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: 20/11/2017: 7.05pm

Evening Update...

Weather & Snow Report...

Not much has changed since this morning's update in terms of the outlook, which is good news! We will update in more detail tomorrow morning.


Next Snow report Update:

Tuesday morning.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 20/11/2017: 11.15am

Monday Morning Update - Positive News...

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There is plenty to be optimistic about this morning, with cold overnight temperatures allowing snow making across all sectors of the ski area, with some cannon still operating as this report is being typed. As has been mentioned on previous updates, milder daytime temperatures are on the way this week, so conditions will become far less suitable for snowmaking, apart from at the new snow factory (see reports on this below), and we will lose some snow due to the higher daytime temperatures, however...

 

...the main bit of good news is from the models this morning, with all major models now leaning towards a generally colder outlook from next weekend. It is not all plain sailing as variations between the models remain, meaning there is still plenty of uncertainty regarding how snowy any cold spell will be, as well as its duration and intensity, however, the horror show charts of extended mild weather appear to have disappeared (for now!). We mentioned the Meteo Suisse forecast on yesterday's update and it is interesting to see that their forecast for Saturday / Sunday and Monday is now at odds with the "Evolution possible" section that has been suggesting above average temperatures for a few days, though it should be noted that their confidence level of 2/10 for Sunday Monday does highlight the high levels of uncertainty and also the fact that the pros have been thrown off guard by this fairly dramatic shift in the charts over the last 24 hours.

 

So, things are looking better, however, it might be wise to wait another 24 hours or so before we can be slightly more confident of the evolution from next weekend and into the following week. As we are now a mere 12 days or so away from opening weekend, we are now entering a really crucial period in terms of weather conditions - so keep those fingers tightly crossed.


Next Snow report Update:

Early evening.

 

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Snow cannon on the Stade at 10.45am

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 19/11/2017: 6.35pm

A Light Snowfall Higher Up...

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A trip up to 1800m this afternoon found 3cm of fresh snow at this elevation. The covering in the village has reduced down to a slushy dusting this afternoon. We can't bring you photos from some of these trips at the moment due to an I Phone failure.

 

Latest On the Models - Good & Bad News

First the bad news... This evening's GFS model run is just about as revolting as it can get in terms of the potential for cold and snow in the next 7 days, with anything of any interest a rather worrying 9 days away, with mild or very mild weather arriving this week. This follows on from the generally mild updates on its previous 2 updates today and is in stark contrast to the rather wintrier ECMWF update this morning. What this will mean to most people is that the apps and automated weather sites that use GFS data input will this evening be showing a wall to wall mild outlook for the next week. Note that beyond about 10 days, this model does show a very cold and potentially snowy scenario, but at that range, it is too soon to take very seriously.

 

Now for the good news, firstly that ECMWF model run this morning has been followed by a much improved UKMO (UK Met Office) model run this evening showing a chillier and potentially fairly snowy spell next weekend. Hopefully the ECMWF will be more along the lines of this morning's run and the UKMO run than the unpalatable output of the GFS for the next week.

Remember, these model runs chop and change, sometimes rather dramatically, which is why the automated forecasts and apps chop and change, sometimes dramatically too.

 

On the ground this week, there will be a thaw on the sunnier aspect slopes with shaded slopes and valley areas tending to stay in the freezer IF skies remain clear. Problems will come if cloud comes into the equation, which means then that all areas, at all elevations would likely see thawing. If a foehn arrives, which is a possiblility later in the week, then the thawing would be accelerated.

 

In an ideal world, this evening's ECMWF model run will continue its rather more promising trend and the GFS will flip and follow suit tomorrow - if only things could be so simple! We'll keep you posted.


Next Snow report Update:

Monday.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 19/11/2017: 1.00pm

Lunchtime Update - Wet Snow - More Model Chaos...

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We have been to Les Crosets again this morning with a quick hour or so on the snow, with the open piste slightly freshened up by a couple of cm's of fresh snow. The snow / rain limit has risen this morning meaning the snow in Chatel turned rather wet and sleety, with between 1cm and 2cm on the ground for a time, though this has shrunk in the damper weather. There are still some sleety showers coming and going with some wet flakes of snow too. We hope to get up to just below 1800m on a trail run this afternoon, which we will bring news of later.

 

Model Chaos Continues...

The eagle eyed readers this morning may have spotted some important differences again between the ECMWF and GFS model output for next weekend - meaning some vastly different forecasts between some of the automated sites and weather apps, depending on which model they use for their data input. Although all models are agreed on a mild spell this week, with the 0C isotherm up to, or above 3000m at times, it is next weekend where the huge question mark lies and which has implications for the Chatel early season. The ECMWF operational run shows a colder plunge of air reaching the Alps, with cold air mostly persisting thereafter, whereas the GFS shows a generally mild outlook (yuk). The pros appear as confused as the amateurs regarding where all this is heading and those who follow the Meteo Suisse written forecasts may have noticed the massive flip in their extended outlook - which, is also the opposiste of the latest ECMWF run! Our (and respected others) view of the Meteo Suisse extended outlook section of their forecast is that it appears to be a copy and paste job, with the same wording showing day after day and appears often slow to react to fairly obvious shifts in overall weather model output, however, as they are the pros, we should assume they know what they are doing.

More on the models for next weekend on our late afternoon / early evening update.


Next Snow report Update:

Late this afternoon / early evening.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 19/11/2017: 7.50am

Early Morning Update - Light Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report...

Chatel has woken this morning to showery, light snowall resulting in a fresh dusting of snow. Temperatures are a touch above 0.5C. Colder temperatures yesterday evening and overnight allowed plenty of snowmaking across the area. Further outbreaks of showery snow are expected through the morning.


Next Snow report Update:

This afternoon.

 

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Chatel at 7.40am this morning..

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 18/11/2017: 2.05pm

A Little Piece Of The Portes Du Soleil Opens...

