It’s snowing and snowing and in the coming days, no end in sight. In the South of Bavaria, it is the Duration of snowfall affect operation of the winter sports. Some of the lifts and pistes had to be closed after Monday actually, all severe weather warnings have been lifted.

In Bavaria were closed on Tuesday in the area of Brauneck , there are only three small lifts of the valley all the runs and equipment. “Snow is on the trees now and serious,” said a spokeswoman for the ski area. “There is the danger of the trees falling and the ski slopes and lift lines will fall. How long the plants will remain closed, we can’t estimate – it is supposed to snow more.”

Also in the ski resorts of Spitzingsee and Sudelfeld small lifts only drove occasionally in the lower layers. In addition to the weight of the snow on the trees, the Wind was becoming a Problem. It was said at the Zugspitze in the morning, because of the strong wind: “no skiing”.

Garmisch , in contrast, were opened at noon, most of the ski lifts and ski runs. “At the Moment, every Morning, meets an avalanche Commission, which decides whether and where snow must be blown away,” said a spokeswoman for the ski area Garmisch-Classic. “How to do it in the coming days, we need to see.”

450 lifts in Austria

In Austria the Central Institute for meteorology and geodynamics (ZAMG) is closed once the Snow alert level to red. The number and size of risk to take, informed of the avalanche warning service. The mountain Railways to fight with the masses of Snow that have high avalanche danger.


On the approximately 1800 meters high in the Styria has been buried in the snow the mountain station almost. “In the typical drifted up to ten feet of snow,” wrote the company on Facebook. In many areas, lifts to stand still: According to the Skiportals “” are currently locked 1700 kilometers of slopes – 5150 kilometers are open. According to the Portal, 450 ski lifts are closed and 1700 open.

In many regions of Tyrol is still warning level, the second-highest Avalanche. Nevertheless, the experts were there, confident. “We have the situation continue to be fully in the handle and are prepared for all contingencies,” said the head of the provincial warning centre, Marcel Innerkofler.

Overall, are locked according to the authorities in Austria, around 100 roads due to avalanche danger. Problems, fallen trees, prepare. However, many tourists, whose places were snowed in and could leave, while a short-term weather calm on Tuesday. The Katschberg road between the lower Tauern and Obertauern was opened in the morning for vehicles with snow chains or four-wheel drive. With the beginning of the dark they should be closed again.

At the 1200-Meter-high Präbichl were able to leave, according to the report of the “Small newspaper” 110 guests her schneites quarters. The people sitting in the top of the Irish municipalities of Pölstal and high Tauern , both of which call on Monday to the disaster condition. In Hohe Tauern, around 550 people are currently snowed in.

Tyrolean Zillertal was moved to a street with a length of about 100 meters by an avalanche. The municipal road in Finkenberg was blocked according to the TV station ORF for an indefinite period of time, a replacement should only be used for emergencies open. Of the blocking of around 80 people, including tourists, were affected probably.

On Sunday, new snow front

for the time being, no end to the current weather situation, according to the Central Institute for meteorology and geodynamics (ZAMG) in sight. From the North-West humid air flows in the direction of the Alps, the statue and bring large amounts of snow. The meteorologists expected until Thursday at the North side of the Alps, with up to 60 inches and on the mountains with more than a metre of new snow. This was especially true for Vorarlberg, North Tirol, Salzburg, the Northern upper Styria, upper Austrian Alpine foothills and the Mostviertel.

CHRISTIAN BRUNA/ EPA-EFE/ REX winter chaos in Austria: Hotel, snowed in? What vacationers

need to know The large amounts of new Snow are expected to further aggravate the Situation. With increased danger of avalanches is to be expected. Other roads and railway connections could be blocked, the current may again fail. In the past few days were in upper and lower Austria, around 2000 households are without electricity, because the current routes were interrupted. After a short lull on Friday and Saturday the next snow front is likely to reach on Sunday, the Northern side of the Alps.

storm flood in the North

On the North sea coast and in Hamburg, in contrast, flood warning because of the Storm, “Benjamin” were issued. Between the North Frisian Schlüttsiel and the Halligen Islands, the Wyker steam ship shipping company was the ship traffic. If it comes between Föhr and Amrum to changes in the schedule, was initially unclear. In lower Saxony all ferries to and from Wangerooge should be. The traffic between Cuxhaven and the island of Heligoland has also been set.

The Deutsche Bahn did not, first effects of the Storm on the rail. In the important Dutch hub in Amsterdam Schiphol, the airline KLM, indent as a precautionary measure, about 160 flights.


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