Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Courchevel off piste update - 9 Feb 2016

I have been in Courchevel the last few days running some off piste coaching for Ed, Zoe, Jenny and Tracy.

Conditions have been 'interesting' (seems to be a common theme the last few weeks), with intermittent heavy snow, but also high winds and a high freezing level.

Sunday afternoon we had an amazing 2 hours of skiing a lap, going back up the lift and finding a totally blank canvas again when we went back to the same slope!
Yesterday the wind picked up, and there was definitely a window to be found between the wind-affected snow up high and the heavy stuff down below - what was in between was quite acceptable though:

Today was more of the same, with a rain/snow limit hovering around 1700m, lots of high lifts shut due to the wind, but again a pleasant 'window' of snow before hitting the heavier stuff low down:

In summary, the Saulire couloirs were in good condition, though will be heavily wind-loaded after tonight's snowfall (up to 50cms predicted!), Rocher de l'Ombre bowl was very good on Monday, Disneyland and the 1650 tree runs all have some good soft snow on a variable base.

Caution will be needed in the next few days as there will be major instabilities in the snowpack...

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