What’s going on with the snow?
Its true the snow conditions around Europe are changing! Today on the news 22 people have died across Europe because of snow, but what does it mean for the ski resorts? Well just like last year many are suffering with too much snow, and some are suffering with too little snow. The northern alp resorts including Les Gets are somewhere in the middle, Les Gets is currently 90% open. Some of the Eastern resorts around Austria are struggling to handle the huge amounts of snowfall, yet the resorts around Andorra and the Pyrenees haven’t seen any fresh for over a month – lets hope it comes soon! Having said that the pistes are so good at moving snow around and snow making has improved so much in all resorts that generally skiing in Europe is good where ever you may be heading. You will always get to ski.
What does it mean for the rest of the season?
With the exception of last minuters most have already booked their holidays so there is little point speculating! I think the season is already established and you will get plenty of skiing unless you get caught in another snowstorm in a high altitude resort. For the last minuters then the webcams and weather reports from Europe are so good now that you can be absolutely sure to get great skiing. In the past the UK news always seem to slate lower altitude resorts but I say come and see for yourself. The Portes du Soleil had snow Christmas week but were slated by the press. Our pistes were far more skiable than Chamonix. Snow falling on meadow fields helps as not much cover is required and SA Gets did wonders.
What about next year?
Of course it’s difficult to predict. History says that Christmas and New Year weeks are becoming risky in lower resorts. Les Gets was not bad at all this year, the only runs not open were the return to Perrier car park. It doesn’t really mean high altitude resorts will be much better though – snow sure really only means ice sure, and cold sure – and these days also crowded sure!
The bottom line is that no resort can afford the risk of no snow – and I have to congratulate the Les Gets mountain team for what they have achieved in the early part of the season. A combination of storing the snowfalls in November, great use of artificial snow meant achieved plenty of skiing right from first week of the season. Two years ago was bad. It didn’t need to be. It seems lessons were learned and clearly were not repeated.