PA#7: Where to go?

By meteomorris on 9 February 2016 · 9

The first southern Stau of the season is in effect and it was ON yesterday in parts of the southern Alps. We've received some nice footage from the Hautes Alps. It's deep! Thanks to an incoming warm front it's quite challenging today, but the snow line will drop in the afternoon and it will be ON again tomorrow. The conditions are great already in the resorts where the snow is coming in from the south, like Courmayeur. In this forecast:

  • It's already snowing in the southern Alps
  • Snow for the western and southern Alps on Wednesday
  • Thursday will be sunny, with snowfall in the west
  • Critical avalanche situation in the Alps
  • Daarna gaan we kwakkelen, maar er is genoeg poeder te vinden

It's already snowing in the southern Alps

It's snowing in parts of the southern Alps since this morning. It's snowing heavily south of the Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa where they already had around 20-40 cm of freshies at 2000 meters altitude. The snow line is dropped to around 1200 meters. It was very different in the western Alps where the snow line fluctuated at around 1800 meters and it rained up to high aljtitude. There wasn't any precipitation in the northern Alps and they had to deal with a strong Föhn wind.

Heavy snowfall in the Aosta valley
Heavy snowfall in the Aosta valley

Snowfall in Courmayeur
Snowfall in Courmayeur

Snow for the western and southern Alps on Wednesday

The cold front arrived in the west and the snowline is dropping. The precipitation is moving east and this results in snowfall for the rest of the southern Alps (including the Dolomites). A cold front arrives as well and this is the reason why it's still snowing heavily (especially on the border between Switzerland and France) in the western Alps. The northern Alps will also get quite a bit of snow. Not as much as in the southern Alps or on the border of Valais and the Haute Savoie, but it will be enough for a powder day in the Arlberg and in the northern Stau regions in the Salzburgerland and Steiermark. Check out the snowmaps. You can ride powder already in the southern Alps, especially near the Gotthard, Monte Rosa and Courmayeur.

Thursday will be sunny, with snowfall in the west

Thursday will be a great day. It starts with plenty of sunshine everywhere, but the western Alps will have to deal with incoming clouds pretty soon and it will start snowing again in the evening. A ski area with lots of trees will be a good choice. It will snow heavily in the French Alps on Friday. A warm front is coming in on Saturday and that limits your options for the weekend. Even though there's a cold front passing in the night to Sunday, chances are that another warm front will kick in again on Sunday, bringing snowfall to the southern Alps and a Föhn storm to the northern Alps.

PowderAdvice for Wednesday:

PowderAdvice for Thursday:

PowderAdvice for Friday:

It's still pretty far away, but this is my advice for the weekend for now. There are some warm fronts coming in again on Saturday and Sunday, so you can find good snow in the trees of Courmayeur, the Monte Rosa and in the north of the Hautes Alpes. Zermatt could be a good option as well. More details on Thursday!

Critical avalanche situation in the Alps

It's a strange winter in the Alps. The snow came late and the snow cover is still unstable in a lot of places. The snowfall in the southern Alps won't solve that problem the next couple of days. There is no such thing as a base in the southern Alps, and if it's there it's just as bad as in the rest of the Alps. If you don't have any knowledge it's hard to recognize the dangers. You should always use risk filtering methods to make the right decisions, no matter how big the stoke is. Always check your local avalanche forecast and adapt your plans to it. Always carry an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. If you have no knowledge, go out with a mountain guide.

Stay stoked. Morris


  • georges
    georges op 9 February 2016 · 19:55
    Hi Morris and all Wepowderers
    As usual the forecast is spot on.
    Staying in Aosta and thinking of going to Courmayeur or Pila, anyone able to give me some advice on tree skiing in these resorts?
    Merci d'avance,
    Follow the snow
  • Palle-Kuling
    Palle-Kuling op 9 February 2016 · 22:00
    La Thuile was fantastic in the trees today!
  • meteomorris
    meteomorris op 10 February 2016 · 12:19
    @Palle-Kulling thanks for your report. @georges, Thanks! The treeruns in Courmayeur and La Thuile are great. And don't forget the tiny resorts on your way up to the Saint Bernard tunnel.
    May the powder be with you.
  • giannisvasvatekis
    giannisvasvatekis op 10 February 2016 · 20:28
    If you were to travel in the Alps next week 17/2/2016 where would you go for the best powder conditions?
  • meteomorris
    meteomorris op 10 February 2016 · 20:39
    @giannisvasvatekis how long are you going? Are you going for a roadtrip or a fixed destination?
    May the powder be with you.
  • giannisvasvatekis
    giannisvasvatekis op 10 February 2016 · 20:42
    @meteomorris it's gonna be a fixed destination for 4 days. Thanks!
  • rafaprieto
    rafaprieto op 10 February 2016 · 21:39
    Hello WePowder community!!
    It's been already a couple of seasons since I discovered your website and I have been reading the updates nearly everyday since then. I hadn't subscribe until now though. I live in Grenoble and I love to look for good powder in the resorts nearby.
    Last monday I went to La Grave, conditions were perfect in the forest, but the second half of the cable car was closed due to wind and avalanche danger. In one of our runs, back to the village, this loose snow avalanche was naturally triggered when we were about to descent to the valley. A serac broke on top and caused it. Nobody was hurt, but we had a big scare.
    We all had our safety equipment and had previously talked to the local guides. We were riding cautiously and didn't risk.
    The mountain can be dangerous in spite of all that.
    Ride safe!!
  • meteomorris
    meteomorris op 10 February 2016 · 22:15
    @rafaprieto thanks for sharing!!
    May the powder be with you.
  • Tomiduplex
    Tomiduplex op 11 February 2016 · 12:17
    Howdy Morris.

    I currently live in Brno, CZ. We will be going to Tarvisio this Monday and we will stay there all week. From your forcast and from the webcams there it looks great as I cannot afford now or able to get to the Swiss French Alps this year. I have question. I have not seen any posts about the East Alps or Julian Alps. Is there any hope for some good action there? For example, Hockar, Stuhleck maybe Ski Amade as well?

    Shred on!



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