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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

 A word in from our guide Stuart Sommers who leads our Provence Coastal Walk – it has snowed in his village of Chateauneuf de Gadagne for the first time in 3000 years!
You can see the proof on Stuart’s blog. With snow even in Provence, the snow conditions across the Alps (and Scandinavia) really are fantastic at the moment.

 

Photo: JPC Talbot/Flickr

Photo: JPC Talbot/Flickr

      

 While we are on the topic – how well do you know snow? Do you know your stellar crystals from your spatial dendrites? Nor do we – but one thing is for sure – there is a lot more to know than you may have thought.
In 1951 an International Commission on Snow and Ice, (who pays these people?), produced a classification system for solid precipitation. It declared that the seven principal types of snow crystal were to be known as plates, stellar crystals, columns, needles, spatial dendrites, capped columns, and irregular forms. And you thought it was just pretty frozen water. 

 

You can take a snowflake master class on this fascinating website   that will leave you far better informed about the stuff you go skiing on, and if you appreciate English literature you’ll enjoy reading London Snow by Robert Graves who lived from 1844 to 1930.  Incidentally, 2008 was the first time London had seen snow in October since 1934!
If you need any more encouragement to head off somewhere snowy yourself, here’s Let It Snow sung by Dean Martin to put you in the mood, then feel free to drop us a line on 01606 720033 to book your snowy escape!

 

Facts and Quotes

 

Henry David Thoreau, a C19 American writer and philosopher on snowflakes:

 “How full of the creative genius is the air in which these are generated!
I should hardly admire more if real stars fell and lodged on my coat”.