, Austria











Grimentz, SwitzerlandGrimentz, Switzerland












Chamonix, FranceChamonix, France













For further recent news and pictures of the snow see the last PlanetSKI snow report.

Over in the USA is has been a rather odd winter so far and at the moment there are hugely conflicting weather patterns across the country.

Check out the video below.

It is winter in some places and summer in others.

As we said in the video report forecating snow is not an exact science, but the predictions that come in a 9 day forecast from one of our partners, Iglu, makes optimistic reading.

Lets hope it is right.Smile


  • Alpe d'Huez 75cm
  • Avoriaz 45cm
  • Chamonix 44cm
  • Courchevel 49cm
  • La Plagne 46cm
  • Les Arcs 43cm
  • Les Deux Alpes 73cm
  • Meribel 51cm
  • Morzine 46cm
  • Tignes 36cm
  • Val d'Isere 35cm
  • Val Thorens 50cm


  • Crans Montana 40cm
  • Davos 30cm
  • Flims Laax 48cm
  • Klosters 29cm
  • Nendaz 41cm
  • Saas Fee 37cm
  • St. Moritz 26cm
  • Verbier 41cm
  • Wengen 29cm
  • Zermatt 38cm


  • Hinterglemm 39cm
  • Ischgl 25cm
  • Kitzbuhel 31cm
  • Lech 25cm
  • Mayrhofen 31cm
  • Obergurgl 32cm
  • Solden 33cm
  • Soll 29cm
  • St. Anton 24cm
  • Zell am See 35cm


  • Arraba 33cm
  • Cervinia 38cm
  • Courmayeur 36cm
  • La Thuile 39cm
  • Livigno 26cm
  • Passo Tonale 20cm
  • Pragelato 29cm
  • Sauze d'Oulx 32cm
  • Selva 33cm
  • Sestriere 33cm

Spain & Andorra:

  • Arinsal 35cm
  • Pas de la Casa 28cm
  • Soldeu El Tartare 31cm
  • Formigal 100cm

Iglu has some great holiday offers at the moment, so if you are tempted then see here for further details.

 For the spirit of the mountains

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