PA#7: where to go?


By meteomorris on 22 January 2015 · 6

Monte Rosa this morning
Monte Rosa this morning

And yes. PA # 7 is on. Around 30-50 centimeters, locally even 70 centimeters came down between Monte Rosa and San Bernadino. The rest of the Italian Piedmont had around 15-40 cm. Furthermore, it snowed as expected in the Vercors and a lot of freshies came down south and west of the Ecrins, but also in Isola 2000. This is the pretty much the powder advice for the weekend. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (and even Sunday with some searching) you'll have to go to:

The sun will come out after today and will stay out in the four regions mentioned above. The temperatures will be low, so the snow will stay fresh. However, there will be strong winds on the higher peaks that will result in wind-drifted snow. So watch out.

Below some webcam images from the dump. First, the region between the Monte Rosa and Madesimo (part of the Southern Alps Central).

Alagna
Alagna

Madesimo
Madesimo

Madesimo
Madesimo

Airolo
Airolo

San Domenico
San Domenico

Some images below from the western and southern Piemonte (part of the Southern Alps West), including the gem Pragelato.

Pragelato
Pragelato

Sestrière
Sestrière

A mountain hut in the Piemonte

And it even snowed in the French Southern Alps.

Isola 2000
Isola 2000

Valberg
Valberg

Even the conditions in La Grave are improving
Even the conditions in La Grave are improving

In addition, the first reports are coming in from the different regions. Obviously, it is ON. This weekend there is fresh snow coming down as well in the north, but that will fall really easily, so the riding in the trees won't be good till Sunday. This weekend is for the south. PowderAlert #8 will be for the north.

This weekend: dump for the North

The northern Alps have to deal with clouds on Saturday and Sunday. A not too strong, but stubborn front ensures that it will snow continuously, and at the end of Sunday there just might be around 15-30, locally even 40 cm of fresh snow (think of Fieberbrunn for example). The most snow will fall in the pre-Alps of the northern Alps. This will be a great base for the snow that will come with PowderAlert #8.

Snow for the north
Snow for the north

PowderAlert#8: deep in the north and the northwest

Hell Yeah. The current will be northwest to north starting on Tuesday, and it will continuously snow in the northern Alps, including the pre-Alps of Haute Savoie. The focus will initially be on the northern Alps, but later in the week the current will shift to the northwest and even west northwest and this means that the French Alps and Wallis (including Verbier and Nendaz) will get their share.

From the end of next week it will be deep everywhere in the north and northwest of the Alps. PowderAlert #8 could be THE dump for the French northern Alps and northern Switzerland and Austria. If you're not able to ride this weekend, I would definitely go for the weekend of January 30-31.

More details tomorrow!

Stay stoked

Morris

Comments


  • Powdernick
    Advanced
    Powdernick op 22 January 2015 · 12:43
    @meteomorris Auron has had about 40cm over night and Isola 50-60cm. we had some really really heave rain last night on the coast and the snow line came way way down, maybe a 800m.

    This weekend is set to be pretty good.
    Ski ya later.
  • meteomorris
    Tourist
    meteomorris op 22 January 2015 · 12:56
    @Powdernick. Great, thanks for your sharing.
    May the powder be with you.
  • Fabi
    Tourist
    Fabi op 22 January 2015 · 13:32
    @meteomorris First of all thank you very much for all the work you are putting in here - much appreciated! We are currently in north switzerland and discussing where to go on Saturday and or Sunday. Airolo seems like a good bet? or Macugnaga? or San Bernadino - but the ressort is closeed there isnt it? Thanks
  • meteomorris
    Tourist
    meteomorris op 22 January 2015 · 14:12
    @Fabi , san bernadino is closed! San Domeico and Airolo are safe bets.
    May the powder be with you.
  • Fabi
    Tourist
    Fabi op 22 January 2015 · 15:29
    @ meteomorris Thanks!
  • rickpow
    Tourist
    rickpow op 23 January 2015 · 00:18
    Going to the Alps January 31 to February 7 . Where should I go to get the most and best powder ? my options are Monte Rosa , St Anton , Verbier , Livigno and Sölden ! / Rickard

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