So far since I've been out here since the end of December we have not really had a decent dump. The most 15cm max, and combine that with the rain that fell in a sepia type haze with the sand from the Sahara carried along by the Sirocco wind conditions have not been brilliant at all, though for most they do not really happen to care less.
And now as we're into the second week of the French half term holidays temps are rocketing, normally that would herald spring ski touring but as I found out yesterday that too is now not going to be normal this season.
That said I did score nigh on perfect conditions in the Secret Garden and there is still cold snow in the forests and at altitude but it's getting harder to find.
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!
Webcam in Serre Chevalier is located here (on the ground floor).
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