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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
26 Mar 2015 13:23
 
Improving conditions thanks to the new snow
Snowfall:
Last snowed 25 Mar 2015
Fresh snow 2cm
Last 7 days 3cm
Next 9 days 34cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 128cm
Lower piste depth 51cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Fresh
Resort runs Spring snow
Off piste snow Spring snow
Lifts:
Lifts open 14 out of 16
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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 light covering of new snow, mostly falling on Thu night. Becoming milder with light rain (total 6.0mm) on Sat night. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 5°C on Sat afternoon, min -2°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.
Thursday 26 March 2015

Overcast skies

Thursday 26 March 2015
Light snow

3cm snow expected

1°C max temp

Friday 27 March 2015
Snow showers

1cm snow expected

0°C max temp

Saturday 28 March 2015
Rain showers

2cm snow expected

5°C max temp

Snow overview for France
Thursday 26 March 2015

Thursday 26th March was a mostly cloudy day across the French Alps, with the best chance of brightness for the southern resorts. Elsewhere some light snow fell overnight, with the most being on the upper slopes as the milder air led to a wintry mix falling lower down.

For the best sunny skies on Thursday, the southern Alps and resorts such as Isola 2000 (125/175cm) and Foux d’Allos (46/157cm) provided the best bet. Some new snow was recorded here earlier this week, leading to some good ski conditions across the mountain. Expect some slushier conditions lower down and the odd bare patch as the recent warm weather has reduced the snow depth somewhat.

Thick clouds were covering the Portes du Soleil on Thursday, with resorts such as Avoriaz (120/270cm), Chatel (65/165cm) and Morzine (25/110cm) remaining socked in. Some light dustings of snow were recorded at these resorts, but the tricky visibility led to some difficult skiing conditions.

Resorts with the very highest slopes were fortunate to see sunshine, but only above around 2,800m. For example, the Pic Blanc above Alpe d’Huez (78/170cm) was bathed in sunshine, as was the Roche de Mio above La Plagne (15/155cm).

Sunnier skies are forecast for Friday, but don’t expect brilliant blue skies as the clouds are not far away. These are set to return on Saturday and are set to bring 15-40cm of snow on Sunday with a freezing level of around 1,800m.

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Stephen Fairbrass
Posted: 18/10/10
Samoens review
Stephen Fairbrass

Been to Samoens several times, and heading back this year to warm up for a week before tackling Argentiere. Good range of skiing, on and off piste, for a variety of standards and rarely crowded (trust me, I used to rep and I'm BASI qualified... you can cruise the blues or jump the cliffs or anything in between).


Gondola up to 1600 fast and efficient, queues melt away, and after that the whole Grand Massif is your oyster! If you ski quickly enough it's just about possible to catch up with the leader in Flaine for the day.


Good place if you like a truly French rural ambience rather than the ex-pat style of Espace Killy, Trois Vallees and Portes du Soleil. True the bars are quiet, and close early (not the place for wild night-life), but there are some pleasant and relatively inexpensive restaurants, some of which are in the hotels.


My recommendation of accommodation is "La Renardiere". Spacious, beautifully and traditionally furnished, and clean s/c apartments (nothing like the monstrosities of Tignes etc - proper beds, not camp beds) in a family run chalet style building, with swimming pool, games room, sauna etc. They'll provide breakfasts at small extra charge (room service or in breakfast room) if required, but there's a great bread/patisserie shop in the village and the 10 minute early morning stroll to get the baguettes and croissants clears the head. We tend to cook for ourselves a couple of nights (big Champion supermarket on edge of town has everything at good prices - including a good range of wines) and eat out the rest.


We drive out, but tend then to leave the car in the car park and use the bus service to get to the gondola. Renardiere is on a 15 minute 'loop' (so 7 minutes from the lift) and the bus is regular (every 15 mins from about 8.00-10.00 and similarly in the evenings, every 30 mins middle of the day) and reliable. Since it is also at the end of the route, the bus is always empty in the morning - first on board and always a seat available. Timetables available from the reception desk and pinned up in the ski/boot room.


Why am I telling you this ... it's been my little secret until now!

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