Snow Arrives In The Tarentaise

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:

Tignes snow

And here’s the snowfall in Val d’sere.

Valdisere snow

In Les Arcs at Arc 2000

Arc 2000 snow

And up at the  Télésiège de la Traversée – La Plagne – well, you can hardly see it!

Télésiège de la Traversée - La Plagne

Compare the snowline right now to that of October last year in Tignes in the picture below. It’s already lower.

Snowline Tignes

And below is the forecast for the week at glacier level across the Tarentaise.

Snow forecast Tignes

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 Pisteurs have said another 6 metres of snow is needed.

Grande Motte glacier Tignes

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!

Check out our Live Webcams for your up-to-the-minute snow updates!

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.

And here are the lift pass prices this year.

If you want to have first dibs on the Grande Motte, Snoworks are running Autumn ski courses with accommodation at Mark Warner.

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.

Katie Downs

EDGE Magazine is your guide to a ski holiday, working or living around Tignes, Val d'Isere, Bourg Saint Maurice, Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Peisey Vallandry & Sainte Foy. Our website is packed full of useful live information, regularly updated features and interviews with something for everyone...snow-lovers, starter snowboarders, seasoned skiers, serious apres-skiers, seasonaires and locals. Pick up a copy of our magazine from December in loads of places in each resort including bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and airport transfer vans too. For more information and to request a media pack e-mail We'd love to hear from you!

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