Below is our weekly round up, weather report for the forthcoming week and important weather, and travel news, including advice for drivers.
THURSDAY 14TH MARCH
EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK!
Without doubt this has been far and away the worst week of this season in terms of weather, hideous would be one way of describing it….
The photo of young ‘Enri with his MGS hip flask was taken during the balmy days of February, winter has since returned with a vengeance.
Warm, wet air over the weekend was followed by a very rapid cold snap and incredibly windy conditions. Nearly all the lifts shut on Monday as the ‘tempete’ continued to blow. Suddenly it was very warm on Tuesday, before once again Wednesday saw a dramatic drop in temperature and more strong winds.
Today it’s cloudy with weak snow showers which will intensify this evening as another depression moves through during the night, again accompanied by strong winds. On Friday precipitation will continue with the risk of rain at village level. Saturday is expected to be sunny and warmer, which will be nice for those arriving of course, before another system arrives on Sunday bringing a drop in temperature once more and weak snow.
The rest of the week is expected to be mixed, with cloud and sunshine alternating, but no significant precipitation. Normal March temperatures.
Clients this week have been very positive in what at times have been very difficult conditions. There is always one dodgy week each season and after the flaming sunshine of February it’s a pity to have such extremes in a short period.
Once things calm down the pistes will recover as the bashers get round and repair the damage. Off piste if 20cms falls over the next few days, conditions will improve hugely.
The weather cannot be changed, but all at MGS will do our best to make sure everyone has a great time, so let’s keep that glass half full and look forward to a fun week coming up!
THURSDAY 7th MARCH
It doesn’t seem two weeks since the excitement of Half Term, the MGS team are all rested and ready to make sure the remaining weeks of the season will be full of fun and good cheer.
The huge anticyclone that was in place for most of February has been replaced by a succession of small depressions bringing unsettled weather to the area, and this is set to continue for the next week at least. This morning there was a dusting of snow in the village and although this was largely gone by lunchtime, it did refresh some of the off piste areas higher up. Tomorrow is expected to begin sunny and then cloud will develop bringing very weak snow showers.
Saturday will be a repeat with early sun giving way to cloud and some snow in the afternoon. After the reverse on Sunday, the rest of the week is forecast to alternate between periods of precipitation and clear skies. We are talking about showers rather than sustained snow and no more than a couple of centimetres each time. Later in the week there may be rain at village level, depending on how temperatures evolve, but again not a significant amount.
So a mixed bag in prospect, but with the pistes in good condition after the hammering they have received during the French school holidays, there will be plenty of excellent skiing to be had. Also, if we get 5cms here and 5cms there over the next few days, this could mean some great off piste too.
We’re looking forward to the rest of the season, slightly more relaxed now that Half Term has come and gone. We all love this time of year – generally nice weather and slopes becoming more quiet as we move towards Easter, and can’t wait to see all those arriving this Saturday for their stay in Val Cenis.
We do have a few apartments in March for parties of different sizes at discounted prices, please contact us to find out what is available.
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THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
WHAT A WEEK!
For most people, skiing under blue skies without a cloud in sight would be pretty perfect…. and so it has been for the last week, with more of the same to come.
Hopefully everyone is enjoying themselves and many will go back on Saturday with the inevitable goggle marks showing what they’ve been up to recently.
Obviously it’s the height of the French and English school holidays, the resort is completely full, and at peak times there have been queues at major lifts. But a five minute wait for the lift has been unusual, and considering this is as ‘bad’ as it gets, we mustn’t complain.
First thing in the morning the pistes are in excellent condition and by the afternoon of course the sheer volume of traffic means popular routes become hard and slippery, but again, considering the bashing they are getting, the slopes are standing up well.
There has been some melting, but with clear nights and a good freeze, the benefit of largely North facing slopes becomes evident. Most areas have suffered minimal damage, whereas the South side of the valley has been hit hard by the unseasonal temperatures.
The forecast is very simple. With a massive anticyclone in place, the sun will dominate and no precipitation is expected at least until the back end of next week. Two more weeks of French school holidays and then back to normal!
We will be having a break and the staff going on their annual off piste adventure, but all will be back full of beans and raring to go for those arriving in March. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and to welcoming everyone yet to come to Val Cenis this winter.
THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
GOOD AND BAD NEWS…
Hopefully everyone is enjoying the joys of Valentine’s Day and it won’t be necessary to stop at the garage on the way home for chocolates or flowers…
The French school holidays are under way and the resort is full, as it will be for the next 3 weeks, and no doubt those looking forward to the English Half Term are primed and getting ready to go. The good news is that the sun is shining, the pistes are all open and generally in first class condition and the forecast is for much of the same.
In terms of bad news, there isn’t ANY really… one or two queues at peak times at certain lifts, but by and large everything is running smoothly and the new telecabine of course is helping here being faster and of greater capacity than before.
The forecast is for a strong anticyclone to stay in place for the whole of next week! Temperatures will be spring like and hardly a cloud is expected, so a quick trip to get more sun tan cream may be needed.
