Early snow in the Pyrenees

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Early snow in the Pyrenees

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PeakTimes posted Oct-2008

This last week has seen the first snow of the winter and in unusually large amounts. The first snow cleared in two days but we are having a heavy fall at the moment which seems set to continue for a few days yet.

This is not an indication of how the winter will pan out but it certainly is nice to see the mountains covered in the lovely white stuff.



Since this photo was taken the snow level has fallen to approx 1000m



A little better visability in amongst the trees:



One the skies clear up I will post some better pictures.

Stack72
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Oct-2008

its awesome to see so much snow falling already. its a pity that the Ski Welt hasnt gotten any already though LOL

there is already more snow in those pics that you posted that the day i arrived in El Tarter in January 08 this year

PeakTimes
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Nov-2008

After very heavy snow on Sunday which brought down trees and power lines I spent some time this morning at Peyragudes to see how the new base is progressing and to check out the snow. The construction is all but complete and they are now fitting out and though I expect this amount of snow may hold them up a little it is looking very good.

Anyway with 50cm plus at the base all bodes well for when they are due to open on the 29th of November - fingers crossed and all that.


This is the 6 seat high speed demountable on the Col de la Flamme


Some of the return pistes on the Peyresourde side of the resort


A dramatic backdrop at Peyragudes

RossF
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Nov-2008

Why aren't you making tracks?

Stack72
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Nov-2008

man that snow looks so fresh

wish i was right there now instead of stuck behind this deak

PeakTimes
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Nov-2008

Heavy snow last night and it is continuing at the moment down to about 1100m. It looks like Superbagneres, Peyragudes and Baqueira have had another 20cm to top up there already excellent base. It is looking very good for the start of the season on the 29th.

4x4
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Dec-2008

From todays news in Spain:

Hundreds trapped by heavy snow in Spain
Heavy snowfall left 600 vehicles trapped overnight on a highway from Leon to Austurias and dozens of mountain passes closed.

Related Articles Snow, rain storms trigger travel chaos in FranceMADRID – Heavy snowfall trapped hundreds of people in their cars, severed rail links and forced schools to close across northern Spain on Monday, police and officials said.

Soldiers helped police rescue people trapped in some 600 vehicles overnight on a stretch of the highway linking Leon to Austurias, a spokesman for traffic management agency DGT said.

The highway reopened to cars and buses but not to all trucks late on Monday after being closed for 21 hours. Dozens of mountain passes remained closed.

Classes were cancelled for 13,000 students in the region of Castile and Leon, and for another 5,000 in the northwestern region of Galicia.

Snow reached as far south as the mountains of the Sierra de la Tramuntana on the Mediterranean holiday island of Majorca.

Five people, including four between the ages of 18 and 20, had to be rescued by helicopter after being cut off by the heavy snowfalls in Sierra de Durcal, near Granada, Spanish media also reported.

[AFP / Expatica]

Cheers!

Ian Wickham
reply to 'Early snow in the Pyrenees'
posted Dec-2008

Sounds like some great conditions out there

Topic last updated on 16-December-2008 at 11:56

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