Depression Lifting Snow is on the way

As soon as New Year week ended things began to improve. The crowds disappeared and we even had a little snow. The depth of the new snow varied throughout the valley with Le Tour receiving about 20cms – heavily windblown- and Les Houches perhaps 10cms. The weather then turned clear and exceedingly cold.

We ventured out to Le Tour pretty much for first lift on 10th January. It was -10C in the car park and with a very strong NE wind it must have been -30C at the top of Autannes Chair. There were pockets of good powder side piste but the overnight wind had ruined many of the faces. Nice to have some powder turns though. The pistes were in excellent condition, well covered and cold grippy snow. We only lasted about an hour and a half due to the extreme cold but went home pretty happy with the improvement in conditions.

Due to continuing freezing conditions we had a quick piste ski on 11/01 at Les Houches. Conditions pretty good with huge amounts of man made snow being pumped out.

Today we had a quick skin to ski an area which is pasture in the summer. 10cms of cold snow made it worthwhile.

Snow due to fall from tonight with reports of up to 75 cms in the next 48 hours.

No Photos Today

I rely heavily on Chamonix Meteo for the local weather report. In general the report is accurate but mountain weather can be fickle and last night was a good example.   The forecast was for a minor fall of snow. That coupled with the prospect of some visibility and the recent snowfall led me to believe that opening day at Les Contamines was to be today’s destination. For those of you who haven’t skied Les Contamines it is well worth a visit. Easy piste skiing, great offpiste and touring. Anyway the best laid plans….

Cal last year

An early rise to walk the dogs found the best part of 25 cms on the car and poor visibility. That combined with a 40 minute drive to LC brought a change of plan and back for first lift at Les Houches which I knew,at least,would be open. (You will be thinking it is all we ski.)Yet again Les Houches delivered. A combination of boot top powder off piste and 4 inches of powder on perfectly groomed pistes. No stopping for photos and finished for lunch. Still a lack of lifts open

Friends from Argentiere reported powder on piste at Grand Montets but no report as yet on conditions in Pendant Bowl. The liason chair was closed but I am sure it was well skied today.

I have been working in Megeve the last 3 days and the snow cover is amazing if you can afford a coffee. Clients were staying in the Four Seasons Hotel,brand new, opulent, Ski in/out and I am sure pretty expensive.

Penny drove through Courmayeur on Friday and it had a great cover.

Anyone arriving for Xmas week has nailed it for a change.