The final week of August has delivered significant snowfall across the higher elevations of Europe, particularly above 2,000 m (6,500 ft).
The snowfall is being greeted as the first of the season at ski areas in Andorra and in the French and Spanish Pyrenees, although some glaciers in Austria and Italy have been registering substantial dumpings all month.
This was the scene on the Matterhorn –which straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy– on Sunday, August 30 (click to enter fullscreen):
Summer snow totaled 20+cm (7.9+ inches) on the Western Alps over the weekend, and, as reported by inthesnow.com, many resorts closed lifts and hiking/biking trails in anticipation of the weather front.
“The Borsat chairlift will remain closed for the day,” announced Radio Val d’Isere.
Sizable flakes were also falling in nearby Val Thorens, in Les3Vallees:
Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland have reported significant accumulations on their glaciers of late, and will be open for the start of September; as will at least two other glacier ski areas, in Austria (Hintertux), and in Italy (Passo Stelvio).
Skiing is currently already on offer in Italy’s Cervinia –located in the Aosta Valley– on the glacier it shares with Zermatt, reports planetski.eu.
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