This might be the best week we’ve had in the Alps in a long time! If you love fresh snow (we do!) and sunshine (who doesn’t?) this is the perfect week for both. Over the weekend the snow didn’t seem to stop. From Thursday through Sunday and even Tuesday we received a lovely March dumping. Then the sunshine came out the last few days for some brilliant days on the mountain. We’re always wanting more out here, but if we don’t get any more heavy snowfall this season, the pistes are good enough to last through April, which is all we really need. Bring out the sunnies, because spring is on it’s way!
Snow Report in the Alps
The snow is unreal in La Tania right now. Lots of snow has fallen and the days have been bluebird currently with minus temperatures right to midday keeping the pistes firm and in pristine condition. The tree skiing in La Tania is epic right now if you know where to go and plenty of freshies still to be had. Blue skies forecast for the weekend and into next week.
Snow depth at the top: 216cm
Snow depth at the base: 161cm
Conditions are at an all time high in Meribel at the moment. 125cm of fresh stuff fell in resort over the weekend followed by perfect blue sky conditions on Monday. Tuesday saw another few inches of snow and more is forecast at the end of the week. Equal smatterings of sun and snow are making for near perfect conditions and lots of fun to be had both on and off piste.
The pistes are in excellent conditions with smooth, grippy snow ideal for carving turns. Warm your legs up first thing down the rolling Choucas at the top of Tougnette 2 or feel the burn by skiing Saulire to Village in one fell swoop. Off piste is deep and fluffy and keeping well in the chilly conditions. Avalanche risk has been hovering between the 3 and 4 mark so take care if you do plan to venture further afield.
Snow depth at the top: 220cm
Snow depth at the base: 125cm
Open pistes: 60/63
The snow has been bucketing down here in Morzine and today the sun finally showed it’s face! The snow in Morzine and the surrounding areas is the best we have had yet. Powder and fresh tracks to be had off the piste, with grippy soft snow on piste. My favourite piste at the moment is the red off the Chammossiere chair. There is some lovely off piste sections around that area too, but be extra vigilant as the avalanche risk is high. Lower down the mountain, Piste A and Piste J under the Attray chairlift are very good – Piste J is bumpy and mogully but with soft snow and Piste A has fun moguls to the side but is nicely groomed on piste.
Open pistes: 37/117
Tignes is currently experiencing possibly the best conditions of the season. After a couple of weeks of non-stop snow, the clouds have parted and we’ve finally seen the sun again. Thanks to a welcome drop in temperatures the snow feels fresh and light, with fresh powder tracks still to be had (if you know where to go!). The pistes are in amazing conditions across the resort and even tracked out off-piste remains light. Wrap up warm and head up to the top of the Grande Motte for views across the Espace Killy and beyond and a descent from 3456m all the way back down to 2100m. I would recommend other pistes too but at the moment they’re all great! With more snow on the way 2016 is proving to be the season that just keeps giving!
Open pistes: 75/77
The snow conditions in Val are exceptional at the moment. After almost constant snow for the last couple of weeks, we have got the promise and deliverance of some sun for this week. The pistes are awesome; for the red fiends Ok/Orange, Double M and Merles are fantastic. If your looking for cruisey blues go find Diebold and Millett and if tougher terrain is what you want then Campanules and Epaule de Chevret are full of decent moguls to practise on. The off piste snow is outrageously soft and deep, especially round Fornet trees and Banane. It is great fun to shred some fresh lines.
Open pistes: 76/76
Val Thorens & St Martin
The last week has seen over 65cm of fresh snow fall, and with cold temperatures and further snow dustings forecast over the coming week, now is the perfect time to explore all the Bellville Valley has to offer! Savour the stunning views and cruise down red run ‘Fred Covili’ from the top of ‘La Masse 2’, take the chance to test yourself, find your own lines and experience fresh powder on the ‘St Martin Liberty Ride’ area accessed from the new ‘St Martin Express’ or take advantage of the good snow conditions and enjoy challenging yourself on the ‘Triton’or ‘Leo Lacroix’ black runs above Les Menuires. Enjoy exploring the valleys pistes and maybe even find for yourself some champagne powder on the valleys northern slopes!
Open pistes: 79/80
Below is a photo of Verbier from the Col des Mines itinerary run, with the Mont Blanc massif in the background. Even in the afternoon when this shot was taken, there were fresh tracks to be found. The snow is great at the moment, with Monday being the blue skies gap in days of continuous snow. The pistes are great, the off-piste is excellent and things are looking good for the end of the season. Everywhere is very quiet too so no need to worry about lift lines.
Snow depth at the top: 265cm
Snow depth at the base: 48cm
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See you on the slopes!