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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
04 Mar 2015 13:12
 
Today's fresh powder means fresh tracks!
Snowfall:
Last snowed 04 Mar 2015
Fresh snow 14cm
Last 7 days 24cm
Next 9 days 11cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 159cm
Lower piste depth 90cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Powder
Resort runs Fresh
Off piste snow Powder
Lifts:
Lifts open 16 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 moderate fall of snow, heaviest on Wed morning. Temperatures will be below freezing (max 0°C on Tue night, min -7°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.
Wednesday 04 March 2015

Snowing lightly, refreshing pistes

Wednesday 04 March 2015
Light snow

8cm snow expected

-5°C max temp

Thursday 05 March 2015
Snow showers

2cm snow expected

-6°C max temp

Friday 06 March 2015
Clear

0cm snow expected

0°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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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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