Heavy snowfall on still open slopes in the Alps
Posted by Skiinfo.com 16th April 2012
There’s been fresh snow in the Alps over the weekend according to reports on skiinfo.co.uk.
Powder alarms for more than 20cm (eight inches) of new snow in 24 hours were generates by still-open ski areas from north-to-south and east-to-west of Europe’s main ski mountain range – good news for anyone still planning to hit the slopes at one of the several hundred ski areas still open.
Beneficiaries include Vars and Les Orres in the southern French Alps reporting 35cm (14 inches) of new snow by Sunday. These followed on from falls in the northern French Alps from Thursday to Saturday which brought 20cm (eight inches) to Avoriaz, and a full foot (30cm) to Argentiere and Chamonix which have had the deepest snow in the country all year and still have an approximately three metre (10 feet) base and are open to May.
In Italy La Thuile had 20cm and the Monterosa Region a full 35cm (14 inches) while Switzerland’s Samnaun linked to Ischgl in Austria and open to May posted 20cm while Crans Montana had a full foot (30cm).
Saas Fee – with a month of its season left before its short closure and then summer ski season start, got 35cm
Along with these headline snowfall figures many resorts got longer-periods accumulations led by Gstaad which says it has received (1.8m) six feet of snow over the past 7 days. Grindelwald is second in Europe with 105cm (3.5 feet) and La Grave says 80cm (nearly three feet) – the same as Les ores and Alagna over the border in Italy.
It wasn’t just the Alps that got the snow too. Snowfall was reported in Scandinavia, Scotland and down in the Pyrenees where Cauterets reported 40cm of new snow yesterday. This has issued another powder alarm today, Monday 16th April.
In the Italian Dolomites Madonna di Campiglio reported a full 45cm and summer ski area Val Senales 30cm (a foot) on each of two successive days.
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