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Snow report: Courchevel

23/03/2016

The snow is still very good but the warmer temperatures (2°C at mid-level on Saturday) will give freeze-thaw conditions so you will need to be careful of slush later in the day and ice early in the morning – the pistes higher up should have better snow. With plenty of sunshine again this week sunscreen is a must to avoid red noses and panda eyes – now is a great time for some lovely skiing followed by sunny, relaxing lunches (and why not!). The new dump of snow on its way Sunday night should bring about excellent conditions again next week.

Snow depth: 138cm in resort, 192cm at summit
Lift status: 52 out of 54 lifts open
Pistes open: 102 out of 107
Avalanche risk: 2

Forecast: A light dusting of snow expected this afternoon with plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures this week (around 0-2°C) which will be felt especially in the resort (reaching 10°C on Sunday). However a large amount of snow is expected on Sunday after some rain in the afternoon with around 20cm expected, mainly overnight, followed by some more snow on Monday night. Winds are generally light.

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17/03/2016

Piste quality is good with soft snow. With the sunny conditions again this week you will be skiing with a spectacular view. The best days for skiing look like Thursday and Friday with some fresh snow and sunshine – the perfect mix for skiing.

Snow depth: 148cm in resort, 204cm at summit
Lift status: 52 out of 54 lifts open
Pistes open: 104 out of 107
Avalanche risk: 2

Forecast: Mostly cloudy today with some light snowfall, overcast tomorrow with a bit of sunshine and sunny for Friday and Saturday. Temperatures are below freezing at around -10°C, warming up throughout the week to reach a balmy 0°C on Saturday. Winds will be moderate today meaning there is a significant wind factor making it feel more like -13°C but the will die down from tomorrow and winds will generally be light for the rest of the week.


09/03/16

Some lovely fresh snow on the pistes with the last 5cm of snowfall a couple of days ago on top of the heavy snow experienced at the end of last week. Plenty of sunshine this week with temperatures warming up towards the weekend, this could affect snow on lower levels / south facing slopes and turn some of it a bit slushy but this won’t be for long as more snow is forecast on Monday. Best days for skiing this week are tomorrow and Friday with Saturday probably better away from the lower slopes. So dig out the sunglasses and definitely don’t forget the sun cream.

Snow depth: 168cm in resort, 212cm at summit
Lift status: 52 out of 54 lifts open
Pistes open: 107 out of 107
Avalanche risk: 3

Forecast: Today will be partly cloudy with temperatures averaging -5°C at mid-level but there is a significant wind-chill. Some light snow expected tonight (around 1cm) and tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures are warming up towards the weekend with Saturday seeing a temperature of 0°C. There will be plenty of sunshine Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the odd light snow shower. Temperatures will start to go back down at the beginning of next week and will bring some more snow around Monday afternoon (8-10cm expected). Winds are generally light.


02/03/16

With lots of fresh snow already laid there is plenty more falling now and on its way in the next few days. The best day for skiing is looking like Sunday, as the break in heavy snow along with a peak of sunshine will mean the pistes should be in great condition and visibility should be good – it will still be very cold through.

Snow depth: 139cm in resort, 195cm at summit
Lift status: 52 out of 54 lifts open
Pistes open: 100 out of 107
Avalanche risk: 3

Forecast: Lots of heavy snow expected today and in to tomorrow and Friday with a slight break at the weekend. Temperatures are fairly cold at between -5°C to -8°C (max) with temperatures dropping at the weekend to around -11°C (max). Winds will pick up throughout today, tomorrow and Friday morning but dying down again for the weekend.

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24/2/16

Some lovely fresh snow further up the mountain, with 12cm just laid. Lower down the conditions aren’t quite as good so it would be best to get out early and head straight for the top. Most lifts & pistes are open, although the avalanche risk has gone back up to 3 so is a considerable risk. This week will be colder but we will see some sunshine especially today and Friday with a significant dump of snow on its way on Sunday. Friday (morning especially) will probably be the best day’s skiing after a light sprinkling of snow Thursday night and sunshine expected in the morning.

