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Alps weather: Heavy snow cuts off ski resorts

January 5, 2018 3:59 pm

Heavy snow has cut off the Alpine ski resorts of Cervinia in Italy and Adelboden in Switzerland, as stormy weather continues to batter Europe.

Italian media report that Cervinia, in the Aosta Valley, is half-buried under 2m (6.6ft) of fresh snow. About 10,000 tourists are stuck there.

A similar emergency has gripped Adelboden, where the army was mobilised to clear debris from a landslide.

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In many resorts the avalanche risk is at level four, out of five in total.

The weather jeopardised a World Cup ski race that is scheduled to take place this weekend in Adelboden. The landslide cut the resort’s road to Frutigen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung news reports.

But reports in Swiss media say the race will go ahead and the authorities are working to repair the road.

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