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Good ski conditions at the start of the ski season

This week winter arrived in all her glory! The overall ski conditions improved massively in the Alps and is pretty decent right now. Snow depth may have been better last December, but last season was truly exceptional and let's not forget that the three winters before were virtually snowless right up until New Year. The snow storm at the beginning of this week brought a substantail base layer to the Northern Alps. At altitudes between 1200m and 1800m there was previously no snow, but now …

Written by skiweather on Saturday December 15, 2018

Snow farming secures planned opening of the ski season

With the commercial increasing pressure on ski resorts to open early and with good skiing conditions, snow farming has been recognized as one of the most powerful and eco-friendly way to achieve this. Faced with rising temperatures, ski resorts are preserving last year’s snow by storing it under tarps or saw-dust. It’s a low-tech way to start the next season with an inherited base and colder ground temperatures. The methods have proven successful for multiple resorts and are an important part …

Written by skiweather on Saturday December 1, 2018

Alpe D’Huez...Alps at their best

Alpe d'Huez is one of France's biggest and best-known Alpine ski resorts, ranking alongside other top French resorts such as Val d'Isère for extent and variety of slopes. Alpe d’Huez lies on a sunny plateau, with amazing slopes in all directions reaching to the far corners of this ski area and neighbouring villages of Auris, Villard Reculas, Oz en Oisans and Vaujany. The slopes go down to 1100m and up to 3330m, while its glacier ensures snow cover is sufficient for a long season that stretches …

Written by skiweather on Saturday November 3, 2018

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 Thursday September 27, 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 18, 2018