by Arjen on 21 November 2014
Pragelato, the area at the edge of the Via Lattea in Italy, becomes a freeride area. At least, the area calls itself not a ski area anymore, but a mountain (Natural Terrain) where you can do all sorts of activities and freeriding is called very explicitly. The area is accessible by two lifts.
by Arjen on 20 November 2014
Midway through a dry season, with scraggly trees, icy slopes, and hardly any base, Mount Baker suddenly finds itself consumed by the chaos of the year' biggest storm-- unleashing several feet of snow every night for ten straight days. Plows work around the clock to keep order, but still the ditches fill with battered cars fallen victim to the heavy drifts.
by meteomorris on 20 November 2014
Mountain guides Martijn Schell and Francois Lomboard of Powderguides were skiing in the French Southern Alps yesterday. With lifts still closed they had to skin up to earn their turns. It's a dirty job, but someboday has to do it!
by meteomorris on 20 November 2014
The higher alpine (and in some places the mid-mountain as well) in large regions of the Alps has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Time for the first powder turns of the season! Especially since the weather is quite okay and the powder is freshies. The sun will shine this weekend and a lot of areas open their lifts for the first time. Check out the list of areas below that will open this weekend. Please note: in most cases it doesn't mean that all the lifts will be running.
by meteomorris on 18 November 2014
Once in a while you have a kind of winter that's more like autumn. Or spring. Or winters that do not get started, like last season in the northern Alps. What do you do? You have to be flexible and start chasing storms. Or do you hope? Hope that winter will come someday in your home resort. Because ultimately, that winter will come for sure. The big question is whether you're still around.
by meteomorris on 17 November 2014
After two weeks of intense snowfall in the Southern Alps and parts of Switzerland, there is finally a period of good weather coming. Meanwhile, more and more areas opened their lifts and temperatures remain on the cool side. Wax up! No more riding pow for only half a day and than conclude that the temperatures is too high, there are new clouds coming in, or that you have to wait too long for the lift because it's the only one open. You can really start riding powder, starting tomorrow!
by meteomorris on 13 November 2014
On November 3, the big question was: will the triple bang bring 5 meter of snow? Now 10 days later we are at 496 centimeters of freshies. Please note, that's in 10 days time. But the snow line could be found at high altitude (as expected regular high), so most of the precipitation came down as snow in the higher alpine. We can find a closed snow cover in large parts of the main alpine ridge and in the southern Alps above 2000 meters. That closed snow cover is around 1 to 2,5 meters thick. At higher altitudes in places like the Mont Viso, the Gotthard, the Monte Rosa and the northern alpine ridge you can already find a base of 400 centimeters. Is that a great start of the season for the higher alpine or what?Snow depth Switzerland
by meteomorris on 11 November 2014
When we announced last week that there would be 2 to 4 and locally even up to 5 meters of snow coming down in the higher alpine, some people thought we were crazy. Meanwhile, the snow cover around the Simplon and Gotthard region is more than 300 centimeters. 300 centimeters that fell above 2000 meters and settled to about 130-180 centimeters because of temperature, wind, humidity in the air and the mass of the snow itself. A nice base for the resorts in the region, but also an acute risk of spontaneous avalanches. The avalanche danger that's in effect at the moment is high (4 on a scale of 5). And there's more snow to come.High avalanche danger
by dr.Gear on 10 November 2014
Dr. Gear loves freeriding. But to get to the most beautiful snow it's sometimes necessary that you skin up. Simply because Dr. Gear does not always want to go hit every PowderAlert of MeteoMorris. Sometimes it's nice to skin up a few days after the snowfall, especially towards the end of the season. 'Earn your turns' they call it nowadays. Back in the days that was the normal situation, because Dr. Gear was already riding powder when half of the lifts in the Alps didn't even exist.
by meteomorris on 10 November 2014
Event #2 and #3 are up next after the immense snowfall last week. Then it's time have a look where we have to go during the weekend of 15th and 16th November. The possible call will be confirmed on Thursday. Is there enough snow? Are there enough lifts open? And if so ... where to go?
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