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WINTER IS COMING - TODAY!
The temperatures have plummeted and, yep, snow is on it way with over 30cms predicted above 2800m by Snow Forecast in Serre Chevalier between now and Saturday. Not enough to cover the ant hills below 2000m or for waxing the powder skis but, hey, who doesn't feel a happy flutter at the thought of early snow especially when there's currently so much Covid-19 doom and gloom in Europe.
While meteorologists have been calculating the cooling of Pacific waters to predict that La Nina is now likely to happen, mountain folk have had their rulers out to measure the height of those ant hills. Which is the most likely sign of a snowy winter in the Alps? It's possible that the ants know best, building their hills up to the height of their equivalent of Mont Blanc when they believe winter will bring deep snow - see main image from Serre Chevalier earlier in September. Photo: Lynn Reeve.
If you check out our long range weather forecast you'll discover that the figures from the past show that La Nina is actually less reliable when it comes to snow levels.
And, while a flurry of snow this early creates a buzz of snow hysteria across social media, ski resort old timers are unlikely to be among those jumping up and down as pre-season snow, although great for getting first tracks via ski touring way ahead of the lifts cranking up for the season's opening, rarely leads to an epically white winter.
Currently, though, more concerning is the rise in coronavirus cases in Europe since opening the flood gates to summer tourists. Another lockdown might just be on the cards soon in Ffance because, yes, it's inter-season and tourism will hardly be affected - and then, as infections reduce they can unlock again for December.
But will the travel situation and ski resorts really be back to normal? Is it sensible to book now before the prices crank up? We've looked into a rather murky crystal ball (and asked some experts including Simon Hudson, Tourism Professor and author of the book COVID-19 & TRAVEL) to come up with a picture of what to expect for winter 2020-2021. Read all about it here.
And keep checking out the (Ski) Blog for regular updates here 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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Cam will now pan to three selected points and stay for 55secs before moving on.
Webcam in Serre Chevalier is located here (on the ground floor).
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