16/12/2020: Today's Updates...
As mentioned earlier, yesterday's mild and damp weather has made quite a dent in the natural snow pack and there is no sign of any overnight fresh snowfall below 2000m this morning. Snow depths in the village have decreased by about 50% since Monday.
Although those pistes which are being prepared with a mix of man made and natural snow should be very resilient, pistes which rely on natural snow will have taken a battering over the last 24 hours - eg those on the Barbossine ski area. Cloudy skies and damp weather is never a good combination for the retention of snow cover!
The good news is that although the weather is set to remain generally mild over the coming days, the clearer skies should mean that further losses of the snow pack will be minimised and despite conditions not looking suitable for overnight snow making, there should be some re-freezing of the pistes. Local effects such as temperature inversions, will mean that shaded valley areas will remain colder during the daytime, as will shaded slopes on the mountain sides.
So, are there any signs of snowfall?
The latest charts are providing mixed messages in terms of the prospects for further snowfall. Although there appears to be a chance of something arriving on Sunday, the next potentially promising period appears to be over the Christmas period - which is more than a week away, with some charts bringing snowfall in time for Christmas Day.
Photo below from a few minutes ago, looking towards the top of the Linga ski area...
Bonjour from Chatel... after the rain of yesterday, it is another mild start to the day here in Chatel with air temperatures above 0c, however, there has been some freezing on some surfaces. The cloudy and damp weather of yesterday has really eaten into the snow pack in the village...
More to follow...
The provisional opening date of the ski area is the 7th January 2021.
Bars, restaurants and cafes are expected to remain closed until at least the 20th January.
Although confinement has ended in France - an overnight curfew is in place from 8pm to 6am (except the evening of 24th December).
Private gatherings indoors should be kept to a maximum of 6 adults according to advice from the French government.
Domestic and international travel is allowed eg for visits to second homes.
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