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Chamonix/Alps Conditions?

post #1 of 9
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Howdy folks, I leave next Tuesday for Geneva. I'm meeting a group on Saturday in Interlaken and we leave Sunday for 6 days in the Berner Oberland. So I'm looking to do some skiing on Thursday and Friday.

Can anyone give my an update on what things are like in Chamonix (I've looked online, looking for a local update)? Any where else I should consider going instead that is easy to get to from Geneva and easy to get to Interlaken from?

post #2 of 9
Western Alps are puked on right now so conditions have improved over the last couple of days. Just make sure to hit the higher elevations for decent conditions.
post #3 of 9
Most will be closed by then.

Post the question over on the European "version" of this place at www.snowheads.com the guys there will have suggestions for you.
post #4 of 9
I don't know in switzerland, but most french resort will be open until the end of april.
You should find decent condtions in nothern alps (it had snowed recently), but stay at 2000 m and up.
You probably should skip france though, as last week of april and first week of may are a school holidays period.
post #5 of 9
To Bad the US Dollor is so weak right now. I found out since Park City is the sister city of Courchevel my season pass is good there. Oh well maybe someday I'll ski in Europe
post #6 of 9
For European (and other) snow reports see the Ski Club of Great Britain site: www.skiclub.co.uk (You have to register but it is free)
Below is their snow report for Chamonix (minus graph comparisons with previous years which didn't copy). You should also look under Argentiere too which may be your best place to stay and to ski (it is in the same valley - Chamonix is actually several areas / resorts linked by short, free bus rides). Almost all the skiing is above the top of the base lift so don't be too worried if the lower slopes' snow figures are small.
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Chamonix*Snow report for 20 Apr 2005

Last snowed:20 Apr 2005*
Powder alert:50 cm of fresh snow
Lifts open:24 out of 47

Current weather:Light Snow
Current temperature:-7°C
Tomorrow's weather:Clear
Cloudy and snowy again today

Lower slopes:110 cm
Upper slopes:350 cm
On piste:Excellent
Off piste:Spring
Resort runs:Good
Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls

Snow News for France - last updated on 18 April 2005
There are still plenty of French resorts open and many have excellent conditions after heavy snowfalls over the weekend. The southern Alps have seen huge snowfalls with 70cm of new snow falling in La Grave (30/160cm) and 50cm in Serre Chevalier (5/70cm). Alpe d'Huez (73/160cm) has also seen new snow, with over 20cm falling over the weekend. Isola 2000 (60144cm) has experienced snowfall all weekend, with powder available in many areas at present. There is a very similar story in Val Cenis (28/215cm), where 80cm of new snow fell over the weekend. Resorts further north have not missed out either. Megeve (60/140cm) had 40cm of new snow, but unfortunately only four lifts are in operation at present. Flaine (50/255cm) saw 30cm of new snow and Avoriaz (100/150cm), 20cm. Conditions are good in both resorts, in particular in upper areas. In the Three Valleys, there is 10cm of new snow in Meribel (20/180cm), but rain is expected so lower areas will be particularly heavy. Cloudy Tignes (1112/210cm) and Val d'Isere (97/150cm) have had new snow and higher areas have some excellent riding conditions at present.
post #7 of 9
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Thanks for the replies everyone!
post #8 of 9
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Chamonix is very spring like right now, skied La Brevent today, limited trails open, but nice corn snow (nice change from all the damn powder in Tahoe )

Probably gonna try the Grand Monets tomorrow unless I can recruit someone to do the Valle Blanche with.

It feels good to be back in Chamonix!
post #9 of 9
French Alps have been puked on last weekend, now the storms have moved further east. Check the resorts in eastern Switzerland.
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