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Off Piste Snow & Weather: 19 – 25 April, Savoie / N. French Alps

19 April 2018

Great spring snow conditions! Off-piste snow report: 19 – 25 April for Savoie & N French Alps It looks like we’re going to have classic spring snow conditions for at least the next few days! This is one of our favourite times of the year for skiing! There’s some lovely soft, smooth snow around if you choose your timings and slope exposures right. Another great thing at this time of year is that when regular melt-freeze cycles come into place the snowpack […]

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

12 April 2018

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 cycles of melting and freezing, the snowpack will become much more solid and […]

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Tip of the week

6 April 2018

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

4 April 2018

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 cycles normally occur at this time of year, and it shouldn’t […]

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Meteo France Special Bulletin about Avalanche Risk

30 March 2018

Meteo France have just issued a special bulletin on the unusual avalanche risk that is present in the Northen French Alps at the moment.  You can see the original click here. This kind of special bulletin is quite unusual and reflects a significant concern that people may not appreciate the risks. Conditions have been stable for much of the season with only a few weeks of instability. Each of those weeks have resulted in some fatal accidents. The next few days represent another of […]

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