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Austria : Tonight 40 villages cutoff 1200 military deployed.

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to Tirol ,Nô,Styria & Salzburgland.

Thousands of tourists in lockdown in 40 villages


8 snow related dead(avalanches,etc) in regions ..

Also some missing persons


Experts warn of more victims ........
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In other news: White stuff falls from sky in winter.

I would be thrilled right now to be "on lockdown" in an Austrian village.

(I am, however, sympathetic to the families of anyone killed in an avalanche, especially if they weren't skiing off piste at a time when, you know, the avalanche warning is off the charts)

/grump, as a I face a day of unpleasant work meetings and racing to pick up my kids, make dinner and clean up, with my wife away on a 10-day business trip.
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Rather than scaremongering I'd like to point out that it is business as usual in most of Austria. Roads, rail, businesses, schools, airports, ski lifts, most operating normally. Yes there is an unprecedented amount of snow but the infrastructure is coping well. Road closures are due to avalanche danger rather than snow on the road surfaces. Some small towns and villages are currently out of reach due to road closures but helicopters are on standby in case of emergencies. Some high lifts are closed for similar reasons and off-piste is not recommended unless you are with a group and really know what you are doing.

Anyone who is about to come to Austria for a skiing holiday will get lots of fresh snow, and from the middle of next week, hopefully some sunshine too.
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And the vast majority of Austrian accommodation/ towns / ski villages are in the valley floor rather than up a mountain (as in France)
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queenie pretty please wrote:
Rather than scaremongering I'd like to point out that it is business as usual in most of Austria. Roads, rail, businesses, schools, airports, ski lifts, most operating normally. Yes there is an unprecedented amount of snow but the infrastructure is coping well. Road closures are due to avalanche danger rather than snow on the road surfaces. Some small towns and villages are currently out of reach due to road closures but helicopters are on standby in case of emergencies. Some high lifts are closed for similar reasons and off-piste is not recommended unless you are with a group and really know what you are doing.

Anyone who is about to come to Austria for a skiing holiday will get lots of fresh snow, and from the middle of next week, hopefully some sunshine too.


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Austria is unsafe place.... Cool
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Thanks Stanton. I feel so sorry for those caught up in this. I understand it isn’t an unusual situation particularly, but it still impacts the day-to-day lives of people (hospital visits etc) and may ultimately put off “last minute skiers”, so may affect tourism and therefore the local economy.
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queenie pretty please wrote:
Rather than scaremongering I'd like to point out that it is business as usual in most of Austria. Roads, rail, businesses, schools, airports, ski lifts, most operating normally. Yes there is an unprecedented amount of snow but the infrastructure is coping well. Road closures are due to avalanche danger rather than snow on the road surfaces. Some small towns and villages are currently out of reach due to road closures but helicopters are on standby in case of emergencies. Some high lifts are closed for similar reasons and off-piste is not recommended unless you are with a group and really know what you are doing.

Anyone who is about to come to Austria for a skiing holiday will get lots of fresh snow, and from the middle of next week, hopefully some sunshine too.


Good comment, though I would have left out “unprecedented”. Galtur anybody?
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https://www.wetter.at/wetter/oesterreich-wetter/Immer-mehr-Opfer/363069934
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@ulmerhutte, the article stanton links to does suggest that the snow is "unprecendeted", certainly in terms of avalanche risk. I suspect if you go back 50 years or more there were seasons with similar amounts of snow but it is not been known recently. The tragedy at Galtür does influence a lot of the planning, avalanche risk is taken far more seriously. The issue currently is the level of maximum risk over such a wide area especially as it is not really in the high mountains and so more villages are threatened. As noted above, outside of those places deemed to be at risk the snow is more an inconvenience than anything else, some inevitable travel delays but Austria is used to snow, after all it is why we go there in the winter.
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bambionskiis wrote:
Thanks Stanton. I feel so sorry for those caught up in this. I understand it isn’t an unusual situation particularly, but it still impacts the day-to-day lives of people (hospital visits etc) and may ultimately put off “last minute skiers”, so may affect tourism and therefore the local economy.


Not so much from my perspective. In the city most people are fairly blase, without much impact other than clearing the car every morning. Definitely more of an issue in the villages, but still most I've spoken to are either enjoying it or fairly indifferent - other than all the snow shovelling. For 99% of people life has gone on as normal.

The avalanche commissions certainly have a lot to do atm regarding roads. On the tourism side it is/will have the opposite effect - huge base to last right through to spring will bring lots of currently undecided/not yet booked skiers. In the past week perhaps last minute piste skiers might have avoided, but equally lots of powder hounds have been coming for last minute powder chasing.
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The avalanche commissions certainly have a lot to do atm regarding roads. On the tourism side it is/will have the opposite effect - huge base to last right through to spring will bring lots of currently undecided/not yet booked skiers. In the past week perhaps last minute piste skiers might have avoided, but equally lots of powder hounds have been coming for last minute powder chasing.


