In Pictures: Amazing Start to the Winter Season

Vicky January 8th, 2018

Thought it would never end? After the snowstorm to end all snowstorms, the weather in the French Alps has calmed – a little – and the sun is even making an appearance in some resorts. What an amazing start to the winter!

The Swiss Alps are still in the middle of yet another blizzard and 100cm will fall in Saas Fee today alone!

If you haven’t booked a holiday yet for this winter, now is the time!

amazing start to the winter

A break in the storm in Val Thorens, 5th January 2018

France

In short, the snow depths in France are huge!

Storm Eleanor brought massive snowfalls last week, as well as high winds and some rain, but on an already considerable base the rain shouldn’t have much of a lasting impact. A little more snow (over 30cm in Val Thorens tonight!) is on its way. In a few days’ time, should you feel the snow levels are running low, then worry not – a couple of beautiful bluebird days will be followed by yet another decent top-up heading into next week.

Michael, our MD, spent a week in Avoriaz with his family last week and enjoyed amazing conditions, broken up by a couple of day’s of the storm:

View from the Super Morzine last week in Morzine-Avoriaz

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Dude, where’s my car? (Val Thorens)

For an idea of just how much snow there is in the French Alps right now here’s an overview from On the Snow – amazing!

amazing start to the winter

Finally, if there was any doubt as to the levels of snow here’s a brilliant shot from Tignes:

Woman VS. wild 😱😂 #tignes #snowday #snowstorm

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Switzerland

As mentioned above, Saas Fee is expecting over 1 metre of snow in just one day today. Snow-forecast.com is predicting accumulated snowfalls in Zermatt of 272cm by Wednesday and it only just received a dump of 50cm yesterday!

A break in the weather is on the way for the end of the week, followed up by more snow to come.

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Saas-Fee on 8th January 2018 – massive snow means the roads are closed for safety reasons but teams are working hard to clear the latest snowfalls

North America

For those interested in conditions across the pond, a strong start to the winter in Banff & Lake Louise means conditions have been nothing short of excellent since opening day, and more snow keeps falling. Whistler has now registered over 5 metres of snow this season and flurries will keep things topped up this week. Tremblant is benefiting from the east coast big freeze with another 18cm of snow overnight last night and more on the way.

amazing start to the winter

Just a few options in Whistler – from 6th January 2018 (from Whistler Blackcomb Facebook page)

Open Snow predicts significant snow and powder for the western USA and Canada from today, including in Utah and Colorado which have both had a fairly lean winter so far. The news from California is a storm at the weekend brought a healthy top-up to an already healthy base from big early snowfalls in December, with Mammoth offering the best conditions.

Jackson Hole is having one of the best seasons stateside so far, and Ullr certainly delivered the goods in time for Christmas:

Whether you’re skiing now or later in the season, we hope you have a brilliant time!

It’s not too late to arrange your tailor-made trip, just call our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097 for their expert advice on where to ski and where to stay this winter.

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