Chamonix.net snow report, February 28th 2019

 

Sunny and warm today, but fresh snow approaching overnight and tomorrow...

Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Chamonix valley today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today
Les Houches today

This afternoon the snow was great soft spring snow on most of Les Houches. It has been even warmer today than the rest of the week, almost like mid April, but the snow still wasn't too soggy and soupy. On shady slopes the snow was still harder, and in the direct sun, especially on the upper part of the mountain at around 2000m, the skiing was very good. It has been busy, so the ski conditions were a bit choppy, but the soft snow made it pretty skiable, and I didn't have to wait long for lifts. There was a fresh westerly breeze up on the top, but it wasn't cold. There is still plenty of snow all the way down to the valley bottom at Les Houches, thanks to the snowmaking, and the northerly aspect.

Active weather is supposed to come over Chamonix tonight, and it should be snowing moderately tomorrow, at least in the mountains, and maybe even at 1000m. This weather front is a weak one, but there is probably a stronger system pushing towards us from Monday, after some clearer spells on the weekend. After nearly 3 weeks of sunshine, some fresh snow will be welcome!

Tomorrow morning there will hopefully be a few centimetres of new snow on the groomed pistes, and with snow showers for most of the day it should be pretty good in the Chamonix ski areas (though expect some of the rough off-piste sections to be frozen solid with just a bit of fresh dust on top).

Friday Morning Update Edit: I should probably stop relying on the weather forecasts to write these snow reports... it didn't snow overnight! There are some clouds around this morning, though, and it is really windy at high altitude, so it is looking like some snowfall is probable later on today, but maybe not much at the moment. Enjoy Friday skiing, and embrace whatever conditions the mountains give us!

Video from Thursday at Les Houches:

 

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