Snow, snow, snow

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.

Mountain Pass Closures

Several of the mountains passes in the French Alps have closed today for the winter, including col du Petit-Saint-Bernard, col du Mont-Cenis, col de la Croix de Fer, col de la Madeleine, col de Roselend and col du Glandon. Could this mean that snow is expected soon? We’re still keeping our fingers crossed.