SDUK Snowboarding News: Torrential rain and flooding in the Alps

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Floods in AvoriazIt’s been a pretty dramatic end to winter 2014/15. While Scotland’s been enjoying “the best powder in the world”, the Alps have been hit by torrential rain that’s caused severe flooding, not only down the valley, but in resort.

The rain, combined with mild temperatures that have resulted in a rapid thaw, have caused rivers to rise dramatically, bursting their banks in places, and causing damage to roads.

Floods in AvoriazAnd it’s not just low altitude resorts that have been affected. Some of the most dramatic scenes have been witnessed in Avoriaz, at 1800 metres, where a lake overflowed, engulfing one of the lift stations.

Only in resorts with skiing above 3000 metres, such as Tignes and Val Thorens, did the precipitation fall as snow, giving them a great end to the season. Fortunately most of the lower resorts had already closed for the season.

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