After a week of extremes with a lot of wind, a lot of snow in the high alpine, rain up to an altitude of 2000 meters, a temperature roller coaster, extreme avalanche danger and many closed lifts you can finally prepare yourself for an old-fashioned powderchase. Key words: Piedmont, espresso, larches and powder. Italy it is!
You can check everything In the video forecast above. In short, it comes down to this: the northwest and north of the Alps are faced with a sturdy and mild Föhn from the south, but at the same time it snows heavily on the south side of the main alpine ridge with a snow line that can be found between 1000 and 1600 meters. Low enough for the better treeruns. PowderAlert #10 is in effect from Sunday afternoon and will last at least until Wednesday. Possibly even until next weekend when cold air comes back in from the east on Wednesday/Thursday and the Italian Alps will get a lot of fresh snow. You can find my tips below where to find the best powder the next couple of days.
We see the first snow coming down on the south side of the Alps on Saturday afternoon. The most snow is calculated for the Italian Piedmont and Aosta until Tuesday and that will be the place to be! The French southern Alps and the bordering ski areas in France and Switzerland will also get a lot of snow. You can check it out on the map below (check the forecast page for more details).
Keep in mind that the wind will be strong on the high peaks in the ski areas just on the other side of the main alpine ridge. The further to the west and north, the snowfall decreases quickly, the sun will come out, the temperatures rise (+2 at 2000 meters) and there is a strong Föhn wind in a lot of places.
Although the snow cover in the Piedmont and Aosta is not as thick as in the rest of the Alps at the moment, there's still a meter or more at 2000 meters in most regions. Most of that snow is pretty wet right now because of the high temperatures up to high altitude, but the temperature will drop the next couple of days. An additional advantage is that quite a lot of ski areas in the Piedmont and Aosta are packed with larch trees, often up to 2200-2400 meters.
Check out the snow forecast map with the depth of the snow cover for the next couple of days below. This information is published by the avalanche service of the Piedmont. (PDF).
The same goes for the Aosta where you can find a snow cover of a meter or more at 2000 meters. Larches, an excellent base and fresh snow: an espresso alert!
The Aosta always benefits a bit less from a retour d'est because it is a bit more to the west, but there's still plenty of snow in the forecast.
The French southern Alps will benefit as well. Especially the (eastern) Queyras will get a lot of snow, as will the ski areas at the border with France and Switzerland. Think about regions like the Haute Maurienne, the Haute Tarentaise (especially the eastern part of Tignes-Val d'Isère and the south of Wallis.
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Stay stoked. Morris