Europe Finally Gets It!
Tue 06 December 11
After weeks of been stuck in a dry spell the snow finally arrived at many resorts across Europe yesterday with more snowfall planned for the coming days.
After a slow start which has seen the warmest and driest European Autumn since 1864, it seems that customers and the snow industry can finally relax a little as snow continues to fall throughout many resorts.
In Switzerland the snow continued to fall at Andermatt, Arosa, which allowed riders out for the first time last weekend. Snow also fell yesterday at Zermatt,and Davos and Klosters. Predictions look good for the end of week as another half a meter of snow is predicted.
Snow also fell in many of the major French resorts including Tignes, Val Thorens and Courchavel. Val D’Isere also reported over 20 cm of new snow yesterday.
In Austria many resorts are yet to open so snow reports are limited but Obergurgl saw a fall of 10cm and is currently operating 15 out of its 24 ski lifts. Solden announced 40cm of new snow yesterday with Ischgl reporting that 10cm fell yesterday. Snow also fell at St Anton and Lech which currently has 4 out of 84 lifts open.
The snow also fell in Italy with the resorts of the milky Way including Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere all reporting 20cm of new snow each. Cervinia and Madesimo continued the trend with 15cm of new snow.
Across the rest of Europe Germany, Bulgaria and Scotland are yet to open for the new season. However Scotland looks particularly promising with web cam results for the Cairngorm and the Lecht areas showing fresh snow fall.
The coming week suggests that the much welcomed snow will continue to fall until at least mid week with anything between 10cm – 40 cm expected in many of the French resorts. Predictions are that conditions will brighten up towards the end of the week which will make for pleasant riding conditions.
Wed 07 December 11, Nevis Range, United Kingdom
The new piste basher was finally unloaded at Nevis Range yesterday, in the middle of blizzard like conditions in the car park.
Wed 07 December 11
The Ride Shakedown tour has a $50,000 total purse, with $20,000 going to the winner.
Thu 08 December 11, Nevis Range, United Kingdom
Nevis Range plans to open for skiing and snowboarding this weekend, earlier than planned, due to the recent significant snowfall.
Thu 08 December 11, La Plagne, France
Over 3 ft of snow since Monday and is still snowing with 1.3 ft of snow falling yesterday.
Thu 08 December 11, Mayrhofen, Austria
Whoop Whoop its the sound of Police Academy's Michael Winslow joining the Altitude Comedy Festival line-up along with Phill Jupitus, Brendon Burns & many more