We are on the eve of an intense storm cycle. Snowmageddon is in the making with lots of snow and wind. This weekend will be a challenge. There is almost no base below 1800-2300 meters in the northwest and north of the Alps. The two storms that will hit the Alps this weekend will bring bad visibility and strong winds. If you still want to enjoy fresh snow and sun, the best time to go into the high alpine is Friday. It is snowing at the time of writing (Thursday) in the high mountains in the northwest of the Alps, Friday starts sunny and by the evening the storm will kick in. You can expect 48 to 96 hours of storm, rain and lots of snow. In this forecast:
You can also go touring of course. Drive up a mountain pass with your car, skin up and make sure you are back in before the storm. There are plenty of options available. Keep in mind that compared to last weekend there are quite a few wind labs.
The weekend will be interesting. Snow, wind and little visibility on Saturday, but no base between the trees in many areas. It will be difficult, but it is possible. Epic? No. Sunday starts warm and in the course of the (mid) day the cold front kicks in. Hurricane winds, a snow line that drops from 1400 meters to valley level and large amounts of snow. Take into account that lifts will remain closed or close during the day. You can certainly ride some powder on Saturday and Sunday, but I keep my euros for after the weekend. Too much hassle, too little base below 2000 meters, too much wind above the tree line, no visibility, early season. Touring is even more challenging during the weekend. The visibility is poor in the northwest and north, and the wind is strong on the south side of the Alps. The strong wind will result in a lot of slabs in the high alpine. The avalanche risk will rise!
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And of course the resorts where it's already ON from Monday:
A lot of snow, a shifting snow line and lots of wind. Keep in mind that the avalanche danger will increase this weekend. Perhaps lifts and perhaps the mountain passes will be closed locally. Touring will be hard and outside the slopes the right knowledge is more than useful. Always check your local avalanche forecast and adapt your plans to it.
(Tip: on wePowder you will find a link to the local avalanche forecast at each resort, but you can also visit this page).
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