After waiting weeks for some decent snowfall in the Alps, the past couple of days have seen winter finally arrive, and arrive with a bang. Up to 70cm of snow fell over 24 hours, burying cars and covering the snow starved slopes with a well needed dose of the white stuff.
Unfortunately the storm coincided with one of the biggest arrival and departure dates of the season, with thousands of people travelling to and from resorts.
The conditions wreaked havoc on the roads causing accidents, closures and massive delays. Some people were stranded for up to 24 hours and many had to be put up in emergency accommodation. A friend of SDUK was stuck for 42 hours on a coach travelling from London to Tignes, and we’ve heard reports of the journey from Bourg St Maurice to Val d’Isere taking 11 hours rather than the usual 45 minutes.
On the bright side, those who were travelling to resort will at least be rewarded with fantastic conditions once the weather lifts. However, for those who were travelling home after a week of extremely poor conditions, it was the final twist of the knife.
Those taking to the slopes are being urged to stick to marked runs as there is no real base in many places and avalanche risk is high, but with that amount of fresh snow there will be no need to venture off piste!
Were you caught up in the chaos or know anyone who was? Or are you heading out soon? Tell us about it below…SDUK Snowboarding News: Winter finally arrives in the Alps, and hits hard!,