After a lovely Sunday with plenty of fresh snow, the upcoming working days are dominated by a Sudstau. The upper air flow will be south in the coming days, with a föhnstorm as a result for the Northern Alps. On the north side it will be mild with temperatures that can go up to +15 and even tap the 20 degrees + barrier locally. But Föhn in the north usually means fresh snow for the south. During the coming week it will snow heavily regularly over 1500-2000 meters. Especially the areas south of the Gotthard and in the Piedmont are going to see a lot of snow. In this article:
It has been a lot milder in the Alps since Sunday and today (Tuesday) it will be really mild. Temperaturers up to +20 degrees Celsius are possible in central Switzerland. Also in Vorarlberg it becomes very mild where the temperature can go up to 17 degrees. At the same time it is snowing on the southern side of the Alps. The snow line fluctuates between 1700 and 2200 meters and sinks towards the 1500 meters or lower during the most severe showers. It may be December, you expect this type of weather earlier in early November. Count on 10-35 cm of fresh snow above 2100 meters
We will see the same picture on Wednesday. Still a strong southern föhn and very mild in the north and at the same time snow on the south side of the Alps. Snow line again high, but drops slightly during the day. Count on 10-45 cm fresh above 2100 meters.
The southern föhn storm continues on Thursday and Friday, but the air gets cooler, the snow line drops and the snowfall expands throughout the southern Alps. In the course of Friday in particular, a very active front enters the Alps via the southwest. This yields a lot of snow on the south side (including the French Alps) that ends the southern stau. The snow line then drops rapidly towards the 1200 to 1600 meters.
Powder alert #4 is a tricky one. I would definitely skip Tuesday and Wednesday. The high snow line in the southern Alps makes it difficult. The fohnstorm on the north side of the Alps makes freeriding impossible. On Thursday it will quickly become cooler and the circumstances will be much better. Although hige accumulations of fresh snow can then keep some lifts closed and the avalanche hazard can become a major issue. But from Thursday the conditions are there for PA#4. It becomes cooler and the treeruns will be the place to be. Friday will be a deep day when it really gets colder. It will snow deeper into the valleys and when the sun comes through on Saturday in the French Southern Alps and the Italian Piedmont it will be ON.
With all the storms and mild temperatures, the snow cover in the Northern Alps will suffer. It might be clear that this will have consequences for the lower regions. Below the current snow cover which is rather thin in the lower parts of Austria.
The upcoming weekend there will be some snow on the program for the west and north-west of the Alps. But since the snow line will be around 1400 and 1700 meters, you have to gohigher up. Only at the end of the weekend on Sunday colder air will flow into the northern Alps. An update on this later in the week because timing, snow line, hot spots and quantities are not yet completely clear, but after the föhn storm every flake is welcome in the Northern Alps. As of Monday conditions will definitely improve and the Arlberg in particular can temporarily be really good again.
If you want a guaranteed white Christmas and already want to book in advamce, I would advice to choose for resort with significant terrain above 1800 meters. There is already a lot of snow and freeriding is guaranteed. It becomes way more difficult for the lower areas. No significant snow is expected there in the next 5 days. The cold air of Sunday will bring snow to the bottom of the valleys, but what happens just before Xmas is still highly uncertain.
May I draw your attention to the Erik Bulckens project? I got to know Erik through the film [Perisan Powder]([url=http: //bit.ly/34kSPYs]). Erik is a passionate freerider with whom I have made some powderchase adventures during the last few years. Erik wants to make a documentary about wePowder and seeks your support for that. Read more about his ambitions and project here. Thanks!
The ultimate freeride guide book came out early last week: wePowder The Alps with more than 120+ destinations. 408 pages thick and almost 2 kilos heavy. In recent days, a huge team has helped us (thanks to everyone who helped us!) to pack the books and prepare the shipments. The first books have already been delivered and more people will receive their book in the coming days. If you live in a non-EU country, shipping takes a little longer due to costs and customs rules. But your ordered book is already ready for pickup.
View this post on Instagram
And here it is. Our new Guide book ‘the Alps’ is ready. The first orders are in the shipping process. There is still some stock left. Order yours now at https://wepowder.com/book #wepowderguide #wepowder #thebook #theguide #powderday #powderalert #powderalarm #powder #ski #snowboard #alps
The pre-order phase has come to an end but the book can still be ordered and I can assure you that the book is worth every penny/euro etc. More info about this book can be found here, you can order directly here.
Stay stoked Morris