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FranceAlpe d'Huez Snow Report

27 Feb 2015 17:30
Ski Club Ambassador's snow report
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Snow report glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Last snowed
The date of the last snowfall.
Fresh snow
The depth of the last snowfall.
Last 7 days
The total snowfall reported over the last 7 days.
Next 9 days
The total amount of fresh snow predicted at mid-mountain level from our detailed 9 day forecast.
Upper piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the upper prepared slopes.
Lower piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the lower prepared slopes.
Piste quality
An indication of the general piste conditions on the open pistes.
Resort runs
An indication of the conditions on the lower, open runs back into the resort base.
Off piste snow
An indication of the general off piste conditions.
Lifts open
An indication of the number of lifts that are open out of the total number of lifts possible in this resort/ski area.
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Snow report
27 Feb 2015 17:09
 
Fresh snow providing some great skiing
Snowfall:
Last snowed 27 Feb 2015
Fresh snow 2cm
Last 7 days 49cm
Next 9 days 89cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 200cm
Lower piste depth 121cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Excellent
Resort runs Excellent
Off piste snow Varied
Lifts:
Lifts open 47 out of 49
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Weather forecast glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Weather
The predicted weather for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
Snow expected
The predicted amount of snow.
Maximum temperature
The predicted maximum temperature for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
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Snow & weather forecast
 
A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Sun night. Temperatures will be below freezing (max 0°C on Sun morning, min -8°C on Fri night). Winds increasing (calm on Sat morning, fresh winds from the WNW by Mon morning).
Friday 27 February 2015

Snowing lightly, refreshing pistes

Saturday 28 February 2015
Cloudy

2cm snow expected

-4°C max temp

Sunday 01 March 2015
Light snow

25cm snow expected

0°C max temp

Monday 02 March 2015
Light snow

19cm snow expected

-1°C max temp

Snow overview for France
Thursday 26 February 2015

The skiing is excellent across the French Alps at present and with sunny skies firmly in place on Thursday 26th February, the overhead conditions were perfect too.

Great skiing has been reported by Ski Club Ambassadors in the Espace Killy ski region, encompassing the resorts of Val d’Isere (95/167cm) and Tignes (90/163cm). Some great powder turns were on offer off the pistes and the perfectly groomed powder on piste was providing some amazing turns on the groomers.

Conditions were also fantastic in the Portes du Soleil, with Avoriaz (180/290cm) and Morzine (70/195cm) offering great slopes and all lifts in their respective areas open.

Across in the Pyrenees the heavy snow has not stopped falling all week, with huge snowfall totals of almost two metres being reported across the mountain range. Cauterets (340/470cm) boasts a huge base depth as a result but was shut due to avalanche concerns on Thursday 26th February. Bareges/La Mongie (220/320cm) was only able to run seven lifts as the avalanche danger hit Level 5 across the mountain range. The treacherous conditions are set to remain over the weekend as mild air comes into the Pyrenees, destabilising the significant new snow drifts. Off piste skiing is not recommended and lift openings may be affected for some days.

Fortunately the snow is set to taper off in the Pyrenees but it is set to resume in the Alps this weekend. Around 40-100cm of new snow forecast between now and Tuesday next week for much of the French Alps so some good powder should be on offer next. As with the Pyrenees however pay close attention to the latest avalanche forecasts and stay safe off piste.

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Ann Balmforth
Posted: 23/02/15
Excellent Oz en Oisans
Overall rating: 5 stars
Ann Balmforth
Visited: February 2015

This was our 4th visit to this resort, and again we stayed at Le Chalet des Neiges in North-facing Oz en Oisans through Peak Retreats(excellent operator). Overall the chalet is excellent, as is the welcome and customer service. Whenever something breaks, it is replaced very quickly and with a smile 😃. The village is ski-in/ski-out with ski school starting on our doorstep and a lovely torchlight procession involving the children's ski school classes - they love it every year.
All 11 of us signed up for ESF Ski School, and had mixed experiences. Our children in the 2* and Bronze groups had a fantastic time and really progressed, but the adults had good to poor teaching. As it was half term the adult groups had 11-12 in them and were mixed ability so didn't really meet anyone's needs well, especially level 3 where we received very little individual feedback and it was not challenging enough for the most advanced. Also a lot of time was wasted in lift queues. This was the worst we have found it. None of the adults will chose ESF in half term again.
We had quite a lot of snow during the first 24hrs which set the resort up for the week. We then had 5 days of clear sunshine so the resort did very well to keep the runs in reasonable condition. Some blue runs were mogully by the end of the days but there was very little ice. A few runs in Auris were closed as the grass was showing through and there was grass on the black moguls in the Signal area.
Overall a good family resort with a large number of green runs for beginners plus a large variety of more advanced runs, good ESF children's ski school and reasonably priced accommodation.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
3 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
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