IT'S SNOWING (BUT ONLY FROM THE CANNONS)
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NO END IN SIGHT TO THE SNOW DROUGHT
Hurrah there's no snow. Whoever thought we'd be saying that at the end of November in the Alps. Also, can you believe we're now also hoping there are no dumps of powder during December? And looking at the forecast until 8th December there's absolutely nada. Officially there's a snow drought across the Alps.
It's also official that we now have a La Nina weather system. The effect on the USA and Canada is proven in meteorological records, but how likely is it to influence snow fall in the Alp? If you check out our long range weather forecast you'll discover from historical snow fall figures whether there is any actual connection between La Nina and snow levels in France.
If we can't go skiing because France, Italy, Germany and, potentially, Austria all agree not to open resorts then at least no snow makes it easy on the FOMO. There's currently not even enough to go ski touring in the three hours now allowed for exercise in France. The ski resorts, though, are starting to make the slopes look a lot more like Christmas now the temperatures have dropped below zero for the snow cannons to work (see the view from the top of the Bacchus chair in Montier, main image). But even if the lifts can't run and the bars are closed, the resorts are determined to emphasise the fact that they are still open for fresh mountain air and takeaways.
Serre Chevalier has had the enterprising idea to suggest to Prime MInister, Jean Castex, that the resort could be a test case for allowing clubs, schools and locals who bought their season pass before 15th October to have access to the ski area. If the answer is actually 'oui' then expect riots In Chamonix, Courchevel, et al.
And keep checking out the (Ski) Blog for regular update during the season in the French Alps at Style Altitude HQ plus dispatches from Louise Hudson in Canada, Chris Tomlinson in the UK and Josefine As from a small village above La Grave. Also stay posted about those powder hounds, the Rando Chiens, via the dog's blog!
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