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The recent snowfalls has meant that a tiny part of the Champery-Les Crosets ski area opened today, with a piste serviced by the telepherique and the Croset 8 man chair. With clear blue skies and bright sunshine above the morning valley fog, it was too good an opportunity to miss and a morning of thoroughly enjoyable skiing and boarding was had, on a rather hard piste, but there were some small sections of softer snow to allow some variations to just coming down the same piste each time. The early morning was reasoanably quiet, though it was getting a little busier towards midday. Temperatures were cold enough to allow some snowmaking in the area too. The same area is scheduled to be open tomorrow, but whether it will be open next weekend, remains to be seen as...

 

Milder Weather On The Way After A Light Snowfall...

The chart below shows the latest update from the Arome model, suggesting we may get a couple of cm's of fresh snow over the next 24 hours or so. Thereafter, the weather is set to turn milder during next week and potentially very mild at times during the daytimes, which could see daytime temperatures reach double figures in the village and the 0C isotherm rise up to 3000m, which if combined with any cloud, could cause some issues to our current snowpack. The huge question mark is whether this mild spell will continue or whether we will see something colder returning and at the moment, the jury is out on that one, with the models still churning out some widely differing output, though they are all now fairly agreed that the mild spell during the week ahead will happen. There is a chance that something wintrier could return from next weekend, however, that is by no means certain, but it is something we will be discussing in our next updates. Now is not the time for an extended mild spell, so let's hope for good news!


Next Snow report Update:

Sunday afternoon.

 

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Clear blue skies above the valley cloud.

Cold temperatures early on.

 

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A bit of fresh snow on the way.
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Chatel Snow Report: 17/11/2017: 7.55pm

Evening Update - A Very Brief One...

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Time constraints and tech issues have meant that today's update is a very brief one. The weather has been beautiful again today, though mild on the sunny aspect slopes with shaded slopes and valley locations reamaining in the freezer.

The models continue to paint the picture of a cooler weekend, with perhaps some Sunday snowfall with the cooler weather perhaps lasting into the early part of next week, followed by a trend to potentially very mild weather during the daytimes from the middle of the week. Whether this milder pattern is temporary, or one of rather more concern, remains to be seen... More on this tomorrow when we also hope to report on a days skiing within the Portes du Soleil.


Next Snow report Update:

Saturday evening.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 16/11/2017: 8.25pm

Early Evening Update - Model Chaos Continues For Next Week...

Weather & Snow Report...

A brief update after a quick look at the latest model updates, which are again showing the recent volatility continuing, however, that milder outlook, that we suggested this morning was the narrow favourite to verify, is now looking slightly more likely. Lets hope for better news tomorrow.


Next Snow report Update:

Friday.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 16/11/2017: 10.00am

Model Chaos Brings A Highly Uncertain Outlook...

Weather & Snow Report...

The snow report is back today after a break yesterday, due to a trip to Saas Fee for some skiing on the glacier (which was in great shape). One of the big bonuses of Chatel, is that it is so close to the Swiss border, via the Pas De Morgins, meaning that access to the Rhone Valley in Switzerland is easy, which means that a whole host of resorts are within a couple of hours drive.

Back to the situation in Chatel and we currently have beautiful clear skies and temperature inversion type conditions overnight, with much lower temperatures in the valley bottom in comparison to mid-station elevations and this has limited the snowmaking operation over the last 24 to 36 hours with milder daytime weather conditions, especially on the sunnier aspect slopes. The good news is that the situation remains good on the ground and, as we mentioned a couple of days ago, things are still heading in the right direction, with even one of our neighbouring resorts opening a couple of lifts this weekend - see below.

 

Model Chaos - Mild Or Cold This Time Next Week???...

The models have been producing some wildly fluctuating output over the last coupe of days, which means that those automated weather and snow sites and apps, have been showing some very different forecasts, depending on which model it uses to create its forecast. Take this morning for example, where the GFS model is painting a really rather cold scenario developing by this time next week, with high pressure over the north Atlantic and Iceland and low pressure over Europe with a a cold blast of air for the Alps (see the chart below). In comparion, the ECMWF operational run at the same time frame is showing just about the opposite sceanrio, with higher pressure over Europe, low pressure towards Iceland and a really rather mild daytime scenario for Chatel, and probably slightly worryingly - too mild. As the automated forecasts rely on these operational runs, you can see why differences occur between different forecasts. Both of these 2 models themselves have been flip flopping all over the place in the last week in terms of their own output from run to run, which adds to the confusion and this is particularly apparent for the GFS based forecasts, as that model updates 4 times a day, resulting in some head scratching changes in forecasts. The ECMWF based forecasts, eg those displayed on the Norwegian and Icelandic forecasting sites, which have become more popular recently, updates twice a day, as this model updates twice a day, so although these forecasts appear less volatile through any given day, they are still generally just about as inaccurate in forecasting beyond 4 or 5 days as those churned out every 6 hours by the GFS - why - because each automated forecast is based purely on the voaltile output of a model's operational run and an operational run becomes increasingly unreliable beyond a few days (as highlighted in the charts below) Hope this makes sense!

Professional forecasting agencies, such as the UK Met Office, Meteo France and Meteo Suisse issue hand written forecasts in addition to their automated output, and these human created forecasts are based on far more data, such as from models that are not publically viewable and also various ensemble data, which means that they can offer a more balanced and less volatile view of what the outlook might hold, even if the operational runs of the models are in absolute chaos, as is the case today.

 

So, to cut an increasingly long story short, what is going to happen over the next week and beyond?

Well, in the shorter term, a continuation of the beautiful weather looks likely for today, lasting until the second half of the weekend, when we may see some light snowfall, perhaps lasting into Monday and then it is a case of whether we are heading in the general direction portrayed by this morning's ECMWF or GFS (or perhaps a different evolution). At the moment, it has to be said that the balance of probabilities is now leaning towards a milder outcome (yuk) for us, the chances for which we would put at a (slightly tongue in cheek) Brexit vote-esque, 52% to 48% in favour of a milder scenario. Lets hope our 48% figure can make a big comeback over the coming days, as that ECMWF scenario is not what we want to see.

