SUNSHINE IN THE ALPS
29th December 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on January 4th, 2020
After erratic weather over the Xmas week it’s wall to wall sunshine across the Alps for New Year. UPDATED
The fine weather is continuing in the Alps over the start of 2020.
One of our regular readers, Simon Wilson, is in La Plagne in France.
“I have been coming here since the late 1970’s at this time of year and conditions on piste are some of the best I have ever seen. Blue skies and sunshine all week and excellent snow cover from top to bottom.”
“Off piste, the big pre-Christmas falls of powder are pretty much skied out. But there is still loads of fun to be had on the steep off-piste pitches here, especially up high in Les Arcs on and around the black runs underneath the Aiguille Rouge.”
“And as a fan of the descent to Villaroger, I’m delighted to report that part of the Tarentaise valley got a particularly heavy dumping of snow in the last round and the run looks set fair for the rest of the season.”
“All in all, highly satisfying,” said Simon.
The images from La Plagne come from two of Simon’s daughters, Ellie and Nina.
Here are some of the latest images from across the mountains.
And this video is from St Anton in Austria on Sunday:
Schnee und Sonnenschein: Noch Wünsche? ?#stantonamarlberg #arlberg #bestofthealps #austria
Posted by St. Anton am Arlberg on Sunday, 29 December 2019
And still in France, but over in the Pyrenees……
Monday 30th December
The snow, winds and storms are a thing of the past.
The sun is out and conditions in many resorts are near-perfect for the end of December.
We start this rolling blog in Meribel in Les3Vallees where one of our reporters, Tord Nilson, is enjoying the conditions.
“Today was a wonderful day in Meribel after the recent snowfalls,” he said on Sunday.
“The off piste still had the issues of rain by having a crust under the new powder. A pattern which has unfortunately happened a few times this season already.”
“The weather is looking to be getting warmer so fingers crossed it can still hold together and bring in a great new year.”
Tord also reports some changes taking place.
“A local instructor explained that this season his customers have changed from a structured multi-day booking to more ad hoc and flexible bookings.”
“Great to get the business and better per day pay but difficult to find stability for all the companies out here.”
“Prices here have also gone done according to locals as the pound/euro has been a factor in that British tourists were spending less last year on food and drink so another great positive for the British holidaymaker.”
And what about the forecast?
“The weather will remain mostly fine across the Alps over the next few days, with cold nights and pleasantly mild afternoons, especially at altitude,” said the alpine weahter expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk.
“Snow conditions in the Alps remain excellent for late December in most areas.”
“The only real weaknesses remain at very low altitude in the northern and north-western Alps (e.g. Morzine, Adelboden) but even here there is plenty of good piste skiing higher up.’
And in the meantime check out the snow in Kicking Horse in Canada when one of our readers, Jeremy Eppell, is.
He has just sent us these images: