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Les Contamines Snow Report for 17 Dec 2017

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Les Contamines Snow Report for 17 Dec 2017

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Our Snow Report for Les Contamines brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Les Contamines snow report shown below was updated on 17 Dec 2017. 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 Les Contamines.

Les Contamines Snow Report Issued: 17 Dec 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 17 Dec 2017
Fresh snow depth:6cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
175
35
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Excellent
PowderOff piste Powder
Resort runsResort runsOpen

Resort Ski Report:9 out of 25 Lifts open.powder & sun!

Les Contamines Snow Conditions:Excellent on and off piste conditions

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun, Light clouds dotting the sky, Temperature: -8°C

Eyeball snow report
  1. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: Snow falling at Courchevel.
  2. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: Snowing in Combloux.
  3. Skivillaroger[1]Ski Villaroger Fabulous conditions in #paradiski #lesarcs #villaroger.. more snow overnight and sun trying to poke through... off to ski more #powder [link]
  4. eyeball reporter Great snow conditions throughout area. Snow forecast for tomorrow, good news.
  5. eyeball reporter Excellent on and off piste conditions. Light clouds dotting the sky.
  
Snow conditions provided by a manager in the resort snow report icon Snow conditions provided by a manager in the resort
*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)
Mon Tue Wed

(1176m — 2487m)

snow report today

0 km away

175
35

Excellent

Powder
6 cm
today
21
2
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1832 m
550m 850m 1050m

(1008m — 1860m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 km away

120
105

Fresh

Varied
25 cm
2 days ago
16
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1434 m
550m 850m 1050m

(1400m — 2350m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 km away

110
85

Excellent

Varied
40 cm
3 days ago
20
1
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
550m 750m 950m

(1113m — 2350m)

snow report 2 days ago

10 km away

Megeve webcam
100
45

Excellent

Varied
25 cm
2 days ago
19
1
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1732 m
550m 700m 900m

(1037m — 3842m)

snow report 2 days ago

15 km away

Chamonix webcam
130
40

Excellent

Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
21
2
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2440 m
600m 900m 1100m

Notes on the Les Contamines Snow Report

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

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

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

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