It was a good powder day in the Alps today. An average of 10-30, locally 40 cm of fresh snow came down in the northwest and north of the Alps. That's deep enough for some nice lines. The sun was shining and that will not be different on Friday. A new storm arrives in the Alps on Saturday. This results in some snowfall on Saturday, but it will snow heavily on the southern side of the Alps especially on Sunday. After the weekend, there is still some cold snow in the forecast for the northwest before we go into a relatively mild week with snow again in the southern Alps later. In this forecast:
Today was and Friday will be a powder day. The images above say it all. 10-30 and locally even 40 cm of fresh snow came down in the northwest of the Alps. The sun is shining, the weather is lovely and PowderAlert #20 is ON in the northwest of the Alps. The temperature is rising and that has its effect on the snow cover. There are still soe snowed in weak layers that aren't visible. Ride a bit more defensive than you're used to this winter.
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There is a new storm on the maps. This storm called Yuliya will move towards Europe in the coming days. The result is that the current is turning southwest to south. That results in snow for the southwest and south of the Alps. And quite a lot.
If you just have one look at the snow map below you would probably say: it's ON! But.... there are a few challenges and there are some uncertainties in the dynamics of the weather the next couple of days. Let's start with the things that actually are certain:
The weather this weekend will look like this according to the latest calculations:
In short: it will be a difficult weekend to ride some powder with good visibility. It will be difficult due to the Föhn on the north side of the main alpine ridge. The challenge on the south side of the Alps will be to find powder in the trees. It is certainly not going to be as epic as last week, but as promised earlier, I am going to do my best in the coming days to help you get the most out of this weekend.
Vrijdagavond/zaterdagochtend volgt er op wePowder een where to go update. Met daarin concretere tips. Voor nu verdiep je in:
An update where and when to go will follow in the next couple of days. For now:
If I tell you at the start of the weekend where the sweetspot is going to be, you'll have plenty of time to make a choice for an ski area, book some acco and ride powder from Sunday to Tuesday.
Next week starts a little colder as colder air from the northwest pulls into the Alps, but afterwards it gets milder with a strong southwestern to southern current. It is possible that the southern Alps will get snow again and the northern Alps will have to deal with a Föhn in the middle of next week.
Stay stoked, Morris