The past 48 hours brought up to 1 meter of snow fall and with it a-lot of disruption here in Verbier and surrounding areas. The whole canton of Valais was snowed in and shut off from the world on Sunday.
All trains were cancelled, unheard of in a country with an impeccable rail system. 1 train load of 400 passengers in particular were stuck on a frozen track for 5 hours before being evacuated, even then half were stranded due to the closed roads and 200 people spent the night in a school cafeteria in Vaud.
Parked cars were completely lost and abandoned under a thick duvet of snow and even the accustomed road clearers couldn't keep up with the volume of coverage, vehicles were seen veered off local roads and part of the motorway was closed with motorists stuck for hours in their stationary vehicles.
The forecast states that there is more to come and snow is expected every day this week! The weather alert is set at orange. Read more here
Allow for extra time when travelling and check travel updates regularly. Think about some practical additions to your usual luggage if driving e.g. a shovel in your car, warm blankets, bottles of drinking water, a local map, a battery operated mobile phone charger and a torch. Snow tyres and chains are a must.
The avalanche warning is at level 4, High risk so great care and regard for safety is required for anyone enjoying the epic powder on the mountain.
Above all stay safe and enjoy this historic start to winter!