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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I'm just near Megève and there's been no snow around here since early Jan. We've had three solid weeks of blue sky, sunshine and no wind. It was 12°C at 1300m today. In the resorts around here, all the lower slopes are shot, everything's being held together with snow guns, and we're about to endure the throngs of French half-term. Aaaaaarrrggghhh!

post #2 of 22

Montgenevre

 

We were lucky and had 10cm snowfall at the end of January. Expecting some next week 14th - 15th Feb. 

Sunshine and warm sun the rest of the time.

 

 

 

post #3 of 22

Fair amount in Scotland at the moment with reasonably regular top-ups too, just had a weekend of freshies and if the forecast is to believed there's a good bit more on the way over the next week - fingers crossed the same will be coming to an Alp near you in the not too distant future ... weather models are perking up a bit now!

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(Ain't these smileys great!)

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

Happy to report that it's finally clouded over today. The bad news is that it's expected to be accompanied by a föhn wind, so it may end up being too warm and destroying what little there is :(

It could be worse - we could be in Korea!

post #5 of 22

Is it finally snowing where you are? 

 

Happy to report 6 inches in the last 24 hours and still snowing.

 

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Not been up today, but webcam for Combloux doesn't look good. Megève looks better, though it's hard to see in the cloud! It's been raining down here in the valley today, just have to hope temp drops enough tonight.

post #7 of 22

Is it true that Northern Italy has not had snow for 6 weeks? I am thinking about a quick trip to Madonna di Campiglio early March, or else Austria.


Thanks

 

da Flav

post #8 of 22

Not true. It does slightly depend where, but it is most certainly snowing now, and has been since Monday. Also there was snow over Northern Italy end of January and probably around the 9th January. 

 

Madonna di Campiglio is reporting 1 foot of fresh snow right now.

 

http://www.funiviecampiglio.it/ing/inverno/webcam.asp

 

In general it has been warm over Europe, sun and warmer temperatures than usual, but the conditions are generally not nearly as bad as the pessimists are making out. Just make sure you stay high.

 

Volf

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

Had the tiniest dusting in Megève today, but skies are clearing again. Forecast says snow on Tuesday, though they seem to be doing the tourist-office trick of reducing snowfall estimates as they get closer!

post #10 of 22


Grazie!

 

da Flav
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Volf View Post

Not true. It does slightly depend where, but it is most certainly snowing now, and has been since Monday. Also there was snow over Northern Italy end of January and probably around the 9th January. 

 

Madonna di Campiglio is reporting 1 foot of fresh snow right now.

 

http://www.funiviecampiglio.it/ing/inverno/webcam.asp

 

In general it has been warm over Europe, sun and warmer temperatures than usual, but the conditions are generally not nearly as bad as the pessimists are making out. Just make sure you stay high.

 

Volf

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 

I'm happy to report that we finally have some snow! Only a few inches, but enough to make a difference. It's been snowing lightly all day so far - not sure how long it's going to keep it up.

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

I found an excellent resource that means I can back-up my whinging with hard data! It has snowfall stats for all resorts in France, by month, since 2000. My local data reflects what I've experienced: good snow in December, way below average since then. Now I need to to build something to screen-scrape that and produce some graphs...

post #13 of 22

Does anyone have first hand conditions for Les 7 Laux or the other Grenoble-area resorts?

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

Not first hand, but the webcams are usually a good indicator. Les deux Alpes looks pretty snowy to me, as does Alpe d'Huez.

 

I have mixed feelings today: I woke up to find it chucking it down with snow down here at 500m - yay! But I'm flying to London today - Boo! It knows, you know.

post #15 of 22

Current places to go (wish I could cool.gif):

 

- Eastern Switzerland (solid base + will get hammered over the weekend)

- Balkan region such as Brezovica, Popova Sapka. Same as eastern Switzerland.

 

post #16 of 22

Oh and...

 

Snow Report 2nd March 2011 for Montgenevre 

Fresh snow again yesterday, a good 20cm! 

We also had a fabulous dump of snow on the 14th and 15th of February. 
Anything snowed out by the half-termers is back. 

Daytime temperatures are still quite warm but nights are cold.

post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

The snow we had last week probably amounted to 20cm total. It's not stood up well to the half-termers and lower slopes have returned to a patchy mudbath state. It's also been quite warm, so we have the usual ice/slush mix. Higher up it's really quite nice though.

post #18 of 22

Norway. I was in Oslo last weekend, and they have tons of snow.

post #19 of 22

More snow on the way from the east. The Lombards are keeping us beautifully stocked this season. Warm sunny weather with a regular dump of snow every 2 weeks, seems to be the theme of the season.

 

Volf

post #20 of 22

 

Snow report 20th March 2011 for Montgenevre

 

It snowed for 5 days from Saturday 12th March until Thursday Morning 17th. Another good foot of snow. 

 

Great conditions on slopes, some of the best of the season. Off-piste is very heavy and avalanche risk is high. More snow than ever this season and apparently enough to see us through until 1st May. 

post #21 of 22

Norway. Oslo still has plenty snow, even if it can get slushy around 2 pm, it normally gets hard again in the evenings.

Today was another brilliant day with strong sun and very good groomers.

Most other norwegian resorts report excellent conditions. Due to the cold and windy winter, with very much snow in most areas, avalanche risk is high, so be careful!

Happy skiing.

post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

Everything is starting to shut down around here, but I was very pleasantly surprised by an 8" dump in Avoriaz on Tuesday night, which made for a great morning of heavy powder in patchy sunshine before the clouds rolled in. There was more snow during the afternoon and Wednesday night too. There was snow in higher bits of Chamonix this week too.

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