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Sahara plume colours the Alps ski resorts as sandstorm sweeps across the continent

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Avoid the yellow snow! Sahara plume colours the Alps ski resorts as sandstorm sweeps across the continent

  • Cross-country ski track in Val Ferret, Switzerland, was scattered with the sand
  • A skier in the Pyrenees also captured the blanket of sand covering the snow 
  • The sand from the Sahara Desert also left the sky and eerie shade of yellow 

A Sahara dust plume has swept across ski resorts in the Alps and coloured the snow yellow as a sandstorm from the African desert makes its way across the continent.

The cross-country ski track at La Fouly in Val Ferret, Switzerland, was scattered with sand from the Sahara today and left the sky an eerie shade of yellow. 

Skiers were seen taking to the slopes despite the freak weather incident after the increased concentration of dust from the African desert continued to stream in. 

Meanwhile a skier in the Pyrenees captured the blanket of sand covering the snow as they scraped the layer of orange with their skis. 

The cross-country ski track at La Fouly in Val Ferret, Switzerland, was scattered with sand from the Sahara today and left the sky an eerie shade of yellow

The cross-country ski track at La Fouly in Val Ferret, Switzerland, was scattered with sand from the Sahara today and left the sky an eerie shade of yellow

Skiers wearing protective face masks as they sit on a chairlift in Anzere, Switzerland, as Sahara sand colours the snow orange

Skiers wearing protective face masks as they sit on a chairlift in Anzere, Switzerland, as Sahara sand colours the snow orange

The orange tint is the result of strong winds in Africa causing the sand to sweep across to Europe before it hits the mountain ranges and settles onto the snow. Pictured: Val Ferret, Switzerland

The orange tint is the result of strong winds in Africa causing the sand to sweep across to Europe before it hits the mountain ranges and settles onto the snow. Pictured: Val Ferret, Switzerland

The orange tint is the result of strong winds in Africa causing the sand to sweep across to Europe before it settles onto the snow in the mountain ranges. 

A ski truck was also seen ploughing through a cloud of orange in Sestriere, Italy’s western Alps, near the French border, which was described as a ‘Martian landscape’.

Captioning the picture to Twitter, a user wrote: ‘This is not Mars! This is Sestriere, on the Italian Alps, close to the French border. 

‘A storm brought sand from the Sahara. Everything become orange: the sky, the snow, looking like a Martian landscape!’ 

A ski truck was also seen ploughing through a cloud of orange in Sestriere, Italy's western Alps, near the French border, which was described as a 'Martian landscape'

A ski truck was also seen ploughing through a cloud of orange in Sestriere, Italy’s western Alps, near the French border, which was described as a ‘Martian landscape’

Skiers were seen taking to the slopes despite the freak weather incident after the increased concentration of dust from the African desert continued to stream in. Pictured: Anzere, Switzerland

Skiers were seen taking to the slopes despite the freak weather incident after the increased concentration of dust from the African desert continued to stream in. Pictured: Anzere, Switzerland



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