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It’s snowing again in the Montafon. I’m in Gargellen with my kids (6 and 8 years old) for a week. We did some really nice lines together! The Nidla line was a bit too muh for them, so we didn’t do that, but ski route Rinderhütte was still untracked and somebody had to do the job. A snow front came in later the day, and there wasn’t any visibility anymore, so it was time to down into the valley for their first beacon training. With some luck, we’ll find another 10 centimeters of freshies on the mountain tomorrow.
Thursday morning: 10-15 cm of freshies in the northwest stau regions
As I said on Wednesday: “The most snow will come down in the northwest stau regions. You can expect 15 centimeters of freshies from Wednesday afternoon till Thursday morning”. Wake up early on Thursday. It will snow a bit longer in the east of Austria and it will snow all day there. They can expect another 10 centimeters, this might be even more locally. The sun is already out in the western parts of the Alps.
Powder advice Thursday
For freshies (10-20 cm)
western Alps north(first mountains in the Haute Savoie and Savoie) 10-20 cm
northern Alps west(northern Alpine ridge)
northern Alps central (the northwest stau regions of the Vorarlberg and the resorts that are situated in the main alpine ridge)
The regions in the south will get some freshies (but only a couple of centimeters) as well during the night of Wednesday to Thursday. But hey, there’s a shitload of snow from PowderAlert #25 and you still van find plenty of powder on north faces. It’s pretty much powder everywhere. In Zinal as well. The first Belgian Freeride Championships are on in Zinal from Thursday and our Belgian friends from Skisluts are the big drivers behind this event. Well done guys!
Zinal got some freshies during PowderAlert #25 and some extra dust will come down this night. You can expect 2-7 centimeters. The wind will make sure that it will look like more than that. It’s sunny on Friday, just like in the rest of the Alps. The temperatures will rise significantly.
Friday will be pretty warm and the freezing level will rise above 2000 meters. This is an indication that a new front is doming in from the south west. The temperature will rise even further in the northern Alps on Saturday, but it will drop in the southern Alps, because of the coming north stau. The low pressure area will head south. And this will result in the first snow around Courmayeur and the Monte Rosa on Saturday. The precipitation will expand into the French Alps (and the rest of the southern Alps) on Sunday.
A high pressure area north of the Alps will cause cold air to come into the Alps from the northeast. A low pressure area above the Mediterrenean will bring the humidity. You’ll do the math. Freshies for the southern Alps. There’s also a slight chance for snow in the northern Alps, The details might shift a bit the next couple of days, but PowderAlert #26 is ready to rumble. Can we reach thirty PowderAlerts this season? It’ll be a record!