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

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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. 

An orange hue was also seen in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley as the air was laden with sand dust from the Sahara.  

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

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!’ 

Sand settled on a car bonnet in the Chamonix Valley

Orange hue seen in the Chamonix Valley, France

Sand settled on a car bonnet in the Chamonix Valley, France, as an orange hue filled the sky 

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

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'

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'

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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