Despite the unusual (but much welcomed) heatwave that we’re currently experiencing in the UK, reminders are popping up all over the place – from autumn leaves on the pavements, the snow show season, Edinburgh’s Mountain Film Festival to frost and snow warnings for next week – all letting us know that winter is just around the corner.
I recently spent a weekend in Chamonix and the changing of the seasons was in full swing. After scorching 34oC heat picking up the hire car in Geneva on the Friday, by Sunday morning the sun had vanished completely and temperatures were down to a chilly 7 oC! Here is a picture of the snow covered mountains peeking out of the clouds, a sure sign that winter is well on the way:
The same weekend this picture was taken, Obergurgl in Austria reported significant snowfall, whilst over in Switzerland, St Moritz had 30cm of snow on the peaks and 20cm in the valley and Davos/Klosters had about 10cm in resort and 20cm up top. Long-range forecasters are predicting a colder than normal winter in continental Europe with plenty of snow to go around.
Here at Ski Independence we’re all getting excited by the prospect of a snowy European winter and can’t wait to get going. Get in touch if you have any more stories of snow in the Alps, we’d love to hear all about it!