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


Snow & Weather Report 22 to 28 March
What is the Risk of Riding in Avalanche Terrain?

This is the title of a blog posted by Bruce Tremper in 2009. I am planning to examine this question in more detail this week by attending the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) in Innsbruck. I hope to be posting more about this whilst I am there. Here is a link to Bruce Tremper’s blog where he raises some powerful questions. https://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog/15826 In the introduction, he observes Our lives revolve around risk but it’s a concept most of us ... Read More


Avalanche Val d'Isere
Avalanches flowing into the resort now

Do follow resort safety advice, road closures and path closures wherever you are in the Savoie, Haute Savoie or Isere regions.  Here is a video of a Val d’Isere avalanche running across footpaths, a car park and approaching a building. Danger rating 5 is associated with risks in the resort as well as on the mountain. The reason the danger is so high is the combination of wind loaded slopes, huge snowfall and a sudden rise in temperature this morning. This causes [&hell... 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