Superb spring like weather prevails at the moment with clear blue skies, lots of sunshine and very high temperatures. In the morning the clear nights are allowing temperatures to drop and keep the pistes frozen but by the afternoon the slopes low down and in the sunshine are getting a bit slushy and bumpy.
On Thursday a warm front came in causing flat light conditions and raising the temperatures to melting level overnight, contributing to the slushier than normal conditions for this time of the year. Thankfully the clouds did not stay too long and by the next day the sunshine was out in force. The lack of wind has been a huge factor in keeping the temperatures high but at speed the wind chill is still helping to keep things comfortable.
Crowds are not too bad especially in the mornings but by then end of the day the runs down to Medran are very busy. Areas such as Bruson and Savoleyres are super quiet and great places to take the kids or beginner groups.
Off piste the risk of avalanche is 2 out of 5 although watch out for lower sun facing slopes as they are more unstable in the afternoon heat. Higher up the mountain good powder can be found in the shade but it is sparse on any areas that can be reached from the lifts. If you are going off piste then an ABS or Snowpulse avalanche backpack (which inflates if you are caught in a slide) shovel, transceiver and probe can be rented from around 60chf. This is a great price as the whole kit can cost upwards of 2000chf to buy outright. The rising risk of avalanche by the afternoon has closed Vallond’Arbi and Col des Mines. Also the Planard track back from Savoleyres is closed too so watch out on the face from Attelas to Croix de Couer as by the afternoon these slopes are evidently more unstable.
All the off piste free-ride runs such as Mon Gele and Chassoure to Tortin runs are all super bumpy currently so they are only for the advanced riders.
The park is very busy now that the holiday crowds are here. There are lots of jumps from green to black, a host of rails to suit all abilities and an air bag jump to throw yourself onto and practice your big jumps.
With the weather as great as it is, the mountain restaurant terraces are buzzing with life as the crowds relax and take in the incredible scenery.
The weather over the next few days is set to continue with sun, sun and more sun. High temperatures and no wind will keep the freezing level high and keep these spring like conditions in place for a little while yet.
Avalanche Risk: Level 2