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FranceAvoriaz Snow Report

18 Dec 2014 17:30
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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
18 Dec 2014 17:06
 
Heavy conditions on the lower slopes
Snowfall:
Last snowed 18 Dec 2014
Fresh snow 30cm
Last 7 days 40cm
Next 9 days 0cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 60cm
Lower piste depth 30cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Good
Resort runs Good
Off piste snow Heavy
Lifts:
Lifts open 11 out of 34
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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
 
Light rain (total 7.0mm), mostly falling on Thu afternoon. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 4°C on Thu afternoon, min -4°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.
Thursday 18 December 2014

The mild temperatures have brought rain

Thursday 18 December 2014
Light rain

0cm snow expected

4°C max temp

Friday 19 December 2014
Some clouds

0cm snow expected

2°C max temp

Saturday 20 December 2014
Light snow

0cm snow expected

-1°C max temp

Snow overview for France
Thursday 18 December 2014

Unfortunately rain was falling across much of France on Thursday 18th December. This followed some good snowfalls of up to 20cm on Wednesday, which below approximately 2,000-2,500m will have been affected by the rainfall. That being said, upper slopes will make good gains from this snowstorm, so hopefully more terrain up high should open for the coming weekend.

The best conditions again remain at altitude, with glacier resorts seeing the most snowfall but more importantly snow on Thursday rather than rain. Tignes (25/40cm) saw 20cm up on the Grande Motte glacier and over the links across to Val d’Isere (10/40cm). Val Thorens (60/100cm) continues its excellent start to the season, reporting 20cm of fresh snow and owing to its high altitude it was still snowing on Thursday.

Elsewhere, the situation is not looking as good. In the lower resorts, such as those in the Portes du Soleil the rain has been a big set back. The upper slopes should hold on to Wednesday’s snowfall, but the latest webcam images on Thursday suggest that at resort level much of this is already melting.

As many resorts are due to open this weekend, keep an eye on resort websites for the latest opening information following Thursday’’s rainfall.

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Alan Green
Posted: 11/03/14
Ski in and out Self Catering Apartments
Overall rating: 2 stars
Alan Green
Visited: February 2014

The architecture and design of the resort will not be to everyone's liking, but being ski out and in is convenient. We were in the Pas du Lac block very close to the top station of the Prodain cable car. We got a transfer from Geneva (90 mins) to the bottom of the Prodain lift and took it up to Avoriaz. We bought our lift passes at the bottom and got a free return on the cable car for our arrival and departure days which saved us some cash. Getting luggage to and from our apartment was ok, but for most apartments a horse drawn sleigh or caterpillar track taxi would probably be required, particularly if you have children too small to carry their own bags.

I am not a fan of self catering in France, the apartment would have been very cramped with four people in it, fortunately there were just two of us. Restaurants were ok, but don't start serving until 7pm and it was essential to book. Which could be a problem for a family with young children. We'd recommend the Wild Horse, the burgers and ribs we had were excellent. There are several supermarkets in the main shopping area for those who would prefer to cook for themselves.

We were there after UK school holidays but some French schools were still on holiday, so it was quite busy, but still lift queues were seldom more than 5 Minutes. Runs are predominately red and blue. There are off-piste possibilities from the lifts, but you would need to get an early start to get first tracks. Being high the snow was excellent, when Avoriaz was getting fresh powder, it was raining in Morzine!!

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
1 star
Eating:
1 star
Apres:
1 star
Value for money:
3 stars
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