 

Champery Opening Some Runs This Weekend...

One of our neighbouring resorts, the Swiss village of Champery, is opening a ski area and a couple of lifts for this weekend and you can find further details at www.telechampery.ch


Next Snow report Update:

Probably this evening if we can get time to run up into one of the ski areas, otherwise late afternoon / early evening on Friday.

 

     

A wintry GFS at 192hrs
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A very mild ECMWF at 192hrs
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Chatel Snow Report: 14/11/2017: 4.55pm

Afternoon Views From Above Chatel...

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This afternoon's trail run went to Col du Saix and then as far up to Mouet as was possible, before the vehicle tracks that we follow and find very useful for providing a firm running surface in what would otherwise by fairly deep and soft snow, came to an end - which was at about 1730m. The views today were really rather spectacular and the pick of our photos are shown below.

 

Snow cannon continue to operate in many parts of the ski area, including Super Chatel.


Next Snow report Update:

Either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

 

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Picture postcard scenery today.

En route to Mouet.

Barbossine black run.
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Virew from Col du Saix.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 14/11/2017: 10.40am

Blue Skies This Morning / A Look At The Models...

Weather & Snow Report...

Chatel is looking wonderful this morning under its blanket of snow, with blue skies overhead. Snow cannon are operating in most sectors of the resort, which is all excellent news for the creation of a base on the pistes. The cannon on the upper half of Linga were clearly visible last night and are still blasting out snow as this report is being typed, so one would hope that a useful base is in the making for the important piste down to the L'Echo Alpin chairlift, which was a problematical area last December.

We'll keep you posted on how all of this is progressing with various trail runs and hikes planned up into the ski area over the next couple of weeks.

 

At the moment, we are cautiously optimistic on how things are progressing in terms of amounts of snow is on the ground and also what the various models are showing in the outlook. Last year, some excellent falls of snow in the first half of November were literally stripped from the mountain sides by a foehn wind event on the 23rd/24th November, which brought daytime temperatures of 16C and overnight temperatures near to 15C (see our review of last season). It was like having a hair dryer blowing across the area for the best part of a couple of days! When that was combined with no further snowfall until January, with conditions often not suitable for snowmaking, you can see why the New Year period was a disappointing one in many respects, with very little or no natural snow across large sections of the ski area. This followed on from the fairly grim start to the holiday season the year before, which saw no falling snow in the month of December - so we have every reason to be cautious this year. At the moment, although the models are fairly turbulent in their output and we have seen some slightly worrying runs, for example from the GFS yesterday, in general, the current situation is one of temperatures remaining at levels which should not cause too many issues during the daytimes, with some usefully cold temperatures overnight, with the chance of further shots of much colder air from time to time. There is the chance of some light, but insignificant snowfall over the weekend and perhaps something rather more useful arriving next week, of which we will be keeping a very close eye on.

 

So, in summary, the important factor at the moment is that there is snow on the ground and in decent quantities on the upper half of the mountain and, when combined with the snowmaking operation, everything is heading in the right direction.

Next Snow report Update:

Late afternoon / early evening.

 

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Blue skies.

 

Snowmaking on run into TS L'Echo Alpin.

 

   

GFS 00Z at 120hrs
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UKMO 00Z at 120hrs
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ECMWF 00Z at 120hrs
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GFS at 144hrs
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UKMO at 144hrs
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GFS at 192hrs
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Chatel Snow Report: 13/11/2017: 4.00pm

Trip To Plaine Dranse...

Weather & Snow Report...

There have been flurries of snow on and off all day here in Chatel, blown along on a cold and noticeable wind, however, there have been no further accumulations since this morning's measurement. Some sunny intervals have arrived this afternoon, which is a welcome sight as it seems ages since we last saw the sun!

 

A brief jog up to Plaine Dranse this afternoon from PLJ, via the Belette road, found the snow blowing around, but there did appear to be plenty of it, with good coverage on the pistes, with some fresh tracks already showing above PD. The snow cannon were operational above Plaine Dranse, but not below it, but hopefully conditions will allow some operation of the important lower cannons over the next 48 hours. It is very difficult to see how much snow has fallen at these higher elevations due to the amount of wind, however, there were some impressive drifts of snow along the section of the road as it enters Plaine Dranse.

Next Snow report Update:

Possibly this eve, otherwise Tuesday morning..

 

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Tracks above Plaine Dranse this pm.

Drifting snow on road into Plaine Dranse.

PLJ car park.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 13/11/2017: 9.15am

A Quick Look At This Morning's Extended Outlook...

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There are some very notable differences between the operational models this morning, with a glance at the charts below showing a rather wintry outlook from ECMWF and a much milder one developing from GFS (yuk). Looking at other supporting data such as ensembles and ensemble means, we are none the wiser this morning as to where things are heading, with some relatively settled weather arriving this week, with milder daytimes and chilly nights, followed by perhaps some snow at the weekend with a huge question mark thereafter. The evolution shown by this morning's GFS is one we really do not want to see, which is an all too familiar pattern developing. More on all of this later

Next Snow report Update:

During the day today.


   

GFS 00Z at 120hrs
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GFS at 144hrs
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UKMO at 144hrs
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GFS at 192hrs
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ECMWF at 192hrs
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Chatel Snow Report: 13/11/2017: 6.55am

Early Morning Update...

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Further snowfall since our last update yesterday evening has brought the total snowfall since late yesterday afternoon to 14cm at our location just above 1200m. Note that this is an initial assessment that may change this morning.

Next Snow report Update:

During the day today.

 

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Chatel Snow Report: 12/11/2017: 7.05pm

Evening Update...

Weather & Snow Report...

The cold front has brought 6cm of snowfall to our location just above 1200m here in Chatel with the current air temperature now just above 0C, so not a bad outcome down here at the lower elevations of the ski area. The snow has eased off, as the front has clearerd away, however, the precipitation radar is showing a plethora of showers following on behind, which means it is going to be shower lottery for the rest of the evening and into tomorrow, meaning how much snow might fall is very uncertain, but we hope to see additional accumulations by tomorrow. We'll keep you posted, starting off with a very early update tomorrow morning.

