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FranceLes Arcs Snow Report

03 Mar 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
03 Mar 2015 17:20
 
Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls
Snowfall:
Last snowed 02 Mar 2015
Fresh snow 10cm
Last 7 days 19cm
Next 9 days 12cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 160cm
Lower piste depth 93cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Excellent
Resort runs Good
Off piste snow Powder
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 Wed morning. Temperatures will be below freezing (max -2°C on Fri morning, min -14°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.
Tuesday 03 March 2015

Predominantly sunny with cloudy spells

Wednesday 04 March 2015
Light snow

7cm snow expected

-11°C max temp

Thursday 05 March 2015
Light snow

2cm snow expected

-11°C max temp

Friday 06 March 2015
Some clouds

0cm snow expected

-2°C max temp

Snow overview for France
Monday 02 March 2015

Some good new snowfall was recorded at altitude in France on Monday morning, but below around 1,800m, rain was falling. This has resulted in some heavy piste conditions, but with temperatures dropping and new snow in the forecast some of the damage will be repaired.

Around 20cm of new snow was recorded at many resorts, although only above around 2,000m owing to the mild temperatures in place across the French Alps. The Argentiere (20/220cm) and Chamonix (20/220cm) Valley was one of these places, with some good falls of powder recorded on the upper slopes. The resort runs were unfortunately not in great condition owing to the rain.

Flaine (65/230cm) also saw 20cm of new snow on the upper slopes, which is forecast to increase during the day on Monday and into the rest of the week.

The Pyrenees were experiencing even milder conditions, with temperature above freezing even on the highest slopes. As a result the pistes are soft at resorts such as Cauterets (360/500cm), but with the huge snow base, there is little worry of bare patches showing through!

The outlook is again a snowy one, with snow expected to fall until Thursday. The totals are expected to be lower than recently, but temperatures are set to drop so what does fall will be more powdery and should fall to all levels. A welcome return to sunny skies is currently set for Friday which is great news if you’re heading out this weekend.

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Simon Stevens
Posted: 31/01/15
Good range of runs
Overall rating: 5 stars
Simon Stevens
Visited: January 2015

Our 2nd visit to Les Arcs. 1st time i was skiing, this time I changed to a board.

We stayed in Arc 1600 but went over to the Arc 2000 bowl most days due to better snow and sunnier weather. Most days started very cloudy but 10 minutes later, the top of trans arc gondola, sun! 1600 doesn't have a lot going on at night, our hotel, La Cachette, was half board so ate there every night. A few lunches where had there also and recommended, especially if you use your bar credit for it.

The run back to 1600 is often cut up by the end of the day, Cachette red, but the Mont Blanc run, blue, was ok and not too flat if you keep the speed up.

Arc 1800 seemed much icier than the rest of the resort so only went there by the trans arc lift to get to 2000. We ate in L' Arpette a few times, nothing fancy but good food at reasonable prices.

I was disappointed in the Peisy/Vallandry area this year, a lack of snow ruined some of the best tree lined runs in resort.

The Arc 2000 bowl has a few flat sections, in the middle. This was never a problem on skis, more so on a board. The Aguille Rouge was an experience and worth the views.

We didn't make it to La Plagne but it doubles the size of the ski area so makes it very good value for money.

Sign posting is one of the best I've seen. Every lift has the location you can get to and the runs have the rough area you could end up at. Getting lost is fairly hard!

Overall, a very good selection of runs, wide open 'motorways', narrow roads, tree lined, gentle blues or very steep blacks. Les Arcs seem to have them all. A blue run back to all resorts after a tiring day is welcome.

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