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Discussion in 'Europe' started by piolet, Apr 4, 2016.
Abruzzo region ..... current conditions
GFS / ECMWF & NEMS4km all seem to have some snow forecast in the next week for Zermatt, or is this data not to be trusted?
Saalbach webcams look awesome this morning, apart from the slide on Westgipferl ( visible on the Shattberg cam). Slid all the way over the cat track at the bottom. Most off pisters do the slope to the right but it looks mostly untouched below the small saddle above avi barriers . Be carefull out there folks.
Thanks for the live update mate. Keep 'em coming! I'm there in 2.5 weeks
Yep. Couple of mins walk from my place. You wouldn't recognise Prenz these days. Its changed so much - for the better!
I though it was familar. I used to walk there to watch sun rises when I lived in Freidrichshein.
Its actually a really poxy little park. Looks nice in the snow though!
Volkspark Freidrichshein is fantastic. About 20 mins walk from here.
love the smell of fresh wax in my kitchen
Anybody gone heliskiing in three valleys / val / chamonix? I had the impression it was going to be hugely expensive but actually seems doable.
Went heli skiing for the first time last year in NZ and was without a doubt the best runs of my life.
It's illegal in France. Have to head to Switzerland or Italy.
Lame. Looks like there are a few that run out of those resorts tho, anybody had any experience with http://valheliski.com/ / http://www.snocool.com/?
You wont need a Kerosine Taxi. More slackcountry than you can poke a stick at there.
I guess my thinking was more in line with current conditions, but stuff it i am super pumped to go touring. Lets hope things improve.
Yeah choppers are pretty obselete in yurp
Big fat flakes falling in the portes du soleil right now. Looks a bit set in.
Things will only get better from here. The Av will get its fair share. Swings and roundabouts.
Great news @Piste Again . How many more days are you in Europe for?
I've been watching MeteoSwiss - has been pretty good over the last couple of months. Anyway - went to bed with a full sun forecast, woke this morning and forecast updated to Fri and Sat snow. Jumped on the Sunnegga train this morning - arrived at 2288M to find lightly snowing! Drought broken - coming down nicely now, couple of cm in the village (makes all the difference),,,
Xtremo please can you tell me what site is that you are using
Has been snowing steadily since 9am in the 3 Vallées today. Around 15cm on the ground now. Looks like some very heavy falls forecast later this week . Winter has finally arrived.
I skied there today. Did the run from Oberlech down to Lech then to Zurs. From Zurs took the new link over to St Anton. Plenty of snow and no crowds but St Anton a little busier. Off Piste needs a bit more cover. I reckon Lech and Zurs are skiing a bit better and some of the off piste at Zurs was ok yesterday. Light dry snow falling as I write this so tomorrow looks good!
Also try Igluski, and Interactive resorts UK.
Those are all aggregators, meaning they collate deals from all the ski package operators.
You can also check out the sites of the operators themselves (Inghams, Mark Warner, Skiworld etc). The most prominent operator these days is Skiworld. They seem to be acquiring more and more properties every year. I like the way their site is set out, in particular the last minute deals page.
day 1 at St Johann im Pongau today
more accurately the Alpendorf-Wagrain-Flachau part of the Amadé ski area
sensational weather, brilliant runs
Yeah skiworld is who we are traveling with booked via Iglu
If you are after packages maybe have a look here (eg for Austria):
I can't comment much on these I normally have specific ideas and plans, and book directly with pensions and don't really look at these, but others may be different.
Puking in cham
Keep it on! !
The worst month in 100 years in Switzerland for skiing?!
Enjoy the skiing and food. Dont forget to seek out a good bauernsalat on the hill.
Over 1metre forecast for Arlberg in next few days.
You can say BOOM again!
-4 right now in Berlin. Down to -7 at night. These temps always feel so much colder in a city. Eartips feel like icicles that could snap off
Valluga wind chill max on friday -31
Thanks for your reply
another great Pongau day
more cloudy, some runs ungroomed since yesterday but it wouldn't be gracious to complain
I got some bauernwürste in the supermarket
they go well with this
We don't leave till the 25th
Yesterday was the best we've had so far. The crowds were much less than usual and we got up high at Avoriaz to find some pretty decent snow in between the icy patches. Most of the punters stick to the groomed parts of the runs where it's often quite often horrible and skaty, but the policy here seems to be that where there's room they leave an area at the side "au naturel" and we've been playing in that where despite the thin cover the boot buckles often disappear and F18 managed to get knee deep at one point. The only downer with this is that the cover is still pretty thin and the bases and edges are getting knocked about by the rocks. Still, when you've paid between 110 and 140 euros to buy ex-rental skis you can't get too precious!