Next Snow report Update:

Early Monday

 

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View into Chatel this evening.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 12/11/2017: 5.55pm

Snowing In Chatel...

Weather & Snow Report...

The cold front arrived after 5pm, with a sudden drop in temperature, a flash of lightning and some thunder and the rain turned to snow, which is currently settling here just above 1200m. We will update during the evening.

Next Snow report Update:

This evening.

 

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Snowing in Chatel.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 12/11/2017: 1.00pm

Trip To Mouet...

Weather & Snow Report...

Just back from a trail run up to Mouet, just below 1800m. Main findings...

- There was some flakes of snow falling above 1700m

- Blowing snow near to 1900m

- Snow depth at just below 1800m was 28cm of very wet snow - so there has been a net accumulation of snow at this elevation

- Thaw of snow below this elevation with alot of water flowing downhill - hardly suprising after the overnight rain

- As of 12.55pm, now raining in the village with a temperature of 4.8C

Next Snow report Update:

Later this afternoon.

 

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Mouet at 11.40am

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 12/11/2017: 10.30am

Latest On The Models...

Weather & Snow...

A brief update.

 

Temperature at 10.20am is 4.7c, so it is coming down and is currently windy and showery with some dry and relatively bright intervals too. It is also very windy at village elevation.

Looking at the latest high resolution models, there is still plenty of precipitation to come to the area with the first 2 charts below showing Arome's view on precipitation amounts from midnight last night to 19.00hrs Monday - for which you obviously need to take off what precipitation has fallen between 00hrs and the time of this update - so in the case of the snow accumulation chart, as there has not been much snow falling since midnight, due to the elevated snow/rain limit, the figures in the snow accumulation chart are effectively what this model is predicting we will see by later on tomorrow. The third chart shows the position of the 0C isotherm as is tracks down towards the Alps at 17.00hrs, by which time it is close to the area, so perhaps that much colder air and sudden fall in the snow/rain limit may occur between 17.00hrs and 18.00hrs today. As we mentioned on pevious updates, the cold front itself may not deliver much in the way of snowfall to the village elevation and we may be relying on the potentially very showery airstream following on behind to provide the accumulating snow at 1200m, which does make it a bit of a lottery. All in all, it looks like being a very interesting late afternoon / early afternoon period.

 

We'll keep you posted on developments.

Next Snow report Update:

Sunday afternoon.

 

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Total precipitation to Sun 19.00hrs
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Total snowfall to Sun 19.00hrs
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0C isotherm at 17.00hrs
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Chatel Snow Report: 12/11/2017: 8.45am

Early Update...

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Early indications this morning suggest that the snow/rain limit did reach close to 2000m overnight and it is a showery and wet start to the day here in Chatel at 1200m. Current air temperature is 5.5C. We will update during the morning with the latest info from the highest resolution models on the potential evolution for the rest of the day, tonight and tomorrow.

Next Snow report Update:

Several updates expected today.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 11/11/2017: 11.15pm

Latest On The Models...

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The mountains are still nice and white above about 1500m in the area and as we have been discussing on recents posts, there is alot of rain and snow on the way to this part of the Alps over the coming days, arriving today and lasting into tomorrow evening, when a cold front is expected to pass through bringing snow to all elevations of the ski area, with a cold and showery scenario following on behind for Sunday evening and through into Monday.

 

During this precipitation event, the snow/rain limit is expected to increase later today and perhaps reach close to 2000m overnight and into tomorrow morning, before easing down to about 1800m by midday Sunday and then to elevations below the ski area early on Sunday evening. These rain to snow events create difficulties in ascertaining how much snow will fall at a particular elevation, however, this morning's high resolution Arome model now covers the period up to 19.00hrs on Sunday - just as colder air is really digging into the area and the charts below show its take on what has happened by then.

 

The first chart shown below shows total (rain equivalent) precipitation up to 19.00hrs on Sunday and the second chart shows what Arome is modelling regarding the accumulated snowfall up to that time. The things worth noting are the very large amounts of precipitation that are forecast (100mm on local high ground!) and also that snow accumulations are only just starting to get going locally, apart from on the highest ground where some subsantial falls have already arrived - probably mostly above 1800m. As we mentioned the other day, a difference in a couple of hundred meters in the snow/rain limit will make a huge difference on the ski area, so we'll be keeping a close eye on those snow/rain limits during tomorrow morning.

At the moment it still looks as though most of the snow accumulating at the village elevation will come on the tail end of the cold front, situations that can end up being disappointing, however, there does look like being plenty of showery activity in the cold air following the front on Sunday night / Monday, so with a bit of luck, the village might be looking much more like a ski resort come Tuesday morning.

 

Looking further ahead and there are some substantial differences between the operational UK Met Office charts and those from the ECMWF and GFS this morning, meaning the evolution into next weekend is highly uncertain, though some milder air may arrive after midweek (See the second set of charts below and the differences showing at the 144hr timeframe). If the GFS / ECMWF scenario is correct, then there is a chance of further snowfall next weekend.

Next Snow report Update:

Sunday morning.

 

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Total precipitation to Sun 19.00hrs
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Total snowfall to Sun 19.00hrs
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Chatel Snow Report: 10/11/2017: 6.10pm

Snow To Rain To Snow Event - Saturday to Monday...

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There have been a few flakes of snow and sleet in the village late this afternoon, however, our main attention is still on the weekend to Monday period, with a storm on the way. Not much has changed since this time yesterday in terms of what the models are showing with a rising snow / rain limit on Saturday and into Sunday, followed by much colder air arriving during Sunday afternoon, perhaps later in the afternoon, bringing the snow to all elevations. The models still suggest a heck of alot of precipitation falling from the period from Saturday to Monday. We still have the same questions as yesterday (see the update below) so we will bring the latest model news on Saturday morning, by which time, the Sunday morning and afternoon periods will be in range of the higher resolution models such as Arome.

