Snowstorm Continues to Sweep Northern Alps


(2015-02-02 16:43:28)

 
A huge snowstorm continues to sweep across the Alps making for some fantastic skiing, particularly in northern resorts. In the largest snowstorm of the 2014/2015 ski season so far, two metres of the white fluffy stuff has fallen in resorts across the Alps, with similar amounts in the Pyrenees.
 
Widespread snowfall over the weekend saw conditions in northern Italy, southern Switzerland and western France improve dramatically. While the snowfall hasn’t been quite as heavy in Austria, resorts such as St. Anton are reporting great conditions after a flurry of activity in recent days. Some parts of the country continued to see fresh snowfall whereas others were more overcast with the odd spot of sunshine.
 
Snow in Alpe d' Huez this morning
Snow in Alpe d' Huez this morning. Image courtesy of facebook.com/alpe.huez
 
Andorra saw some of its heaviest snowfalls in recent seasons over the weekend, with base depths increasing across the country, with the deepest base reported at Arcalis (70/120cm).
 
Elsewhere, there are some great conditions across Scandinavia, with good snowfall and temperatures remaining low. Some of Norway’s best skiing is currently in Trysil, which has seen 10cm of fresh snow.
 
Skiers in Val Thorens yesterday
Skiers in Val Thorens yesterday. Image courtesy of 123_456 via Flickr.
 
While skiers and snowboarders in resorts across the Alps are enjoying the powder conditions, warnings of dangerous conditions off-piste in some places have been highlighted. A number of fatalities as a result of avalanches have been reported over the last few days and if you’re heading out there you’d do well to heed all safety warnings.
 
So enjoy the snowy conditions but remember: safety first people, safety first.