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Wintry weather returns to Les 2 Alpes

Winter is back!

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Alex Armand - TipTop Ski Coaching | Les 2 Alpes Reporter | Published: 6 Mar 2019


Wintry weather returns to Les 2 Alpes

After a very warm and sunny two weeks for the February holidays, the temperatures have dropped and we have even seen some snow.

This week is going to be a real mix of cold, warm, sunny, snowy and windy, every day will be different.

The Glacier

The glacier has been scoured by the southerly wind we had on Monday. The pistes are still in great condition thanks to the hard work the piste basher drivers put in every night but the off piste has all been wind affected. The farming of the snow for the summer has caught up lots of the blown snow ready to be bashed back into the summer pistes and used to build the big airs and superpipe. The construction of this has already started. The nicest of runs up here is the Signal alue run which is wide, open and long – a great place to carve! Just slow down before you reach the bottom where it narrows to the entrance of the chairlift!

La Toura

This area has also been fairly blown over the beginning of the week but, as with the glacier, the bashers have been out and the pistes are in perfect condition. The new snow has really freshened them up and given them a new lease of life. When the wind blows from the south like this, La Toura and Bellecombes are good places to head to as they are generally sheltered when you drop down off the top. Both areas have gully runs as well which give us a bit better definition in the flat light. The Bowl of La Toura houses the Chalet la Toura restaurant which is a great lunch stop. It's a big restaurant so, even though the French school holidays are still going, there is plenty of room. The menu is varied and the pizzas are excellent.

La Fée

La Fée remains my favourite area at the moment. Its stunning scenery never ceases to catch my eye and it has some of the more challenging skiing in the resort. The Pierre Grosse 2 is an excellent black run with a mix of moguls and a beautiful open gully to play in – the moguls are large, particularly as the gully narrows towards the end. The easiest of the runs is the blue and, if you're a confident blue run skier, you will enjoy this. It does have a few steeper sections though so make sure you're happy on these before heading there. There are also some flats so if you're on a snowboard you need to be confident on a flat board or have a willing skier with you to pull you. The Refuge de la Fée is another excellent lunch stop. It can get busy as the interior is quite small and I don’t think the weather is going to invite you to eat on the terrace this week so it's best to get there for an early lunch or let the rush pass and have a late one.


Fantastic snow conditions are to be found on the north-facing sector. Again, with the southerly winds, this has offered refuge to me and my clients. The runs are all gullied and there are blues, reds and a black so something for everyone. The snow is in excellent condition here as it's the coldest area on the mountain. I personally love the Bellecombes 5, quite often pisted and not busy. There is also a red non-pisted pitch which is great fun – this is clearly marked “NON DAME” which means not pisted in French.

Les Cretes & Bas de piste

Les Cretes has been busy with the holidays and is still busy this week. It is best to avoid the ski school hours here, so get up past the Cretes before 09:30 and avoid it at around 14:30-15:00. The resort has been giving out tea and brioche here from 15:00-15:30 each afternoon, a lovely way to end the day and get the information from the team on the runs back to town. The Jandri 1 has been very busy and has become bumpy lower down. The Valentine is very firm so only for good skiers. Don’t forget you also have the red Vallons de Diable which is a nice option or, of course, ski up high and come down on a lift at the end of the day.

The snow front has again been busy with it being French school holidays, especially the beginner button lifts and particularly early morning and afternoon when the ski schools start their sessions. The snow is still very good down here and the piste bashers work hard to make sure the slopes are in excellent condition. Because the temperatures have been warmer, the slopes can be a little crunchy in the morning and softer in the afternoon but, as the week goes on, this will change with the new snow and colder temperatures we are expecting.

The forecast

The temperatures are dropping day by day this week and we are expecting a reasonable snowfall on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. It is likely to be very windy on Thursday morning but dying down during the day. The long-term forecast is very snowy.

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