So were our predictions correct? Did the snow survive the chaos of half-term?
In one word, yes! Despite a considerable rise in temperature towards the end of the week and some drizzle, the snow is relatively intact and the resort is still well stocked. 3.5m snow depth at the top of most of our resorts is a pretty good indicator that the snow is here to stay.
Courchevel and Meribel (The Three Valleys)
Courchevel and Meribel are embracing the half-term spirit this week! After an initial dusting of snow on Tuesday we’ll see the clouds break and the sun come out to play. Despite that, temperatures will drop to lows of -14 during the day, so don’t let the sunshine deceive you, and wrap up warm.
The avalanche risk is relatively stable, with Level 2 (Moderate) below and Level 3 (Considerable) above 2400m. The most risk is deemed to be on North and Eastern facing slopes, and small natural avalanches setting off naturally at high altitudes. As ever, always check the avalanche bulletin before you go if you are going off piste, and make sure you have the kit, knowledge and experience before you go.
The rain had a negative effect on the snowpack, with the added weight making things less stable. On Thursday last week the avalanche risk above 2200m rose to 3 (Considerable) and some high-level slides were observed.
However the temperatures are set to drop again this week, which will hopefully bring some stability back to the snowpack. We will see lows of -11 degrees towards the end of the week, and generous cloud coverage keeping the ground cool. Unfortunately it is set to heat up again by the weekend, but thankfully accompanied by some sunshine rather than rain.
Verbier and Villars
Unlike St Anton and the 3 Valleys, Villars and Verbier will see a much more stable week temperature-wise. The sun will be out but temperatures remain cool, floating around the -8 degrees mark. Hopefully this will allow the snowpack to consolidate and keep the resorts well stocked in the white stuff.
Also unlike our other resorts, Verbier and Villars buck the trend with avalanche risks. It is deemed to be at Level 3 (Considerable) on all faces above 2200m. The SLF (Institut fur Schnee-und Lawinenforschung) report that last weeks conditions have made danger zones hard to spot, and large dangerous avalanches can be set off by skiers. They recommend only professional and expert skiers go off piste this week.