It snowed a lot last week in the French mountains with 13 powder alarms in the French Alps on Friday.
Le Grand Bornand was one of the big winners with 75cm (2.5 feet) of fresh snow accumulated over seven days.
Hubert Bon-Bétend Le Grand Bornand ski patrol chief told Skiinfo. “It had not snowed a lot in the beginning of the season but since early January, the resort has received regular snowfalls of 15 to 20cm.
The snow coverage is very good with 100cm at 1200m and 170cm at 2300m. The snow depths are measured twice a day, once at 7:30am and again at 12:30. The avalanche risk is moderate now, but it was at maximun on Sunday because of mild temperatures. It was cold in the night from Sunday to Monday which helped stabilize the snow coverage. We trigger avalanches artificially when there’s 10-15cm of new snowfall when it is windy, otherwise we wait until 20cm. We now hope that the temperatures will not be too high so we can have a good end to the season.”
Other big accumulations of 45- 52cm (18-21 inches) were re4ported by La Clusaz, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez. Chamonix Mont-Blanc has the deepest snow in France with 4.2m (14 feet).
By Virginie Bernat
Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk
After good snowfalls across France’s ski areas, many resorts are now opening, including Lans en Vercours, La Cluzac and Collet d’Allevard.
many more plan to at least partially open this weekend, including Alpe d’Huez, the Grande Montets at Chamonix, Les Arcs, Meribel and possibly Courcheval.
Already open is Val Thorens, which is reporting 40cm of fresh snow and with more than a metre of snow lying, has one of the deepest bases in the country!