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Mild and unstable weather will affect low altitude ski resorts

It has warmed up substantially over the Alps compared to the past week. In just a few days the temperature rose a staggering 25 degrees. Some ski resorts are starting to experience spring like conditions, especially in the east of the Alps.The temperatures and freezing levels are moving up and down with each forecast published, but the general trend remains: cool and snow to Thursday, then warm and snow/rain for the end of the week. Large amounts of rain will come down below 1400 meters. On …

Written by skiweather on Monday March 5, 2018

Saint Gervais is delightful and charming

Saint Gervais is a well established spa town that has been welcoming skiers for over 80 years and its proximity to Geneva airport - less than an hours drive - is ideal for short stay ski holidays. Despite its proximity to Mont Blanc and the popular Chamonix, it is not a very well known resort, probably due to the fact that no major tour operators go there. The ski area Saint Gervais - Megève itself is not big, but it's Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass covers six ski areas comprising over 450km of …

Written by skiweather on Monday February 26, 2018

What is wind chill factor?

The Wind Chill Factor is commonly referenced in weather reports. However, few of us have a firm grasp on the meaning. Wind chill is the meteorological term used for explaining how the wind can make us feel even colder (chillier) than the actual temperature. Basically the Wind Chill Factor describes how cold you will feel when you step outside when the temperature is below 10°C and the wind speed is above 4.8kph. On a more scientific term the Wind Chill Factor is a measurement of the total …

Written by skiweather on Saturday February 24, 2018

'Beast from the East' to bring unusual cold snap to the Alps

If you think it’s been bitterly cold this week, well, you haven’t seen anything yet. The next couple of days temperatures are expected to plunge across the Alps in a rare cold snap. The frigid airmass that has been parked over NE Europe begins pushing WSW-wards into central, southeastern and parts of western Europe. There will also be further snow, most significant across the southern Alps, but it is the cold that is creating extreme skiing conditions during the most busy ski week of the year. …

Written by skiweather on Friday February 23, 2018

Les Portes du Mont Blanc: The pearl in the crown

The Portes du Mont-Blanc includes four ski resorts located between the Val d'Arly and the Aravis mountain range: Combloux, La Giettaz, Cordon and Megève Jaillet. it is a quiet and economical alternative to the Espace Évasion Mont-Blanc, of which Combloux and Megève Jaillet are also part of. The ski area with well over 100km of slopes offers skiing for all levels, great off-piste possibilities and a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille Bionnassay or the Dome of the Miages. The ski area …

Written by skiweather on Thursday February 22, 2018

Snow conditions are excellent in the busiest week of the season

Over the next few days the weather in the Alps will be quite mixed with some snow here and there but generally not in a huge quantity. It will stay quite cold though, which means that any snow will fall well into the lower valleys. The northwest and southeast of the Alps will get the most precipitation this week. Towards the middle of the week, Wednesday evening to be more specific- it will become warmer in the Alps and Pyrenees before cooling down again from Sunday. The sun will come out …

Written by skiweather on Monday February 12, 2018

January 2018 brought the most exceptional weather to the Alps in decades

In January the western Alps were subject to turbulent conditions. Several very active storms swept the western half of the Alps: Carmen, Eleanor, Fionn and David. Westerly wind patterns have resulted in frequent and excess precipitation and consecuently many floods. In fact precipitation broke record levels in France and parts of Switzerland. In addition, large parts were affected by heavy snow, strong winds and yo-yoing temperatures.  The Swiss ski resort Zermatt was cut-off from the …

Written by skiweather on Thursday January 25, 2018

Another onslaught for the north-west Alps

A storm called Evi is on the way to the Alps and will bring a substantial amount of fresh snow in the next couple of days. The Northern Alps will be in the front line. The calm and sunny weather of the last few days is not likely to return soon. Several days of snow are in the forecast, starting Monday evening in the French Alps and Italy’s Aosta Valley before spreading across the border into Switzerland and Austria. Expect the snowline to briefly rise as the storms come in on Tuesday and …

Written by skiweather on Monday January 15, 2018

Snow, snow and more snow

Weather and snow conditions in the Northern French Alps have been, and will continue to be, severe until Friday morning. The extreme weather means no skiing in many Alps ski resorts. Further snow is due at the weekend, mostly in the southern Alps, but it will also spill over the border regions to reach some more northerly ski resorts, such as Val d’Isère, Les Arcs and La Plagne. The southern ski resorts like Zermatt, Saas Fee and Sestriere will get a full blast with somewhere in between 2.5 and …

Written by skiweather on Thursday January 4, 2018

Obertauern: Austria's snow bowl

Austria’s little known gem, Obertauern, is hardly an hour's drive from Salzburg Airport. It has an infectiously friendly laid-back atmosphere and with generally quieter slopes than the big name resorts it’s no surprise that this destination is gaining in popularity fast. Situated in the Salzburgerland region of the Austrian Alps and nestled within the scenic peaks of the Tauern mountain range, Obertauern was originally just a mountain pass before it became a ski resort. At 1750m it is one of …

Written by skiweather on Tuesday January 2, 2018