9 things to do when there is too much snow

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So there is such as thing as too much snow then. Typically I’m only drawn to comment on Chamonix’s weather conditions if it either affects me directly or it seems pretty extreme. Well the latter seems to be happening.

I’ve been keeping an interested eye on the various tweets flying about and lots of unusual occurences seem to be happening….

Blimey the weather must be bad if they closed #LesHouches6969 early this afternoon in #Chamonix6969 almost unheard of!”

“#Chamonix expecting 70cm #dump6969 of fresh #snow6969 above 2000m tomorrow. Lift closures inevitable. NB – EXTREME CAUTION REQD – SKI SAFE !!”

“Chamonix currently being punished by biblical tempest…monsoon low, 1m snow @ 2000m, screaming wind, THE SNOW GODS ARE ANGRY.”

“#Chamonix #Avalanche6969 #Risk6969 6Jan. 5/5-4/5! 1m snow at 2000m may cause spont releases on all aspects and altitudes! Risk reducing pm.X CAUTION”

“Winds of up to 100km/h in #Chamonix6969 this morning, so lots of lifts are shut. If you’re going out on the slopes, wrap up warm!”

Of course these kind of conditions seem to have hit the whole of the Alps with avalanches in Alp d’Huez, Zermatt, Val d’Isere and so on. In Les Arcs preventative avalanche blasting will took place closing off roads between Arc 1800 and Arc 2000, same for the the Mont Blanc tunnel etc..

There have also been incredible statistics being banded about. On the 7th January, “60% of reports last saw snow on 6th January (Ski club of Great Britain)” which is no mean feat.  There is stuff about one resort having had more snow this season already than the whole of its two previous seasons combined (can’t remember where though).  And check out this photo of the road to St Anton last week – courtesy of Snow Finders!

So if there is too much snow, what do you do?

A couple of tips I’ve gleaned:

  1. Check out the immediate meto.

  2. Think about the weather for the coming week.  The Ski Club of Great Britain offer a great overview.

  3. Keep an eye on the potential avalanche risks

  4. Check out the lift opening status with the state of the domains and have a lie in if things are closed.

  5. Consider taking the bus to the lifts once they reopen, as it will be a right bun fight in the car park when skiing opportunities are reduced.

  6. Be flexible on your prefered slopes.  Just going the other side of the mountain can have tremendously different conditions.

  7. Think about taking some training, such as the free sessions being offered by Avalanche Academy

  8. Wrap up warm of course.

  9. If all else fails, hit the bar.

Stay safe and enjoy!!!


2 thoughts on “9 things to do when there is too much snow

    chamonixNOW said:
    January 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    that pic claiming to be St Anton is old, saw it last year claiming to be in Canada!

      barratschamonix said:
      January 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thats a shame as there are about 10k people ‘liking’ it on FB at the moment and its only been up 3 days.
      A clever piece of marketing perhaps? Awesome picture though.

      If you’ve got any relevant pictures of this year, would love to see them. 🙂

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