Snowfall for European glaciers
4th Sep 12
Europe's summer ski areas have had a wintry flavour the last few days. Snow below 2000m in many mountain ranges has put an end to a rather prolonged warm, dry spell.
Hintertux, in the heart of the Austrian Alps, received a healthy dump of fresh snow down to 1700m over the weekend, which has greatly improved conditions on the 22km of pistes that are currently open for snowsports.
Although Tignes and Les Deux Alpes have now closed for the summer ski season, fresh snow over the weekend was enjoyed by those lucky enough to have stuck around. The hot summer weather had been taking a visible toll on the Grand Motte glacier, with glacial ice showing through in places.
In Italy, Cervinia is still open, although this is their last week of summer operations. A lot of snow fell over the weekend and the base depth on the Plateau Rosa ski area is now 130cm, half a metre more than on Thursday 30 August. 30cm of new snow was reported on 2 September alone. North of the border, Swiss resorts Saas Fee and Zermatt have also benefitted from the cold and snowy interlude.
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