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Up To 55cm Of Snowfall So Far As Big Storm Hits the Alps

Ski areas in the Swiss Bernese Oberland have reported the biggest accumulations so far, but many areas in France, Italy and Austria too have reported 30cm (a foot) or more of fresh snow in the past 24 hours, and for many it is still dumping down.

Up to 55cm (22”) of snowfall has been reported falling so far in the Alps, where the first major storm of 2021 is underway.

St Anton this morning.

The Swiss Jungfrau region has posted 50cm (20 inches) of snowfall so far. This ski region is currently open but unfortunately the Lauberhorn races due to have taken place there this weekend have been moved to Kitzbuhel due to a COVID-19 outbreak which has infected more than 100 people so far at Wengen.

The current state of ski area opening in the main four ski nations in the Alps is: Austrian resorts open to locals only with a review due on or by January 24th; French ski resorts open but ski lifts not allowed to operate – a review is due on or by 20th January; Italy resorts currently closed but may open next Monday 18th January,  although that seems increasingly unlikely and Switzerland remains open but with many travel restrictions and pandemic safety measures in place.

A number of ski areas that are open have closed due to the storm though. For example Austria’s Stubai glacier has closed from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive this week.

The snowstorm is forecast to continue for another 24-48 hours in most areas meaning storm totals could be over a metre for some by Friday morning.  

5 Comments
  1. Baz

    13th January 2021 11:43 am

    This is the news you want when you can’t go anywhere unless you want to be fined heavily for trying to have a life 🙂

  2. Nigel Hawkins

    14th January 2021 1:58 pm

    Great to see snow falling in the alps – gives hope to all but the most cynical ! If we stay indoors and protect the vulnerable and health services we can get back to normal sooner and be on our skis once again.

    Stay indoors, avoid the fines and think of the bigger picture.

  3. Nigel Hawkins

    14th January 2021 2:00 pm

    Great to see snow falling in the alps – gives hope to all but the most cynical ! If we stay indoors and protect the vulnerable and we can get back to normal sooner and be on our skis once again.

    Stay indoors, avoid the fines and think of the bigger picture.

    • Baz

      14th January 2021 3:53 pm

      Kind of my point to some extent I was joking, hence the smiley 🙂 You would be in trouble if you needed hospital treatment right now for ski accident, and there are lots of them every year so no surprises this season is not going to happen. That said i do have a level of sympathy for young people getting 10k fines for having a bit of fun… you are only endangering someone if you make a contact with them, so it is possible to avoid any vulnerable groups selectively.. And the hysteria around this disease has lead in my opinion to over the top responses to it. Not to mention really stupid ideas like having a normal Christmas… that was an epic fail of a plan. But what can you expect from BoJo the populist clown of Downing St….

  4. Baz

    14th January 2021 4:02 pm

    But it was nice to see that the 2 women in Derby got their £200 fines quashed by a tidal wave of social media pressure in response the the ridiculous OTT police response to them going for a walk with a cup of coffee in a park…

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