Simple, which hopefully the journey down on Saturday will be. This will be the busiest weekend of all on the roads, so for those driving, whilst there will not be a problem with the weather, do be prepared for some delays.
We are busy getting everything shipshape to make sure next week goes as smoothly as possible and that everyone has a great week, all at MGS look forward to greeting clients on Saturday, old and new, and hopefully it will be a wonderful time in Val Cenis.
THURSDAY 7TH JANUARY
EXCELLENT TIME TO BE SKIING!
In Val Cenis this week it has been that ideal mixture of perfect weather and great snow. After a significant snowfall we have had sunshine and blue skies and no doubt clients have been putting photos on social media to show their friends what they’ve been missing….
All pistes are open and in good/excellent shape, and off-piste the snow has been amazing, so conditions pretty perfect.
Today, however, the anticyclone has weakened and it’s cloudy and this is supposed to develop with very weak snow expected this evening – just a dusting. Tomorrow will be a combination of sunny periods and cloud, with again very weak snow showers during the night, continuing through Saturday morning, before the sun returns later in the day. Another small depression is then supposed to arrive Sunday, bringing further cloud and snow showers. These are forecast to persist though Monday and Tuesday before clearing out on Wednesday. The end of next week, before the school holidays begin, should be basically dry with some sunshine. We will confirm the forecast for the all important Half Term Saturday on Thursday next.
Thus at present it’s a lovely time to be skiing in the Savoie, everyone is enjoying the snow conditions and uncrowded pistes. Fingers crossed it continues and all the team can look forward to spreading the MGS love during the upcoming school holidays…
THURSDAY 31ST JANUARY
SNOW – POSSIBLY IN SOME QUANTITY….
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After a week where periods of sunshine have alternated with some cloud and relatively light snow showers, the next few days could see a significant change in conditions.
Heavy snowfall is expected tonight and tomorrow, which may of course affect driving conditions for those arriving Saturday. With an accumulation on top of previous snow layers, the avalanche risk will rise on Friday to level 5, the maximum, and those considering skiing off piste must be fully prepared and it would be prudent to wait a few days until things calm down.
Saturday may be fine – sunshine is forecast for most of the Savoie, but in the Maurienne there may be what is called a ‘retour d’est’, where the snow returns from an easterly direction and invariably this is good news for those wanting fresh snow in Val Cenis. At this stage it is uncertain, and those driving should take the necessary precautions and have chains or ‘snowsocks’ available.
Sunday should see cloud and lighter snow showers, which will gradually give way to more settled conditions for the early/middle part of next week, with sunshine prevailing.
Generally, an excellent forecast…. Plenty of fresh snow followed by a calmer period for the main part of the coming week. Hopefully the changeover on Saturday won’t be too tricky and those arriving should have some great skiing opportunities next week, both on and off piste. Can’t wait!
THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY
EVEN SNOW GODS HAVE THEIR MOMENTS!
Fresh snow always makes people smile. Overnight snow Wednesday onto slopes which had just been groomed is a real joy and off piste powder means the more adventurous can get out and play – already videos are being posted… Today the sun is out and it’s one of those lovely days to be in the mountains. With slopes in generally good/excellent condition and a decent forecast, it looks like a great time to be in Val Cenis.
It has been a bit of a mixture this week with some sunshine and colder weather earlier, whilst yesterday saw less favourable conditions with low cloud making visibility difficult. Luckily of course the tree lined pistes lower down meant everyone could still have some fun.
The forecast is for cloud to strengthen over the next 48 hours which by Sunday will result in snow showers and a slight drop in temperatures. Snow is expected to continue during Monday with sunny periods developing Tuesday. Another small depression will pass through the Savoie mid-week, bringing weak snow Wednesday and further cloud on Thursday, which gradually will give way to sunshine.
Nice forecast, good conditions, what’s not to like?
THURSDAY 17TH JANUARY
SUN AND CLOUD…
After a little more snow at the weekend, slope conditions have improved steadily throughout the week and although high winds rather spoiled off piste opportunities at higher altitudes, in protected areas we have areas of decent powder. Snow and high winds do mean a significant avalanche risk of course, and care must be taken.
We love January; quiet pistes and straight on to lifts everywhere. The new telecabine is a bonus and clients are enjoying the empty slopes under largely sunny skies. Next week, however, is more uncertain.
Tomorrow is forecast to cloud up in the afternoon with weak snow showers during the night, before sunshine returns on Friday. This will be short lived with more cloud expected Saturday which should then clear Sunday and blue skies are expected for the early part of next week. Wednesday and Thursday may well see more cloud again, but this is to be confirmed. Temperatures will be colder than at present and below average for the time of year.
Bit of a yo yo of a forecast, but there is some great skiing available all over the mountain and those arriving at the weekend should be getting suitably excited – we’ll do our bit to make sure everyone enjoys themselves.
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.
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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