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Chamonix Snow Report for 16 Dec 2018

Ski France

Chamonix Snow Report for 16 Dec 2018

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 16 Dec 2018. 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: 16 Dec 2018

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Most recent snowfallon 16 Dec 2018
Fresh snow depth:25 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
TopNew Snow at Top: –
Good pisteOn piste-
PowderOff piste-
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:0 out of 49 Lifts open. Our model predicted that 19cm (7 inches) of snow fell over 12 hours between Saturday 15 of December at 10PM and Sunday 16 of December at 10AM CET at the mid level

Eyeball snow report
  1. Is it snowing? Snow falling in Les Coches.
  2. weather station observation Intermittent light rain reported from Aigle at 381 metres elevation 7 kms WSW of Leysin but it is forecast cold enough for snow at higher elevations in the ski area
  3. Is it snowing? It is snowing steadily in Les Arcs.
  4. Is it snowing? Snow falling heavily at Avoriaz.
  5. New fb logo 2018White Room Chalet Heavy snowfall overnight in Sainte Foy. The slopes are in great condition. A little cloudy today. Plenty more snow due this week.  
  
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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)
Sun Mon Tue

(1037m — 3842m)

snow report today

0 km away

Chamonix webcam
25 cm
today
31
50
18
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2440 m
1650m 1050m 1550m

(1030m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

3 km away

Brévent-Flégère webcam
130
Packed 16 cm
today
25
34
2
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1778 m
1650m 1100m 1550m

(1008m — 1860m)

snow report yesterday

7 km away

40
10
Packed 7 cm
today
18
22
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1434 m
1600m 1050m 1500m

(1252m — 3275m)

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8 km away

130
Packed 19 cm
today
32
53
22
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2264 m
1650m 1100m 1550m

(1464m — 2271m)

snow report today

11 km away

4 cm
today
29
47
2
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1868 m
1650m 1100m 1550m

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.

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