It's still very early days but as winter gets under way across the northern hemisphere, the most important question is "what about the snow?" After a pretty bony start in the Alps, things were shaping up better by last weekend and the Chamonix team managed to get out for some good powder turns in the sunshine. This past week France, Italy and Switzerland all saw top ups of between 10 and 30 cm’s above 2,500 m but with generally warm temperatures and wind, it led to some pretty densely packed snow in places. Temperatures look to be staying relatively mild leading up to Christmas across the Alps.
November kept us guessing with snow in North America and widespread mild weather in Europe. However, the first half of December has delivered the first few dumps of the season and in most places the season is off to a pretty reasonable start.
First fresh tracks of the season in Chamonix, Sunday 11 December
And in British Columbia....
In British Columbia, snow depths in the central interior (Monashees and Selkirks) and on the coast range from around 90 cm’s at treeline to 2 metres in the alpine. Recent warm temperatures followed by a deep freeze and high winds more or less trashed the prospects of any good powder skiing in widespread areas of BC. But, the situation looks to be improving with heavy snow spreading east from the coast throughout the week. Most regions of BC should see a very healthy top up in time for Christmas.
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