The fresh snow that started coming down in France, Switzerland and Italy yesterday moved on over to Austria as the night progressed, with accompanying winds and stormy conditions in many places. Snowfall reached down to village level and sporadic flurries are expected throughout the day today.
Gusts of up to 100km/h were reported in Austria and southern Germany yesterday. In the Hahnenkammbahn in Reutte, a fallen tree on the lift cable trapped 40 people inside the lift. A lift was also brought to an emergency stop due to the strong winds in Hochzillertal-Hochfügen, with mountain rescue crews evacuating the skiers and snowboarders inside. But peace will return to the Alps, with stable weather and rising temperatures over the next few days. This may even cause some rainfall at lower altitudes.
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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