La Plagne Dump Alert: 17th December 2018
It’s been snowing again in La Plagne over the last couple of days with some pretty fierce conditions at times. Yesterday, the riding was challenging with really strong winds and repeated whiteout conditions. Overnight the wind strengthened further to the point that, this morning, the snow has frequently been blowing up the hill - all very reminiscent of a day at my old home resort, Glenshee.
It’s quite difficult to tell how much new snow we’ve had as the high winds have cleared some areas and left massive drifts in others (reports are stating around 30cm at low elevations and over 60cm higher up). When the weather finally abates, we can expect a huge digging operation to get the hill open again. We’re currently at a 4 out of 5 avalanche risk but it’s possible that might yet rise to 5 – particularly over on the Champagny side as the prevailing wind seems to have been pushing the snow in that general direction.
Given the strength of the gusts just now, I think we’ll be lucky to see anything open today – perhaps some lower surface lifts at best. Really though, on days like today, you’re probably better looking for other things to do around resort and holding off for the epic powder that awaits once this storm has passed.
The forecast is saying that way over a metre of snow will fall at resort level this week with around 2.5 metres up the mountain. Winds will calm down tomorrow and we might even see some clear spells during the weekend.
Location: La Plagne Region