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FranceLes Arcs Snow Report

22 Feb 2017 17:30
Ski Club Instructor'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
22 Feb 2017 17:01
 
Good skiing on firmly packed runs
Snowfall:
Last snowed 09 Feb 2017
Fresh snow 5cm
Last 7 days 0cm
Next 9 days 65cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 157cm
Lower piste depth 55cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Hard packed
Resort runs Soft
Off piste snow Varied
Lifts:
Lifts open 51 out of 54
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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 moderate fall of snow, heaviest on Fri morning. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 1°C on Wed morning, min -8°C on Fri afternoon). Wind will be generally light.
Wednesday 22 February 2017

Clear skies providing great views

Wednesday 22 February 2017
Clear

0cm snow expected

0°C max temp

Thursday 23 February 2017
Clear

1cm snow expected

0°C max temp

Friday 24 February 2017
Light snow

12cm snow expected

-7°C max temp

Snow overview for France
Monday 20 February 2017

The story in France on Monday 20th of February was of lovely, sunny weather but with variable snow conditions. The holiday crowds mean that much of the grippy snow disappears as the day goes on, leaving slopes hard packed and icy in places. Generally, however, slopes remain good right down to resort.

The sun was shining in the Portes du Soleil today with most areas still holding decent snow cover. The best skiing is probably in Avoriaz (90/120cm). Beware of slopes getting a little icy and hard late on, caused in part by the cold and shade but mostly by the sheer quantity of traffic on the slopes. Chatel (30/75cm) is about ready to burst right now, with queues being especially bad at the Linga telecabine lift.

The sun was also out in Flaine (63/195cm) where slopes were in mostly good condition despite being variable in quality. At the top, slopes could be hard packed, especially where shaded, whereas where exposed to the sun, slopes softened up fast.

There were some interesting conditions to report in Font Romeu (130cm) where lots of snow plus warm temperatures and blazing sunshine have led to some early spring conditions. Expect runs to be hard on the legs. In Villard de Lans (35/80cm), there was no natural snow at the bottom of the mountain, and resort runs were made of artificial snow. Head up high for the best skiing there.

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Peter Tooke
Posted: 04/02/17
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Overall rating: 5 stars
Peter Tooke
Visited: January 2017

Yes, the weather during the second week of January was outstanding!
I stay in BSM, and take the funicular each day. I never pre-book lift pass, I look at the weather forecast for the coming days. A four day pass included one trip over to La Plagne, new this year, so I was told. I arrived on Saturday 14th. snowing (only day) , so purchased a two day pass. The third day, Monday, caught the 8-10 bus to Val d'Isere, purchased ticket day before. Sunny every day, Sunday on. I always purchase the insurance, to get me off the mountain, if needs be, it is foolish not to pay for this. I may be in my 69th year, but every day I skied in the low/middle 40mph area (bit annoyed, not reaching 50 this time!). I like SkiTracks, also Fatmap is an interesting App. to download. This was probably one of my best ski trips ever, since 1963 in Seefeld. Eurostar is a great way to travel to Moutiers or BSM, The Company does a great job, and the team are friendly. Hotel Arolla in BSM is an excellent base, allowing easy access to the bus/train/funicular stations, and supermarkets.

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