Map of Switzerland Avalanche Risk March 2018

Easter has arrived in force, ushered in by a couple of days of unexpectedly nice weather. So what does the rest of Easter have in store?

The slopes are getting busy again, but this year the snow base is so deep we’re not worried about ending up with snow corridors snaking through the shade on rapidly browning pistes! 3 metres minimum at the summits of the resorts is going to be hard to erode in two weeks (touch wood).

Courchevel and Meribel

Last week the snow in Courchevel and Meribel was blissful – fresh corduroy abound! For those finishing up their BASI 2 exam it couldn’t have been better. It’s left us with a sugar-like base, smooth and with a bit of give. The weather is forecast to be overcast for the next week or so, so it’s likely to be preserved too! We’ll see a little drizzle of rain, but mainly fresh snow over the next few days.

The Avalanche Hazard has reduced slightly to 2 (Moderate), but slab avalanches may still occur (both spontaneous and human-triggered).

St Anton

If you’re a powder hunter, St Anton is going to deliver this week! With fresh snow expected everyday except Friday, you probably won’t have to leave the pistes to create fresh tracks.

If you are determined to hit the off-piste, the avalanche hazard has settled at 2 (Moderate) in most areas. However the danger is still Considerable (3) above 2500m. So there is a lot of risk still in the off-piste, and this will likely rise with the snowfall and wind to come this coming week.

Verbier and Villars

If you’re looking for a warmer ski, head to Switzerland. The temperatures in Villars and Verbier are continuing to creep above zero, and the sun will be making some brief appearances. Unfortunately the snow that will be falling in our other resorts will be melting to rain at the lower altitudes.

The avalanche danger has also reduced to 2 (Moderate) but skiers shouldn’t become complacent – old snow drifts pose a significant danger.

 

With the end of the season fast approaching, we’re crossing our fingers for a good base for spring. This isn’t the end of the skiing for the season though – there are loads of options for skiing post-season! Check out summer skiing options here.

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