Verbier Snow Report
12th March 2012

Great ski conditions & superb weather. Time to take the thermals off

Spring has come back with a vengeance this last couple of days with blistering sunshine and rising temperatures that are set to hit 20 degrees Celsius by the weekend. The fresh snow that fell last weekend helped to give the off piste faces a freshen up and on the higher shaded slopes and it is here that the best snow is to be found.

The higher off piste free-ride runs that are in the shade, such as Chassoure and Gentianes, are covered in very big bumps at the moment. Off piste free-ride runs, such as Col de Gentianes and Mont Gele are also bumpy but the conditions are really spring like, with icy bumps in the morning and slushy snow by the afternoon. The risk of avalanche has stayed at 2 out of 5. As the temperatures continue to rise the snowpack will come under much more stress, particularly by the afternoon on lower sun facing areas, such as the face from Attelas all the way to Croix de Coeur.  

On piste conditions are superb, with well groomed, smooth pistes in the morning and slushy bumps by the afternoon. The crowds were out Sunday to ski the pistes, enjoy the warm weather and relax on the terraces of the many mountain restaurants and bars. These crowds will quieten down as we slip into the week and the part of the season that is between February madness and the Easter period.

Over at Savoleyres it is even warmer but the shaded slopes down to Tzoumaz are still in great shape. In the morning I took some time to explore the south facing slopes that are on the Verbier side. These runs are gentle and rolling and are rarely busy. At the bottom of Tzoumaz the snow is starting to get very slushy and there are some patches of brown coming through but this is no different to the runs down to Medran and Le Rouge.

In town the big walls and piles of snow that built up over the season have all melted away which is great news if you are a driver or have been waiting for your terrace to melt. The resurgence of spring means that, very soon, we will be able to go rock climbing and biking in the valley whilst still having the treat of a mountain covered in snow too. That is why spring is my favourite time of the year.

At the moment the warm weather has allowed para-gliders to get up in the air and play in the gentle spring time thermals and at times there are as many as twenty spiralling effortlessly through the clear blue sky.

Sun is set to continue with very warm temperatures and light winds. The freezing level is expected to rise up to 3000m which will certainly help spring to continue advancing.


Stats

Avalanche Risk: Level 2


Altitude Last Snowfall

+1500m


Latest Conditions

sunny, warm and clear with light winds


Depth Snow - Lower slopes

112cm


Date Last Snowfall

04.03.2012


Depth Last Snowfall

5cm


Highest temperature

+6


Altitude Lower Slopes

1500m


Depth Snow - Upper slopes

260cm


Altitude Upper Slopes

3330m


Altitude Highest Temp.

1500m


What You Say:

Conditions at time of reporting:

  • Altitude Last Snowfall
    +1500m
  • Latest Conditions
    sunny, warm and clear with light winds
  • Depth Snow - Lower slopes
    112cm
  • Date Last Snowfall
    04.03.2012
  • Depth Last Snowfall
    5cm
  • Total number of pistes
    37
  • Cross Country Ski Open
    1
  • Highest temperature
    +6
  • Altitude Lower Slopes
    1500m
  • Depth Snow - Upper slopes
    260cm
  • Altitude Upper Slopes
    3330m
  • No. of Pistes Open
    35
  • Altitude Highest Temp.
    1500m