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Off Piste Snow & Weather : 30 March – 5 April, Savoie / N. French Alps

30 March 2017

Lovely spring-snow skiing conditions. Possible fresh snow at the weekend, then back to spring next week! Off-piste snow report: 30 March – 5 April, Savoie & Northern French Alps Lucky Val d’Isère and Tignes (close to the French/Italian border) benefited from a ‘Retour d’Est’ last week. This brought plenty of fresh snow across from the east/south-east, a privilege sadly not extended to many other resorts in Savoie and the N French Alps. In most other resorts, off-piste snow depths are below normal for this time of season. Even […]

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Spring skiing tips, Ski the Smooth

29 March 2017

Spring snow conditions are here now! Here are some ideas about how to have fun and be safe on spring snow! Understand ‘melt-freeze cycles’ and have fun with spring snow!   Off-piste spring snow is one of the best things that the Northern French Alps has to offer. With lift access to all slope orientations: east, south, west and then north, you can find it and have fun with little effort. Melt-freeze Cycles Once new snow melts in the sun/heat during the […]

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Shred Safe makes The Essentials talk free for one week

25 March 2017

  Mountain safety is no joke. Shred Safe aims to maximize your fun and minimize your risks by offering free avalanche training and mountain safety courses. Shred Safe have worked with HAT so you can watch Ride Hard Ride Safe – The Essentials online for FREE.  You must sign up on this page before April 1st Ride Hard ! Ride Safe – The Essentials introduces you to the principles of how to stay safe and find the best snow when you go […]

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Off Piste Snow & Weather: 23 – 29 March Savoie / N. French Alps

23 March 2017

Variable off piste conditions for the week ahead, with fresh snow for some! Off-piste snow report: 23 – 29 March for Savoie & Northern French Alps Following a week of spring off piste snow conditions, it looks as if we’re due for a mixed bag of weather in the week ahead, with possible significant amounts of snowfall in areas near the French/Italian border, such as Val d’Isere, Bonneval and Val Cenis. In the last week or so, the snowpack has been melting and […]

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Off Piste Snow and Weather: 16 – 22 March

16 March 2017

Very mild temperatures. Cloudy weekend with possible very light sprinklings of snow at high altitude. Off-piste snow report for 16 – 22 March for Savoie & Northern French Alps With recent very mild temperatures the thick layer of recent snow has stabilised remarkably quickly. Spring conditions are currently here. Surface snow is humidified at altitudes below 2700 m on colder NE to NW facing slopes, and below even higher altitudes on the sunnier E to S to W facing slopes. It is generally crusted […]

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