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More Snow on the way from Saturday and during next week

Just as it looked like the high pressure system was set to dominate the weather over the Alps along comes another couple of storms to blow it all away.

An impressive set of wigglies for the next few days with significant snow and low temperatures.

The GFS ensembles show weather models predicting much lower than average temperatures for the time of year (the top lines with red the 30 year average) and the precipitation forecasts are the bottom lines.

More on the La Tania Weather Page

 

The storm set to come in early Saturday.

 

France Météo local forecast – out of the reliable time frame but looking good…

 

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Latest “Mountain Art” installations & half a million m³ of snow made…

The latest mountain art installations are being lowered in to place around the Courchevel mountains – remember when the bear blew over on Saulire in that storm? See the video report from 5 March 2017 below.

S3V have just announced they’ve produced a record half a million cubic metres of snow in Courchevel and La Tania this Winter already…. (that’s on top of the real stuff!).

Imagine 1,235 football pitches covered in 10cm of snow and you’ll get the idea of how incredible that is! No wonder The 3 Valleys can guarantee more skiing open than anywhere else…

and from 5 March 2017…

 

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Preview Day in Val Thorens today…

Another belter of a day for free preview day skiing – this time in Val Thorens before more lifts open tomorrow.
Plenty of free snacks (and Beaujolais) on offer as VT rewarded it’s Club Val members. Pretty quiet though, felt like only around 80 people on the mountain.

Some cheeky bits of powder on the sides of the piste with harder snow on the pistes as they continue to build that base.

Saturday 18 November should see the following lifts open
Funitel de Péclet
Télésiège des Cascades
Télésiège Portette
Télécabine Moraine
Funitel Grand Fond
Téléski des Plateaux
Télésiège Moutière
Télécabines Cairn/Caron
Télésiège Plein Sud
Tapis Castor
Pollux
Campagnol
Musaraigne

The official opening weekend is on 25/26 November where at least 70% of the whole Val Thorens ski area will be open.

Thanks to Freeride Republic Ralph and Natalie for the Pics

 

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Beaujolais Nouveau Night… It really is the start of Winter!

Drop Inn in Le Praz never needs an excuse for a party – but Beaujolais Nouveau night is one of them. Always means Winter is near and with Courchevel already giving a taster and Val Thorens opening at the weekend (with a preview day for Club Val members tomorrow) the ski season has started!

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Courchevel Preview & Val Thorens Lifts Opening

Courchevel free preview day on Wed 15 Nov. Stunning pic from the Tourist Office – was that today?

Verdons and Biollay lifts open (plus Tovets from 1550 for access). Free parking, snacks, lessons for kids, music etc.

Officially pistes open are Biollay, Bellecote and Verdons.

Still some nice drop offs the side of Biollay to be had and plenty of people have skinned up higher.

Meanwhile Val Thorens has a free preview day for Club Val members on Fri 17 Nov with some limited skiing and then opens the following lifts on Sat 18 Nov.

(The official opening weekend with load of test kit and live music takes place on 25/26 Nov).

Val Thorens from 18 Nov:
Funitel de Péclet
Télésiège des Cascades
Télésiège Portette
Télécabine Moraine
Funitel Grand Fond
Téléski des Plateaux
Télésiège Moutière
Télécabines Cairn/Caron
Télésiège Plein Sud
Tapis Castor
Pollux
Campagnol
Musaraigne

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Folyères Groomed and Cannons Blowing down to La Tania

Great photos from Daphnée walking Burleigh up Folyères this morning…

Piste grooming has begun and huge mounds of cannoned snow has already been created with the cannons still going during the day in the bright sunshine as the temperatures remain low.

A low of -8.1ºC last night as La Tania at resort level remained below freezing for 24 hours (the weather station sensors to warm up in the sun during the morning to some degree).

Live Cams & Weather at: latania.co.uk/resort/LIVE.html

 

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Courchevel Free Preview Day this Wednesday 15 November 2017

Courchevel free preview day is this Wednesday 15 November (beating Val Thorens by a couple of days!).

With the fresh snow over the last couple of days and perfect weather forecast Verdons and Biollay and their main two runs will be open from 09:00 to 16:00.

There will also be the chance to visit the snow making operation, ride piste bashers and breakfast/snacks will be served with music playing at the main 1850 area in front of La Croisette.

Free parking at the Croisette and also in Courchevel Village with the Tovets chair open for access.

They’re getting ready…

 

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More Snow on the way…

Snow turned to rain overnight on Friday as temperatures returned to above freezing level in resort. All set to change later today with much colder temperatures and some snow although fairly localised so predictions of how much are guesses really.

Wigglies – The GFS ensembles showing much colder temps and some snow that’s reflected on local France Meteo forecasts but not on other national (& international) ones.

Resort back to green temporarily – back to white by tomorrow hopefully!

 

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S3V Confirm snow making has started for the season…

Temperatures have finally come down and snow yesterday and overnight has left 23cm on top of Saulire and around 10cm at Courchevel 1850.

With temperatures looking likely to be below average for the time of year (down to -2.3ºC in La Tania last night) for at least the next week or so the snow making system across the Courchevel and La Tania valleys is starting up.

Still quite early for this and whether they’ll start creating pistes down to 1850 remains to be seen or maybe they will just concentrate on establishing a base higher up.

There are now more that 650 snow cannons in this part of The 3 Valleys alone – covering more than half of the ski area. Courchevel is scheduled to open on 9 December with La Tania a week later on 16 December. Meanwhile Val Thorens are kicking things off with a free preview day to Club Val members on 17 November.

 

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More “What’s New” bits in La Tania

Following on from the “What’s New” last month some further work going on in La Tania…


The new state of the art super efficient snow cannon installed at the top of the beginners Troika area in La Tania – another 115 cannons across La Tania & Courchevel including more on the Plan Fontaine greeen run down to resort and the blue Boulevard des Arolles above the Bouc Blanc.
 


The track up to the Saboia area at the back of the Ski Lodge / Kalinka has been tarmaced at last..
 


Resurfacing of the paths up to the bridge across the piste and the area in front of the Montana Hotel.
 

Photos courtesy of Charlie Gorman and Freeride Republic

 

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