Snow depth: 139cm in resort, 195cm at summit
Lift status: 52 out of 54 lifts open
Pistes open: 100 out of 107
Avalanche risk: 3

Forecast: With the weather being quite changeable at the weekend (Sunday was a particularly warm and sunny day), the changeable weather patterns will continue this week. Temperatures will drop throughout the week with a mild 0°C today dropping to -3°C (max) Friday morning and -9°C on Monday evening. Although winds will pick up on Saturday the majority of the week will see light winds. Snow showers are expected intermittently throughout the week, especially Thursday afternoon / evening and Saturday evening with heavier snow on its way Sunday night (15cm expected) when temperatures will drop a few degrees, the snow carry on into Monday.

To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


17/2/16

With lots of snow still from last weekend, plenty of lifts and pistes open and the avalanche risk reduced to 2 (still be careful out there), the pistes are in excellent condition for some great skiing on and off piste. The cold temperatures this week will hopefully help keep the good conditions. With temperatures warming up for the weekend it will be time to dig out those sunglasses for some warm, sunny skiing with excellent visibility before the temperatures drop again on Monday.

Snow depth: 134cm in resort, 174cm at summit

Lift status: 51 out of 54 lifts open

Pistes open: 101 out of 107

Avalanche risk: 2

Forecast: The significant snow fall from last weekend has given way to a fairly clear week with only a few light snow showers, the most snow on Friday afternoon with 2cm expected. Temperatures will get colder for Thursday and Friday (-6°C max) then warm up for the weekend (6°C max) where a lot of sunshine is expected.  This will be followed by a colder front on Monday with light snow showers and temperatures dropping back down to -6°C max. Winds will be generally light.

To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


11/2/16

Forecast: Heavy snow reported in resort today with more heavy snow expected on Friday night and Saturday morning, followed by a peek of sun on Sunday so you can enjoy the newly laid snow with some rays of sunshine.

Snow depth: 126cm in resort, 178cm at summit

Lift status: 49 out of 54 lifts open

Avalanche risk: 4

With half term fast approaching snow conditions are looking good for next week with fresh snow arriving Friday night / Saturday morning this week and more snow forecast for the week of half term.

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4/2/16

Forecast: Fresh snow fell yesterday with more heavy snow expected from Sunday and further lighter snow showers throughout the following week.

Take a look at this video and yesterdays snow fall from the Courchevel Tourist Office

Snow depth: 88cm in resort, 165cm at summit Lift status: 50 out of 54 lifts open Avalanche risk: 3 Best piste conditions on the higher slopes and plenty of fresh snow on its way to boost conditions across the Three Valleys. To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


8/1/16 Knee deep powder, fresh snow and darting around in the trees. What’s not to love about Courchevel when it is snowy? Skiing in the 3 Valleys is always special, none more so in the wonderfully snowy village of Courchevel. With giant snow flakes falling all day yesterday the powder was stacking up on the pistes. Lac Bleu was particularly amazing, with powder comfortably clearing the top of my ski boots.

With 32cm of fresh snow falling at the upper levels of Courchevel throughout yesterday, it was inevitable that the visibility would be challenging. When the light is flat, the best bet is to take to the trees. The beauty of the Courchevel valley (and the 3 Valleys all around) is the sheer amount of tree skiing. Heading down to La Tania is a particularly good idea when the clouds roll in. Taking the Bouc Blanc red run, followed by the Plan Fontaine green through the trees are both incredible slopes and were without a doubt the best place to ski in the testing conditions.

The fresh snow has left the memories of icy pistes behind. All the open, groomed pistes are in incredible condition. A layer of fresh powder on top of the slopes make them a complete dream to ski. Forecasts for the week ahead are showing yet more snow on the way. Over a meter is currently being predicted for the weekend and early next week, much of which is heading this way Monday and Tuesday. Stats: Runs open- 227 (across Les 3 Vallées) Lift status- high winds and avalanche risk have left some of the upper slopes and Meribel connections closed throughout the day. Snow base- 123cm at the summit, 78cm in resort (1850). Over 50cm added to the top level snow base in the last five days. Forecast- More snow on the way, with the potential of another bluebird powder day on Tuesday. To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


