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Chamonix Snow Report for 17 Apr 2015

Our Snow Report for Chamonix brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Chamonix snow report shown below was updated on 17 Apr 2015. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Chamonix.

Chamonix Snow Report Issued: 17 Apr 2015

Season opens: 10 February 2013 | Season closes: 5 May 2013

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Most recent snowfall: on 5 Apr 2015
Fresh snow depth: 20 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
175
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste
Fresh
Powder Off piste
Varied
Resort runs Resort runs closed

Resort Ski Report: 40 out of 68 Lifts open.

Chamonix Snow Conditions: Fresh snow on upper slopes

Reported Weather Conditions: Rain/snow, Snowing up high, raining below, Temperature: 0° C

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  1. eyeball reporter pluie légère toute la journée, températures douce light rain all day long, mild temperature
  2. eyeball reporter Last day tomorrow. Limited skiing after the rain and thaw since Tuesday.
  
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No snow report today? Submit a user Snow Report here.*

*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sat Sun Mon

(1008m — 1860m)

snow report today

7 km away

Les Houches webcam
90
Wet
Slush
13 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1434 m
2450m 2300m 2300m

(1252m — 3275m)

snow report yesterday

8 km away

Argentiere webcam
175

Fresh

Varied
5 cm
yesterday
6
32
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2264 m
2400m 2250m 2250m

(1400m — 2350m)

snow report yesterday

12 km away

1
9
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1875 m
2450m 2350m 2300m

(1222m — 2624m)

snow report yesterday

14 km away

Courmayeur webcam
2
7
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1923 m
2500m 2150m 2300m

(1176m — 2487m)

snow report today

15 km away

Les Contamines webcam
95
Spring 13 days ago
2
6
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1832 m
2450m 2350m 2300m

Notes on the Chamonix Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Chamonix. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Chamonix piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Chamonix snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Chamonix, the Chamonix weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Chamonix weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Chamonix, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Chamonix. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Chamonix snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Chamonix snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Chamonix snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Chamonix snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Chamonix, study the Chamonix piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Chamonix snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Chamonix on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Chamonix (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Chamonix Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Chamonix snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.