Next Snow report Update:

Saturday morning.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 09/11/2017: 6.10pm

Snowfall This Weekend - A Look At The Models...

Weather & Snow...

The 12Z model runs are coming out as this update is being typed, however, this weekend's potential snowfall is still not in range of the highest range models, however, we can now start to get an idea of what might happen using the information that is available, from models such as Arpege, WRF-NMM etc.

 

The main thing to note this evening is that there appears to be alot of precipitation on the way, falling mostly between Saturday afternoon and Monday evening. However, the biggest issue at it stands, is where the rain/snow limit is going to be located during the periods of precipitation. The models all tend to agree that the freezing level or 0C isotherm is going to rise on Saturday and reach somewhere between 1900m and 2200m overnight on Saturday into Sunday morning, before falling rapidly to well below 1000m on Sunday afternoon / evening, with the passage of a cold front. Unfortunately, it could be the case, that alot of precipitation that falls between Saturday afternoon and Sunday lunchtime could be rain below 1700m/1800m with only the top section of the ski area potentially benefitting from the 30mm to 50mm of precipitation forecast during that period, which would translate into approx 30cm to 50cm of snowfall. You can see how a couple of hundred meters difference in the snow/rain limit would make a huge difference on the ski area. The snow/rain limit sometimes comes down during periods of heavier precipitation due to an evaporative cooling effect, so pin pointing this snow/rain limit is very difficult at this stage and even during the precipitation events themselves, as surprises can and do happen.

 

Once the colder air has arrived on Sunday afternoon, there is likely to be snow at all elevations of the ski area, however, the big question is how much, as these cold fronts can be a disappointment at village elevation with the following showers and shallow troughs embedded in the cold air behind the front, often providing the useful accumulations... so how much snow will fall between Sunday evening and Monday evening could be a bit of a shower lottery, but the signs are quite promising this evening.

 

Overall, the models are fairly unanimous in their predictions that rain equivalent precipitation amounts in the area could reach between 60mm to 100mm, which equates to approx 60cm to 100cm of snow (if it all comes down as snow)! The image below is the Arpege model's view on total precipitation in mm up to 10pm on Monday. It is showing alot!

 

So, in summary:
- the top section of the ski area could do very well this weekend.

- the models are all suggesting alot of precipitation is on the way to the area
- plenty of uncertainty as to where the snow / rain limit will be situated between Saturday afternoon and Sunday lunchtime.
- plenty of uncertainty as to how much precipitation will fall once the colder air arrives on Sunday afternoon.

- plenty of excitement ahead

 

More on this on an update during tomorrow as alot could still change, for the better, or the worse, in terms of those pesky snow/rain limits and amounts of precipitation.

Next Snow report Update:

Friday.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

Total precipitation to Monday 10pm
According to Arpege.
Image copyright: www.meteociel.fr

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 09/11/2017: 5.00pm

Low Cloud But Mostly Dry Today...

Weather & Snow Report...

Our detailed look at what the models are suggesting for the potential snowfall this weekend had a bit of a setback, as the Meteociel site that provides the most comprehensive access to the model output was down all morning due to a server outage. However, we hope to do an update this evening looking at the latest outputs, now Meteociel appears to be running normally again. As for today's weather, Chatel has been shrouded in low cloud and mist through the day which has reached up to the top of the ski area, however, apart from one or two snow grains, it has been a dry day. We did manage to get up to Saix, Mouet and the Col de Croix this afternoon, where we estimate that the additional snowfall from yesterday and last night amounted to 4cm at 1800m. Snow depths at 1800m are mostly less than 20cm, but above 15cm, though the snow distribution is variable due to the wind earlier in the week and the relatively warm ground meaning that some surfaces have much less, or next to no cover. Some snow this weekend would be very useful.

 

Next Snow report Update:

Hopefully this evening, with a look at some of the models, if not, Friday morning.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

View from Col du Saix this afternoon.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 08/11/2017: 4.25pm

Light Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report...

Snow has been falling in Chatel all afternoon and it pepped up in intensity for a time too, though it is not really settling at the village elevations. We were hoping to have a look above 1800m today, however, that has not happened but a stroll up towards 1500m found at least a couple of cm's of fresh snow on some surfaces, so there should be a light, but useful little fall of snow higher up, which we hope to investigate tomorrow. At 4.15pm, the snow is still falling lightly in the village, with a temperature a touch above 2C.

 

Snowfall On The Way For The Weekend...

The charts continue to look promising for the coming weekend & Monday in terms of snowfall, however, at this range, the only indicators we can get on potential quantities are from the GFS and ECMWF operational charts, which are generally very unreliable in terms of precipitation forecasting. You may have noticed some considerable differences between the forecast amounts this morning on sites such as snowforecast.com (GFS powered) and the Icelandic and Norwegian sites (ECMWF powered), which always provides plenty of confusion however, until any potential snow event comes into range of the higher resolution models, it is best to take an open minded view of what might happen. In the case of this weekend / Monday, the potential for significant snowfall is certainly showing in some of today's charts, so at the moment, we are leaning more towards the ECMWF version of what might happen, however, we will have a more detailed look at the models on an update during tomorrow.

 

Next Snow report Update:

Thursday. Hopefully a trip above 1800m and a closer look at the potential snowfall for this weekend / Monday.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

View towards Super Chatel this pm.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 08/11/2017: 10.00am

A Dusting At 1200m This Morning...

Weather & Snow Report...

The very light snow and snow grains that were falling later yesterday, overnight and this morning, left a dusting on some surfaces first thing this morning. It is currently 1.5C at 1200m, cloudy and with one or two snow flakes / grains falling.

 

Next Snow report Update:

During the day today.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 07/11/2017: 5.25pm

Trip Up To The Col De Bassachaux...

Weather & Snow Report...

