If you’re currently
skiing in the Alps (the French and Swiss ones, in particular) or headed there
soon, chances are you’ve got a smile on your face.
site Weathertoski.com dubbed
Wednesday 19 December an “epic powder day” across many spots in the Alps, with
the sun finally peeking out after days of intense snowfall from France to
Italy. In particular, the website calls out Val
d’Isere and Avoriaz in France and Verbier in Switzerland as having the
powderiest of pistes, but there are plenty of other places delivering epic snow
conditions so early in the season.
important to remember that the Alps are a large stretch of mountains, and not
all regions are getting as abundantly inundated with the white stuff as others.
But across the northern French Alps in particular, the huge amount of snowfall
has had people raving that this is the best start to a ski season in recent
France, the country’s national meteorological service, said the only
winters with comparable snowfall to the first 10 days of December this year
were in 1965, 1992 and 2007. Of course, all that snow means an increased
avalanche risk, so wherever you point your skis or snowboard, make sure you’re
heeding local weather advisories.
where to head for the snowiest start to this year’s ski season in the Alps:
northern French Alps are reporting the most snowfall in all of the Alps, with more
than a metre having fallen at the start of this week in areas above 1,500m. Set
your sights on Val Thorens, Tignes, Courchevel,
La Clusaz, Val d’Isere and neighbouring resorts like Les Arcs and Sainte-Foy Tarentaise. And in
the southern French Alps, Serre
Chevalier is your snowiest bet du
most snow right now, stick to Switzerland’s northern and western regions and
resorts like Verbier, Zermatt and Andermatt.
I was in Pragelato-Vialattea
in the Italian Alps last Friday and Saturday, and there’s a ton of powder in
the tree runs and on the pistes at the moment, too. The above photo of a skier
friend waist deep in the white stuff, shot on Saturday 5 December, will attest