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Off Piste Snow & Weather: 18 – 25 Jan Savoie / N. French Alps

18 January 2018

More high winds and snowfall ahead! Off-piste snow report: 18 – 25 Jan for Savoie & Northern French Alps Wild weather continues in the N French Alps, with high winds and plenty more snowfall to come! We could see a brief calm and sunny spell next Tuesday/Wednesday. Snow depths are almost unbelievable for this time of the season for much of Savoie and Haute Savoie. No matter what the locals say about it being like this all the time in the past, […]

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Off Piste Snow & Weather: 11 – 17 Jan Savoie / N. French Alps

11 January 2018

Sunny weather for a few days, followed by more snow from Tuesday onwards! Off-piste snow report: 11 – 17 Jan for Savoie & Northern French Alps It’s been a incredible week in the N French Alps with insane amounts of snow falling in Savoie close to the Italian border! This was accompanied by gale force E winds, chaos on the roads, avalanche risks of up to 4 and even 5/5.  Areas were put on ‘lock-down’ by the authorities, when it was too […]

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Avalanche risk assessment – post storm 10th Jan 2018

10 January 2018

Henry tells about the likely avalanche risk and things to look out for tomorrow and the day after. This includes his observations after skiing today. He discusses why and how the danger rating can drop from a level 5 to a level 3 in just 2 days.  After all the snow, the risks turn from being large scale and widespread and threatening the town (level 5), to large-scale and widespread but mainly on the mountain (level 4), to being localised to specific […]

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Avalanche and off piste awareness course – 3 days with Henry

4 January 2018

3 days with Henry Henry does run off-piste and avalanche awareness courses through the season. we call each course “3 days with Henry”.  There is one is happening next week on Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th January. We have spaces available. Conditions are expected to be perfect for exploring avalanche risks and how to manage them. Conditions should also be outstanding for finding great, enjoyable and safe snow to ski on. It looks like there will have been enough days of calmer […]

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Avalanches flowing into the resort now

4 January 2018

Do follow resort safety advice, road closures and path closures wherever you are in the Savoie, Haute Savoie or Isere regions.  Here is a video of a Val d’Isere avalanche running across footpaths, a car park and approaching a building. Danger rating 5 is associated with risks in the resort as well as on the mountain. The reason the danger is so high is the combination of wind loaded slopes, huge snowfall and a sudden rise in temperature this morning. This causes […]

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