11/03/2021: Today's Updates...
Bonjour from Chatel.
Some sad news from Meteociel overnight, with a fire in Strasbourg destroying the building where some of its servers were hosted, meaning that it looks like being mostly offline for several days. They suggest the 15th will be the date when they may get back online. As this is one of the best resources of information for snowfall prediction, it does mean that we will be flying a bit blinder than normal, for the upcoming snowfalls!
However, snow may come down to the village tonight, though it does look marginal for the 1100m/1200m elevation, so at this stage, perhaps only a slushy covering looks a possibility in the village. Higher up, there should be something more useful.
Of much more interest, is the period from Saturday night to Monday night, which should see some useful snowfall down to the village and possibly some significant totals higher up. There could be further snowfall on Tuesday, with snow showers on Wednesday, with next week generally resembling something more more like winter. Some charts suggest some sub -10c overnight lows later next week.
In other news, the French National Championships for the alpine skiing have been moved to the PDS, with Chatel hosting the Super G and Downhill events.
The provisional schedule is as follows: 23 mars : Ladies downhill training – Châtel 24 mars : Ladies Downhill – Châtel 25 mars : Ladies Super G – Châtel 26 mars : Ladies GS – Saint Jean d’Aulps 27 mars : Ladies & Mens Slalom – Les Gets 28 mars : Mens GS – Saint Jean d’Aulps 29 mars : Mens Super G – Châtel 30 mars : Mens downhill training Châtel 31 mars : Mens Downhill – Châtel
Those who bought PDS season passes in the "flash sale" from the Chatel ski pass website last spring, should now be receiving emails giving options to either roll them over to next season, receiving a credit note or getting a refund. This applies to unused passes.
Most updates and photos this season are posted on the WhatsApp members group
Link to the page which tracks the snowfalls in Chatel over the season:
The lifts on the ski area are closed until further notice.
Bars, restaurants and cafes are expected to remain closed until further notice (takeaway services allowed).
Although confinement has ended in France - an overnight curfew is in place from 6pm to 6am.
Private gatherings indoors should be kept to a maximum of 6 adults according to advice from the French government.
Travel between regions in France is allowed.