There’s been plenty of interesting weather these past few weeks across the UK and Europe – but what does that mean for the snowpack this week?
We’re checking out the snow conditions and weather for the week in the Alps. Check back weekly for further updates!
As many of you probably already know, we’re having a bumper season here in the Alps! The snow is being kept in incredible conditions by the non-stop efforts of the grooming teams, and the consistently cool temperatures. The term “hero-snow” is being banded about a lot – it really does feel like every turn is better than the last.
Here’s a breakdown of our training resorts in more depth.
Courchevel and Meribel (The Three Valleys)
Winter 2017/18 has gotten off to an incredible start, with numerous snowstorms building a fantastic snowpack. The current depth at resort level is a whopping 2 metres, rising to 297cm at the summits. It’s not uncommon to come across a piste marker at knee height these days!
Looking ahead for the week we can expect clouds to cover most resorts, with the sun breaking through occasionally.
We should see another 8cm falling in the next few days too. The temperatures will stay cool at between -5 and -10 degrees, with very little wind. Perfect for keeping the pistes intact for the busy half term weeks.
Austria has had a rough ride this season – many resorts have been temporarily closed due to unstable snow conditions. Many resorts have steep-sided mountains to contend with, and high avalanche risks as a result.
Thankfully the snow has now settled in nicely, following some rain and movement from natural avalanches. The avalanche risk in Tirol is now at 2 (moderate). St Anton Operations Manager Michal says “Beware fresh snowdrifts. Mostly great powder, favourable conditions. Currently at 2 and should stay relatively constant through the week, However, check daily forecasts.”
According to Snow-Forecast.com, 88 out of the 87 lifts in St Anton are currently open. Interesting.
In the next few days we can again expect cool temperatures and snow showers, save for some lovely sunshine on Tuesday with temperatures creeping over zero briefly. Apres time?
Verbier and Villars
Verbier and Villars are a little milder than the French and Austrian resorts, with temperatures staying above -5 at resort level most of the week. The sun will make an appearance on Tuesday and Friday in Verbier, just in time for it to snow 8cm on Saturday! This could make for a slow transfer day but fingers crossed the snow is kind.
The snowpacks are even deeper in our Swiss resorts, reaching a massive 3.5 metres at the summits. To put that in perspective, that is the height of a fully grown elephant. We haven’t seen these depths in 18 years!
Great conditions for our BASI 2 trainees on their exam this week. Good luck all!