It’s a storm that only happens once every thirty years in the French Haute Tarentaise / Haute Maurienne according to MétéoFrance. Check out the forecast which tells you everything about this insane storm in the Alps here. Resorts are closed, roads are closed and it’s no surprise that the avalanche danger is critical in all the regions above.
Here’s what we know:
- Tignes is currently under more than 8 FEET of snow. The skiing is closed until further notice
- Val d’Isere resort won’t open today, and surrounding roads are closed. Residents are being asked to stay indoors due to the extreme avalanche risk
- Zermatt resort won’t open today. 13,000 people are trapped in the Swiss village and the power is down
- A huge avalanche came down and hit the little village of Le Pont, close to Chamonix. About 15 chalets were affected, but there’s only damage to infrastructure and there aren’t any people injured. Trees came down on cars and there’s no power anymore
- Avalanche danger in these areas has been raised to ‘extreme’ (5, on a scale of 5). Due to relatively warm temperatures, the snow that fell is wet and heavy
More details to come as the weather continues and resorts make decisions on opening runs. If you are over there in the Alps, heed all warnings and stay safe!