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Chatel Snow Report: 13/12/2014: 2.05pm
Trip To Rochassons - 1960m

A hike to the top of Rochassons this morning found some mixed conditions. Positives were that Avoriaz have opened some more runs and you could see people skiing and snowboarding down into Lindarets with the Prolays chair open. There was also some activity at the top of the Chaux Fleurie chair with the lift operators moving snow and pisteurs getting out the piste signs and safety equipment.

On the Chatel side, the route up to 1960m went from Pre la Joux, up the Rochassons piste to Plaine Dranse then up the top section of the Rochassons to the top of the chair. Above Plaine Dranse, a further positive was that the conditions on the Rochassons piste were generally looking OK and it looks like the recent strong winds have helped fill in some areas - and there were one or 2 people skiing down it after a rando up. The negative aspect of the wind was that it has stripped a large section of the Rennes piste (see photos below), though the section immediately above Plaine Dranse had some decent cover in places. Below Plaine Dranse, the situation is similar to what was described on Thursday and the thin natural cover and snow cannon mounds were nice and frozen early on, giving some hope that some snow may survive the milder temperatures expected this weekend and at times next week. The top half of the Belette road piste up to Plaine Dranse was also covered and skiable. One thing that was noticed today is that the chairlift that has been removed, the Plaine Dranse, might have become a useful asset if it was still in place!

The message remains the same today - more snow needed. So, what are the prospects ... there could be some light or very light snowfall early in the week and then possibly a fair amount of precipitation during the second half of next week, however, the snow/rain levels for the Wednesday to Thursday period may become too high to be of real benefit to the lower section of the mountain as milder air may spoil things, however this is still a relatively long way off and could change for the better or worse. All the latest on any potential snow will be discussed in the daily snow forecast that is usually online at 8am each day.

We also expect to hear an announcement from the tourist office early in the week regarding what they think might be able to open next weekend.

Tomorrows report may include a check on the snow cover up at Super Chatel and Morclan (weather permitting).

 

 

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Runs to Lindarets open.
Activity on the Avoriaz side.
Prolays open.

 

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Effect of wind on Mont de Grange.
Avoriaz preparing top of Chaux Fleurie.
All quiet on the Chatel side.

 

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Top of Rochassons.
Wind affected Rennes piste.
Towards wind affected Les Rennes piste.

 

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Overview of Les Rennes.
Looking down on Plaine Dranse.
Better cover on bottom of Rennes piste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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