A massive snowstorm is hammering the Alps with the most snow they’ve seen in years.
The storm is dropping snow on Piedmont, Aosta, the Swiss Alps and the French Alps. wepowder.com is reporting that this is a storm that only happens once every thirty years. More than a meter (39″) of snow fell in parts on Monday alone. In total, up to 1.8 meters (6 FEET) of snow fell in 36 hours in parts of the Savoie area. Skiing is not possible as slopes are closed because of the risk of avalanches.
What’s really grabbing headlines are the multiple towns that are on lock down with thousands of tourists left stranded due to extremely high avalanche danger (see video below).
All winter hiking paths and cable cars remain closed – please follow the instructions of the community – in order not to interrupt the clearing works we kindly ask you to stay at home. There are possible power breakdowns all over Zermatt. The arrival & departure to / from Zermatt is not possible at the moment. – Zermatt Matterhorn
In the Swiss resort of Zermatt, more than 13,000 tourists are trapped and some visitors who needed to leave were airlifted by helicopter. Obviously, the slopes are closed and anyone caught skiing or hiking outside designated safe areas will be ticketed.