Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 31st Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 31st Jan 2020

Snowfall on and off in the Northern French Alps next week! We needed more snow and we got it! Winter returned with a vengeance last Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing plenty of fresh snow accompanied by wild north-westerly winds. Read our blog on the snowpack before the...
High avalanche risk today – an update for 30 January

High avalanche risk today – an update for 30 January

What we said earlier today (Wednesday 29 Jan) still holds true for Thursday 30th January. But be wary, Meteo France have reduced the forecast danger rating from 4 to 3 for Thursday, but this is not really a reduction in risk for skiers. The reason they are reducing...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 24th Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 24th Jan 2020

Hoping for snowfall in the Northern French Alps at the start of next week! Unfortunately temperatures are becoming mild for the time of season again, but altitudes above 1600 m should benefit from this fresh snow. Around 10-15 cm fresh snow fell last Friday night,...
‘Safety is Freedom’ coming to Grenoble, France on Jan 27th

‘Safety is Freedom’ coming to Grenoble, France on Jan 27th

In Grenoble. ‘Safety is Freedom’ Essentials in English, January 27th @ 19.30! I will be at the Maison de la Montagne in collaboration with my friends at the French Avalanche Association (ANENA) and the City of Grenoble. To buy tickets and for other details...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 17th Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 17th Jan 2020

A little snow Friday afternoon into Saturday, followed by another dry week! But there is frissette (gobelet, facets) sitting on top of the current snowpack in shady places If we get 10cm or more new snow, then be very wary of steep, shady northeast, north and...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 10th Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 10th Jan 2020

Another dry and sunny week ahead! The weather is set to be sunny and dry and cold at night. Some weather models point to fresh snowfall (20cm) around 16th, 17th or 18th January. But not all do and they all differ on exactly when this might arise. So too early to hope...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 2nd Jan 2020

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 2nd Jan 2020

A mainly dry week for the first week of 2020, with sunshine and cloud Over the last few days we’ve been basking in wall-to-wall sunshine and mild temperatures for the time of year. Most of the off-piste snow within easy lift access has been completely tracked...

Snowpack Test today by Alain Duclos of Data Avalanche

An Extended Column compression Test of the snowpack today (see details on here in the YouTube video) by Alain Duclos of Data Avalanche. It shows virtually no weak layers – a good sign for at least the next week or so. The fact that the weakest point is at the...
Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 26th Dec 2019

Off-piste snow report, N French Alps, 26th Dec 2019

What a lot of snow and wind we had. When the weather finally cleared on Christmas day. It was glorious but frustrating for some and dangerous for others. Many were disappointed to find the snow badly wind affected and off piste conditions were difficult. Skilled...