Henry discusses current spring snow conditions & re-appearance of the weak layer

Recent avalanche towards the Face de Charvet, Wayne Watson photo

 

As the winter season in Northern French Alps draws to a close there's still plenty of good spring skiing to be found at high altitude. 

In this recent interview Henry discusses the end of season conditions and what to look out for, especially the reappearance of the weak layer in the snowpack.

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Ski the Smooth, Tips on Spring Skiing Off Piste

Smooth Spring Skiing

 

Here are some ideas about how to have fun and be safe on spring snow!

 

Understand 'melt-freeze cycles’ and have fun with spring snow!

Off Piste Snow Report : 4th - 8th April, 2015

High winds this past week in Le Fornet, Val d Isere. Wayne Watson photo, www.alpineexperience.com

 

Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps

 

LOOKING BETTER! 

Off Piste Snow Report : 28th March - 1st April, 2015

Great off-piste, all conditions in Espace Killy. Photo by Chris Souillac, www.alpineexperience.com

 

Off Piste Snow Report : 21st - 25th March, 2015

Still some lovely powder. Wayne Watson photo, www.alpineexperience.com

 

Off Piste Snow Report : 14th - 18th March, 2015

Andreas Alpine Experience group stepping in. Wayne Watson photo.

 

Off Piste Snow Report : 7th - 11th March, 2015

Wall to wall sunshine (Wayne Watson photo www.alpineexperience.com)

 

Off Piste Snow Report : 28th February - 4th March, 2015

Great skiing above Tignes this past week - Wayne Watson photo www.alpineexperience.com

 
Extended Weather Forecast (as reported by Météo-France Savoie) for Savoie and the N French Alps

A snowy next week coming up!

Saturday 28th: A sunny morning and cloudy spells in the afternoon. Light to moderate winds. Snowfall down to 1500 m after midnight.

Weak layers under this new snow and video of snow from Feb 20th

Kate skiing in some granular like powder on Friday Feb 20th

 
This new snow is, and will be, coming down on an unstable snowpack this week on North'ish (W to N to E) sides of the mountain in most of the Alps above 2300 m. 
 
South'ish facing slopes have a much more stable snowpack underneath the current and future fresh snow (until they are hit and warmed by the sun). Click on title above for the full write-up if you don't see it below!
 

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