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The meteorological mayhem continues! More huge snowfalls to dissect in SkiBro’s weekly #FlakeNews Val d’Isere snow report, weather forecast and avalanche bulletin, for the week of 7-14 January 2018.

There should be some fantastic conditions this week for skiing off piste, but extreme avalanche danger too, so our takeaway is that an instructor or guide will be more valuable than ever to help you ride powder safely this week!

 

Live Snow Report

Today as we write this, it’s an absolutely stunning day in the mountains with nothing but blue skies and sunshine!

Last week however, it was a much different story as you can see in the video above.

Massive amounts of snow and wind pounded large areas of the Alps and caused resorts, villages and roads to shut down entirely.   There were also several avalanches around both Val d’Isere and Tignes including a massive slide in the Laisinant area of Val d’Isere.

 

Snow Forecast for the Week

This week parts of the Alps are going to see a lot more snow thanks to a phenomenon known as a retour d’est.

That’s when the wind blows in the opposite to its usual direction picks up moisture from the Mediterranean and drops it into certain valleys like the tops of the Haute Maurienne and the Haute Tarentaise.

The end result is that areas like the slopes of the Fornet sector and Val d’Isere are going to see a load of snow over the next couple of days before the sun comes back out towards the middle of next week.

Interestingly enough it’s really just the ends of the valley that get hit hard.  The Bellevarde area will see less snow than the Fornet, while neighbouring resort Tignes likely won’t get half of that.

Going off-piste last week was tricky, but early in the week we were able to find some really nice powder snow stashes and a few secret spots that are relatively safe.

This coming week however finding good snow and staying safe is going to be a real chore. Last week we saw wind snow rain and sun, that means there’s already wind loading, heavy humid snow and some massive slabs out in the backcountry.

This week on top of all that we’ve got a very specific weather phenomenon moving in.  Our tip of the week is to hire a guide or an instructor to help you make the most of what should be fantastic conditions towards the end of the week.

Powder frenzy is going to hit hard when the sun comes out after a big dump as it always does and people will be doing all kinds of stupid things.  An instructor or guide who’s been in resort all season following the evolution of the snowpack is better equipped than most to find the best snow while staying as safe as possible.

Plus as a bonus you’ll get some tips on skiing better in powder.

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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.