by RP on 19 December 2014
Although the winter in the Alps does not really seems to start and most ski resorts do not have any snow below 2000 metres, Amy and I were looking towards December 12 with optimism : ‘they' predicted one snowfall after another: this should be ok! The closer we got to the date the scarier we became…. all the predictions were literally vanishing like frost under the morning sun. Should this wePowder Season Kickoff be the one where we all would be crowding on an icy mountain top?
by Arjen on 19 December 2014
In the snow-capped peaks overlooking Bariloche, Argentina, Refugio Frey is the only protection from the ravaging winds, drawing wanderers of all sorts to its doors. When a dog named Conga arrives and leads skier Santiago Guzman into the hills with her infectious energy, the windswept landscape becomes a backdrop for the pure joy of two mountain souls sharing a day in the wild.
by meteomorris on 17 December 2014
This is a very special forecast, because due to the lack of snow in the Alps and the expected crowds during the first Christmas week (20-27 December), I don't have any tips for the Alps, but the advice to go to Norway. The story on the situation in the Alps is probably know by every rider, and if not, you can check it out here. In short, it's practically impossible to find (good) snow in the Alps under the 2.200 meters altitude. For good snow you'll have to go head to the main alpine ridge and south of it and I guess it will be pretty busy there the next couple of weeks.
by meteomorris on 16 December 2014
What do you do when the snow is not coming to the Alps? If you know that the next two weeks, hundreds of thousands of winter sports enthusiasts flock to the Alps? That you currently can only freeride above 2200 meters in the Alps? And then only in the main alpine ridge or south of it? If the webcams show such images as below? And that the concept of snow guarantee is just a hollow phrase in the marketing story of the resort you want to visit? What do you do?Saalbach Hinterglemm on December 15
by meteomorris on 15 December 2014
A solid southern Stau kicked in last weekend and it started to snow lightly on the south side of the Alps. At this time, it's snowing lightly between Monte Rosa in the west and Carinthia in the east. In the course of the day the snowfall will extend to the southern Piedmont where the snow line is between 1200 and 1600 meters. It will continue to snow in the south until Tuesday, where you can expect 2-10, locally 20 centimeters of freshies.Some freshies for the south
by meteomorris on 14 December 2014
I'm in Obergurgl this weekend and the conditions are pretty good above 2200 meters. The couloirs are in good condition, the snow cover is thick and stable and there are plenty of options to go touring. Where the rest of Austria is dying for snow, winter is definitely here. But today the wind kicked in and the temperatures are a little bit higher than the days before. 'L'ambiance est hivernale' as they say in France. I was at the Pitztaler Gletsjer a couple of days ago and there's plenty of snow to be found over there as well, but you could notice that the Pitztal is located a bit more north than Obergurgl. But both of the areas are resorts that are situated deep in the main alpine ridge and especially in this main alpine ridge it's winter above 2200 meters. The snow cover is thick and will stay there for the rest of the winter.Big mountain line in Obergurgl
by meteomorris on 12 December 2014
Let's make a long story short: the conditions on the first day of the wePowder Season kick-off exceeded the expectations. When you enter the Ötztal you still feel like wearing shorts and this doesn't really change until you reach Sölden. Fortunately, we had to drive a little bit further, to Obergurgl and Hochgurgl. And this is where the winter comes in. The village is white, but how good would it be on the mountain?
by meteomorris on 11 December 2014
Yes, this is a current photo, and no, it's not from the Alps. It's been a while since my last update and that was simply because there wasn't anything to tell. The best snow in the Alps can still be found above 2200 meters in the resorts in the main alpine ridge and the resorts just south of it. It's Sadness with a capital S in the other resorts. The snow cannons are trying to save the bookings of lots of tourists, but there's a Föhn wind kicking in this weekend, so they probably can be switched off again. It's December 11 and skiers and snowboarders who booked for the Christmas holidays hold their breath. And not for the first time. Christmas holidays pretty much marks the transition from early winter to mid-winter and every year there are some resorts where you don't find the motherload and that's no different this year. If we look at the conditions right now, than only the skiers and boarders who booked their holiday in Zermatt, Saas-Fee, A******t, Sulden am Ortler, San Domenico, the Monte Rosa, Passo Tonale, Val Senales, Ischgl, Kaunertal, Pitztal, Stubaital and Obergurgl can find some powder. Same goes for resorts like: Prali, Via Lattea, Risoul, Pelvoux, Puy St. Vincent, Valfrejus. Serre Chevalier, Val Cenis, Espace Killy, Val Thorens and St. Jakob im Defereggental. You can definitely find some powder with some creativity, but we'll do our best to track a lot already!
by meteomorris on 10 December 2014
In preparation for the Freeride Film Festival in Amsterdam I had a drink in Amsterdam with Seb Jam. A strong rider from France who, as a Sudist (someone who lives in the south of France) went to the Alps to get started as a 'saisonnier' in Val Thorens. It was great and he had some beautiful moments, but more challenging terrain was desired. He grabbed a map and found its new destination: Verbier.
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