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Alps snow is good news for half-term skiers

Some of the best conditions of the season so far are awaiting British skiers heading to the Alps for the half-term holidays.

Observers are of the opinion that the current state of play is the finest February half-term snow in years and more heavy snow is expected this weekend at many resorts in France and Switzerland.

The half term break is one of the busiest weeks of the winter for skiers and a forecast from the Ski Club of Great Britain predicted that the Western Alps could see significant snowfalls over the next week, with around a metre and a half expected in the Swiss resort of Zermatt.

Snow cover in many parts of the Alps has not been at its best so far this season and this has been particular true at lower altitudes. The extensive use of artificial snowmaking cannons almost led to a water ban is the Haute-Savoie region of France as a result of the drought in December.

However, Val d’Isère enjoyed some of its best conditions for 25 years and neighbouring Tignes also benefited from heavy snowfall.

British skiers’ favourite Méribel also had a slow start to the season but recent fresh snow has changed the picture dramatically. The office of tourism said that “the conditions are excellent” and added that pistes that were previously closed at the Grande Rosière black run and the blue Combe Laitelet on the lower slopes were now open.

Some areas of the Western Alps had almost 80cm of snowfall in a few days earlier this month and upcoming low temperatures should keep slopes in good condition over the half-term week.

One downside of the changing weather could be a higher avalanche risk in some resorts and high winds which could prevent lifts being operated.

Snowfall is forecast to be lighter in Austria with clear skies expected for most of the coming week.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your Ski Travel Insurance in advance.

Date Created: 14 February 2017

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