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30th January 2022

Snow is on the way for some places and the weather has already caused some travel problems for those getting in and out of ski resorts this weekend. There has recently been some snow in Austria but precious little any where else. NEW UPDATED

Updated: Sunday 30th February

It will be welcomed many, but as always it remains to be seen how much will fall, and where.

Our latest video snow report comes from our editor, James Cove, who has been skiing in Pila in the Aosta Valley today.

For some reason a few people have messaged us to say they can’t view the video with a message saying how they don’t have permission to view it.

If that is the case you can see it over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page .

Out on the slopes of Pila in the Aosta Valley more snow is undoubtedly needed.

Pila, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Pila, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

But weekend ski racing continued, and there were many thousands of people out enjoying the sun and the snow over the weekend.

Pila, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Pila, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Here is the latest from the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin at Weathertoski.co.uk

“The weather in the Alps has entered a more unsettled phase, with a lot of snow and wind expected across many northern parts of the Alps (particularly in the north-east) over the next few days, especially between Monday and Wednesday.

“By the end of Wednesday, as much as 60-80cm of new snow is expected above 1500m in some northern/north-eastern parts of the Alps, with the Austrian Arlberg (Lech/Zürs/St Anton) as likely as anywhere to see these kinds of totals.

“More generally, around 30-60cm of new snow is expected across the northern Alps, from about central Switzerland eastwards, with 10-30cm likely in the western Swiss Alps (e.g. Verbier, Wengen, Villars) and the northern French Alps (e.g. Tignes, Chamonix, Avoriaz).”

On Saturday in Gressoney PlanetSKI saw saw something we hadn’t seen for a while – a cloud or two in the sky.

Gressoney, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Gressoney, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

The slopes were in excellent condition considering it hasn’t snow for a few weeks.

Gressoney, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Gressoney, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

It is bare down to resort level but the slopes remain open.

Gressoney, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Gressoney, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Things though seem set to change with some snow on the way to this part of the Alps.

The weather has already caused some problems at Chambery airport in France as people try to get in and out of their ski resort this weekend.

Heavy fog disrupted some flights on Saturday and up to 500 people had to sleep in emergency accommodation overnight.

The incident at Chambery and the impact to some passengers has been reported in the Manchester Evening News .

The exception to the lack of recent snow has been in Austria where up to 50cm has fallen in places this past week.

The storm has now passed and the fortunate ones are out enjoying the conditions, including one of our regular readers, Holger Gassler.

He has been on the slopes of Obergurgl.

Obergurgl, Austria. Image c/o Holger Gassler

Obergurgl, Austria. Image c/o Holger Gassler

Obergurgl, Austria. Image c/o Holger Gassler

Obergurgl, Austria. Image c/o Holger Gassler

More snow is set for Austria later this week, though it will be accompanies by high winds in places

For a flavour of what the weather has been like this past week check out our earlier snow resorts on PlanetSKI.

Updated: Friday 28th January

Our latest video snow report comes from our editor, James Cove, who is currently in La Rosiere, France.

Now it should also be pointed out that when there are single clouds over Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco and the Matterhorn/Cervino the locals say the weather is about to change.

“The mountain has it’s hat on,” is how the locals from the two areas put it.

Now it may be an old-wives-tale, but from our skiing in La Rosiere and neighbouring La Thuile today the two mountain beasts of the Alps had their hats on.

Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco. Image © PlanetSKI

Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco. Image © PlanetSKI

Matterhorn/Cervino. Image © PlanetSKI

Matterhorn/Cervino. Image © PlanetSKI

Fingers crossed.

Also we don’t know if this has anything to do with the weather, but today at the end of January we saw a strange site.

A forest fire high up in the mountains.

It was above the village of La Thuile in the Aosta Valley, Italy.

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

La Thuile, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Helicopters were scrambled to try to bring the blaze under control.

One may expect mountain forest fires in the middle of summer, but not perhaps in the middle of winter.

More to follow…

Wednesday 26th January

The wall-to-wall sunshine continues across much of the Alps and it feels more like spring than the end of January.

PlanetSKI’s editor, James Cove, has been in the Italian resort of La Thuile in the Aosta Valley today.

It was +8c at the mid-station at mid-morning.

The avalanche risk is 1, the lowest level.

We will be writing a full length feature on PlanetSKI about La Thuile shortly – in the meantime you’ll just have to take James’s word for it.

He tends to know what he is talking about.

Or at least he likes to think he does.

And here is the view from the top as we crossed from La Thuile into La Rosiere.

We are looking across to Paradiski and its resorts of Les Arcs/La Plagne and beyond.

Sunshine all the way.

One of our readers, Neil Bradbury, has commented on the video over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page :

“Love sitting by the Fort there. Great views,” he said. There is no fresh snow to talk about, but there is lunch on the restaurant terraces, soaking up a few rays and skiing on empty slopes that have pretty decent snow covering.

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Rosiere, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Elsewhere in the Alps it is a similar situation, with blue sky all the way.

A PlanetSKI team has been in Verbier, Switzerland.

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

“There is no off piste skiing here in Verbier, but the slopes are in surprisingly good condition considering it hasn’t snowed for a while,” said PlanetSKI reporter, Marie Taylor.

“We are whizzing round empty slopes on good, grippy snow with the sun out – what’s not to like?” she added.

And here we are on the slopes:

For the full details of the weather across the Alps, and the all-important forecast, here is the latest from Weathertoski.co.uk.

More to follow…

Tuesday 25th January

The latest images and information come from PlanetSKI reporter, Vanessa Fisher, who is currently in Val Gardena in the Dolomites in Itay.

“Blue skies and incredible panoramas all the way,” said Vanessa.

“We skied the full Sella Ronda today in great conditions all the way up to Marmolada at 3265m, just a few scratchy places on the steeper sections in the shade but otherwise great piste conditions considering no fresh snow for a few weeks.”

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The Dolomites, Italy. Image c/o Vanessa Fisher.

The forecast looks like there may be some fresh snow for the beginning of next week. Fingers crossed,” Vanessa added.

Valtournenche, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Valtournenche, Italy. Image © PlanetSKI