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FranceVal d'Isere Snow Report

31 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
31 Mar 2015 17:21
 
Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls
Snowfall:
Last snowed 31 Mar 2015
Fresh snow 10cm
Last 7 days 90cm
Next 9 days 62cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 195cm
Lower piste depth 115cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Good
Resort runs Soft
Off piste snow Varied
Lifts:
Lifts open 15 out of 42
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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 Tue night. Temperatures will be below freezing (max -3°C on Tue afternoon, min -13°C on Wed morning). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the WNW on Tue afternoon, light winds from the WNW by Fri morning).
Tuesday 31 March 2015

Strong winds at altitude

Tuesday 31 March 2015
Light snow

8cm snow expected

-3°C max temp

Wednesday 01 April 2015
Light snow

3cm snow expected

-10°C max temp

Thursday 02 April 2015
Snow showers

2cm snow expected

-6°C max temp

Snow overview for France
Monday 30 March 2015

The weekend saw precipitation return to the majority of French resorts. Unfortunately this fell as rain at many locations, then the drop in temperature during the night on Sunday turned the rain to snow, providing some fantastic powder skiing conditions on Monday morning, 30th March. Rain did fall at some lower locations though, with slopes below about 1,500m worst affected.

The deepest snowfall was reported at the highest part of the Chamonix valley skiing area (0/222cm). Here a metre of fresh snow was reported up on Aiguille du Midi, with around half that amount 600m lower on the Grands Montets skiing area.

Val Thorens (145/240cm), the highest ski base in the Three Valleys, reported 50cm of new snow on Monday morning, although Courchevel (79/146m) did not report any new snow.

Lift operations in the Espace Killy were limited on Monday morning. You could not ski up on the glacier at Tignes (115/185cm) and many other high lifts were also closed due to the severe weather and heavy snowfall. At Val d’Isere (115/185cm) it was a similar situation with only 50% of the lifts operating on Monday morning. This meant that the slopes were relatively busy across the Espace Killy due to the increased visitors this week for the Easter break and the limited amount of terrain that was open. This was not too much of an issue though as the snow was fantastic. The British Universities Snowsports Council (BUSC) Main Event takes place in Tignes this week too, with over one and a half thousand students.

The Northern Alps will have cloudy weather for most of this week, with light snowfall expected on most days. The Southern Alps and Pyrenees should remain a lot brighter although these resorts will not benefit from the fresh snowfall seen further north.

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David Tubby
Posted: 15/03/15
Perfect week
Overall rating: 5 stars
David Tubby
Visited: March 2015

Just home after what might be my most enjoyable weeks skiing yet. I stayed at the Hotel Kandahar a lovely and recently restored property in the main street 10 mins from the slopes . As a lone skier I was wondering what the week would be like without a SCGB guide to follow in an unfamiliar resort, on the first night in the Bar Alex all doubts were dispelled on meeting the unofficial"Lord Mayor " of Val , Mike and his good Lady Nicky who instantly made me feel a part of the ex pat community. Next day a large group of club members meet and divided into groups to ski off . That was the form for the rest of the week.

The snow was in good but hard condition as a result of the bright sunshine and quite warm temperatures, so it was a mainly piste week there being little off piste worth hunting for. The pistes were kept in absolutley superb condition and the lift system so well organised that its easy to make best use of the wonderfully varied terrain in what is the premier resort in Europe . Theres something for everyone in this resort .

This isnt a budget place but you certainly get what you pay for.

Big thanks to all the new friends i made and skied with who made it such a blast and just like the Terminator I'll be back.

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