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Courchevel Snow Report for 20 Dec 2014

Our Snow Report for Courchevel brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Courchevel snow report shown below was updated on 20 Dec 2014. 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 Courchevel.

Courchevel Snow Report Issued: 20 Dec 2014

Most recent snowfall: on 17 Dec 2014
Fresh snow depth: 15 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
51
19
Bottom New Snow in Resort: –
Good piste on-piste
Good
Powder Off piste
Varied
Resort runs Resort runs Packed

Resort Ski Report: 20 out of 53 Lifts open.

Courchevel Snow Conditions: The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes

Reported Weather Conditions: Sun/cloud, Cloudy this morning, clearing later, Temperature: -1° C

Eyeball surf report
  1. Skivillaroger[1] Ski Villaroger Great day skiing in #valdisere ! [link]
  2. eyeball reporter Tignes Hub #tignesspirit [link] Sun is out in full force today.. gorgeous start to the Christmas week! #Tignes #skihire #s...
  3. Unnamed (1) Jack Wolfskin Val d'Isere Most of the clouds are gone and it is now SUNNY. Temps are rising and no winds in town. #HappyHolidays #valdisere
  4. Skivillaroger[1] Ski Villaroger Good skiing in #valdisere, come to watch the Womens downhill world cup! [link]
  
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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)
Sun Mon Tue

(1372m — 3200m)

snow report yesterday

5 km away

Champagny webcam
210
50
on 22 Apr
2
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2286 m
2150m 3250m 3350m

(1337m — 2738m)

snow report 2 days ago

5 km away

La Tania webcam
51
19
Fair
Limited
15 cm
4 days ago
2
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2038 m
2200m 3200m 3300m

(1450m — 2950m)

snow report yesterday

6 km away

50

Good
Crust
15 cm
4 days ago
2
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
2200m 3250m 3350m

(1410m — 2355m)

snow report yesterday

7 km away

45
5
Wet
×
Not Enough Snow
4 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1882 m
2200m 3250m 3350m

(1250m — 3250m)

snow report yesterday

10 km away

La Plagne webcam
55
15

Good
Crust
18 cm
3 days ago
2
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2250 m
2100m 3250m 3350m

Notes on the Courchevel Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Courchevel weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Courchevel, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Courchevel. 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, Courchevel snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Courchevel snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Courchevel 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 Courchevel 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 Courchevel, study the Courchevel piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Courchevel snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Courchevel 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 Courchevel (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Courchevel Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Courchevel 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.