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The main image, above, says it all. Yep, this photo was taken yesterday but you had to go to deepest Siberia for the deepest snow. Tech Editor, Gavin, is putting his latest tech toy, his Garmin InReach Mini, to use ski touring from the remotest Luzhba Ski Touring Lodge in Siberia. Temperatures are around -15C warming up to an almost toasty -10C. Yesterday they did 1000m vertical for five tours (so not very high climbs) but schmokin' pow all the way down.
Passports and visas have been a bit of an issue with this trip, catch the blog about preparations.
Back home in the Alps, this week looks like it's snow time again, so keep watching the webcam.
It's now less than three weeks until the lift cogs start to turn in Serre Chevalier for the opening weekend on 7th December. They've, also, started the snow cannons as the temperatures drop below freezing. Verbier, meanwhile, is open on weekends now in November and it's puking in the States so, yes, we're already suffering from that winter anxiety disorder, comparanoia, comparing other resorts' snowfall to ours. But, hey, we've just booked Norwegian Airlines return to Denver for next February so bring it on snow-wise in Colorado.
Just remember that early snow doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a long snowy winter. Not according to stats of past winters in the Alps, anyway. Check out our Snow Forecast for the Alps Winter 2019. However, if it stays around, with no November melt, then it's a good base for the season.
Of course, we now have unseasonal higher temperatures and global warming to factor in which, although not good news for lower resorts, did create more precipitation, last winter, and great powder up high. But, no, that does NOT mean yay to climate change...
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