Chatel Snow Report

The Latest Snow Report From Chatel

 

 

The Chatel snow report is usually updated daily during the winter season and sometimes twice daily or more during snowfalls. During the rest of the year, the Chatel snow report will be less frequent.
All daily reports from earlier periods can be viewed via the Chatel Snow Report Index Page.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 05/04/2018: 9.40am

Day 116 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Fresh Snowfall Higher Up...

Weather & Snow Report

Yesterday morning saw some wonderful conditions on the ski area with bright sunshine and snow on the pistes that softened in the sunshine to bring some great spring skiing and boarding. During the afternoon, the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up and thundery rain and snow affected the area, with the snow/rain limit falling to 1200m, resulting in a slushy dusting in the village, but somewhere in the vicinity of 30cm reported around 1800m by this morning! This morning, after a bright start, the clouds returned and there has been some showery wet snow falling in the village.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Early morning view before the showers.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/04/2018: 6.50am

Day 112 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... 5cm Overnight...

Weather & Snow Report

There has been an additional 5cm of snowfall overnight at 1200m in Chatel. Current temperature -0.5C, mostly cloudy with one or two flakes in the air.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 31/03/2018: 5.10pm

Day 111 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Fantastic Conditions This Morning...

Weather & Snow Report

The overnight snowfall meant conditions were fantastic on the ski area this morning, with good visibility and enough fresh snow to provide some great on and off piste skiing and boarding, especially above about 1600m. Considering it is the 31st March, the conditions this morning would be considered excellent at any time of the season and there remains absolutely masses of snow higher up, with every lift open in the ski area today. The weather became cloudier this afternoon and there have been one or two snow and pellet showers passing through the area, with the prospect of some further snowfall thie evening and tonight. The models suggest beween 5cm and 15cm is possible, which would be nice for Easter Sunday!


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Early Sunday.

 

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Saturday morning view.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 31/03/2018: 7.35am

Day 111 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Overnight Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report

The snowfall of yesterday evening and last night brought a further 6cm in addition to the 8cm measured at 9pm for a total of 14cm, though the actual fresh snowpack has reduced a little bit under its own weight. The skies have recently cleared.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 30/03/2018: 9.15pm

Day 110 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Snowfall In The Village This Evening...

Weather & Snow Report

Rain and some gusty winds arrived later this afternoon in Chatel, with the rain turing to snow in the village and at 9pm there was 8cm of fresh wet snow on some surfaces. Snow is still falling. Update early tomorrow.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 29/03/2018: 1.35pm

Day 109 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Rain & snow...

Weather & Snow Report

Tuesday evening saw a brief period of snow in the village with a few cm's falling higher up with rain at most elevations falling overnight into yesterday, which then saw the snow/rain limit gradually fall back down the ski area. Today the village is on the boundary of the snow/rain limit, with a wet covering of snow this morning. Reports from the ski area suggest there is plenty of glue like snow about today, with the best of conditions to be found towards the top of the area. The glue like snow sorts itself out once it has had a re-freeze, or has snow or rain fall on top of it. Changeablle weather is set to continue over the coming days before the chance of a big warm up next week.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 27/03/2018: 9.50am

Day 107 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... A Dusting...

Weather & Snow Report

Cloudier skies on Monday resulted in some very light snowfal arriving last night with a dusting on the ground at 1200m this morning. Current air temperature 2C.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 25/03/2018: 5.55pm

Day 105 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... A Taste Of Spring...

Weather & Snow Report

After some exceptional conditions on piste last week, with winter temperatures and pristine snow, the weather has been a bit more spring-like since Friday, with some warmer daytime conditions and harder early morning pistes. Conditiions for the French national championships have been near perfect, considering it's the back end of March. One thing that is very noticeable is that there is still alot of snow above the village on the ski area - infact, a huge amount in places, with the cold start to spring meaning there has been very little thawing higher up. The weather is set to become much more changeable again this week with some rain and snow at times - so we may have some snowfall to report.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 23/03/2018: 5.40am

Day 103 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Very Light Snowfall Overnight...

Weather & Snow Report

A light snowfall arrived later yesterday evening with approximately 1cm of fresh snow on the ground at 1200m very early this morning. This follows a cold few days on the ski area, with snow conditons on piste mostly excellent for the time of year, with plenty of grippy and cold, dry snow to be found - however - there has been a chilly breeze at times too.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

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Chatel Snow Report: 19/03/2018: 6.30am

Day 99 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Snow Falling Again Early This Morning...

Weather & Snow Report

Snow is falling in Chatel this morning at 6.30am, with approx 1cm of fresh snow so far at 1200m and a temperature of close to -2C.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Wed.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 18/03/2018: 5.55pm

Day 98 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Snow Flurries Since This Morning...

