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WHEN SKIING IS OFF ... - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Thursday January 4, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

What's there to do in resort when skiing is off? With the 4th big January storm hitting and slopes closed people are being inventive. UPDATED

The weather  has been crazy in the Alps this winter.

There's been heavy snow with high winds and ferocious rain in resorts.

Avalanche warnings are at 4 at time of writing on January 21st as I update this article and some resorts are once again on lockdown.

See here for our latest snow and weather report updated today:
And check out another report from earlier in the month:
Staying inside in TignesEmpty streets - staying inside in Tignes

SnowVal Thorens clearing up

Our first message:

Be safe out there snow-sporters - Take care!


Think of some ideas to keep you occupied waiting out the storm in ski resorts.
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Water parks
  • Eat fondue - lots of it!
  • Snow fun - snow angels
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The weather has been so wild in Zermatt is seems people have not been so keen to partake in their favourite past-time - shopping.

Howling winds up the main street have kept people indoors.

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So, what have people been up to across the Alps?

In Saas Fee, the residents from the Hotel Kristall-Saphir Superior took to the streets for a spot of Line Dancing.

The resort was completely closed so what else would you do for some exercise?

La Rosiere - a firm family favourite on the border of France and Italy's Aosta Valley - has taken the challenging conditions in its stride.

'Animators' have offered games and activities for children during the afternoon.

The resort has also opened up the cinema Le Ruitor for kids' movies.

Bowling is open late night for those awake from 10pm to 2am, as well as in the evening for littler ones.

The ice rink has been open all afternoon for skaters to skid around until 7pm.

Bravo, La Ros!

La RosiereLa Rosiere stepping up

Rob Greatbach tells PlanetSKI about his day earlier this month:

"In Chamonix with five mates for four days post New Year skiing. The whole valley is closed except for Les Houches.

"Four of us drove over to St Gervais where despite torrential rain all day and an avalanche risk off 5/5, most of the lifts were open.

"And if you enjoyed skiing slush and ignored the rain some good skiing was on offer."

Rob Greatbach in ChamonixRob Greatbach is in Chamonix


Back in Zermatt our editor, James Cove, made his way up the slopes (eventually).

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Radio Val d'Isere posted this video of young Charlie making the most...

If you can't ski - play!

Simon Perry is in Tignes, a resort hit with some of the worst weather.

Earlier this month his group took to fighting the War on Terror (it's a board game).

When on a rainy holiday...

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More and more resorts are installing serious water centres that boast pools, tubs, hot rooms, slides and kids areas.

PlanetSKI has checked out more than a few.

Courchevel's Aquamotion is vast with an outdoor heated pool and a luxurious spa area with steam rooms, saunas and the whole sha-bang.

Oh, and an exciting kids area with jumps that keeps 'em going for hours...

The Aqua centre in Les Menuires adds a lot to the resort and is a real bonus for families.

We bet they're both being enjoyed this winter...

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And spare a thought for the ski instructors who have to work and be inventive.

It was rarely so wet for the European Snowsport instructors in Verbier earlier in the month.

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And yet one of its veteran instructors, Neal Waldman, has found a way to keep clients entertained once the rain stopped.

A spot  of snow-shoeing.
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Tour operator Mountain Heaven tells some truths from the Alps:

"It's been bad - rain and winds in all of our resorts but the guests have been keeping busy and happy," reports Director, Nick Williams.

"We are making sure the hot tubs are available for use and the saunas!

"Resorts have been putting on events, opening cinema, organising karaoke, and in some resorts there is bowling & ice skating."

PlanetSKI reader Alexandra Beuchert sends us her update from Tignes:

"Hanging out inside, pet sitting Flopsy rabbit (& a guinea pig named Scruffy ... And getting lots of financial admin done. "#boringbutnecessary".

Well, it's not a bad setting for working, is it?!
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Another reader, Ian McClelland, is editing photos from a trip to the Antarctic.

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Check back for more of what's going on, and keep in touch with your resort's updates and advice.

Again, be careful out there everyone!

No risks...

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