3/1/16 Winter has arrived in Courchevel and the 3 Valleys. The snow forecast was correct, as the snow dumped down on the western areas of the Alps giving us a 20+cm snowfall in certain areas across the resort.  The official update to the snow base has the upper slopes at 70cm and the village at 1850m at 30 cm base, both significant top ups to the previously dwindling snow base. Courchevel tourist board estimate 20 cm fresh snow at the summit and 10 cm at the resort level. This shot really captured the snow bucketing down in Courchevel yesterday evening:

After yesterday’s snowfall, Courchevel once again looked like the winter paradise we all come to expect in early January. Follow that up with a bluebird day with 20cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes? Yes please! Becca Holmes took these amazing photos of the snow coming down yesterday and the result of said snow today:

Here’s the view from our chalet Crystal de Roche this morning. Love looking at the cloud sitting in the valley and the fresh snow on the rooftops:

The view from Crystal de Roche

The view from Crystal de Roche

The easy access off-piste powder was tracked early on, so it is a case of getting up early to catch the best of conditions. Of course, even if you are just messing around in the powder on the side of the piste, make sure you follow the basic rules to staying safe off piste. There’s plenty of snow forecast for the coming week in Courchevel, so this is only just the start. Approximately half a meter is being forecast for the upper slopes over tonight and Monday, so there will be lots more opportunities in the coming days to head out and catch some fresh snow. Stats: Runs open- 184 (across Les 3 Vallées) Lifts open- 59 (across Les 3 Vallées) Snow base- 70cm at the summit, 30cm in resort (1850) Forecast- More snow on the way, with the potential of another bluebird powder day on Tuesday. To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


1/1/16

The Three Valleys is one of the ski resort set to reap the rewards of the storm barreling its way towards the Alps. Courchevel saw a few centimeters fall over the past 24 hours, giving the snow a fresh little top up. Having a top up to the snow has freshened everything up a little. It was possible to ski down to both La Tania and Courchevel 1550 on good snow today.

The change in the weather over the last few days has given everyone a bit of confidence that the snow on all the forecasts is on its way. The latest forecasts are predicting that Courchevel and the Three Valleys ski area will be one of the resorts most benefiting from the incoming snow fall. We Powder predict that 88cm are heading towards the 3 Valleys in the next seven days. Elsewhere, Snow Forecast are anticipating a big snowfall both over the weekend and into the middle of next week, equating to well over half a meter in total.

Almost every forecasting website is predicting the snow to Courchevel, it is now just a case of when and how much. Stats: Runs open- 171 (across Les 3 Vallées) Lifts open- 59 (across Les 3 Vallées) Snow base- 53cm at the summit, 23cm in resort (1850) Forecast- Snow showers over New Year’s eve and New Year’s day and a bigger snowfall coming over Saturday and Sunday. To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


30/12/15

Despite what the national media may say, the snow conditions are not as bad in the Alps as you may think. While the conditions may not be the powder-filled dream that some may have been hoping for over Christmas and New Year, there is still plenty open and lots to enjoy.  In fact, in the Three Valleys, there are 171 runs open across the region, more than enough pistes to keep most casual skiers entertained. The resort teams in Courchevel and across the Three Valleys have been working hard to produce plenty of artificial snow to keep the pistes in skiable condition. Here’s a shot from Les Menuires the Three Valleys twitter account showing a nicely groomed piste:

Olly Robinson, Supreme Ski director, gave us his take on how to find the best ski conditions across the Courchevel ski area. “The best skiing to be had is before lunchtime – most of the upper runs in Courchevel are in relatively good shape and the north facing slopes aren’t particularly icy, so are still enjoyable to ski. The lower runs are worst affected and are a bit icy in places, however they are still fine to ski, albeit with a bit more caution than normal.” Olly sent in these great pictures of blue sky days this week. The pistes look far from green!

