A series of storms will bring big snowfall for happy skiers

Obergurgl has benefited from a new snow range following the barren start of the Austrian mountains to 2023 ( Oetztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann)

Obergurgl has benefited from a new snow range following the barren start of the Austrian mountains to 2023 ( Oetztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann)

Ski vacationers will be welcomed with fresh snow in the Alps, which has started a winter season.

Snowfall will cover the mountains of France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland after the unseasonable January heat has rendered the resorts bare or ski-proof.

Until now, only the highest altitude trails in the Alps were fully operational, and lower resorts popular with British skiers, such as Morzine and Megeve in Portes du Soleil, got off to a rough start to the season as rain and higher temperatures stopped the snowfall. or cause it to melt.

However, most mountain ranges in the Alps benefited from 30-60cm of fresh snow on Monday and Tuesday and were back in operation. And more predicted blizzards will bring new inches where they are needed most, with the lower French Alps being one of the biggest beneficiaries.

Lack of snow causing some depressing images for skiers in early 2023 (AP)

Lack of snow causing some depressing images for skiers in early 2023 (AP)

Megeve in France and Courmayeur in Italy will get their share of the loot for snowfall over the next seven days, and forecasters say they’re in line for the 123cm.

French resorts Val d’Isere, Chamonix and Morzine will also be big winners. Austria was among the hardest hit countries in Europe, but Obergurgl will see at least another 40 cm.

Craig Burton, managing director of vacation booking service Ski Solutions, said the company expects “avalanches of bookings” after a “rough start”.

“After the start of the season, which was difficult at times, the snow we expect next week will be game-changing and will be a tremendous relief for the lowly resorts affected by the recent mild weather,” he said.

We have a stormy and snowy week ahead, but when the weather opens, conditions will be incredible and most of the resorts will be perfectly prepared for the coming season.”

The landscape in central and southern Europe is in marked contrast to the landscape in North America and Scandinavia, where snow is deep. The US and Canada, in particular, have even seen potential customers delayed due to severe stormy weather.

However, the situation will stabilize when conditions reset to the January average.

Mr Burton added: “Reservation demand in recent weeks has intensified towards higher altitude destinations in the Alps and Norway, but as all resorts are poised to take advantage of this snow, we are bracing ourselves for an avalanche of bookings over the next few days.

“If you haven’t secured your trip for this winter, we suggest you book now before the news spreads.”

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