Did all the snow melt in April? No posts here for a while. We're headed for Nice on Friday and the weather looks normal. Was it a warm Spring light snow pack or is everyone just moving on to summer?
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At least in this corner of Europe, it has actually been an exceptionally cool spring,
Unfortunately, several factors kept me out of the mountains, including cancelling our Easter trip. An unusually large amount of snow here in the city meant a good season for local cross-country skiing, though.
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Most places in Norway shut down 2 weeks after the Easter weekend. Once people (meaning the great unwashed) have had their Easter holidays they're not interested in more skiing so there's no financial sense in staying open. There were a couple of race meets up to the May 1st weekend. Soon it'll be time for summer race camps on the glaciers at Juvass or Folgefonna.... but rationalisation (cost, lack of paid holiday, necessity for an 8 y.o.) means me and the boy probably won't be on snow again until mid-November.
That is correct. The snow has melted away from most areas, and even in those placese where it hasn't, lift operations have been shut down since at least one month ago.
Of course, skinning up a mountain to find good snow is still an option, may is the month for AT skiing, after all. Even june, AFAIK.
But most of the people in my area (and in France is the same, I guess) have been heading for the beaches of the Mediterranean sea since after Easter...
BTW, I guess you'll find Nice and the surrounding areas full of "Eyetalians"...June 2nd is the Republic birthday and given it fall on a wednesday, most schools will be closed Mo and Tue, so a lot of families will take the opportunity to drive down to the Cote d'Azur and the sibling area in Italy to spend some day by the sea...
"...drive down to the Cote d'Azur and the sibling area in Italy to spend some day by the sea..."
I did it... but in a wrong season - January!!!!!!!! freezing days!
BTW, I'm looking forward, for the South snow next September at Bariloche!!!!!
Ehehe, I used to live farther south of Nice (some 400 km more along the coast) and remember I did find winters there very comfortable and mild. Got used to those so much that loved to eat on the house patio in January...
First time I came back "home", after only three months...I was freezing!
Took some time to get used to the "regular" southern sub alpine winters (even if milder compared to those on the Northern
"shore" of the Alps....) even if, when in Fraqnce, if the Mistral was blowing (it blows in multiple of three days- always), cold weather was a sure bet!
Ahhh, Bariloche...you plan an antipodean skiing trip as well eh! Tee Hee, instead of "follow-the-sun" you "follow-the-winter"!!!!
"...Ehehe, I used to live farther south of Nice (some 400 km more along the coast) and remember I did find winters there very comfortable and mild. Got used to those so much that loved to eat on the house patio in January..."
We drove from Nice to Rome and Rome was a litle less cold than Nice for sure. But the People at Ecotel, a very nice hotel where we've stayed at Rome told us about that this Winter as very cold.
"...Ahhh, Bariloche...you plan an antipodean skiing trip as well eh! Tee Hee, instead of "follow-the-sun" you "follow-the-winter"!!!!
Yes, keep in mind, we don't need to "follow-the-sun" "sun-follow-us" all year round(hight temps too!!). So, to scape from hight temps and, of course to find some snow... Wy not to "follow-the-winter" and who knows... some ski Hehehehehe!!!!!