Patrick Thorne

19 Jan 18

The Alps: Over 1m of Snow in Last 72 Hours, Over 1m of Snow Forecast in Next 72 Hours

Patrick Thorne

19 Jan 18

A number of ski areas in the Alps have reported up to 1.3m (over four feet) of snowfall in the past 72 hours and forecasters are expecting up to 1.3m (over four feet) of snowfall in the next 72 hours.

All the snow is good news for resort bases, but less good for skiers and boarders in resort at present, or travelling out tomorrow, Saturday 20th January, as ski areas are only able to open limited terrain safely, conditions are frequently  poor even in those limited open areas , and travel to and from resorts can be difficult.

Tignes 17th January 2018

⚠️ Stormy weather today. Please make sure you follow our regular updates on our website and App.➡️ The road between Tignes Le Lac and Tignes 1800 is open and only equipped cars will be able to go through. The road conditions are very difficult and special equipment – ie snow tires or snow socks or snow chains – is compulsory. Visibility is very poor.➡️ Ski area is closed at present. The following lifts are planned to open: Rosset and Lavachet.➡️ The shuttle service is running late.

Posted by Tignes on Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Austria’s Ziller Valley is reporting 1.2m (four feet) of snow in the past 72 hours with Verbier reporting 105cm and the Portes du Soleil region up to 90cm (three feet) of snow.  Many other resorts including Crans Montana, Davos, Laax, La Plagne and Zermatt have had 60-90cm of new snowfall.

Murren in the Swiss Jungfrau region is forecast to get the biggest snowfall in the next 72 hours at 131cm, with Chamonix (below) and Tignes expected to get 1.2m by Monday and many other areas in the Western Alps of France and Switzerland 90cm (three feet) or more.

Engelberg, which has had 30cm of fresh snow since Wednesday, has the world’s deepest snowbase at 531cm.