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:
Western Alps Central (Vercors)
Western Alps South (especially west and south of the Ecrins + Isola 2000)
Southern Alps West (especially good above 1800 meters)
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).
Some images below from the western and southern Piemonte (part of the Southern Alps West), including the gem Pragelato.
A mountain hut in the Piemonte
And it even snowed in the French Southern Alps.
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.
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!