So far, the conditions that have been experienced may not have been glorious under the skis, but the atmosphere in resort has been excellent. Amazing visibility, sunny afternoons sitting on terraces and aprés ski, this is far from the doom and gloom being reported elsewhere. Here’s a shot from the Saulire that the Courchevel Official Twitter account posted just yesterday:

Snow is coming Every forecast seems to have a different outlook of the next few days, but one thing that they all agree on is that the snow is coming at some point in the next few days. Wepowder.com are forecasting 71 cm of snow in the next six days in the Three Valleys and Weather to ski suggesting that there’s the potential for up to 1m in Western parts of the Alps. No matter how much snow actually falls, the key change in the weather is the decreasing temperature. With the freezing level dropping down to 1200m by Monday, the snow cannons can help to steadily improve the snow conditions. Olly at Supreme Ski agrees, “I think over the next couple of days the conditions should improve, as the temperature is dropping, so they will be able to make more artificial snow during the night, than they have been over the past few days. We are also forecast snow for most of next week”  Stats: Runs open- 171 (across Les 3 Vallées) Lifts open- 59 (across Les 3 Vallées) Snow base- 53cm at the summit, 23cm in resort (1850) Forecast- Snow showers over New Year’s eve and New Year’s day and a bigger snowfall coming over Saturday and Sunday.

To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


24/12/15

Don’t despair, despite all these perfect blue sky days, there is still plenty of skiing to be had in Courchevel and across the Three Valleys. Courchevel Twitter just sent out this photo of the snowy Saulire, guarded by Richard Orlinski’s red ape.

Looking at the long term forecast, things are looking much more optimistic. New Year means new snow in Courchevel, with a 10cm top up currently being forecast. Things are set to get colder and snowier into the first week of January, which will be an excellent addition to the current snow base. At the moment, the snow cannons and piste bashers are working hard to keep the excellent early snow base topped up and the pistes in good condition. The Official Courchevel Twitter account shared this photo from first tracks and the beautifully groomed corduroy on the Saulire slope.

There are always ways to find the best snow conditions early in the season. Where possible, stay high. It sounds like common sense, but the best conditions are almost exclusively at higher altitudes. North facing slopes are normally the best bet for good snow coverage, so perhaps buying a 3 Valleys pass to head over to Meribel or Val Thorens is a wise idea. Stats: Runs open- 168 (across Les 3 Vallées) Lifts open- 59 (across Les 3 Vallées) Snow base- 53cm at the summit, 23cm in resort (1850) Forecast- Bright blue sky over the festive period, with a couple of centimeters of snow potentially arriving on 29th December.To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


17/12/15

A light dusting of snow on Wednesday has helped the conditions in Courchevel and broken the run of consecutive blue sky days. The cloud burned off in the afternoon to show that big blue once again. As always with this time of year, the best conditions are to be found at the higher altitudes. The Saulire once again provided the best skiing in resort.

Aside from skiing at the moment, the new Aquamotion center is open in Courchevel and can be accessed by any of the free ski buses. With a variety of different pools, rock climbing walls and much more, a visit is a definite option if you fancy a day off from the slopes. The official Courchevel Twitter account just posted the video below… Can’t disagree with their assessment, it is definitely paradise up there!

Piste du Jour: Creux

A really varied blue run with a mixture of rollers and a few moguls. An amazing run.

Stats:

Runs open- 136 (across Les 3 Vallées)-  32 more runs open than last week.

Lifts open- 59 (across Les 3 Vallées)

Snow base- 53cm at the summit, 23cm in resort (1850)

Forecast- Four more sunny days forecast, before snow showers early next week.


8/12/15

Stunning weather was the order of the day for Resort Reporter Nick on his first visit to Courchevel for the 2015/16 season. 

Blue sky and sunshine, mild temperatures undoubtedly equate to blissful skiing. Sticking to the 1850 side of the resort, the Biollay chair, Chenus gondola and Saulire cable car provided most of the skiing for the afternoon.

Piste du Jour- Combe du Saulire

The red piste from the top of the Saulire cable car had the best snow cover in the resort. Speeding down all the way from Sailure at 2700m to Courchevel 1550 was the clear highlight of the day.

Stats:

Runs open- 102 (across Les 3 Vallées)

Lifts open- 59 (across Les 3 Vallées)

Snow base- 78cm at the summit, 31cm in resort (1850)

Forecast- Snow showers on Wednesday, before a sunny and mild end to the week.

To book a trip to Courchevel, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com

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