Half Term Snow Report


The busiest week of the season is starting with sunshine across the Alps.  The pistes are hard-packed in places but generally holding up well. NEW

The high pressure system that has been over the Alps in the last weeks is set to continue meaning blue sky and sunshine across most areas.

There is no snow forecast and the temperatures are set to rise as the week progresses.

PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is in Adelboden in Switzerland.

James joins PlanetSKI’s new reporter, Claire McAteer, who will be reporting shortly on what the resort has to offer.

It is a traditional Swiss ski resort with some modern touches.

Here is a sky-line view from the top of the resort, but notice the snow that remains down on the valley floor at around 1,000m due to the cold temperatures.

However the temperatures are set to rise so much of that snow in the valley may disappear as the week progresses.

The views have been quite stunning, under the blue skies with some snow still remaining on the trees.

Adelboden, Switzerland. NEW

Adelboden, Switzerland.  Image © PlanetSKI

And here are those mountain-top views again:

So, what about the forecast for the half-term week?

Once again we turn to the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk.

“The Alps can look forwards to lots of sunshine over the coming days with freezing levels rising to between 2500m and 3000m from Sunday onwards,” said Fraser.

“As for the off-piste, it will mostly be hard-packed, but with good local knowledge or the help of a good guide, there are still some pockets of powder to be found, mostly in Austria, eastern Switzerland and close to the southern French/Italian border.”

Here on PlanetSKI we will be monitoring the situation across the week and what influence the numbers of people and the weather will have on the slopes.

We’ll also be offering a few tips on avoiding the crowds and how to get the most out of your half-term holiday.

Holiday crowds in Adelboden, Switzerland. NEW

Holiday crowds in Adelboden, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Our first tip is to have and early or late lunch.

The slopes over lunch will be less busy for skiing, and the restaurants will be less crowded if you avoid the popular times.

Also, try to find a restaurant away from the main slopes.

Empty lunchtime slopes in Chamonix, France. NEW

Empty lunchtime slopes in Chamonix, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Chamonix, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Chamonix, France. Image © PlanetSKI

If you read in the British mainstream press about strikes by lift operators in France affecting half-term holidays then don’t concern yourself.

Lets just say it was taken out of context and written by some journalists from newsdesks in London who simply didn’t understand the situation.

It was more about click-bait headline to get readers than providing accurate and useful information.

PlanetSKI’s take was somewhat different:

Les Arcs, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Les Arcs, France. Image © PlanetSKI

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This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.


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