It was starting to look a little grim, with some resorts having seen no new snow since November and temperatures looking decidedly unseasonal. And then on Christmas Day it snowed. And it snowed and it snowed. Boxing Day or St Stephen’s Day, whatever you call it, continued the festive snowfall. According to the folk at J2Ski powder snow is reported by 38 Swiss Ski Resorts. Andermatt and Zermatt now have a base of over 3 metres on the higher slopes.
More snow is forecast, with the Jura and Black Forest resorts starting to get fresh snow, although I am sure many of those people who went skiing for the holiday period will be pleased to hear that there will be sunny skies for most of the next couple of weeks in the Alps with the snow mainly falling overnight.
With all the fresh snow the avalanche risk has heightened and is now registered as level 3, considerable risk, by the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. If you go off-piste, be careful and be prepared.