^ definately this. I've a mate who's just booked for next week, another who just cancelled a week in France and is heading up. I'd be joining them if I wasn't heading to Japan............
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German Army delivering Supplies


http://youtube.com/v/5DQ8-LdYGbA

Good overview from German TV Deutche Welt


http://youtube.com/v/9egIA_etgmc


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stanton wrote:
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I'm sure they said that on 12 March 1938 Toofy Grin
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I remember in Obtauern last year just getting out of the shower when they detonated explosives as part of avalanche management. Frightened the flipping life out of me. It was only then I looked up and saw the “snow catcher” structures (help me out here!) that break up the snow as it’s falling that I worked out what was going on - der. Quite a sobering spectacle.
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@bambionskiis, avalanche fences wink but they don’t break up sliding snow - they hold it in place so it doesn’t slide in the first place (and/or if it does, only parts do and not one gigantic slab in one go)
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clarky999 wrote:
@bambionskiis, avalanche fences wink but they don’t break up sliding snow - they hold it in place so it doesn’t slide in the first place (and/or if it does, only parts do and not one gigantic slab in one go)


Ah right, cheers. clarky.
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I would be thrilled right now to be "on lockdown" in an Austrian village

Hmm. Possibly. But it might not be as much fun as you think, especially if you can't go out for a walk, let alone to ski.
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@pam w, +1, having spent most of a week stuck inside in Tignes one year. Epic snow outside but everything closed = no fun.
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I would be thrilled right now to be "on lockdown" in an Austrian village

Hmm. Possibly. But it might not be as much fun as you think, especially if you can't go out for a walk, let alone to ski.


Though in most of the affected villages you could still do both - often it was the roads in/out that were threatened.
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I would be thrilled right now to be "on lockdown" in an Austrian village

Hmm. Possibly. But it might not be as much fun as you think, especially if you can't go out for a walk, let alone to ski.


As long as the food and alcohol don't run out I could probably cope with it.
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Could you imagine the UK with that amount of snow, complete chaos.
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Could you imagine the UK with one hundredth that amount of snow, complete chaos.


FIFY! Madeye-Smiley
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The uk record is 60 inches or 5 feet of level snow shared by upper Teesdale in 1947 and the Denbigh Hills I believe in the 1960s (?) and yes it was chaos with drifts over 50 feet!
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Of course heavy snow causes chaos in the UK. Unlike towns and cities in alpine areas, our towns and cities are not equipped with huge fleets of expensive snow-clearing plant. I recall one early morning in Albertville after heavy snow seeing half a dozen enormous snowploughs working in the car park outside one of the big shopping malls, with tipper trucks bussing the snow out of town. They were there for the half hour it took me to have breakfast (I was on my way to the Fréjus tunnel). Tax payers would take a dim view of authorities who spent millions on buying and housing machines which would only be needed once in a blue moon. On that morning I had followed a plough down my mountain road and there were loads more ploughs out on the road down to Fréjus.

And traffic levels, of course, are not remotely comparable. Snow round Paris - even fairly small quantities - causes chaos and it doesn't take much snow to close Geneva airport.
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pam w wrote:
Of course heavy snow causes chaos in the UK.
As it does in the Alps. They just have a different definition of 'heavy snow'.
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@pam w, +1, having spent most of a week stuck inside in Tignes one year. Epic snow outside but everything closed = no fun.

I wonder if that was the same week that I too was stuck in Tignes for a week, with little but the free lifts open for well over half the week.....and when other lifts did open, it was usually midday.
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I was stuck in the NEC overnight once when we were filming "The Clothes Show", the snow closed the M42 and all the surrounding roads. We staggered across to the hotel and got a bit tipsy courtesy of the licence payer Toofy Grin
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The amount of snow moving kit we saw last week in Austria was amazing. Snowploughs, tractor ploughs, snow choppers on tractors, snow blowers/mowers being dragged out of garages (which reminded me of our own grass mower ubiquity) so it's really no point comparing uk with them.
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I am always amazed at most peoples attitude to "being cut off" for a little while(ie. a week or less).

When we moved to the dales it happened a few times, and it was really exciting. Why can't people cope when they run out of milk?
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Got to go back to 1979 in the uk for some really significant disruption, measured in weeks closed rather than days, for some roads. snowHead

Back to now, snow still 6 days away for the hills here.
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The trains are awesome, they all have a mini snowplough on the front. However at the moment a few train lines in this area (Werfen-Golling, Schladming-Stainach, Saalfelden-Hochfilzen) are closed whilst avalanches are cleared from the lines. We have a brief respite from snowfall today so the ÖBB expects to have these reopened.
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Why can't people cope when they run out of milk?

Laughing Because we're all pathetic and soft these days. Can't cope without daily hot showers either.
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And if the snow plough isn't sufficient there's always helicopters ... Toofy Grin

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Why can't people cope when they run out of milk?

Laughing Because we're all pathetic and soft these days. Can't cope without daily hot showers either.


Well I have to admit, I have a bath every week, even if I don't need one. Madeye-Smiley
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@pam w, @thecramps,
Yes, our past used to have so many more interesting smells before baths and showers became fashionable wink

Sounds like all that snow clearing equipment and know how is going to be needed over the next 3 or 4 days in Austria.

Stay safe and enjoy.
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pam w wrote:
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Why can't people cope when they run out of milk?

Laughing Because we're all pathetic and soft these days. Can't cope without daily hot showers either.
Who needs milk as long as we have beer?
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Why can't people cope when they run out of milk?

Laughing Because we're all pathetic and soft these days. Can't cope without daily hot showers either.


Isnt that what CoffeMate is for?


My name is Mr.Egg and I am a hotshowerholic. I cant operate heavy machinery without one.
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Could you imagine the UK with that amount of snow, complete chaos.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/january-snow-1982-started-snowing-14127091

I remember 82 snow when I was young. Snow was up to my waist. Seemed to last for weeks, being off school & playing in the snow.
I remember we had a CB radio, which was a touch legal to own illegal to use kind of thing.
My parents used to help co-ordinate help & aid thanks to people with appropriate vehicles that could drive in the snow.
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