Wonderful skiing conditions in Méribel over the last few days, with intermittent snow, some sunshine fresh tracks and no crowds. High winds and continuing avalanche risk has kept most of the higher lifts closed over recent days, but the skiing lower is excellent, and many pistes have been left ungoomed.
This picture taken today shows Méribel from the Moonpark
This photo shows the view across to the Saulire as the sun appeared mid-morning, along with some blue sky.
… and in our last photo for today, Ollie getting a little air
At the higher resorts about a meter of snow has fallen in the last few days, and another meter is expected over the next 24-36 hours. Méteo Chamonix is advising people to stay off the mountain today. Val Thorens are issuing warnings to travellers arriving or leaving this weekend, and many roads to higher resorts risk closure due to avalanche risks. In the Three Valleys, avalanche blasting began before 6am this morning, and electricity to many villages was cut.
After the snow drought two weeks ago, we are now seeing some of the largest snowfalls in recent years. Val Thorens is reporting 120cm of accumulated snowpack, with much more to come.
When the weather starts to clear next week however, the avalanche risk is sure to be high, so take care if skiing off-piste.
Resorts are warning that snow tyres / chains are mandatory, and likely to be required this weekend, due to the heavy snow forecast.
The SFR Freeskiing tour is in Val Thorens from 19th to 21st December including Slopestyle and Halfpipe competitions
After a couple of heavy snowfalls last week, followed by further snow yesterday, the forecast is again for heavy snowfalls later this week. The ensembles indicate heavy falls on Friday and Sunday:
Here is the ensembles for 6E45N – roughly corresponding to Bourg d’Oisans
The ensembles for 6E46N – Annecy
The ensembles for 7E46N – Chamonix / Argentiere
The ensembles for 7E45N – Sestriere / Sauze d’Oulx
The Three Valleys lies exactly between these four coordinates, so we have created a composite picture
In summary, major dumps likely on Friday and Sunday, possibly a meter of snow in total. So for those driving to the alps at the weekend, take care on the roads, and here’s looking forward to a powder-filled weekend.
After Alpe d’Huez, the “Ski Force Winter Tour” moves to Val Thorens for the weekend of 17th and 18th December. This gives the public the chance to test skis from 16 different manufacturers free of charge: Atomic, Blizzard, Dynastar, Elan, Head, Heidiskis, K2, Kastle, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Volkl and White-Doctor.
As part of the “Ski Force Winter Tour”, fifteen ski manufacturers will have 700 pairs of skis available for testing at Alpe d’Huez tomorrow and Sunday. The ski testing is free to the general public, and can be found at the bottom of the Bergers piste.
Les Arcs will be opening this Saturday, with around 70% of the ski area expected to be open. Around 8-9000 visitors per day are expected on the opening weekend.
The Ladies World Cup Slalom and GS races due to take place in Courchevel on the 17th and 18th December are still in doubt, despite the recent snow. The FIS verdict on whether the race will go ahead is due tomorrow.
La Plagne is celebrating its 50th birthday with a “son et lumière” show at the Front de Neige on Wednesday 21st December.