It happens every year. In the middle of every season, we get a period of clear skies and sunshine, the snow down in the valley melts and people start talking like it’s the end of the winter. Despite the facts: there is over two and a half metres of snow on the top of the hill, approximately a third of the ski season is left, all but a small handful of Les Arcs’ pistes are situated above 1600 metres altitude (where the snow depth is around 70cm), or even that 70% of the slopes are above 2000 metres... otherwise logical people start lamenting that there will be no more new snow. Then, inevitably, the winter turns around and says “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”
The first of March brought the pinch of colder temperatures and the punch of fresh snowfall. Following a couple of weeks of otherwise clear and unseasonably warm temperatures, this was a welcome change adding an (even more welcome) extra layer of snow to the existing base. Since then, the weather has been predictably unpredictable with intermittently gusty winds bringing cloud, clear skies, flat light, snowfall, sunshine and ideal conditions for skiing. Tuesday firmly fell into the last category.