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Buckets of snow & it's cold.
Monday November 24, 2008 - Email this article to a friend

As we've been reporting over the past few days it's been snowing big time across the Alps and a team from planetSKI is there to report back on the excellent early season conditions. Check out the video too.

Well, what can we say?

Adjectives barely do justice to the snow out in large parts of the Alps at the moment. Many resorts have twice as much snow as normal for the time of year and even resorts at 1,000m are opening up.

Many have opened early with skiers and snowboarders enjoying snow conditions normally associated with mid-winter.

PlanetSKI has been in the Swiss resort of Verbier enjoying the powder snow as you can see from the short film below.

Other Swiss resorts open include Saas Fee, Zermatt, St Moritz, Engelberg and Wengen.

verbier_table_400In Austria, Obergurgl and a handfull of others have fired up their lifts with Lech and St Anton due to open this weekend.

The resorts in the Ski Welt area have had exceptional conditions as our main photograph above shows.

In France, Val Thorens opened at the weekend joining Tignes as the only other resort open.  The French normally stick to their opening dates even if there is plenty of snow. 

However Les Gets is making an exception and is due to open at the weekend.

lg1_400 Judging by the picture on the right, taken on Monday, the resort has made the right decision. Maybe other French resorts will folllow suit.

Here at planetSKI we hope so.

Les Deux Alpes and Val d'Isere are schedule to start skiing this weekend.

Our team was in Verbier for a powder day last Sunday, all under bright blue skies. 

It was a bit of a change from the previous day when heavy snowfall and winds gusting up to 100km/hr stopped the resort from opening the slopes.

The video below shows why and how one snowboarder made the most ot it.


Over in the Pyrenees the major resorts of Andorra have opened joining Formigal in Spain. While in Italy Cervinia and Bormio are open for business.

Of course snow in November does not mean we're going to have an epic winter as the weather changes quickly in the mountains. 

But with many resorts boasting twice as much snow as normal for the time of year it's not a bad start to winter.

So does the unseasonably cold weather signal the end of the threat of climate change?  No, of course it doesn't but you may like to read this article.

If you want to see a few more photos then take a look at this related story and of course our photo gallery with the best photos we've received from our team of reporters around the mountains. 

All of them out enjoying the snow.



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