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La Rosière: a good-value alternative to the mega-resorts of the Tarentaise

Set high above the Tarentaise valley La Rosière is a traditional style ski resort which enjoys stunning views across the Isere Valley and across to Les Arcs. It has the benefit of being sited on the sunnier yet still snow-sure southern side of the domain. It's south facing slopes give it the reputation as one of the sunniest resorts in France, while it's altitude and snow making facilities ensures guaranteed snow cover December till April. La Rosiere is renowed for being a warmly welcoming, …

Written by skiweather on Sunday September 9, 2018


Les Gets: a lovely traditional Alpine village for families

Les Gets lies in the Massif du Chablais at the western end of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, just below Lac Léman and is therefore easy to reach from Geneva. Les Gets is a great place for a last-minute break. With access to 650 km of slopes spread across 12 villages in both France and Switzerland, the vast Portes du Soleil area offers near-limitless skiing amid fantastic scenery. Border crossings are seamless. There’s something for everybody in Les Gets and the Portes du Soleil ski …

Written by skiweather on Tuesday September 4, 2018


The snowiest skiresort in the Alps

When it comes to skiing, one thing you really do need over anything else, is snow. You don’t necessarily need a massive amount of it, but there's nothing quite as bad as having a ski holiday with insufficient or poor quality snow! What can guarantee good snowconditions? Weather is unpredicatable at best, especially the last few decades... The impact of climate change is not something many ski resorts want to talk about. There is no question, however, that the c-factor is a force to be …

Written by skiweather on Wednesday June 6, 2018


This winter just keeps on giving!

On- and off-piste snow depths remain the best in decades. With continuing cold temperatures, there is a thick layer compact snow on the slopes, and we’re still finding wonderful cold, dry, light powder snow off-piste. Snow quality is generally good thanks to the unusually low temperatures for mid-March that we have seen. This has meant a much more limited freeze-thaw process and less afternoon slush than you would normally expect at this time of year. Despite the fact that it’s now officially …

Written by skiweather on Sunday March 25, 2018


The SkiWelt: phenomenal skiing in the Tyrolean Alps

The ski area of ​​SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is one of the most famous and popular destinations for a winter sports holiday in Austria. Certainly among the Dutch and the British the SkiWelt has been a longtime-favorite destination. The entire ski area counts no fewer than 284 kilometers of slopes and is therefore one of the largest interconnected ski areas in Austria. The SkiWelt offers a good choice of nine different Tyrolean villages, from traditional, quiet Scheffau to the more bustling …

Written by skiweather on Tuesday March 13, 2018


Snow conditions are still excellent at altitude!

The quality and quantity of snow, on- and off-piste, above 1600m is still great as we enter the second half of March! Unfortunately, with rising temperatures over the next few days the snow will become more humidified and snow depth will start the decline on the lower slopes. Rain will also speed up the snow quality deterioration process especially in the western Alps where it could reach an altitude of 2400m. Still, there will be some fresh snow at altitude in the southern French and western …

Written by skiweather on Saturday March 10, 2018


The 10 most influential Dutch winter sport websites in 2018

Europeans from every country love to ski, but the Dutch have an outsize love for the slopes. They descend en masse on Alpine resorts, most of them Austrian, like Gerlos, Westendorf, Kirchberg, Sankt Anton and Ischgl. In 2012, while the country was still struggling with recession, nearly 900.000 -out of a population of almost 17 million- spend one or more winter holidays in the snow. This winter season, well over 1.1 million Dutch people are expected to enjoy the snow, and the bitter cold of the …

Written by skiweather on Friday March 9, 2018


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