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Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 17-24 Jan 2019

17 January 2019

For Savoie and Northern French Alps Cold temperatures and a little more snowfall With some fresh top-ups of snow (anything between 5 to 40 cm) we’ve been finding some fantastic off-piste conditions over the last few days. There’s some lovely cold powder snow still to be found, particularly on high North facing slopes. And it looks as if we’re due some more smallish amounts of fresh snow in the days to come. In high exposed areas the surface has often been wind-hardened […]

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Snowpack update French Alps 14 January

14 January 2019

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 […]

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Off-Piste Snow and Weather Report 10 – 17 January 2019

10 January 2019

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 […]

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Off-piste snow report for Northern French Alps

9 January 2019

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 […]

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9 January 2019

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