Saturday, December 18, 2010


There is widespread chaos in the UK on Saturday. It has snowed so roads and airports are closed – trains are disrupted.

This is a major problem because apparently it’s the big get away weekend with many Britons heading for foreign climes for Christmas and the New Year.

Many of these will be going skiing or to snow resorts.

So explain this to me!

How come Britain is snowed in whilst the ski resorts of France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and even Spain – which have serious snow – are operating normally?

The roads are open. Trains are running. Flights are landing. People are a-skiing.

As for me - “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones we used to know!”


Anonymous said...

The Jet Strean

LS said...

“Explain this to me”, which is wonderful – all the regions you mention are used to snow. When I drove around central and eastern Europe in the snow many years ago we used snow tyres, brilliant, no problems anywhere, perhaps the Brits are going to find they will have to allow them. With the temperatures dropping as they are in the UK salt will be pretty useless, because its effectiveness stops at something like -10oC. Alternatively, it’s a Tory ploy to keep the money in the UK, but then in those conditions will people get out and about to spend it?

James said...

On Sky News parents with a young family flew to Lapland on Saturday for a day in Santaland. All went fine in the frozen north but their flight back to Gatwick was diverted to Doncaster as the airport they left from is now closed.

Simon said...

The places mentioned are used to snow and therefore able to cope with it better than the UK which hardly ever gets any.

I guess it's a toss up between spending millions on equipment which would lie around idle most years and chaos every so often.

We probably wouldn't cope very well and with earthquakes or volcanoes either.

Simon said...

However Heathrow, the busiest international airport in the world, being closed down for days because of three inches of snow is just ludicrous!