Latest snow report

Updated: 5.30pm Friday 29 January 2021

This week has seen huge snowfalls across the northern and western Alps, but thanks to plenty of subtropical air being in the mix, there has also been some heavy rain lower down. The greatest accumulations of snow have been in the northern French Alps, and the central and western Swiss Alps, which have already had over 1m of new snow above 2000m in some spots since Wednesday, and even up to 1.5m in places, such as at altitude in the Goms valley in Switzerland.

 

Some Italian resorts close to the Swiss and French borders (such as Cervinia and La Thuile) have also seen a lot of precipitation, as has the far west of Austria (e.g. St Anton), but generally the further west and south you are, the less affected you will have been by the current storm cycle.

 

Yesterday the rain/snow limit reached as high as 2200m in some north-western parts of the Alps (e.g. Portes du Soleil, Jungfrau region) but these areas still have plenty of snow at low levels. More of a worry is the sky-high risk of both avalanches – there have already been several large spontaneous avalanches in both France and Switzerland – and flooding lower down.

 

Across the pond, the big news is a huge storm in California which has dropped as much as 2 metres of new snow in Mammoth…

Val d’Isère, France – Weather to ski – Snow report, 29 January 2021 Very snowy in Val d’Isère right now but the avalanche danger is sky high – 29 January 2021 – Photo: facebook.com/Valdisere

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