Can there be too much of a good thing?
Early season skiing has come under fire in recent years. “The snow is coming later and later each year” and “early season just isn’t what it used to be” can often be overheard around après-holiday know-it-alls as they puff their chests at the bar. However this time round, the early season snow drought was nowhere to be seen.
Since the Christmas lights went up, the Alps have been hammered by storm after storm, it looked to be the ideal start to winter, finally the bumper season that the Alps have been deprived of for so long. The patchy, Friesian December cover of recent seasons was a faint memory over Advent with many resorts boasting thick layers of snow.
The naysayers were forced to eat their words, declaring it the best start to the season in decades. Yet at points, this heavy snowfall has danced on the line between dream and nightmare.
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13,000 stranded in Swiss resort
Zermatt hit the headlines this January after heavy snowfall crippled the resort. The high alpine town was cut off from the outside world when the railway that provides access to the pedestrianised commune was closed as a precaution due to the heavy snow. It should be noted that it is not uncommon for the railway that ferries passengers between Täsch and Zermatt to close for a short time following heavy snowfall.
However, the unprecedented amount of snow that fell in the first fortnight of January forced the railway and road to close from Monday to Thursday.