Below is our weekly round up, weather report for the forthcoming week and important weather, and travel news, including advice for drivers.
THURSDAY 10th JANUARY
IMPROVING CONDITIONS & EUROPA CUP RACING
Brrrrr! This week has seen our first wedge of polar air moving through the Alps. This has been accompanied by strong winds from the North which has meant a hot drink after skiing has been very welcome.
Also, we have a new Instagram account which will be developing over the next few weeks, for those of you familiar with these things(!!??), we can be found at @mgsski_ and don’t forget the underscore.
The pistes are getting better every day. There have been a couple of very light snowfalls and the cannons have been going flat out at night. Together with much fewer people on the slopes this has meant we’re getting more normal conditions in many areas after the slippery period over New Year.
Off piste is still some way off with a crust preventing easy skiing, but again, hopefully things will be improving soon.
The forecast is promising. After sunshine tomorrow and most of Saturday, a depression will arrive during the night bringing snow showers which are supposed to continue throughout Sunday before weakening on Monday. Probably not a huge dump, but with a decent fall, conditions will be perfect. Tuesday is expected to be sunny, and then another smaller depression may develop Wednesday and bring cloudy periods with weak snow.
Hopefully a few days of some snow, and then the whole area both on and off piste will be tres jolly bon…
With some real stars arriving this weekend, we’re already looking forward to a fiercely contested MGS slalom next week, not quite the standard of the Europa Cup racers here at the beginning of this week, a great event for Val Cenis to stage and some coverage including some cool intro for Val Cenis can be seen here: Olympic Channel.
THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY
ANTICYCLONE STILL REIGNS
Since the depression which passed through the first weekend of the season, a powerful anticyclone has dominated the Alps bringing settled weather for the past fortnight and it will basically be in place for the next week too.
The last few days have been largely sunny and cold although yesterday did see some cloud. Polar air has moved into the Savoie and temperatures higher up have been bracing to say the least. With no fresh snow and the resort full, of course the pistes have taken quite a bashing and these are not the conditions to glide about on skis with your mind elsewhere as hard and icy patches mean concentration is needed. Although the slopes are not perfect, we are fortunate, with further North big races being cancelled due to lack of snow and in other resorts closer to home they are unable to ski back to village level.
The cold weather has meant the cannons can work and together with some terrific work by the piste team overnight, the slopes today were better and after this weekend, the number of people will be drastically reduced, which should see a steady improvement in conditions.
The forecast is for much of the same. With the exception of Tuesday when a small depression is expected bringing possible weak snow showers, the rest of the coming week will be largely sunny, warmer earlier and then once again becoming colder towards the end of the week.
Although this may not sound wonderful, people here at the moment are having a great time, enjoying the sunshine and just being a little more prudent on the slopes. New Year is always one of the best times to be here and enthusiastic clients this week have made it one of the best for several years. The MGS team will, however, be glad of the relative peace next week and are all looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as several clients new to the joys of Val Cenis
Thursday December 20th
HERE WE GO!
As another season gets under way, all the team at MGS are looking forward to welcoming all our clients this season, both returning regulars and those new to Val Cenis.
Conditions are very good and at the moment the village really does look like a postcard, although the forecast for the next few days is not great. Pistes have been well prepared and it has been a pleasure this week to ski on almost untouched grooves left by the bashers.
After a bright day today, tomorrow will see heavy cloud developing which unfortunately will bring rain to the whole of the Savoie, with the rain/snow line being as high as 2000m at times. This is expected to clear during Saturday and with the pistes almost empty, hopefully there will not be too adverse an effect. Sunday and Monday should be clear with cloud bringing weak snow as another depression moves through mid-week, before sunshine returns by Thursday.
Sad to have to mention the ‘R’ word above, but the rest of the week should be fine and with great skiing available it will be lovely to be celebrating Christmas here in Val Cenis with so many friendly faces, old and new.
Those of you travelling this weekend, have a safe trip and see you on Saturday!
WHAT A WINTER!
As you can see from the picture taken yesterday afternoon at the Fema, it just won’t stop snowing… although finally temperatures seem to be moving towards the norm for this time of year.
All pistes, at all levels are open and with a good depth of snow. Lower slopes into the village will now be heavy in the afternoon, but further up conditions continue to be excellent. Off piste the stability of the snow lessens as it becomes warmer during the day, so care has to be taken, although the off piste groups this week, consisting of regular old hands, suggest some of the best skiing they have had in Val Cenis.
It has been a remarkable winter – a great one for snow but not so much for those who like to tan. It looks like despite the lifts closing late April, the season could continue comfortably into May, which could make things difficult for roads being opened and work being able to start of projects like the new telecabine.
The forecast is for further unsettled conditions.
After a beautiful sunny day tomorrow, Saturday will see early cloud disappear and clear periods in the afternoon as a prelude to a depression arriving Sunday. This will bring snow and perhaps rain at village level. Further precipitation is forecast all week with increasingly humid conditions – perhaps even air from the South carrying sand in the atmosphere which actually makes the snow very lightly tinted orange. This happens usually once a season as an unusual effect of a combination of weather patterns.
So probably a warm and somewhat wet week to finish the MGS season, but no doubt there will still be some great skiing to be had. At this point we’d like to thank all of our clients, old and new, for making this such an enjoyable and successful winter. We’ll continue to post pictures throughout the spring showing how conditions develop and around the Fema and Ranova restaurants, it looks like snow will be in some of our summer photos too!