Verbier Snow Report
28th January 2012

Snow returns to Verbier. 30cm due in over the next couple of days

After a week of rough weather, which did see some healthy snowfalls arrive, thursday was beautiful, warm and sunny. This allowed us to get out into the area and play in the fresh powder, although Mont Gele did not open.

Sadly that sunny day was only meant to be brief and by Friday afternoon clouds and mist streamed up the valley cutting off the sunshine.

With the recent quiet pistes I have had some great days both on and off piste. There are not so many bumps or ice patches at the moment as they are a product of poor snowfalls (last year) and busy pistes (last month) All in all, January has been a great month although the regular bad weather has created many flat light days and caused some lift closures from time to time.  I don’t know why they can’t make it snow through the night and be sunny by day!

By Saturday the snow had arrived and over the next few days there is around 30cms due in. Winds will be light. Temperatures are going to get very cold and the freezing level should drop down to the valley.

The whole area is open with the exception of Mont Gele. One other exception was the Mayentzet lift which had its inauguration on Saturday morning. Thankfully Tele-Verbier had the foresight to announce that the lift would be closed on Saturday morning until 11am. They announced this on Friday night, via Facebook, at around midnight!

The risk of avalanche is 2 out of 5 and that should not rise as this snowfall will be spread out over the next couple of days and winds are forecast to be light. There was still plenty of powder out there before this new snow arrived so when we do get the sunshine back it should be good times. While the light is flat the lower tree covered runs are the best bet for skiing and they can be found around all the lower areas of the 4 Vallees.

In La Chaux the park is up and running, when the sun is out, and there is a great selection of kickers, from beginner to pro. There is also a good selection of rails and also an air bag jump, where you can throw yourself off a kicker and practice all your tricks in relative safety.

During bad weather spells don’t forget to check out the ice go-karting down at the sports centre where they have a custom built track with chicanes, steep corners and long straights to get your speed up.

The weather over the next few days is forecast to be snowy with flat light and no hint of sunshine - Time to hone those Jedi ski skills again.


Stats

Avalanche Risk: Level 2


Latest Conditions

snowy, flat light and clouds


Depth Snow - Lower slopes

30cm


Altitude Last Snowfall

+950m


Date Last Snowfall

28.01.2012


Depth Last Snowfall

10cm


Highest temperature

-1


Altitude Lower Slopes

1550m


Depth Snow - Upper slopes

310cm


Altitude Upper Slopes

3330m


Altitude Highest Temp.

1550m


What You Say:

Conditions at time of reporting:

  • Latest Conditions
    snowy, flat light and clouds
  • Depth Snow - Lower slopes
    30cm
  • Altitude Last Snowfall
    +950m
  • Date Last Snowfall
    28.01.2012
  • Depth Last Snowfall
    10cm
  • Total number of pistes
    37
  • Highest temperature
    -1
  • Altitude Lower Slopes
    1550m
  • Depth Snow - Upper slopes
    310cm
  • Altitude Upper Slopes
    3330m
  • Altitude Highest Temp.
    1550m
  • No. of Pistes Open
    36