Les Arcs Dump Alert: 12th February 2018
Waking up in the morning can be a chore. When the alarm goes off, you have to go to work and all you really want is ten more precious minutes in the warm comfort of your bed. However, there are times when waking up is a joy. Imagine summer days when gentle breezes drift through open windows, carrying the soothing sounds of birds singing in the trees. Today I was awoken by perhaps the most beautiful sound one can hear in Les Arcs on a winter’s morning, the distant echoing explosions of the avalanche detonations. When you head those muffled blasts, you know there is fresh snow on the ground.
Overnight, although the predictions were fairly modest, we have actually had decent snowfall all the way down to the valley floor. There is a new layer of powder in Bourg St Maurice (alt 800m) which means there will be soft conditions everywhere on the pistes of Les Arcs. The visibility has deteriorated, but every lift except the Aiguille Rouge is currently open, so today’s skiing should be epic. The snow is still falling at all levels, there’s powder on the ground, so prepare yourself for a great day’s shred.
ORIGINAL POST 12/02/2018
Although we have had a few sprinklings of snow over the last few days, it really started to come down on Sunday, and by Monday morning there was a fresh layer of snow at all altitudes. The freezing level is staying low ensuring that all precipitation arrives as flakes and we have easily seen 10cm at 1600m. Above 2000m, there is likely to be even more new snow on the pistes. Visibility is currently poor, but conditions underfoot are absolutely awesome.
In a season dominated by high snowfall, it is hardly surprising that the beginning of the half-term holidays has seen another dump on the slopes of Les Arcs. However, it is not finished yet, and we could certainly see another 10cm before the end of the day.
With the forecast suggesting regular flurries throughout the week, we can expect some smooth, soft riding in the immediate future. Prepare for fun!
Location: Les Arcs Villages