Below you will find my video forecast from last Friday. Sometimes such a prediction comes out better than expected. The rain for the Eastern Alps was disastrous and the warmth in the Western Alps felt like April.
Oh well, no powder, then just piste. There are worse things to do. Roy and Rens know how to get the best out of a perfect groomed slope and a Powfinder.
But fortunately we can almost switch to phase 2 of my prediction: the powder days for the Wednesday and Thursday. Active depressions are ready to head towards the Alps.
The first front, as I forecasted last Friday in my video forecast, will track into the Alps on Tuesday afternoon. With a west-northwest current the 'heat wave' in the Alps comes to an end. Around noon it starts snowing in the Jura, the French Northern Alps and western Switzerland. Snow line then rapidly dropping from 1800 to 1000 meters. Until Tuesday evening, around 10-20 cm of fresh snow will fall above 1500 meters.
Wednesday continues where Tuesday ended. It gets a bit colder and the snow line drops to 600 meters. Above the tree line there there will be a storm force wind and snow showers can be alternated by hail. I expect the most snow by Wednesday in the north of the Savoie, the Haute Savoie, western Wallis and the far west of the Aosta. By the end of the afternoon, the treeruns are starting to get really nice and deep here. Avoid the slopes above the tree line because the wind here will cause many storm slabs (= avalanches).
We will start the day with an oclussion on Thursday. Then still cold and some snow for the extreme northwest. The warm front that follows during the day will raise the snow line, especially in the Pre Alps where it might go up to 1100-1400 meters. Nothing dramatic, but warmer snow on colder snow usually means that the avalanche danger will raise further. In the course of the evening a cold front follows and the snow falls expands to the rest of the northwest. Even the rest of Austria will get some.
On Friday, a warm front will track into the northwestern Alps, or better said: 'touches the northwestern Pre Alps'. The snow line then rises quickly from 1000 to 1500 and who knows locally even 1900 meters. Inneralpine valleys will stay drier and colder. Although the Swiss Alpennordhang and Vorarlberg get a nice amount of snow between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, the mild air of Friday can be annoying.
That is why I again expect the best conditions in the inneralpine valleys of the Savoie, the easternmost peaks of the [Haute Savoie](https://wepowder.com/nl / haute-savoie), the south and southwest of Wallis and the far west of the [Aosta] (https://wepowder.com/en/aosta ). Shred those tree runs!
From Wednesday to Friday you are best off in:
Search for those excellent treeruns and avoid the above treeline parts of the mountain. It might be a search since the snow cover below 2000 meters and certainly below 1500 meters is mostly below average, but those who know what to look for will certainly find it. Since it is peak season in the Alps I am not going to put all my cards on the table, but when you have been following me for the past 10 years you probably know where to go.
The weekend starts mild, with sun and wonderful conditions in the northwest, but during the Saturday a new storm will track into the Alps so that Sunday will be a powder day. The long term also looks prommising with enough snow in the forecast so to organize some powderchases.
Your Powfinder, Morris