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18th January 2022

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Ski resorts on the northeast seaboard of the USA have had a substantial top up of snow in a wild, disruptive storm. It’s a different picture in the Alps, where dry, sunny weather is the order of the day. UPDATED

It’s continuing largely fine and bright in the Alps and there’s been very little recent snowfall.

Some regions are, though, likely to get some in the second half of this week.

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, has just arrived in the Italian Alps.

See here on his first day back on snow since the pandemic:

  • PlanetSKI is back on snow

As well as skiing in La Thuile in Italy he crossed the border (no lateral flow test required) to La Rosiere in France as mentioned in the video.

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

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The French Alps. Image © PlanetSKI

More on the snow forecast for the Alps later in this report.

In sharp contrast, the east coast of the USA has been in the grip of a fierce storm with snow, thunderstorms and high winds.

It’s brought significant dumps to ski resorts in the north east of the USA and and also eastern Canada, such as Tremblant.

But it’s also caused severe disruption.

More than 4,200 flights were cancelled on Sunday and Monday morning.

Around 180,000 people were left without power from Georgia to New York.

In one New Hampshire resort, the storm was too much for them to stay open on Monday.

“Waterville Valley Resort will be closed for the remainder of the day, Monday 1/17/2022,” the resort said.

“We battled the blizzard as long as we could but Mother Nature got the best of us.

“We plan to re-open tomorrow at 9 AM, Tuesday 1/18/2022.”

Resorts in Vermont were open and it was powder heaven.

And this is Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid in New York.

But what about the Alps?

Tuesday 18th January was another sunny day for most.

It’s likely to stay sunny on Wednesday before some snow falls on the northern half of the Alps on Thursday and Friday.

“The heaviest of this will fall in the Austrian Alps and the north-eastern Swiss Alps,” says alpine snow expert, Fraser Wilkin of Weathertoski.

“Some northern parts of the Austrian Alps (including the likes of Saalbach and Kaprun) may well see the snow continue for most of Saturday. However, the northern French Alps (eg  Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif, Tarentaise) will see only a dusting at best.”

Fraser says that between Wednesday night and Saturday morning Saalbach, Kaprun, Lech and St Anton could see 20 to 30cm fall.

In Avoriaz and Flaine in France it could be as little as 1 to 2cm.

The southern Alps – Italy and the far south of Switzerland and Austria – will stay dry with lots of sunshine.

“Snow conditions in the Alps generally remain good on-piste but are increasingly mixed off-piste,” Fraser says.

“There is still cold powdery snow to be found with the help of a good guide in the north-western Alps, where most of the snow fell earlier in the month.

“However, snow cover is generally quite modest in the southern Alps, especially in the south-western Alps (eg Sauze d’Oulx, Isola 2000) where it is extremely thin lower down.

“This isn’t a problem on-piste for now, but it could become so later in the season if there aren’t any significant snowfalls over the next few weeks.”

However the cold temperatures are preserving the snow and the sun is low in the sky and not so strong in January.

As we have mentioned the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is out on the slopes and making some turns.

“To be quite frank not many people care about the exact snow conditions at the moment,” James observed.

“We are all simply so glad to be sliding around on the snow after the experiences of the past couple of seasons.

“The reality of the experience is rather different from the statistics of weather reports and forecasts, with all the factual details.”

“Most people I have spoken to would describe the experience of the conditions as “perfect” and that is what matters.

“There are not many out on the slopes so who would not want to be out in the Alps at the moment?”

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

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