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Les 2 Alpes enjoys a sunny and warm week

The last of the sunny days before winter comes back

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Alex Armand - TipTop Ski Coaching | Les 2 Alpes Reporter | Published: 27 Feb 2019


Les 2 Alpes enjoys a sunny and warm week

It is like spring here in Les Deux Alpes. We have seen sunshine and warm weather for the last 10 days. Surprisingly, the pistes are still in excellent condition.

The lower slopes have started a melt-freeze cycle so they can be firm in the mornings and slushy in the afternoons. The higher and north-facing slopes have kept in excellent condition and all of them have been beautifully groomed.

The glacier

The snow up on the glacier is just fantastic – cold, grippy and beautifully groomed. The views are stunning, we can see right over to Mont Blanc and into the National Park des Ecrins, and it's well worth a trip up to 3600m to see the Meije as well! The area up here is being used to farm snow, ready for the summer, and the superpipe has already started being build with the snow that is being collected.

From the glacier it is well recommended to ski the signal runs, they are wide and relatively easy (the blue anyway!). Or you can take the Jandri or Glacier runs down towards 2600m. The Jandri is classed as the easiest but, actually, the Glacier 1 followed by 2 is easier and wider. All have fabulous snow and are well groomed. On the way down, you can take a right turn off onto the Pierre Grosse runs which are both black. Pierre Grosse 1 is black because it's steep but usually groomed and Pierre Grosse 2 is black, ungroomed and very bumpy – bumps as high as houses you might say.

La Toura & La Fée

La Toura is in great shape. The jumps are well shaped and the pistes well groomed. Access is easy now with the new eight-man chairlift, so all positives to report on this area.

La Fée is beautiful, here you feel like you have left the crowds and the resort behind. People are picnicking on the sides of the runs while deep in a valley with great towering sides looking up into Chalance and over to the Combe de Interdite. The bottom of the runs can be icy in the mornings and slushy in the afternoons as they're quite low but the upper slopes are in great shape.

Bellecombe & 2600m

The area up at 2600m, especially Bellecombe, are in perfect conditions. It is north-facing so the snow has stayed cold and is well groomed each day. The Jandri 3 has been causing some trouble later in the day as the south face of La Fée is heating up in the sun and becoming a real avalanche risk. This is requiring the ski patrollers to shut the green road and also the blue run on some occasions. They have blasted every evening this week and have succeeded in bringing a lot of the snow down but there is still some left. While there is still some snow left on this face and temperatures are warm, this problem will arise every afternoon so, if you are a beginner and want to ski the green track, do ask at the information point before you set off if it's open or not.

Les Cretes & Bas de piste

Les Cretes is busy with beginners this week and has been quite firm in the mornings and slushy in the afternoon. There is still great snow cover but it is transforming. From Les Cretes, you can get back to resort via a black, red, blue or green runs. These are all icy in the mornings and slushy in the afternoons. The blacks have been in fabulous condition from around mid-morning when they have softened. To the side of the Valentine piste, there are some lovely bumps forming. The Jandri 1 blue run is the busiest of all the runs especially around 16:00, going-home time. Don’t forget that, if you don’t fancy the busy run, you can always download on any of the lifts.

The 'Bas de piste' still has excellent snow cover but it's definitely spring conditions. The drag lifts can be busy at the beginning of the week with everyone learning but tend to quieten down as the week goes on. There are five free drag lifts across this area.

The forecast

Temperatures are due to drop dramatically on Friday and it is going to snow again. This snow is coming with high winds on Friday which seem to be blowing the next weather front in. Next week looks like there will be a lot of precipitation and winter is returning.

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