We're loving the lift prices here. Because we're staying 3 weeks we're not going out hard each day - that would be physically impossible. $A236 yesterday for 5-hour Avoriaz passes for 2 adults, 2 18 year olds and M10 - that's about what we'd pay for 2 adults at Thredders or Perisher. It gets more expensive to buy a full PDS pass but with some planning that's only needed to get into the more distant parts (eg Chatel and the Swiss side).
The hidden gem here is the little local ski hill variously called Grand Terche or Roc d'Enfer (http://www.espacerocdenfer.com/index-en.php). It's $A19.50 for a 2.30pm late start (gets you close to 2 1/2 hours skiing if you time the last ride up right). There's about 900 metres of vertical and probably a similar number of miles of trails to Thredbo. They don't have a lot of snowmaking so it's not got a lot of terrain open yet but after the weekend it should be good. It's not linked to the rest of Portes du Soleil by chairlifts so apart from the beginner slopes where all the local kids go for lessons it's largely deserted.
This weekend will be interesting. The forecasts for Portes du Soleil are all over the place. From tomorrow they're all saying temps will be around -10 maximum but the snow predictions vary wildly. Currently they're like this :
It'll be educational to see who's right.
Good report! Keep 'em coming!
I remember enjoying "The Stash" boarder playground when we were there. Think its Morzine. Might be too low to be good at the moment. I took a chunk out of my old board coming down through some trees and hitting sharks.
That's in Avoriaz on the way down to Les Lindarets. It's closed at present with pretty thin cover but with some luck might be open next week if accuweather is wrong . Most of the other runs down that slope are also closed though they didn't look too bad from the chairlift yesterday. People were going down them.
Sorry if this has been posted but is there a guide for interpreting this?
The below is Chamonix, and will update:
From my understanding the top line is temperature from multiple models and the lines below are precipitation, with the typical rule of thumb being 1mm = 1cm. Is that right? Currently lit looks as though the freezing level will be marginal for the snow coming in on Friday 13th, what elevation is this?
From tonight's Bergfex email.
Howling wind up high today. We went up to Mossettes (2277 metres) and it was blowing a gale. Lots of nice windblown stashes but we mostly couldn't get to them because of a lack of exit options. Bugger of a ski back because the track is narrow, there's no fencing on the side with a huge steep drop and it was wind scoured. But it was worth it for the view - simply spectacular.
Plenty of nice snow to be found through Avoriaz and Lindarets. The only downer for the day was +1 getting cleaned up by some lunatic who flattened her and simply kept going. She's in bed waiting for the ibuprofin to kick in. They really do ski like lunatics here - we've all had our jackets brushed by people skiing past too close. I've taken to holding my poles horizontal and pointed at 45 degrees from straight backwards and it does seem to afford me a bit of personal space - anyone coming within a metre will cop a ski pole in the groin/stomach/chest/face depending on their height.
Its not here yet! About 10-15 cms overnight and a few decent runs away from the groomers but off-piste was limited today, a bit of wind around and the snowfall somewhat wet in the afternoon. They had the cannons going early this morning up high on Oberlech shifting some of the risk - maybe in anticipation of snow to come?
Snowing lightly again now so hopefully the predicted snow will materialize tonight.
Raining heavily in St Jean now (900 metres ASL) and +5 degrees. Avoriaz is a kilometre higher so with luck it'll be puking.
Edit - down to +3 now but still pissing down...
Been dumping all night in Zermatt, hope at least 30cm
are you in Zermatt, GTB?
Snowed here all night. Still snowing heavily. Not sure how much but 15 cms plus and no sign of letting up. Will be freshies everywhere today. Cannons started well before first light.
Been snowing since 6pm yesterday (8am atm). I dont think I can ski today due to visibility . It would be very nice if it snowed like that a few days ago.
Tignes & Val D - the biggest ski resorts we have been ever visited - after 4 days we have not done all the on-piste runs (blue & red) yet. Only did a couple of black too icy and steep for us.
Weird night in St Jean. It snowed a little bit, then it rained - heavily - and was still raining when I went to bed at 10.30. I woke at 4 to see a layer of snow on the skylight, dozed off and woke to light rain washing it off. Then it snowed a little, that turned to rain and now it's -2 and puking snow.
It got up to +5 last night but has settled back to -2 now.