• The Chatel Snow Report

18/01/2020: Today's Updates... Day 38...

6.05pm:

The skies were clear this afternoon and it has started to feel really cold late in the day, with temperatures plummeting and snow cannon firing up across the area. Overnight conditions should be excellent for an intensive snowmaking operation and a really cold day is forecast for tomorrow - with a bitterly cold wind expected to pick up.


How were snow conditions today? In terms of the pistes, those who were out on the ski area this morning will have found some fantastic snow across the area. Although the overnight total for the village was a modest 7cm, other parts of the ski area had much more and, as mentioned earlier, we found 25cm this morning on Barbossine and similar values around and above 1800m in other areas this afternoon. The effect of this useful snowfall, was to make the pistes very, very lumpy this afternoon, once some traffic had been on them, so runs such as Combes ended up being in a worse condition than before the snowfall!!! However this is all perfectly normal after a snowfall, and once the pistes have been groomed, they should be in amazing shape tomorrow morning. Those who like to venture beyond the pistes, will have found some nice stashes today and we were pleasantly surprised this afternoon to find some untracked areas.


As there was racing on Linga today, the only way to get from the top of the Linga telecabine to the Echo d'Alpin chair was via the black which runs under the chair. Although it is not the steepest black, it soon looked more like a minefield, with large moguls creating plenty of issues for skiers and boarders. This looked like poor management from a resort point of view as sending beginners down a steep mogul minefield to access a key chair does not appear to be sensible. Fortunately, the other routes started to re-open by about 2.30pm.


Looking ahead and there is little prospect for significant snowfall in the next week, so, although there are tentative signs of something arriving next weekend, at the moment we are still on course for an incredibly dry and sunny January.


Photo from 5.30pm...



1.40pm:

Photos from late morning... with 20cm to 25cm of fresh snow measured at 1750m on Barbossine...






9.00am:

The skies are clearing at times, so there should be some excellent piste skiing and boarding this morning... next update is expected to be later this afternoon.


7.50am:

The village wakes to a fresh blanket of white... and to the sound of avalanche blasting!



7.05am:

It looks like we have had 7cm of snow overnight at our location, just below 1200m.


So, although it is very welcome and more should have fallen higher up, it is a very modest amount and looks very close to our forecast early yesterday morning, of which there were some thoughts that it may have under estimated things, but ended up being about right.


The pistes will have received a very nice re-fresh and there should be some excellent conditions today. However, looking at the charts this morning, this January could end up being an incredibly dry one.




6.20am:

Bonjour from Chatel. It has snowed overnight, however it looks a modest snowfall in the village. Will confirm depth on an update at 7am. Currently dry.


...today’s forecast is expected to be online at 7.30am... at: http://www.chatelweb.com/chatel_snow_forecast.php - followed by further updates on this page today.



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