Val Thorens Snow Report: 16th April 2014
Last snow report from Cara and there is snow on it's way!
Cara Brown - Ski Racer | | published: 16th April 2014
Three things you have to know about spring skiing: get up for the first lift, go up as high as possible and stay up there! The snow is still plentiful and the sun just won’t go away in Val Thorens.
In Meribel the snow above the middle stations of Saulire and Tougnette is still in great condition. You won’t find any of the slush that’s on the lower slopes. For beginners the Altiport, although not so high up, has less piles of soft snow than the other lower runs and still makes a very nice run to ski. I was surprised by the snow on the red Renard run that sits under the Dent de Burgin chairlift just above the Altiport. The snow is still hard later in the day and there is no chance of encountering any muddy patches. The best part about skiing at this time of year is that there is absolutely nobody on the hill! You don’t have to worry about any lift queues or having to wind your way around the ski schools disrupting your run.
If you are out here skiing on your own skis, or even rental skis that should be carefully looked after, avoid skiing down to the Chaudanne via the bottom of the blue Doron run. It is a rock minefield and will carve horrible little patterns into your bases! Take your route down via Mottaret, on the opposite side of the mountain or turn off earlier on the blue Doron run to get to the escalators that take you directly to the centre of town.
Even though the shops in Val Thorens might have extended their lunch hours it’s the time of year to check out all the end of season sales! (Most shops are open again from 15:30.) In Meribel Sports Boutique has a big sale on Bogner equipment, all hats and gloves and on winter boots. In Meribel and Courchevel the Boot Lab have 30% off everything, ranging from the trendiest ski gear to cool T-shirts! The Odlo shop also has 30% off their winter thermals. The ladies design this year are lovely and worth having a look at. They also have their summer wear in stock already ready for any hikers and bikers out there. Even the Newsagents in the centre of town has a sale on souvenirs to take home with you. If you are in need of new equipment for next season now is the time to buy.
Everything on sale in Val Thorens is great quality and will still be on trend for next season.
When you’re looking around for somewhere to eat you might have noticed that quite a lot of the restaurants on the slopes are now shut for the season. However, the centre of Mottaret is still buzzing with life and you can enjoy your lunch sat in a deck chair on the snow. A great little sun catcher restaurant is Le Chardonnet. This restaurant has a nice sun deck and can be found just next to the middle station of the Pas Du Lac Gondola so it can also be accessed by foot.
Everywhere in the 3 Vallees closes on the 25th April, with the excpetion of Val Thorens which is set to close on the 11th of May, so there is still plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the season. The weather also seems to be hinting towards some light snow showers this weekend! This is the time of year to really enjoy yourself whilst skiing. You don’t have to worry about being cold, the pistes being too crowded or the lift lines being too long.
If you’ve come to Val Thorens to enjoy the best of the snow and sun, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 11th April 2014
Robin Deering | Val Thorens Editor | published: 11th April 2014
The sunny weather took the day off on Monday and mist lay low across the piste and rain fell very heavily. Luckily the weather is now back to it's sunny self. The forecast is predicted to change this weekend with very light rain in the resort but nothing that will threaten your skiing holiday too much!
Val Thorens Snow Report: 3rd April 2014
Windy weekend ahead but 3 Vallees Enduro to look forward to
Robin Deering | Val Thorens Editor | published: 3rd April 2014
The weather has taken a turn here in Val Thorens with wind bringing in a fair amount of cloud cover which will persist until Monday, nevertheless the snow will remain in good shape across the complete Val Thorens ski area.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 31st March 2014
Windy Saturday & sunny sledging Sunday
Ellie Mahoney | Val Thorens Editor | published: 31st March 2014
This weekend has been a real mixed bag of weather. On Saturday I almost lost my snowboard at the top of the Moraine chair lift.. I put it down (upside down I hasten to add) for a few moments while I took some pictures, and a gust of wind almost had it shooting off back down the mountain.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 28th March 2014
No fresh snow but cool conditions keep snow in tact
Cara Brown - Ski Racer | | published: 28th March 2014
I have to say I was very wrong about the weather in my last snow report! Despite being sure I would wake up on Wednesday and Thursday to a cloudy sky and a cold, windy, snowy day, I was very pleasantly surprised to wake up to brilliant sunshine and blue skies!
Val Thorens Snow Report: 27th March 2014
Sunshine set for end of week as clouds drift away
Robin Deering | Val Thorens Editor | published: 27th March 2014
Since our last snow report we've had a fair amount of cloud cover and a false hopes of more fresh snow, nevertheless the conditions are pretty good thanks to the weekends snowfall.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 24th March 2014
Cara Brown - Ski Racer | | published: 26th March 2014
#Winterisback is the hashtag of the week! There has been another dump of snow across France and in Val Thorens the snow isn’t due to stop until Thursday but it will be lighter than the weekend's dump.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 21st March 2014
Last sun report before the snow makes a welcome appearance in Val Thorens!
Robin Deering | Val Thorens Editor | published: 21st March 2014
Last day of the week and last day of the clement weather as tomorrow brings wind, a drop in temperature and snow! This weather front is expected to stay with us until Monday with the return of the old current bun on Tuesday.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 20th March 2014
Return of the snow expected as the end of the fine weather approaches
Robin Deering | Val Thorens Editor | published: 20th March 2014
Yes we all enjoy the sunshine but here in Val Thorens we're not quite ready for srping to take over, and so the news of snow forecast for the weekend is music to our ears.
Val Thorens Snow Report: 19th March 2014
Cara Brown - Ski Racer | | published: 19th March 2014
Are we still in April or has July suddenly arrived in the Three Valleys? Val Thorens was boasting temperatures of nearly twenty degrees in the sun today but there is still plenty of snow to enjoy.