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Big snow from the North Western Jet stream

We are in the midst of a classic St. Anton snowfall.  As the locals explain it to me this is caused when a warm moist flow of air originating over Iceland gains moisture over Scotland and Ireland and then collides with a cool mass of air originating in Russia.  This creates a stable low pressure system in the Arlberg and massive amounts of dry power snow.  This is the weather pattern that makes St. Anton a major snow centre in the Alps.  Our fingers are crossed that it will determine our weather for the season like other big winters in the past!!

It is hard to say how much snow has fallen in the last 48 hrs but I can say the following:  The base has gone from 107cm to 196cm, I have measured 86cm in our car park, and bottomless is understating how deep the skiing is.  This storm is leaving a great base behind and we are grateful for this incredible turn around over the last 11 days.  Here are a few photos from the last couple of days.

12 hr count from 8-8 on the 17th of December in the car park!

Le dip

Still snowing!!


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