The 2012/2013 season was the last time the Alps experienced great early season conditions. With mild temperatures and an abundance of sun, much of the snow that fell in November is melting at an alarming rate and this early season appears to be in line with the last few years. Almost every conversation among locals in Chamonix revolves around the current conditions and when cold, snowy relief will arrive.
But According to weathertoski.co.uk, those locals are going to have to remain patient through the Christmas holiday.
“The weather in the Alps will continue very mild for the foreseeable future. We can also say with certainty that there will be no significant new snow before Christmas, and quite possibly for some time after.”- weathertoski.co.uk
Although a few resorts in the Alps experienced a marginal powder day with St. Anton in Austria receiving 15cm at higher elevations and Grand Montets and Brévent giving unofficial reports of 5cm in the alpine, the rest of the Alps are still waiting for significant snowfall to open terrain and cover the abundant amount of rocks. That sentiment is more evident than ever after a British teenager died while skiing on-piste in Meribel.
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However, at the higher locations in the Alps, on-piste (and limited off-piste) opportunities do exist. Grand Montets, Zermatt, Engelberg, St Anton am Arlberg, and Sölden are a few of the resorts that are faring well through this unseasonably warm beginning to winter.
That said, the Alps need snow and they need it fast if places like Chamonix hope to see skiing into the valley this year.
What is the Euro snow dance? Something like this?
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