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Les Houches Snow Report for 17 Jan 2017

  • Weather Forecast for Les Houches at  m altitude issued: 12 am18 Jan 2017 (local time)  
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Les Houches Snow Report for 17 Jan 2017

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

Les Houches Snow Report Issued: 17 Jan 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 14 Jan 2017
Fresh snow depth:20cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
90
40
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Excellent
PowderOff pisteTracked
Resort runsResort runsopen

Resort Ski Report:15 out of 15Lifts open.

Les Houches Snow Conditions:Great skiing thanks to the recent snowfalls

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun,Clear skies providing great views,Temperature: -6°C

Eyeball surf report
  1. 80 40 bold%20copyChalet Arc Great conditions here in Les Arcs
  2. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: It is snowing heavily in Chatel.
  3. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: No clouds over Peisey/Vallandry today. Not much wind here, just a light breeze. Cold. Most lifts are open. The pistes are in fair condition Variable snow conditions off-piste
  4. Pnlogo snowcastPremiere Neige And the freshies keep on coming! Such a gorgeous day in #SainteFoy! [link]
  5. eyeball reporter Very good piste conditions, best at top. Clear blue skies, all lifts open.
  
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*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)
Wed Thu Fri

(1008m — 1860m)

snow report yesterday

0 km away

90
40

Excellent
Tracked
20 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1434 m
550m 650m 650m

(1400m — 2350m)

snow report yesterday

6 km away

92
48

Excellent

Varied
3 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1875 m
500m 650m 650m

(1037m — 3842m)

snow report yesterday

7 km away

150
40

Excellent
Tracked
49 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2440 m
600m 650m 650m

(1176m — 2487m)

snow report yesterday

9 km away

Les Contamines webcam
155
45

Excellent

Powder
40 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1832 m
550m 650m 650m

(1252m — 3275m)

snow report yesterday

14 km away

Argentiere webcam
150
59

Excellent

Varied
49 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2264 m
600m 700m 700m

Notes on the Les Houches Snow Report

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

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Les Houches weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Les Houches, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Les Houches. 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 Houches snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Les Houches snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Les Houches 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 Houches 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 Houches, study the Les Houches 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 Houches snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Les Houches 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 Houches (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Les Houches Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Les Houches 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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