Sahara plume colours the Alps ski resorts

Don’t eat the ORANGE snow! Plume of Saharan sands turns the ski resorts of the Alps ski resorts deep apricot after being blown thousands of miles from Africa

  • 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

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 National Meteorological and Climate Service for France tweeted a satellite picture showing the sand from the Sahara

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. 

The National Meteorological and Climate Service for France tweeted a satellite picture showing the sand from the Sahara, captioned: Seen from space: ‘A low pressure system on the Iberian Peninsula organises a powerful southerly flow which brings up sand from the #Sahara as far as France. 

‘Saharan lifts appear in yellowish on satellite image between Balearic Islands and Sardinia.’

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 orange hue was seen over the streets of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley today 

An orange glow was seen over Lyon, France, today.  The National Meteorological and Climate Service for France tweeted: ‘A low pressure system on the Iberian Peninsula organises a powerful southerly flow which brings up sand from the #Sahara as far as France’ 

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

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