Snow is here already! This morning, the 11th September, the Tarentaise has woken up to a much lower snowline, freezing conditions and a weather forecast that indicates a full week of snow possibility! It’s just 22 days until the Grande Motte glacier re-opens for skiing. Is this an early indication that Winter 2016 will be one heck of a season?
Here’s a view of Tignes this morning:
And here’s the snowfall in Val d’sere.
In Les Arcs at Arc 2000
And up at the Télésiège de la Traversée – La Plagne – well, you can hardly see it!
Compare the snowline right now to that of October last year in Tignes in the picture below. It’s already lower.
And below is the forecast for the week at glacier level across the Tarentaise.
Scientists have also predicted a massive weather phenomenon known as the El Nino for this winter. The El Nino causes global disruption to weather patterns and “tends to lead to colder winters in Europe”.
After one of the warmest summers in the Alps, glaciers have been left depleted and bare, so we’re playing catch up (you can see from these pics from skipass.fr). Pisteurs have said another 6 metres of snow is needed.
The Grande Motte re-opens on 3 October, mainly for race training, with the Espace Killy opening for the season on 28 November – conditions allowing. With just 22 days before skiing re-commences, lets hope this early snowfall is the first of many!
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If the snowfall has inspired you to book your holiday right now… here’s some helpful advice on getting to ski resorts in the Alps.
Now’s the time to book your winter accommodation – many chalets get booked up in September. We recommend Simply Val d’sere – a very knowledgable booking agent for Val d’sere who can tailor a package to your needs and budget. For budget accommodation in both Tignes and Val d’sere we recommend Chalet Chardons, Ski Bonjour and Chalet Eterlou.