5 January 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0 Comments

Buried in fresh snow at © Val Thorens

Buried in fresh snow at © Val Thorens

After wreaking havoc in the UK, Storm Eleanor has moved towards the continent, bringing extreme weather, floods and strong winds. Major French ski resorts warn of high avalanche risk and many of them have briefly closed in order to deal with the weather conditions. The good news for skiers is that Storm Eleanor is bringing heaps of snow to the mountains. With many ski resorts optimistic about conditions clearing this morning, it looks like operations might finally be able to return to normal once the snow is properly dealt with. Stay safe out there and... enjoy the fresh powpow!

Storm Eleanor rages across Europe

Storm Eleanor is not restricted to France. Wind speeds of up to 137km/h were reported in Austria's Tyrol valley, and 20 people had to be evacuated from a gondola at Kitzbühel ski resort. Due to the danger from avalanches, unsafe road conditions, falling tree branches and just - dare we say it - too much snow, most ski resorts have advised guests to stay indoors and pursue alternate activities.

Val Thorens wakes up to a snowy morning in the wake of Storm Eleanor

Now that the storm is over, here are some pictures taken in the streets this morning at 6:30 am! 😲😲 We would also like...

Posted by Val Thorens on Thursday, 4 January 2018

Avoriaz partially closed due to heavy snowfall

(INFOS MÉTÉO ET DOMAINE SKIABLE) Avoriaz 1800 ouvre ce matin le centre station et les parties basses du domaine. Les...

Posted by Avoriaz 1800 on Thursday, 4 January 2018

Les 2 Alpes to open some sections on Friday

🗻 La journée de demain : Après 2 jours de conditions climatiques très compliquées la météo de demain devrait être plus...

Posted by Les 2 Alpes on Thursday, 4 January 2018

Tignes opens gradually but maintains avalanche alert

⚠️ UPDATE 5.50pm - Lots of snow in the resort! ⚠️ ➡️ The road between Tignes Le Lac and Tignes 1800 IS RE-OPENED ➡️...

Posted by Tignes on Thursday, 4 January 2018

Flaine had to shut down completely yesterday thanks to Storm Eleanor

[TEMPÊTE ELEANOR] En raison des FORTES rafales de vent liées à la tempête et d'un risque d'avalanches MAXIMUM, le...

Posted by Flaine on Thursday, 4 January 2018

Méribel warns of avalanche risk

[Update on the situation at 12:30 p.m.] - Thanks to the work of our teams many lifts are open. You will find the list...

Posted by Méribel, Coeur des 3 Vallées on Thursday, 4 January 2018

Skiers and snowboarders found other activities to do at Courchevel yesterday

👉 INFOS DOMAINE SKIABLE ▪Suite aux chutes de neige et au vent tempétueux d’hier, le haut du domaine restera fermé...

Posted by Courchevel Officiel on Thursday, 4 January 2018

More snowcast forecast for later this week

In addition to the piles of snow that have already graced the French Alps, ski resorts are expecting even more powder on Saturday after a slight reprieve on Friday afternoon. Here’s an overview of the snowfall forecast for the next 7 days in the major French ski resorts:

  • Val d’Isère: 206cm
  • Val Cenis: 205cm
  • Montgenèvre: 112cm
  • Espace Killy: 111cm
  • La Plagne: 108cm
  • Tignes: 108cm
  • Puy Saint Vincent: 94cm
  • La Grave: 69cm
  • Courchevel: 59cm
  • Val Thorens: 54cm
  • Les Menuires: 54cm
  • Les Arcs: 39cm
  • La Rosière: 39cm
  • Vaujany: 38cm
  • Alpe d’Huez: 37cm
  • Les Deux Alpes: 34cm

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Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!

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