by JP of AIM Snowsports
Paradiski opened this weekend to blue skies and freshly groomed pistes. The snow conditions varied from excellent to firm depending on your location in the various resorts. Full credit has to be given to the resort teams and their snowmaking abilities. After a barren few weeks of precipitation, they really have done incredibly well to produce what they have on the opening weekend. There is limited skiing down to the lowest resorts such as Vallandry, Plan Peisey and Arc 1600 but the snow has been prepared immaculately. Given there is so little remaining snow remaining after recent weather, it was remarkably enjoyable to ski on. It will remain to be seen how well those strips of snow stand up to the Christmas crowds but most will stay up high where the snow is best and more plentiful. The Arc 2000 bowl skied well today, with excellent snow and some fresh tracks to be found.
The natural snowline is around 2000m with anything below reduced to narrow pistes and man made snow.
The forecast looks set to be cold with sunshine and clear skies for the next week. It will help keep what we already have but with no real snowfall on the long range forecast, it’s going to be similar conditions to last year.
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