Hello my fellow Snow lovers!
So after a great start to the season and some record snow levels for early December, the neige really has dried up over the last month or so. In fact word is from resorts that some of the lower slopes are even starting to look patchy! Is this the end of sking as we know it?? Is Global Warming finally melting all our beloved white stuff??
Don’t be so silly! Of course it isn’t, this is just a minor blip in what is otherwise set to be another epic season in the Alps. You will all be glad to know that someone has turned the temperature down in the Alps over the past week and the precipitation is not far away. The current temperature in the 3 Valleys is -13°C and the temperature right across the Alps looks set to stay pretty cold over the next 10 days or so.
Currently the best snow pack is in the Espace Killy, and some of the worst lower slopes are to be found in Morzine, Les Gets, and Megeve. In Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens, the snow hasn’t reached the depths of seasons past on the upper slopes or off piste, but all the main slopes are fairly well covered with 40-80cm of snowpack on all the pistes.
Austria never felt the mild patch like France did over the past few weeks and so the snow there has kept fairly well. In fact a colleague of mine who has just returned from a week in Lech yesterday, said “the whole of the Arlberg is really good, the pistes are hard in patches but there is a lot of fluffy stuff off piste.” You heard it hear first, straight from the horses mouth (not calling my colleague a horse of course), head to Austria this season for the pow pow you crave.
The best chance of fresh snow over the next week is probably going to be in the very northern French Alps or the St Bernard area in Switzerland, expected to see a light dusting in the next few days.
Let’s all just bear in mind though, that each and every resort nowadays, does a fantastic job of keeping all the main slopes open right to the day they say the resort will close, in most cases right up until 24th April. Anyway, even if the snow is recycled and articial on the lower slopes, it sure beats the sugary gnarl you’ll be bored with at one of the snow domes!
So there you have it, forget the rumblings you’ve heard about lack of snow, that’s just your stomach yearning for more Christmas Pud. Get you holiday booked and get out to the Alps…NOW!!
Check out a fresh snow report next week here at the Powder White Blog.