Rogier went out yesterday and found amazing conditions in the (closed) ski resort of Pelvoux in the Hautes-Alpes. Check here the images! PA#3 continues here as we get some fresh snow here again on Friday.
After witnessing with dismay the conditions in the Hautes Alpes with a too high snow line compared to the rest of the Alps, everything has turned out just fine. Following the downpour on Friday, the temperature dropped, and it already snowed significantly on Saturday.
Freeride Symphony is a film that was shot entirely in Engelberg, Switzerland. Ultimately, local riders are also (just like us) looking for that perfect moment on the mountain. And okay, okay, the level of these men and women may be a little higher.
On Sunday, December 3rd, a large avalanche occurred on the Mölltaler Glacier around 13:45. Eyewitnesses report an avalanche measuring 300 meters long and 150 meters wide. Two skiers were swept away by the avalanche, with one not surviving.
A mild phase is knocking at the door early next week, but we will first have to deal with snowfall from the west. In France, around 20 to 30 centimetres will fall in the upcoming 24 hours.
It’s just December, and we’ve already had two powder alerts. Snow records are being shattered in many places, and the scenes from the Alps (and beyond) are delightful. It’s almost unbelievable how good the conditions are.
The start of the meteorological winter immediately delivers another PowderAlert in the Alps! It’s time for PA#2! In the Eastern Alps, a so-called “Gegenstromlage” gives loads of snow, BUT: The avalanche risk does shoot up, and for various reasons.
Even before November is over, not only did the Northern Alps get their first dump, but now the Western Alps are also getting a lot of snow. On the verge of PA#2, and that already in November!
We’re having a great season start! The nordstau has done its job. Almost all well-known ski areas in Austria have received a substantial amount of snow, and the same applies to the eastern part of Switzerland.
On Wednesday, in the first PowderAlert of the new winter season, I already wrote extensively about the upcoming November-Nordstau. Haven’t read it yet? Then check here first. In this forecast, I’ll write a short update with some additional info, the small changes in the models since Wednesday and a brief look ahead to early next week.