Off-Piste Snow & Weather 28 March - 4 April 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather 28 March – 5 April

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Spring skiing conditions, but could be more wintry next week! Lovely smooth spring snow conditions are now in place, so follow our tips below on where to find them. Many slopes away from the first warming effects of the sun are hardened first thing, softening up as the day goes on. With warmer temperatures to come, the snow will be becoming pretty heavy and slushy in the afternoon. There’s little cold powder snow (if any) [&hellip... Read More

Off Piste Snow & Weather 21 - 29 March -
Off-Piste Snow and Weather 21 – 29 March 2019

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Hoping for smooth spring snow skiing! A high-pressure weather system is now in place over the N French Alps, bringing dry sunny conditions until the end of March The avalanche danger rating is down to 1 below 2500m and 2 in some places it is likely to remain that way until we see significant warming or new snow. There are a few slabs on high N and NW facing slopes above 2500m. With this nice […]... Read More

Off Piste Snow & Weather
Off-Piste Snow and Weather 1st – 6 March 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps ‘Winter’ returns with snowfall & cooler temps. The last 3 weeks have been very warm, dry and sunny. Many wet snow avalanches have occurred in the last week in the very warm temperatures. But we are expecting cold temperatures and considerable new snow every day next week from Monday. The whole of March looks like it will be colder with regular snowfall and some sunny breaks in between. We’ve recently been enjoying all ... Read More

Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report 21 Feb - 1 Mar 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather 21-28 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Sunny and very mild for this time of season High pressure stays in charge until the end of February. It will continue to be very sunny and even milder. We expect to see a change around 3rd 4th March, to cooler weather with some snow. Skiing conditions on piste are good, although very busy. French half term holidays continue until 9th March. By skiing the pistes between 12 and 2 o’clock, you can avoid the worst […]... Read More

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

Super Arcelle 4th Feb 2019
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 7-13 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Fantastic skiing available but many people are taking crazy risks, please read On Monday 4th February we picked up reports of 10 people caught in 4 separate accidental slab avalanches (‘accidental’ means they were triggered by people) in Val d’Isère alone. The avalanches took the victims for big, potentially dangerous rides. There were no people taken in natural avalanches. Most of these accidental avalanches were not mad... Read More

Henry Schniewind Snowpack update
Snowpack update French Alps 14 January

Real risk of remote triggering, danger rating is now level 4 nearly everywhere Henry explains in this video Recently we have experienced some very cold weather -20C and colder at 2000m. This has rotted the old snow and created a very weak layer of faceted grains. In the past 24 hours we have seen between 20cm and 1m of new snow in different parts of the Northern French Alps due to snowfall and wind. This is now very unstable and the avalanche […]... Read More

Off-piste snow report for Northern French Alps

Special early preview video! For 10 – 17 January 2019 Complementary Video Update: Snow in the Northern French Alps! At long last snow is currently falling in the Northern French Alps! There’s likely only going to be 10 cm or so today (Wednesday 9th), but maybe 20 to 40 cm over Sunday and Monday. We badly need this fresh snow, but if it falls in amounts of 20 to 30 cm or so (or piled up into these significant amounts by the […]... Read More

Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 28th Dec 2018

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Looks like a sunny start to the new year! Happy new year everyone! After a spate of gloomy mild weather with a rain/snow limit around 2500 m, the sun has made a welcome reappearance over the last few days. We could see some cloud over the weekend, but then it should turn sunny again from Monday. Some pretty nice off-piste conditions up high. Wayne Watson photo High altitude resorts above 1800 m are faring much […]... 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