As mentioned earlier, this afternoon's run headed up to the Col de Bassachaux to check out the quantities of snow near to 1800m in the PLJ sector and also to see if any snow cannon were, or have been operating. On the Rochassons piste, the snow factory or Chatel Snow Farmer as it has been named, was chucking out the little icy snow pellets that it produces, which were adding to some impressively large mounds of icy snow. It will be interesting to see where these mounds will be used in the coming weeks, as being close to the Belette road, they are relatively easily transportable by truck. Apart from the snow factory, there was no evidence of any other cannon having been operating below Plaine Dranse. Up at the Col de Bassachaux, there was plenty of evidence of the effect of the wind on the recent snowfall, so there were plenty of snow drifts dotted about (up to 40cm deep), however, the average snow depth we found close to 1800m, from various measuring spots was somewhere between 15cm and 20cm. At Plaine Dranse, the covering was a bit hit and miss, but there was about 10cm on some surfaces, with a thin and patchy cover at the bottom of PLJ. The weather has remained cloudy right through the day, with a few flakes of snow falling later this afternoon down to the village elevations.

So, in summary, the snowfall of Sunday / Sunday night has provided an early, modest blanket of snow to the ski area, but we will obviously need alot more before we can start to get properly excited for the forthcoming season.

 

Next Snow report Update:

Probably tomorow (Wednesday). Trip to Switzerland is postponed, so will probably head up above 1800m if possible in one of the sectors.

 

Chatel Snow Report
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Snow Farmer in action.

Impressively large mounds!

Snow drifts at Col de Bassachaux

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 07/11/2017: 11.10am

Morning Update...

Weather & Snow Report...

The weather has been dry since our last update, apart from one or two flakes of snow in the air yesterday, however, the mountains around the valley are looking lovely with their new white covering. The lights of some of the snow cannon on Linga were lit up overnight, suggesting some snow making has been going on at higher elevations and we hope to explore higher up in one of the ski areas this afternoon to see if that is the case. Today is rather cloudy, though there are one or two breaks in the cloud appearing, but, despite some thawing of the thin snow cover at lower elevations, temperatures remain subdued.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week and it does look like remaining fairly chilly at times, which is good news, however, there does not look as though there will be too much in the way of fresh snow, with perhaps a few cm's for tomorrow. The situation may change at the weekend, when there appears to be a better chance of something rather more significant coming along and we'll have a closer look at that on an update on this page on Thursday.

The chart below shows the French high resolution model view of what might accumulate (in cm's) during Wednesday (up to Wed 19.00hrs), so nothing particularly useful there, though we would suggest a forecast range of somewhere between 1cm and 6cm at mid station appears to be the most likely outcome at this stage.

 

Next Snow Report Update:

In terms of updates on this page, we are hoping to bring a report from one of the ski sectors this afternoon which should be online this evening and then, as we may be heading to a Swiss ski area tomorrow (Wednesday), there may not be any update during the day tomorrow, until later in the evening, when hopefully we will be able to report on a few cm's of fresh snow here in Chatel.

 

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View towards the Linga area at 10.30am.

Hi-res view snowfall to Wed 19.00hrs.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 06/11/2017: 12.50pm

Trip Up To Mouet (Again)...

Weather & Snow Report...

So, Chatel is blanketed in white again, with a patchy cover of snow at lower elevations, with something a little bit more useful higher up, though there has been no additional measurable snowfall since our early morning update, with just a few light snow flurries blowing around in the breeze. Another run up to Mouet this morning found an additional 5cm of fresh snow at just below 1800m, so the total for the snowfalls since yesterday at these elevations is 16cm.

The photos below were taken just before 11am and it is great to see that the snow has fallen right down the Abondance Valley.

Looking ahead and the high resolution models suggest little in the way of fresh snow over the next 24 hours with perhaps a few cm's arriving on Wednesday / Wednesday night, which we will have a closer look at on an update tomorrow. However, the important thing is that temperatures look like remaining subdued for the next week or so.

 

Next Snow report Update:

Probably tomorow (Tuesday).

 

Chatel Snow Report
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Snow down the Abondance valley.

Snowy scenes from Mouet.

View towards Chatel.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 06/11/2017: 7.05am

Overnight Snowfall...

Weather & Snow Report...

The snow showers arrived yesterday evening here at our location just above the centre of the village and there are 5cm of fresh snow at 1200m this morning, on some surfaces, with less cover on others. Current temperature is close to -0.5C and it a dry with a few flakes flakes from time to time.

Further snow showers are expected during the day.

 

Next Snow report Update:

This is likely to be during the day today.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

View in to the village at 6.45am.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 05/11/2017: 5.40pm

Afternoon Update - Trip Up To Mouet...

Weather & Snow Report...

As reported earlier, the rain did turn to snow in Chatel, eventually, though nothing has settled at 1200m, with the visible snow line currently between 1400m and 1500m. The snow petered out during the afternoon, with a few flurries following on behind. The temperature at 1200m at 5.15pm was 1.5C. A trail run this afternoon up to Mouet at just below 1800m found 11cm of fresh snow.

Looking at the latest info, it does look as though we may see some further snow this evening and tonight in the form of showers, which could bring a covering to the village and top up the snowfall higher up. With the potentially showery nature of the snowfall, it looks like being a bit of a lottery in terms of potential amounts, however a few cm's are possible if we get lucky.

