If you turned up this week to the Alps, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d gone back in time.
The abundance of fresh powder and snow-clouds could easily be mistaken for a wintery January scene. Yet here we are, mid-March. It’s technically spring, where is the sunshine?!
There’s a lot of life left in the Alps yet. It is officially a “bumper” season – yet many holiday makers are staying away, fearful of a repeat of the last few season’s slush-fest. We can assure you, there’s nothing to fear – check out the amazing low cost deals flying around and come join us! Or alternatively don’t, and then there will be more powder for us…
Courchevel and Meribel
The weather is still very much confused this week – we’ll see sunshine towards the end of the week, yet temperatures won’t come up above freezing, preferring to hover around the -10 mark! A touch of wind on Tuesday afternoon with some snow showers to keep things fresh.
We had a sneak peak at next week too and there’s no respite from the snow-clouds until at least Wednesday 28th March, and temperatures won’t even hit 0 degrees at 1850m. Where is spring?!
The Avalanche Hazard Level is currently at 3 (Considerable) above 1800m, and Moderate (2) below. The slopes most at risk are North/North-West facing.
Spring certainly hasn’t sprung in St Anton – in fact, we won’t see the sun until the weekend! Overcast skies and snow showers will be the primary outlook. Temperatures at resort level will float around the -10 degrees mark until then. Wind will be a factor too, mostly on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon when we’ll see a noticeable breeze.
Getting heavier towards the end of the week, the snow will build up considerably – between 6 and 12 cm a day- so keep an eye on the Avalanche Bulletin. Amazingly, the weekend will transform the weather with bright sunshine and temperatures creeping above freezing. So a nice respite for all the seasonnaires and locals out there on the resorts quieter days.
The current Avalanche Level is at 2 (Moderate) but this could rise as the new snow falls – so always keep checking back every day if off-piste is your bag (and why wouldn’t it be!).
Verbier and Villars
The Swiss resorts will actually see the warmest temperatures of the week – clearly the Swiss efficiency extends to its weather. We’re glad someone got the Spring memo…
Mostly overcast, Villars and Verbier are unlikely to see any snow this week. Instead, they get some sunshine, light breezes and temperatures of up to 5 degrees at resort level. So we know where we’ll be heading for aprés this week!
The North-West/North-East slopes will be the ones most at risk of avalanche, with the hazard level rising to 3 (Considerable) above 2200m. The breeze will encourage a build up of damaged snow, and the SLF warn that “danger spots are difficult to recognise” and “noise and cracks” are likely.
The bumper snow season has left the snowpack deeper and more complex than we’ve seen in years – so make sure you get the training before even thinking of going off piste. Boring we know, but your life is worth more than one powder turn. Stay safe out there!