Weather & Snow Report

There was some nice powder for the early birds this morning, with heavier and wetter snow lower down, but generally, snow conditions were excellent for the second half of March. The cloud has persisted through the day, bringing light snow flurries, but no further measurable snowfall.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Mon.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 18/03/2018: 8.10am

Day 98 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Sunday Morning...

Weather & Snow Report

It is a cloudy start in Chatel with a dusting on top of the snowfall of yesterday afternoon and evening and the trees this morning are laden with fresh snow. The snow is fairly wet on the ground at 1200m with a temperature between 0C and 0.5C.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Sun pm.

 

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8.00am view.

8.00am view.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 14/03/2018: 10.15pm

Day 97 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Another Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report

It has been snowing for much of the day here in Chatel with the snow/rain limit near to 1000m for much of the time, until later this afternoon, when it has begun to lower. At 10.00pm, there was approximately 14cm of wet, fresh snow on some surfaces at just above 1200m, with an air temperature of close to 0.5C.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Sunday.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 14/03/2018: 9.45am

Day 94 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... March Perfection This Morning...

Weather & Snow Report

The views are picture postcard this morning with conditions expected to be wonderful on most of the ski area, after the fresh snowfalls of yesterday. The snow/rain limit yesterday evening was around 1000m with a noticeable snowline on the trees in the valley this morning. The weather does look like becoming rather changeable again during tomorrow with snow and rain, with a trend to much colder conditions expected this weekend. Note the avalanche risk is extremely high today at 4/5.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Thurs.

 

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9.30am view.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 13/03/2018: 1.05pm

Day 93 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Fresh Snowfall Continuing...

Weather & Snow Report

Snow has been continuing to fall all morning in the village, where it is of the fairly wet variety and not really adding too much to the lying snow, due to the wet nature of the snowpack, however, there is another 5cm on our measuring surface since it was wiped earlier in the day. A bit higher up, there has been a very useful snowfall. So far, the total we have measured today at 1200m is 14cm, though the depth of the fresh layer of snow is varying considerably from surface to surface. Higher up, we'd expect 20cm plus to have accumulated.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Tonight or Wed am..

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 13/03/2018: 7.55am

Day 93 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Fresh Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report

The showery rain of Monday brought a light snowfall above the village and the snow finally descended to 1200m late yesterday afternoon and evening. This morning, initial measurements suggest 9cm of wet, fresh snow has fallen at our location just above 1200m and it is currently snowing with an air temperature a touch above 0C.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Today.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 11/03/2018: 2.00pm

Day 91 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Milder Weather...

Weather & Snow Report

An extra few cm's of snow fell on Wednesday evening and after some excellent conditions for the end of the holiday week on Thursday and a very mild Friday, the weather has turned damper this weekend with rain on Saturday morning, which has also returned today. The rain is expected to turn to snow during Monday, with the chance of a useful fall of snow arriving for the ski area during Monday afternoon and evening, with snow perhaps eventually reaching the village elevation for a time too. After that, it is looking like becoming rather mild again, especially during Wednesday and Thursday. Therafter there are big question marks over the expected evolutuon. These include pressure building again towards Scandinavia and with low pressure to the west or southwest of Britain, this could be a sceanrio that pumps in another spell of mild air, however, there is also a chance of a colder easterly influence, or even the opposite with more of a westerly influence, if any potential Scandinavian high ends up further east, or creates less of a block. In other words, we really don't know what lies in store for next weekend onwards!!!

 

This weekend has seen a huge exodus from the village, as the last week of the european winter holidays has come to an end. Unfortunately on Saturday, the combination of the volume of traffic, the gorge road being closed by a rockfall and the Geneva motor show meant some very slow journeys for some departees. The village is now relatively quiet again.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Mon.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 07/03/2018: 10.25am

Day 86 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Changeable Start To March Continues...

Weather & Snow Report

We have had a real mixed bag of weather to start March and the weather this week has continued that theme, with sunshine on Sunday and Monday, a dusting of snow then rain in the village yesterday, with a few cm's of fresh snow higher up. This morning, Chatel awoke to a few cm's of fresh snow at 1200m with a few flurries coming and going since then.

Unfortunately, there is no time this week to look at much in the way of forecasting, however, all that can be said of this morning's models is that the very changable weather is set to continue and it does look like becoming very mild this weekend, with rain to the top of the ski area for a time. This mild trend could continue into next week.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Thurs or Fri.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 07/03/2018: 8.05am

Day 86 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Fresh Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report

8cm of fresh snow this morning just above 1200m... report to follow...


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Today

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 04/03/2018: 6.40pm

Day 83 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Blue Skies & Great Snow...