Glancing through the higher resolution models, ie the ones that we pay most attention to, it does appear that they have handled the rain to snow event reasonably well, however, the GFS model that powers many of the automated snow forecasting sites (eg snowforecast .com) has had another very poor performance which is so often the case. Even a few minutes ago, the site has this morning's "forecast" precipitation amount for Chatel at 1200m as 38mm of rainfall, whereas the actual amount locally has been nearer to 15mm of rain! It also suggested 20cm of snow at 1200m this morning, whereas that has not been the case. Once again, the mesage is loud and clear, the automated sites are often wide of the mark when it comes to forecasting precipitation amounts and this also applies to those using the (super expensive) ECMWF data such as the Norwegian and Icelandic sites, which are often almost as inaccurate at the GFS powered sites. Our blended model approach that we have been using over the last couple of years, has proved to be very popular and often far more accurate than the standalone, automated sites, however, due to time constraints this season, it is looking likely that it will not be updated on a daily basis and we will have further info on what form it will take this season, in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, keep an eye on this page as we will be providing some model and forecast info over the next couple of weeks and we also suggest using the forecasts from Meteo France, Chamonix-meteo.com and Weathertoski.co.uk which in our view provide a far more consistently reliable forecast than the automated sites, though as we often point out, it should be noted that the Chamonix valley weather is often quite different to the Abondance Valley, especially in terms of precipitation amounts and wind.

 

Next Snow report Update:

This is likely to be early on Monday morning.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

Alpage du Mouet this afternoon.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 05/11/2017: 1.00pm

Snowing In Chatel...

Weather & Snow Report...

Wet snow has been falling in Chatel at 1200m for the last 30 minutes or so. Current temperature 2C.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

November's first flakes of snow.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 05/11/2017: 11.25am

Rain Expected To Turn To Snow... Part 3 ...

Weather & Snow Report...

-2.9C and precipitation is lighter at the moment, so still no genuine falling snow at 1200m, however, the visible lying snow line is now down to approx 1500m.


Chatel Snow Report: 05/11/2017: 10.05am

Rain Expected To Turn To Snow... Part 2 ...

Weather & Snow Report...

3.2C is now the temperature at 1200m here in Chatel and there are sleety wet blobs mixed in with the rain that is falling and just the odd flake here and there...

 


Chatel Snow Report: 05/11/2017: 9.05am

Rain Expected To Turn To Snow...

Weather & Snow Report...

Rain is currently falling in Chatel at our location, just above 1200m and the temperature has come down to close to 4C, with the visible lying snow line currently towards 1800m. We'll keep you posted on developments through the day.

 


Chatel Snow Report: 02/11/2017: 10.10am

A Quick Reminder... Different Valley = Different Forecast = Different Snowfall Totals...

Site News ...

Regular site updates are now expected to recommence from this Sunday, which looks like being good timing, as the first snows of November may be falling. There has been snow in October and we were away for the snowfall of around the 23rd October that brought a temporary covering to the village, however, we always think that it is not until November that snowfalls start to become relevant for the forthcoming season. One caveat to that statement is that early November snow can still lead to disappointment, as was the case this time last year when some substantial falls in the area really led us to believe that a base was in place for the early part of the season, however, the foehn event of the 23/24 November 2016 literally stripped away the snow and a continuing, disappointingly mild weather pattern led to a poor start to the season (click here for the review of last season). So, under normal conditions, November snow is obviously good news and we will be watching closely how the charts develop during the month regarding the potential for some decent early season conditons. The one thing for sure is that we are due a good early season period, after several dodgy starts, however, we were thinking exactly the same thoughts this time last year!

 

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Different Valley = Different Forecast = Different Snowfall Totals...

A quick reminder how relatively short distances across the Alps can lead to very different outcomes in terms of precipitation forecasts and actual amounts of snow on the ground. This is why we always urge caution when following forecasts that are specifically designed for other valleys, as although they are still useful, they do become less relevant for our valley. An example of this issue is shown below in terms of this morning's Arpege model snowfall forecast up to early next Monday morning. Now, it is too early to take much notice of the totals on this chart, however, what it does show in this case is some very different forecast totals for the Chamonix valley in comparison to the Abondance valley. Sometimes (and quite often), this can be the other way round with more snow forecast for the Abondance valley, however, the point being made here is that double the amount of snow is forecast for an area less than 40km away! As mentioned earlier, the reverse of this is sometimes the case, as we are lucky in Chatel to be living in what is normally the snowiest part of the French Alps.

 

Chatel Snow Report
       

Chart from Meteociel.fr

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/11/2017: 9.30am

November 1st Update...

Weather & Snow Report ... Snow At The Weekend...

We are currently in Saas Fee (and have been for 10 days), so the snow reports for the 2017/18 season will begin again on the week beginning the 6th November 2017, with perhaps a brief update before then, if the expected snow arrives during the coming weekend. We will also then have news on the format for the snow report and forecast for the coming season.

 


Chatel Snow Report: 08/10/2017: 9.55am

October Dusting...

Weather & Snow Report

A dusting of snow was visble this morning, above about 1800m on Linga. Yesterday also saw the first testing of the new Techno Alpin "Snow Factory" that is on the Rochassons piste and is described in the article below and we posted a video on our twitter feed from our friends at Ecole Ski Academy.

Chatel Snow Report
       

Dusting visible early this morning.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 02/10/2017: 2.55pm

Ski Area Developments...

New For The 2017/18 Season

The resort staff have been busy over the summer months, carrying out some major works and showing a continued willingness to invest and improve the Chatel ski and snowboard area...

 

- Linga: Major piste reshaping / regrading has been carried out below the top of the telecabine and extra snow cannon have been added to the area, including extra snowmaking for the Stade. We will have a closer look at these changes during this month.

- Barbossine: A new lift is being installed at the top of Barbossine, in the dip or combe that always looks tempting to ski into, but normally means a walk out. This small area holds its snow really well and lies in between the top of the Barbossine chairlift and the piste that runs from the top of the Tronchet. The narrow track / piste from Tronchet has been widened and regraded, allowing a beginners slope to run along it and down into the dip, where a lift will take you back out. This beginners area will be particularly useful for the Torgon area, as its location looks relatively snow sure. Here's a video of the area that we posted on our twitter feed...

Also on the Barbsossine area, there has been tree clearance work near to the track of Ecureuil piste, as it approaches the middle chairfift station.

