Half term is upon us – and it’s as busy as ever. Last year we saw the slopes decimated through a combination of poor snow coverage and the increased numbers of skiers during the busy period. So will we see a repeat this season?
Thankfully the weather couldn’t lend itself any better to maintaining the slopes.
Courchevel and Meribel (The Three Valleys)
The Three Valleys are seeing some of the best weather this week for snow maintenance. Temperatures will float between -5 and -10, with flurries of snow expected nearer the end of the week. Friday will see a mild end to the week with sunshine and temperatures of up to 4 degrees, meaning we can finish the week in style! Apres is always better when you can soak up the rays on a terrace.
The avalanche risk is at 2 (Moderate). Meteo France describe the conditions as relatively stable, except on North / North-Eastern faces and at high altitude. However with the varying temperatures described above, this is subject to change. We will be keeping an eye on the avalanche bulletin, as should any aspiring off-piste skiers.
Crisp, cold temperatures and cloud cover are in store. This morning the temperature gauge at Gampen was a chilly -15 degrees, dropping to -18 up on the slopes. The temperature will rise moderately throughout the week, reaching a high of 2 degrees on Saturday. Clouds will cover the slopes most of the week, giving some extra snow top-ups on Thursday, Friday morning and Saturday. We have a good 30cm to expect over the week!
The avalanche risk remains Moderate at 2, meaning the snow is generally well bonded, but less so on steeper slopes. That said, there have been lots of imposing avalanches around the resort in the past week. From Kapall chair you can spot some full depth slides – so weather and increased snow depth are still being triggered naturally.
Verbier and Villars
Our Swiss resorts of Verbier and Villars will see a much milder week, with temperatures rising from approx -8 to a balmy 4 degrees by the weekend. The slopes themselves should survive with cool ground temperatures, but any precipitation will likely melt into rain.
According to Swiss authorities, the newer snow is not bonding well with the layers from earlier in the season, leading to a Significant avalanche risk (3 out of 5). This is particularly noticeable on North-facing slopes. Although the risk is likely to decrease briefly with the initially lower temperatures, it will likely rise again following the warm weather on Thursday. Find the full detailed bulletin here on the SLF Website.