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A huge storm has been battering the Alps. It's snowed down to 1,000m and has left up to 1m of snow in places. Check out the latest. UPDATED




Winter has arrived in the Alps as forecast.

It has been snowing down to around 1,000m in parts of the Alps.

The storm has now passed and left huge amounts of snow in places.

Stubai in the Tirol in Austria had 1m and this is what it looks like on Wednesday morning.

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria
















And it's not too shabby in Les3Vallees in France.

Courchevel, FranceCourchevel, France














Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France












The best of the snow has been at altitude in the Italian Dolomites, Livigno and in the Austrian resorts south of the Tirolean capital, Innsbruck, such as Hintertux.

These areas have seen between 50cm and 1 metre above 2,300m.

Parts of the south western Italian Alps did well too.

Our headine picture and the one below are from Prato Nevoso in Italy on Tuesday 7th November.

Prato Nevoso, ItalyPrato Nevoso, Tuesday 7th November - photo NEVEITALIA














First thing on Monday Livigno was reporting 52cm at the top and 34cm in the village with the snow still coming down.

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In Hintertux, they reported a whopping 80cm up top on Monday morning.

Here's what it looked like.

HintertuxHintertux, Monday 6th November

HintertuxHintertux, Monday 6th November

And this is Stubai in Austria, at 2,900m - revving up for winter.

Middle station Fernau at 2.300 m! 😱 . . . #stubaiergletscher #whatup #somuchsnow #stubai #freshsnow #naturalsnow

A post shared by Stubaier Gletscher (@stubai_glacier) on Nov 5, 2017 at 11:40pm PST

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria, Monday 6th November

Stubai, Austria November 2017A mountain guide testing the snow in Stubai

And what a difference 48-hours has made in Zell am See and Kaprun in Austria:

Zell am See, AustriaZell am See, Austria, Sunday 5th November

Zell am See, Austria Zell am See, Austria, Monday 6th November

Zell am See, AustriaZell am See, Austria, Tuesday 7th November

The storm hit large parts of the Alps.

Even the ski resorts that saw the least of the snow have benefited from between 10cm and 40cm report above 2,000m.

"The great thing about this storm is that just about everywhere saw some significant snow, at least at altitude,"  said Fraser Wilkin of WeatherToSki

Fraser is PlanetSKI's weather guru who provides our regular snow reports throughout the season.

"This week will remain cool and changeable with a little snow here and there and more significant snow again possible at the weekend, this time more concentrated in the northern Alps."

On Tuesday morning Fraser said the Alpine landscape has been transformed by the snow over the last two or three days.

"For some higher resorts there is already enough snow for a good early base,"he said.

"A word of caution though - for most resorts we are not there yet, and further significant snowfalls are still needed before we can call for anything like a bumper early season."

The Pyrenees has also seen snow.

This video was posted by Vallnord resort in Andorra.

Many in the European ski industry are currently at the World Travel Market in London and the talk on the stands is of the fresh snow.

"It's fantastic to see so much snow in early November as it reminds peope winter is very much on its way and gets us all really excited about the coming ski season," said Sara Roloff from Switzerland Tourism.

"We have several glacier resorts open in Switzerland already including Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Engelberg, Diavolezza/Engadin, Davos and Laax and people are already enjoying the start of the ski season in the Swiss Alps."

Sara Roloff, Switzerland TourismSara Roloff, Switzerland Tourism

"This December is looking like the best for many years in terms of prices and the early snow is certainly giving us plenty of enouragement for a great start to the season. If you want to get the best prices then now is the time to book," said Louise Newton from Inghams.

Louise Newton, InghamsLouise Newton, Inghams

For details of the Inghams December deals then see the special section on the Inghams web site

And there are some excellent offers on short breaks in December from the sister company of Inghams, Ski Total.

For some the snow is the first big fall of the approaching winter.

This was the scene in Val Thorens, France, on Sunday night.

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

And on Monday morning:

Val ThorensVal Thorens, Monday 6th November

Val ThorensVal Thorens, Monday 6th November

In the Portes du Soleil there's been a dusting too.

The photo below was sent to us from the Igluski representative in Morzine.

Morzine, Monday 6th NovemberMorzine, Monday 6th November

And here's a Courchevel video taken on Monday 6th November.

And here's a picture postcard of Courchevel on Tuesday morning.

Courchevel 'picture postcard' Tuesday morningCourchevel 'picture postcard' Tuesday morning - 7th November

Here is Lech in Austria:

Here is Avoriaz in France:  

And it's looking rather tasty in Tignes:

It was a good excuse for some to go out touring.

Touring in Tignes 6th Nov 2017Touring tracks, Tignes - photo Rob Greatbach

And let's not forget Switzerland.

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland

We reported on the approaching storm on Friday.
Tignes, FranceTignes, France

And here is what it looked like in St Moritz on Sunday. 

St Moritz, SwitzerlandSt Moritz, Switzerland

Two more resorts in the Alps opened last weekend.

There was skiing at Laax and Davos on Saturday, but the resorts closed on Sunday due to the storm and the accompanying high winds.

Davos, SwitzerlandDavos, Switzerland

So, what impact will it have on the approaching ski season in the Alps?

It will certainly make a difference to the glacier resorts that are currently open and those that are set to open some areas in the first half of November.  

See here for our story on where to make some early season turns. 
After that it is impossible to say. 

Early season snow is always welcome but has little influence on the coming winter. 

It may warm up and melt or it may be the start of a decent base.  

The key thing is for the temperature to remain cold. 

Here at PlanetSKI we will bring you all the latest information, pictures and videos.

Meanwhile there are some good conditions over in North America with resorts opening in Canada as we have reported elsewhere on PlanetSKI.
And let's not forget Scotland - there has been a dusting of snow in the Highlands too.

Glencoe, ScotlandGlencoe, Scotland

Snow in ScotlandSnow in Scotland

And let's not forget the southern hemisphere.


Yep, it may be just three weeks until summer begins down under but it's snowing in Australia!

The ski resort of Perisher is having an unseasonal dusting.

This was the scene there on Monday 6th November.  The video was posted on the Facebook page of The Man From Snowy River Hotel:

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