Friday, 11 January 2019

A bit of snow at last.

The big high pressure and associated blue skies have finally been pushed aside by some more unstable conditions and some fresh snow.
This week Ihave been skiing with Tim, John and Phil on our regular early Jan week. We started with some more technically-focussed days on chalky steepness, braved the blizzards on Wednesday, and were rewarded with some good powder on Thursday!




Friday, 4 January 2019

Milking the conditions

It hasn't snowed for quite some time now (since the high rain of 23/24 Dec), and on the whole conditions aren't great, but that doesn't mean there isn't still some fun snow to be found - as we discovered today with Steve & Val...



Thursday, 3 January 2019

3 Valleys Off Piste - Xmas & New Year conditions 2018/19

And so the counter clicks over to 2019...

Despite reasonable (albeit thin) early season conditions 3 days of rain to 2500m in the run-up to Christmas put paid to the quality of snow off piste in many areas.

Dec 20 - great powder in Courchevel for Emma, Paul, Alice, James, Freddie & Claire:




Following the rain the only solution for a while was to go high, where there was good chalky snow to be found - now we seem to be settled into an ever-lasting high pressure system, with blue skies and no sign of snow, but there is skiable snow to be found if you go looking (and put in a bit of effort) and even lower down now the rained-on snow has been through as few freeze-thaw cycles there is some fun skiing to be had.







Despite the dry start to the winter it is good to remember that 3 (or 4) years ago we had a similar start and yet the month of March of that year I racked up the best succession of deep powder days I can remember for a long long time!