Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

15th October 2012, by Abi Butcher

Monday morning has brought snow across France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland — with particularly heavy dumps on the

Stubai Glacier in Austria and Grande Motte in Tignes (30cm and 35cm respectively). 

There was widespread snowfall yesterday and last night across all areas from La Plagne to Engelberg — and around 10cm more snow is expected to fall today.

Cervinia opened for the first time last weekend (13-14 October), and was hit by 10cm of fresh snow yesterday. It is now closed again until next weekend.

The lifts are currently closed in Saas Fee due to stormy weather, but tomorrow conditions are expected to be perfect, with sun expected across the Alps by the end of the week.

Check out the webcams in Saas Fee and Zermatt.

Thomas de Lucy, who works for Zai Skis in Switzerland, told WTSS on twitter that a three-hour journey from Andermatt to a href=“”>Zermatt to go ski testing took him nine hours this morning.

“All the mountain passes are closed! Glad I’ve got the snow tyres on,” he added.

In France, Tignes has had 35cm of snow on the Grande Motte. And Ski Total reports “There’s some pretty good snow in Les Arcs this morning.”

Avoriaz 1800 is reporting fresh snow overnight — with 15cm in the village already.

And across in the States, resorts locals have woken up to a white-out this morning — with Heavenly, Keystone, Mammoth, Snowbird and Copper Mountain to name but a few.

There has also been a dump of 30cm on Mount Hutt in New Zealand — though reports say the snow is heavy, not surprising for late spring.

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