In the last two days, the weather has changed dramatically. Clear skies on Saturday were followed by cloud on Sunday and incessant snow on Monday. The sky has been filled with fat, fluffy flakes of the white stuff at all altitudes. After a day of constant and sometimes extremely heavy snowfall, Les Arcs has seen a major increase in snow depths on all pistes and in all resorts.
By late afternoon on Monday, there was approximately 30cm of fresh snow in Arc 2000 and, with the freezing level sitting at around 1000 metres altitude, similar influxes of snow were visible in the lower resorts (e.g. Arc 1600). However, the snow has continued unabated and this inundation is expected to continue into Tuesday.
Whilst half a metre of snow may fall before this first ‘wave’ is over, we are anticipating further moderate-to-heavy snowfall on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, making the start of the 2019-2020 winter season an absolute powder-fest. We could easily see a metre of fresh snow (on the already-established base) before the week is out, and the final figure could be significantly higher than that. Let the excitement begin!
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