Thursday, November 27, 2008

‘Snow-vember’ Ends With Huge Snowfalls Across Europe

Skiinfo reports that further huge snowfalls at the start of this week has brought fantastic early-season conditions to ski resorts across Europe.
Resorts in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Switzerland have reported falls of up to a metre (3.4 feet) in the past five days and more than 200 ski areas across the continent expect to be open this weekend.The Pyrenees are having their best start to the season for many years with snow accumulations passing the two metres (6 feet, 8 inches) mark at several resorts - great news for Andorra as well as resorts on the French and Spanish sides of the range. There has been two days of continuous snowfall bringing from 30 to 80 cm (12 - 32 inches) of fresh powder in the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian mountains of Northern Spain.
Zermatt has more than 160km (100 miles) of piste open, probably the most in Europe at present, but the Espace Killy in France opens on Friday, which offers 300km (187 miles) of piste shared between Tignes and Val d'Isere. On opening day, 300 lucky winners of an online competition will have the areato themselves.

Leading Austrian ski area resorts are opening too including the Arlberg region (Lech picture attached), again with deep snow waiting. The best snow depths are on Austria's glaciers where Solden, Pitztal, Huntertux, Kaunertal and Molltal each have between 135cm (4 feety, 6 inches)and 150cm (5 feet) of snow on upper slopes.
In Scotland the Lecht ski area re-opened on Monday and more snow is expectedat the weekend. In North America, Alberta in Canada continues to have the best of the snow at present, although New England has had nearly a foot (30cm) of fresh snow in time for the important US Thanksgiving holidays. In the West however warm temperatures have limited resorts opening.
Still more snow is expected across Europe over the next week.

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