In Switzerland more than a metre of fresh snow fell in St.Moritz (120cm/four feet) and also in Zermatt (116 cm) and Saas Fee (90cm) in the past week. Zermatt is by far the snowiest place in Europe, the mountain top lies buried under more than seven metres (23 feet) of snow. Andermatt has reached the four metre (13 feet) mark.
As a result the risk of avalanches is high and The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos says the danger for the whole Swiss Alps area is considerable (3) and that avalanches can be unleashed by just one person. They expect more snow in the north and west of the country tomorrow (Thursday 12 February).
In Austria many leading resorts got fresh snow over the past seven days and 11 resorts now have snow bases of two and a half metres (eight feet) or more on top now. Sölden has received 39cm (16 inches) in the past seven days with Seefeld adding 22cm (nine inches) and Kaprun - Kitzsteinhorn 20 cm (eight inches).
In Germany there are a dozen resorts that have had 30cm (12 inches) or more of fresh snow in the past week and many more with 10-20cm (4-8 inches) more. Nebelhorn got 30cm (112 inches) and Kleinwalsertal - Fellhorn 20 cm (eight inches). The Zuspitzplatt at Garmisch has the most snow in the country with 230cm (nearly eight feet).