Weather & Snow Report

Blue skies for much of the day (until the second half of the afternoon), fresh snow and warm sunshine made for a great day today on the ski area, with plenty of fantastic skiing and boarding to be found, despite the holiday traffic. Steeper areas unsurprisingly soon turned into mogul minefields with icy areas in between, but mellow areas remained in great condition. The best of the snow was certainly on the early groomed pistes. Today was also noticeably warmer with the sun really making it feel spring-like with afternoon softening of some pistes too. Almost the perfect Sunday.


Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Monday

 

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Super Chatel today.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 03/03/2018: 10.05am

Day 82 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Further Light Snowfalls Today...

Weather & Snow Report

Time is short today... there was a further 7cm of snow in the village yesterday morning / early afternoon, followed by a brighter end to the day and Saturday has started cloudy with some light snowfall coming and going, which may bring a few cm's to much of the ski area today, with the snow/rain limit not too far from the village elevation.

 

The cold weather in much of NW Europe has impacted the holiday plans of many people, with Geneva airport closing for several hours on both Thursday and Friday due to snowfall, with many flight cancelled or diverted.

Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Sunday

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/03/2018: 11.50am

Day 80 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Snowfall - Now Milder - More Snow Tomorrow...

Weather & Snow Report

A further 3cm of snow fell at 1200m this morning bringing the total to 12cm. The snow has now petered out and temperatures and freezing levels are rising, with the 0C isotherm perhaps going above 2000m later. However, another snowfall is on the cards for tomorrow, with the 0C isotherm easing down again. We'll report on this potential new snowfall during tomorrow.

Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Friday.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/03/2018: 7.55am

Day 80 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... Fresh Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report

It is the first day of a new month and it is snowing here in Chatel this morning with initial measurements suggesting 9cm of powdery snow has fallen at our location just above 1200m, since later yesterday evening. Current temperature is -3C.

Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Later this morning.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 28/02/2018: 11.30am

Day 79 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... End Of The Deep Cold In Sight... Some Snow Too...

Weather & Snow Report

Another really cold start to the day in Chatel with temperatures below -17C early this morning in the village, so down in the -20's again on the ski area! The early pistes were reported to be in fine condition after the overnight grooming according to the early Ski Academy group. We have some sunshine this morning, though it is turning hazier, with cloud increasing this afternoon.

 

This deep cold air is on the way out and by Thursday evening, the 0C isotherm is expected to have risen to above 2000m (see the second chart below), though temperature inversions will probably still mean an overnight re-freeze in the village and some fairly cold air may return for Friday. The good news is that there is some snow on the way, arriving later today and on and off into Thursday. The Arome models' view on possible accumulations are below. Looking further ahead - and an open mind is best kept for the weekend and beyond, as although the general trend is to milder air being pumped into the area, there is the chance of some snowier interludes.

 

Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.


Next Snow report Update:

Thursday morning - early.

 

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Arome 0C isotherm height 19.00 Thurs.
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Chatel Snow Report: 27/02/2018: 11.25am

Day 78 Of The Chatel 2017/18 Season... -18C In The Village / Colder On The Mountain...

Weather & Snow Report

Really cold temperatures are affecting the region at the moment with temperatures below -18C at 1200m this morning and colder temperatures higher up, so for the second day in succession, it's a really cold day for those on the ski area, with plenty of hard areas on the pistes (especially the steeper ones), with the best of the conditions to be found on the early groomed pistes.

 

This weather pattern, probably caused by the recent Sudden Straotospheric Warming over the North Pole, does not do us too many favours in terms of snowfall, however, there is a chance of snow from tomorrow afternoon onwards, however, less cold air will also be in the mix, so we may be mentioning the dreaded "r" word again over the coming days. There remains a high level of uncertainty regarding the outlook for the end of this week, the weekend and into next week, but it does look like being much, much milder at times. We'll update tomorrow with the latest from the Arome model.

Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

Next Snow report Update:

Wednesday.

 

 

For January & February 2018 Snow Reports - visit the Chatel Snow Report Index Page - click here.

 

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Review Of The 2016/17 Snow Season In Chatel...

Here is our review of the 2016/17 snow season in Chatel, which will be remembered as a generally disappointing one in terms of amounts of snowfall, the number of powder days and periods of "classic" conditions, however, the season did see plenty of sunshine and provided decent skiing conditons at times when other resorts in the Alps were struggling with the lack of early season snow... click here for the review.

 

 

For December 2017 Snow Reports - visit the Chatel Snow Report Index Page - click here.

 

For November 2017 Snow Reports - visit the Chatel Snow Report Index Page - click here.

 

For All Previous Reports - visit the Chatel Snow Report Index Page - click here.


For the Chatel snow forecast - click here.