Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report 14-21 Feb 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 14-20 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Wall to wall sunshine for at least the next week, and great skiing conditions! It’s beginning to feel almost spring-like with milder temperatures and sunny skies. A high pressure weather system is in place, and looks likely to remain for at least a week. No fresh snowfall is expected. We recommend you don’t skimp on the suncream! Snow coverage is excellent, and only total powder hounds need to fret about lack of fresh snowfall o... Read More

avalanche danger rating 3
Avalanche Bulletin update 27th Jan

Meteo France are warning that new snow expected tomorrow will fall on a weak layer of old snow and the avalanche risk will rise as the snow falls, especially on North and East Facing slopes Here are their words for Haute Tarentaise. It is similar elsewhere and even more marked especially in areas where more snow is expected in the Beaufortain, Vanoise and PreAlps The strong wind of WSW then WNW is expected in the very high mountain during the falls of […]... Read More

Avalanche banane
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 14th Dec 2018

Savoie and Northern French Alps Watch out for the dangerous weak layer! Henry warned us on Monday that Tuesday 11th December would be risky with a persistent weak layer under the new snowpack from above 2400m. So it proved. We have seen considerable evidence of recent avalanche activity in the past two days. This has been most apparent on NE facing slopes above 2400m. All the signs are there that there is a considerable risk (Rating 3), especially on these slopes. Keep [&hell... Read More

Off-Piste Snow and Weather

Savoie and northern French Alps The big news is that it is going to get colder and we are expecting significant snowfall over the weekend especially on Sunday. The drop in temperature starts on Friday night and next week we will see freezing levels down at 300 to 800m whereas during this last week the freezing level was much higher between 2000m and 3000m. The weather looks brighter on Tuesday and Wednesday, after that we will enter a prolonged period of unsettled […]... Read More

Off Piste Snow & Weather: 12 – 18 April, Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 12 – 18 April, Savoie...

Unsettled, particularly near the French/Italian border! Off-piste snow report: 12 – 18 April for Savoie & N French Alps Still waiting for Spring conditions to properly arrive! Normally at this time of year we’re enjoying regular melt-freeze cycles, which bring nice smooth ‘spring snow’ skiing. This year, however, we’re still in transition between cold dry winter snow, and humid to wet spring snow*. When we eventually receive these repeated cy... Read More

Off Piste Snow & Weather: 5 - 11 April, Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 5 – 11 April, Savoie ...

Spring-like conditions starting to appear! Off-piste snow report: 5 – 11 April for Savoie & N French Alps With milder temperatures and some sunshine forecast, we’re optimistic that ‘spring snow’ conditions will come into place in the next few days. The snow’s already beginning to transform on some sunny slopes. We need regular melt/freeze cycles to help create more widespread smooth spring snow conditions, which are so lovely to ski. These cy... Read More

Fornet road avalanche Val d'isere
Avalanche danger rating is 5 in Northern French Alps

When the danger rating is 5, you pay attention to avalanche risk in the town as well as the mountain. This avalanche crossed the road between Val d’Isere and Fornet yesterday.  Read definition here We will issue a more detailed full snow report tomorrow. But in the meantime here is Haute Tarentaise bulletin for Thursday Bulletin Above 2500 m, the heavy snowfall still expected by Thursday evening (80-100 cm), and the strong and very large accumulations in the leeward sl... Read More

Avalanche Bulletin Savoie March 8th
Translation of Avalanche Bulletin for 8th March

Haute Tarentaise – Savoie – risk is high, level 4 Read the original avalanche bulletin here The snow pack will start to settle but we have a thick layer of recent snow (up to 100 cm) which is very unstable. This is why we should expect natural releases and even more so with the warming or even a little rain in the afternoon (possible slope releases onto the mountain roads under 1600/2000 m ). “One or two” big avalanches are always possible […]... Read More