Yes, it is finally starting to look like winter! A lot of reports with deep powder are coming in from Austria and I have some great news for the French Alps: it will happen! Snow is on its way! In this forecast:
Between 10-40 cm of fresh snow came down on the north side of the Alps since Saturday night. That was locally even more in eastern Austria. The snow that fell was cold and fluffy. Really cold powder in those places where the wind wasn't that strong. The sun will come out today. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be three days where you can ride powder in Austria with bluebird conditions!
A lot of fresh snow came down, but it's still early in the season. And the season didn't start that well in a lot of resorts. I'd go for resorts that already had something that looked like a base below 2000 meters (as in the Northern Alps East), where you can find trees (with a base between the trees, think about larch trees) or alpine meadows where the chance of hitting a branch, rock or another shark is small and that got a lot of snow last week.
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My PowderAdvice for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday? Check out the regions below. There's still plenty of accommodation to be found in those resorts (check it out here).
The jet stream will turn to the northwest from Tuesday and will finally reach the French northern Alps. This party will get started on Tuesday, but where the jetstream probably didn't even know France actually existed the last couple of weeks, it will keep knocking on 'ze door' this week. This will result in a couple of storms heading to the French Alps.
Because the jet stream is now gaining momentum it's still difficult to predict the timing of the storms. The storms might kick in sooner, but sometimes later. Anyway, the northern French Alps can count on at least two more storms after the storm that will kick in on Tuesday. That sounds like a plan to me! The might bring enough snow to ride powder in this part of the Alps in the weekend of January the 14th. But be aware! The last significant dump in this part of the Alps dates from late November. There's no base in most resorts below 2000-2500 meters. And in the few resorts that have something you could call a base, well, in those resort it will serve as the ultimate sliding layer for avalanches. I'll keep you updated!
Honestly, you'll find better conditions on the north side of the Alps in Austria this week. The snow pack is growing (especially in Austria) and I would go for PowderAlert #5 on the north side of the Alps right now and maybe even go for the snow that will start coming down again in those regions from Wednesday.
If you can not take advantage of PowderAlert #5 the next three days, simply wait for PowderAlert #6. It's coming!
Stay stoked. Morris