Today, snow fell in earnest across the French/Italian Alps (*Chamonix, Courmayeur, Meribel, Avoriaz, Val d’Isere, Courchevel) and by the end of the day, accumulations began to reach parts of western Switzerland (*Verbier). With all the new snow, expect the avalanche danger to spike over the next week as slopes adjust to the new loads. Due to such danger, many of the resorts across the alps have kept their lifts closed as crews dig out and ski patrol mitigates potential avalanche hazards.
“Monday is a day of extremes. A super storm called Yves has split off and with a core pressure of 975 hPa, the Alps are subjected to rain, snow, hurricane winds and huge differnces in temperature. And because the storm is so close to the Alps, everything becomes even more extreme.” – WePowder Forecast
What is so remarkable is the amount of time it took for Europe to have a decent early season. It’s been roughly 10 years since the alps had a head start on winter and those vacationing in the alps this holiday season will be treated to a white Christmas.
PHOTO TOUR BELOW!
I think we’re heading in the right direction! It’s been a long time since I can remember a snow cycle like this in the Alps. Flights are being cancelled, roads are closed, and skiers are happy. After a couple of dry years no one deserves it more than the Euros. We’ve been on the road to @tignesofficiel from Geneva for nearly 8 hours so far but we are getting close. #timetoplay #salomon #mtncollective
Alps Forecast 12/11/17:
Find the full WePowder forecast here: A couple of tough days, but there’s a new storm coming up