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Heavy snow in Alps & more to come
Sunday November 22, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

Up to 1m fell at altitude in the Alps and many resorts have had their first taste of winter. It has been bitterly cold allowing the snow cannons to work. PlanetSKI reports on the first decent snowfall of winter. NEW & UPDATED

Heavy snow fell in some of the main resorts of the French Alps and some Swiss resorts over the weekend.

Parts of Austria did well though much of Italy missed out.

It is the first significant storm of the winter and the good news is the temperatures are set to remain low this week with further falls expected.

"It is a chilly minus 8 degrees here but looks lovely this morning here in Morzine," said Katie Waddington from Zenith Holidays on Tuesday.

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Evidence of the temperature can be seen in Verbier where one of the lakes at Lacs Des Vaux is freezing over.

This normally doesn't happen untill mid to late in December.

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It is now a bluebird day across the Alps and the lucky ones are out making a few turns.

We received these pictures from the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun on Monday where skiing is underway.

They come from the UK company Skivolution who are out on the slopes.

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Skivolution is currently running pre-season courses on the glacier; see here for further details.

One swallow does not make a summer and one snowfall does not make a winter, but the signs are looking pretty good as the season approaches.

1m fell at the top of Courchevel and 57cm in Avoriaz at resort level.

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See here for our updated PlanetSKI report from over the weekend as the snow fell.

And this story as we report on resorts opening early after the snow.

And here we look at what happened over the weekend, country by country. 

If you like pictures of snow then feast your eyes on what follows!

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The main resorts of the French Alps saw some of the best snow as the storm started on Friday evening. 

Val d'Isere has 20cm on Friday night and in neghbouring Tignes there was 65+cm on the glacier at Grande Motte as the weekend ended.

Val d'Isere is set to open this week and Tignes remained shut over the weekend with winds gusting up to 140km/hr.

However this didn't stop people making a few turns. The image below was posted by PlanetSKI reader, Phil Brown, from Impulse Racing.

He had a simple question: "What else do you do when the lifts aren't open?"

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By Sunday the weather had cleared across large parts of the French Alps as the storm passed.

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There was 30-60cms in the resorts of Les3Vallees; Courchevel, Val Thorens, Meribel and Les Menuires.

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Chamonix saw good falls as did the resorts of Les Portes du Soleil.

Last winter Morzine was unable to open at Xmas as there was not enough snow.

The resort is now breathing a large sigh of relief!

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Many UK companies are currently training their staff ahead of the winter.

Here's George from Skiworld.

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And another Skiworld worker has ventured out on to the lake.

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And a handful of resorts are releasing their videos.



Verbier, Zermatt, Saas-Fee and Engelberg all did well. 

"We had to wait quite a while, but finally we can say: it's snow time! Switzerland got covered in white this weekend and the temperatures dropped so that the snow production can go ahead too," said Sarah Roloff from Switzerland Tourism.

Check out the pictures sent in by our readers and reporters.

One PlanetSKI reader, Neal Wardman, sent us the image below from the PlanetSKI home resort of Verbier. 

20cm fell from Friday into Saturday.

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Neal then went to nearby Zermatt for skiing where the slopes were open on Sunday.

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One of the best places for snow in Switzerland was Engelberg.

It hopes to open some slopes on the glacier this Wednesday.

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Only a handful of ski resorts are open in Switzerland, but that didn't stop people putting on their skis.

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And a lovely snowy video in Verbier.


However spare a thought for the resorts that missed out including St Moritz in south-east Switzerland.

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Many resorts in Italy also saw little snow.

There were a couple of notable exceptions, including Cervinia and other resorts in the Aosta Valley.

However the cold temeratures have allowed the snow cannons to be switched on.

They have been working round the clock.

The two images below were set in by our friends over at Neilson Holidays.

"Temperatures have dropped and the canons are working overtime," said a spokesman from the company.

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The eastern Alps had generally less snow but the resorst had some and, once again, the cold temperatures allowed the cannons to be switched on.

St Anton and Lech did the best with around 20 cm of snow.

Austria has the most ski resorts open at the moment including Solden, Hintertux, Stubai, Pitztal and Kaprun where there is skiing in the Kitzsteinhron glacier.

The Kitzsteinhron glacier is top left of this image.

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This weekend PlanetSKI will be in Obergurgl in the Tirol.

Here are a few images from the resorts in the Tirol.

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The cold temperatures will also preserve what has fallen. 

The weather has now cleared across the Alps but the good news is that there is another snowstorm on its way.

Once again it will hit the north-west Alps the hardest and the same resorts that benefitted at the weekend will see more.

"Looking further ahead and it will stay on the cold side now until the next storm, which is due mid-week and will again favour the northern and western Alps. Thereafter it is likely to stay unsettled, but may start to turn a little warmer," said Fraser Wilkin from

Fraser provides the weekly snow report on PlanetSKI that we receive each Thursday.

We'll keep you posted.

It has also been snowing in the Pyrenees and Scandinavia and we will bringing you a full report on PlanetSKI from elsewhere round the mountains later on Monday.

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