Ski Areas in the Alps Closed by Severe Weather

Ski Areas in the Alps Closed by Severe Weather
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03-Jan
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Several ski resorts in the Alps have announced they've closed their entire ski areas for the day due to the severe weather that is hitting much of central Europe.

Resorts in the Western Alps seem to have been the most severely impacted so far with Alpe d'Huez, Avoriaz and most sectors in the Chamonix Valley announcing they're closed today, whilst many other big areas have only a few lifts close to the resort base operating.

The storm which is expected to last until Friday may bring up to 2.4m (8 feet) or snowfall and wind speeds of up to 200 kph (125 mph). Extreme temperature fluctuations are also expected which could mean torrential rain storms despite it being well below freezing on the ground. All of this will lead to very unstable snow conditions.

Not only will the avalanche danger be extremely high but there is also a danger to pedestrians in resort villages from falling snow or falling in to dips in the ground hidden by snow and resorts are warning the safest thing to do is to try to remain indoors until the storm passes.
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Edited 1 time. Last update at 03-Jan-2018
03-Jan
Tonypants
We are on the hill on Pila and the whole ski area has just been closed , the wind has really picked up.
03-Jan
Dobby
La Thuile only has two lifts and three pistes open today. Stay safe everyone
03-Jan
Bald-eagleman
Retreat to the Cage Aux Folles Dobby
Carving leaves me all on edge
03-Jan
SwingBeep
The cold front has arrived so the wind speeds will increase considerably. The Aosta regional government has issued a severe weather warning http://cf.regione.vda.it/allerte_meteo.php high winds and lots of snow at high altitude resulting in the avalanche danger increasing to level 4 http://appweb.regione.vda.it/DBWeb/bollnivometeo/bollnivometeo.nsf/vista_e/$first?OpenDocument&L=_e& Take care.
03-Jan
Wanderer
dobby wrote:La Thuile only has two lifts and three pistes open today.

I wonder if there is a genuine value in opening just 2 lifts or is this just a ploy to avoid triggering insurance and lift pass refund claims .

I have had previous experience in France of them being very slow to reopen after a heavy dump but will always ensure that a few lifts are open.
03-Jan
Bald-eagleman
Suspect the 3 lifts open in La Thuile are the ones from resort to the bowl, ie the Gondola, Chas Dura and the small lift to B37.
Carving leaves me all on edge
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03-Jan
Tonypants
In Pila they funnelled everyone off very early. But we felt that there could have been an extra half an hour skiing before they should have closed.

but we would say that !

Let's see what tomorrow brings ???

Topic last updated on 04-January-2018 at 06:55

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