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Despite a bit of snow falling last Saturday, the last month in the Alps has seen very little precipitation and we’ve had to resort to going on missions like the one you see behind me to find any fresh snow off-piste. Luckily, that’s all about to change this week! Find out exactly what’s on the cards in this week’s episode of Flake News!

The ridge of high pressure which has been dominating the Alps over the past few weeks looks like it will finally give way this week. Low pressure first moves in off the Mediterranean Sea this weekend bringing some snow to southern resorts like Isola 2000 and Limone. The beginning of next week, however will see strong Westerly winds and significant snowfalls as a deep low pressure system comes in on the jet-stream and moves through the Alps from the West to the East. Towards the end of the week another ridge of high pressure begins to build from the SW, calming the winds and bringing back sunny skies. That said, it looks like another ridge of low-pressure is waiting in the eaves for early next week…

Zooming in for a closer look we see light snowfalls hitting South-facing slopes in the Southern Alps over the weekend. Tuesday sees heavy snowfall for the Northwestern French Alps, that snowfall then becomes widespread across the Northern Alps on Wednesday before moving Eastward and finally clearing out of the region on Thursday evening, leaving sunny skies for the end of the week.

Looking at the icons for the week we see a lot of clouds and temperatures which begin to creep up this weekend as the cold airmass currently over the Alps is pushed away to the east by a developing south-westerly flow. Mid-week temperatures will drop a bit as some cooler air behind the warmer front begins to move in, but this will again be pushed out as Southerly winds bring milder conditions from Thursday onwards.

Finishing up on our accumulated snowfall chart we see decent snowfalls for the Southern Alps over the weekend. Before the larger system moves in from the West on Tuesday. There will be decent amounts of snow through out the Alps this week, but if you’re chasing powder the Northwestern French Alps is where you’ll want to be. Don’t head off on your own though because with the rising temperatures, strong winds, and new snow falling on an old layer we can expect the avalanche risk to rise significantly. Luckily for you on skibro.com we’ve got thousands of instructors and off-piste guides in resorts around the Alps who can help keep you safe and show you all the best powder stashes.

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Kene E.

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Kene E.

Originally from Canada, Kene had never been snowboarding before a holiday to Val d'Isere 12 years ago. He's literally lived there ever since.