The French and Italian Alps have seen record snowfall over the past couple of days, with the depth of snowdrifts in Italian ski resorts increasing by a record 2-3 meters (6-10 ft). Due to the threat of avalanches, some trails are closed.
At many meteorological stations, extremely high snowfall was recorded: 50 to 70 mm in liquid equivalent turned into tens of centimeters of snow.
For a couple of days in the resort of Pre-Sen Didier, the height of the snowdrifts increased by 8 ft 0 ft(2.48m), in Chirvina by 7′-6″ (2.23m), in Valtournanche by 1o ft (3m), in Sestriere by 6′-3″ (1.9m)! In the French Alps, the main snowfalls in Tinea in Val Dièsere measured 6 ft (1.8m) in 48 hours.
This is the strongest snowfall in the region in the last 30 years.
Due to avalanche threat, some routes were closed. At least one avalanche came down in Sestriere (one house was damaged, fortunately, there are no victims among the people). In most northern regions of Italy declared a yellow or orange level of natural danger.
With cars of tourists in Italian resorts buried under snow drifts, skiers are now playing the game “find your car”