Second snow storm hits the Alps

4th January 2016, by Abi Butcher

Another 20cm of much-needed snow fell last night in Avoriaz

Another 20cm of much-needed snow fell last night in Avoriaz

Last night, a second wave of snow hit the Alps, with some resorts receiving up to half a metre of snow overnight.

“It’s good to have the snow back!” said Avoriaz tourist office on its facebook page. The Portes du Soleil area had, like the rest of the Alps, been suffering with bare slopes but a first dousing of snow arrived on Saturday, last night another 20cm fell and more is forecast this week.

Val d’Isère tourist office has posted more pictures of the snow this morning: “30cm overnight and it’s still snowing! 2016 is already off to a good start.”

Val d’Isère this morning

Meanwhile in Switzerland, Verbier Seasonaires’ Instragram account last night showed people knee deep in powder. And it was all desperately needed.

“The heaviest snow [from last night’s storm] was in the northern French Alps and far western Swiss Alps,” says Fraser Wilkin in today’s snow report on Weather to Ski.

“This latest storm has also brought some snow to eastern Switzerland, the far west of Austria and western Italy, though generally in more modest quantities.”

The first snow hit the Alps on Saturday night, where in many areas skiers went to sleep to rain and woke up to snow and sunshine. More snow is forecast all week, heavy in some areas — particularly the northern French Alps and western Swiss Alps.

Fraser Wilkin adds a note of caution to all the revellers: “Avalanche danger has increased markedly in most areas and is particularly high in the northern French and western Swiss Alps. With the previously thin or non-existent snow-base, there are also still lots of hidden obstacles off-piste.”

Our next snow report will be published on Thursday (7 January). To keep up-to-date with daily snow situation, visit


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