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Kaiserwetter dominates until the start of 2019

Large parts of Europe are under the influence of a massive high-pressure area which keeps any disturbance at bay. The Atlantic is completely cut off from the Alps. Mild air is transported towards the Alps with a southwestern current which means that sunny and mild Kaiserwetter prevails all over the Alps. The freezing level fluctuates around 2900 meters in the western Alps and around 1500 meters in the far east of the Alps during the day. There will be very few changes in the weather, at least …

Written by skiweather on Friday December 28, 2018

Rollercoaster weather during Christmas holiday

The weather is going to become quite varied after Friday with temperatures due to rise as an active warm front moves into the Alpine region from the west bringing precipitation for the northwest of the Alps.   Over the next few days the rain/snow limit will fluctuate very much and could reach as high as 2400m for some time in the northern French and north-western Swiss Alps where there will be a significant loss of snow depth and snow quality below 1800m. High-altitude ski resorts in the …

Written by skiweather on Friday December 21, 2018

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

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