It's feeling pretty spring-like in Les 2 Alpes this week. The freezing level is going between 2600m and 2800m and the warm temperatures have taken their toll on the lower slopes; The Vallee Blanche sector has now shut, although the black run and the blue run back into resort are still open, as are some of the free nursery slopes down in resort.
The blue run (Jandri 1) has hard snow first thing, but mid morning to lunch time is great, before the slush becomes too heavy in the afternoon. Higher up on the Cret the beginner area is very good mid morning, and the steeper stuff here softens up by around lunchtime.
Snow in the Bellecombes sector and La Toura is pretty good due to the north facing aspect, but beginning to turn spring-like due to the very high temperatures. Skiing between the glacier and mid station is excellent, although the snow is a little hard on the more southerly pitches first thing, by lunchtime it is superb top to bottom.
So far the snow on the glacier has remained in fantastic shape. Although even here we have a tiny bit of melt/freeze going on. Again last night (Sunday) we had a little top up of fresh snow at this altitude, which of course helps to keep the pistes in good shape. So the glacier is definitely the best part of the resort to ski early morning.
The forecast is for mostly settled weather this week, but as is usual at this time of year, some days we have a build up of cloud in the afternoon, which may then produce light snow in the late afternoon and evening. Scotland is getting light snow this week so it looks like the “lambing storms” have arrived. The same weather pattern that always brings fresh snow to the Scottish hills in April, often continues South to the Alps, so with a bit of luck there will be some fresh snow on the horizon soon!
Although it’s still a holiday week it doesn’t seem too busy on the hill, so there is definitely plenty of great skiing to be had if you hit the right part of the hill, at the right time of day. Have a great week!