- PLJ: Snow making has again been upgraded in this sector, including the now weill publicised arrival of the "Snow Factory". This is basically a shipping container that produces ice and snow inside, which means that relatively large quantities of the artificial stuff can be made, without any chemical additives, when air temperatures are not suitable for snow making. In practical terms this will enable the resort to build a large icy snow reserve that can be used to help create a base for certain areas and be easily transported as the reserve will be located where the Belette joins the Rochassons piste, below Plaine Dranse. It will be very interesting to see this bit of machinery working and we'll update when it is working for the first time. What we hope might be one benefit of this "factory", is the fact that they may be able to transport snow onto the crucial Belette nursery path that runs from Plaine Dranse to the bottom of the area - which would mean that if we see another poor period of snow, then the Belette will be able to remain open. You may remember that as this piste / track could not open last Christmas and New Year, there was very little in the way of nursery slope provision for the beginners, which caused plenty of headaches for the ski schools.

 

We will update again on these developments as they unfold through the rest of the autumn...

Chatel Snow Report
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Work at top of Barbossine / Torgon.

Snow Factory on Rochassons.

Tree clearance work on Barbossine.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 27/09/2017: 9.25am

Warmer Weather - Just A Few Snow Patches Left...

Weather & Snow Report

Since our last update, the weather has generally been much warmer and the September snowfalls have very nearly disappeared from the local peaks, with just a few patches left here and there. The last week has seen the trees really start to go into autumn mode, with some lovely colours appearing through the valleys.

Chatel Snow Report
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Linga this morning.

Top of TS L'Echo D'Alpin.

Autumn colours.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 23/09/2017: 9.50am

Snow Clinging On Higher Up...

Weather & Snow Report

The weather has warmed up over the last couple of days with some very pleasantly warm daytime weather for the village on Thursday and Friday and today has dawned clear and beautiful and not particualrly chilly. Despite the warmer temperatures, there is still some snow to be seen higher up, as has been the case for several days now, which is fairly unusual for September as snow this early in the autumn season is normally a blink it and miss it type affair.

Chatel Snow Report
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Still a bit of snow up top.

Mont de Grange.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 21/09/2017: 10.20am

Good News For Morgins & The PDS...

Lift Update

Some very good news in this morning.... that Morgins will re-open for the winter 2017/18 season, after many months of concern that the Foilleuse chairlift would remain closed, as has been the case all summer. The closure of the lift in the summer meant disappointment for the thousands of mountain bikers that use the area and also financial difficulties for some businesses. Today's news will mean a huge collective sigh of relief in Morgins and also around the rest of the PDS.

Thanks to Pete L for the heads up this morning - with further information to be found on a press release at: www.telemorgins.ch

 


Chatel Snow Report: 21/09/2017: 9.50am

September Snow...

Weather & Snow Report

Here's a couple of photos taken this morning of the Linga area under clear blue skies. Last night saw a touch of grass frost in the village, however, the daytimes are expected to become pleasantly warm during the rest of the week, so it will be interesting to see how long the snow lasts on the colder north facing slopes.

Keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter feeds as we will be posting photos and videos regularly over the coming weeks.

Chatel Snow Report
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Blue skies this morning.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 20/09/2017: 11.15am

September Snow... Part Quatre...

Weather & Snow Report

Showers on Monday (19th) fell as sleet in the village at 1200m, with just one or two very wet flakes of snow falling for a time, with some settling snow again for the upper part of the mountain. A trip up Barbossine this morning found a wintry landscape with more snow on Tour de Don than was the case last New Year! The snow line is currently up around 1750/1800m on some slopes. As mentioned previously, this early snow has no bearing whatsoever on what is to come during the ski season, so although it is lovely to look at, we normally need to wait until November before any falling snow hangs around and becomes useful at our elevations.

Keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter feeds as we will be posting photos and videos regularly over the coming weeks.

Chatel Snow Report
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Views from top of Barbossine.

Beautiful day.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 18/09/2017: 1.20pm

September Snow... Part Trois...

Weather & Snow Report

Rain on Sunday afternoon and evening turned to snow at increasingly lower elevations, resulting in a covering of snow this morning down to about 1500m, with up to about 10cm's reported nearer to 1800m. The snow line has gradually retreated back up the mountain today, however, snowy scenes are becoming a regular occurence this September!


Chatel Snow Report
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Top of Pointe du Midi this am.

Pointe du Midi this am.

Top of Linga telecabine this am.

 

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Snow on Linga this afternoon.

Snow line retreating.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 14/09/2017: 3.40pm

September Snow... Part Deux...

Weather & Snow Report

Heavy rain today in Chatel, turned to snow above about 1600m for a time this afternoon and left a wet covering down to 1750m on Linga. This continues the generally mostly cool and rather unsettled September that we are having. The cool temperatures are set to continue for several days...


Chatel Snow Report
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Snow on Linga this afternoon.

Early morning Mont de Grange on 13/09.

 


Chatel Snow Report: 12/09/2017: 9.15am

September Snow...

Weather & Snow Report

The first visible dusting of snow of the autumn was what we woke up to this morning here in Chatel, with some whiteness showing up on the slopes of Linga. This follows a dusting at the weekend on Mont de Grange, which quickly melted on Sunday. These early dustings have no bearing whatsoever on the outlook for the winter season, however, they are a welcome reminder that the 2017/2018 winter season is just around the corner.


Chatel Snow Report
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A dusting this morning on Linga.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 06/06/2017: 3.05pm

June Snow...

Weather & Snow Report

A day of storms in Chatel brought a drop in temperature this afternoon and a spell of snow higher up the mountain, with a dusting of snow down to 1800m. Photos below taken at 2.50pm.

Chatel Snow Report
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Snow down to 1800m this afternoon.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 19/05/2017: 2.25pm

May 19th Snow...

Weather & Snow Report

Snow has been falling during the late morning / lunchtime period in Chatel at 1200m, giving a wet covering on some surfaces. The snow followed some heavy early morning rain and was heavy for a time, before easing early this afternoon. The weather is in stark contrast to the heat and sunshine of Wednesday!

Chatel Snow Report
       

Snow in the village at lunchtime today.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report:

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 All 2016/17 Season 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.