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Proper Winter Snow Fall in Val Thorens: 21st November 2013
Our first proper dump of snow this winter in the Three Valleys
Well, it's finally here. We have had dustings, smatterings and sprinklings in Val Thorens, and each one has been better than the last, but last night we had our first dump of snow. Over 6 inches of snow fell last night in the 3 Valleys, even down in resort!
This morning there was fifteen centimetres of snow down in Val Thorens and the snow under foot creaked like the door to castle Dracula. The mountains are hidden behind a blanket of cloud at the moment and the roads are receiving attention as the driving conditions are now more precarious than they were yesterday. Caution is advised until the roads are cleared properly.
There is more snow forecast for the rest of the day and patches of sunshine returning at the weekend with cold temperatures for the rest of the week. Saturday sees the official opening of the lifts in Val Thorens with the Ski Force Winter Tour and Courchevel are offering a free ski day, so no excuse not to make it out on the pistes this weekend.
The Endless Winter Continues: 9th April 2013
April Snow Showers
Here in the Three Valleys we are getting an unexpected dump of snow that is very much reminiscent of last years April showers. We don't quite have the two feet of fresh powder of last year just yet but there is about 3 inches of snow settling on the vehicles up at Meribel 1600 and it doesn't seem to be letting up. Once again the trees are pretty and white and the resorts are aesthetically back to their winter finest. There is an unmistakeable chill in the air and the snow level certainly seems to be dropping. Lets keep our fingers crossed for that foot of fresh powder over night!
Beacoup de neige: 18th March 2013
A solid March dump
My French is pretty limited but I do know beaucoup de neige! There is loads of it. I am not sure ‘dump’ even sums it up. Snowflakes have been falling from the sky en masse and nonstop for the past 24 hours. It is not set to ease up either with another huge amount of snow due overnight - eek! I was only saying yesterday that I have never been snowed in here, tonight might be the night. The fire is on and I’m watching the snowfall. Tomorrow though I will be out, with lots of other excited snowsports enthusiasts to make the most of the powder! In the meantime, if you are still not sure how much snow we’ve had (in just one day!) here’s my postbox with an illustration.
A Mid March Dump: 14th March 2013
And more snow to come
We've had a good dump of snow here in the 3 Vallees - about 10cm in Meribel and Courchevel overnight with 15cm on the mountain and up in Val Thorens. You can still feel the base off piste but the pistes have been nicely topped up. It's currently minus 7 in resort and there is more fresh snow forecast for next week. The wind is blowing the snow around a bit and the visibility is low but when the weather settles and clears we should be in for some great skiing.
Winter Returns : 11th March 2013
A welcome snowfall
After a dry and mild spell, winter has returned to the 3 Valleys. Friday was a dispiriting day as heavy rain fell in Meribel and Courchevel, but fortunately this precipitation fell as snow just above resort level. More snow fell this morning to below the resorts, further freshening the slopes. We’ve been enjoying thoroughly enjoyable conditions on piste with dry and soft snow on the upper runs and a thin layer of soft and slushy snow on a firm base on the lower runs. Off-piste, more snow fell in the Val Thorens valley than in Méribel – around 10-15cm at high altitude - plus there is lovely spring snow developing in low and sunny areas. The forecast is for low temperatures, unsettled weather and a little more snow this week, so conditions should stay good for the foreseeable future.