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


Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 31 Jan-6 Feb 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Great skiing, but watch out for significant avalanche danger over the next few days with significant snowfall expected Low-pressure weather systems remain in charge over the Alps until Sunday delivering more snow, especially on Friday and Saturday. Fluctuating temperatures will make for unstable conditions below 2000m. A weak layer makes the snowpack unstable higher up. On Monday, the high pressure kicks in delivering more stable weather. S... Read More


Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 10 - 17 January 2019 Savoie & N French Alps
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 10 – 17 January 20...

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Fresh snow is on its way … but if we get a lot, expect instability above 2500 m The snow is coming. It looks like less stable weather now. But high pressure still dominates until 21st January. So several small snowfalls in the next week and generally quite cold and windy. Then expect low pressure and more snow after 21st January. For the last week or so, we’ve been doing a lot of walking to find […]... 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 Forecast
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 4th Jan 2019

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Cold and crispy but windy days ahead with lots of sunshine and some clouds Don’t forget your suncream folks. We’re now under the influence of a huge high pressure weather system over the Northern French Alps with lots of sunshine and some clouds for the next few days, at least! The snow’s not far away, but it all seems to be happening in Austria! See Chris’s recent blog on current weather conditions. When will it... Read More


Off-Piste Snow & Weather Report
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 21st Dec 2018

For Savoie and the Northern French Alps Milder days ahead, sun snow and rain What a great and varied off-piste week we’ve had! Conditions have sometimes been excellent with cold dry light powder skiing in good visibility (often bright sunshine). At other times it’s been much trickier skiing in heavy and humidified snow. We’ve also had some days of flat light and tricky route-finding. We even had to get the compass out once in an area we’ve skied hundre... Read More


HAT Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report
Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report

Great off-piste conditions up high! Wait till 8th December for more snow HAT off piste snow and weather report 30 Nov – 8 Dec for Savoie and northern French Alps Expecting some light snow this weekend. This will mainly be above 2200m. Then we expect very mild and warm weather in the middle of next week, with the 0C isotherm moving up to 3000m. Any snow will only fall above 2400m. Then from Friday 7th December, we are optimistic (fingers crossed) for a […]... Read More


Glide cracks mean snowpack stability
Glide Cracks Mean Snowpack Stability….

…. but they need to be treated with care, all the same Over the last few years we’ve been emphasizing that over 9 out of 10 off-piste accidents occur due to victims triggering the avalanche themselves. This usually happens because they weren’t applying basic accident prevention risk reduction measures at the time of the accident. We talk about ‘recent avalanche activity’ as a clue of instability. By this, we are referring to recent cold dry slab avalanc... 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