Ski France

Les Orres Snow Report for 20 May 2019

Ski France

Les Orres Snow Report for 20 May 2019

Our Snow Report for Les Orres brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Les Orres snow report shown below was updated on 20 May 2019. 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 Orres.

Les Orres Snow Report Issued: 20 May 2019

Season opens: 14 December 2019 | Season closes: 19 April 2020

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Most recent snowfallon 20 May 2019
Fresh snow depth:12 cm

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

Resort Ski Report:0 out of 23 Lifts open. Our model predicted that 12cm (5 inches) of snow fell over 48 hours between Saturday 18 of May at 8AM and Monday 20 of May at 8AM CEST at the mid mountain level

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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
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)
Fri Sat Sun

(1619m — 3820m)

snow report 2 days ago

193 km away

Zermatt webcam
Spring snow 45 cm
3 days ago
moderate rain
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2720 m
2950m 2850m 2900m

(1546m — 3016m)

snow report 2 days ago

213 km away

Gstaad Glacier 3000 webcam
16 cm
2 days ago
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 2281 m
3000m 2800m 2800m

(2264m — 2711m)

snow report 2 days ago

239 km away

14 cm
2 days ago
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 2488 m
3000m 2800m 2850m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report 2 days ago

248 km away

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
20 cm
2 days ago
light rain
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
3000m 2850m 2850m

(1150m — 3020m)

snow report today

296 km away

Engelberg webcam
Spring snow 15 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 2085 m
3000m 2800m 2800m

Notes on the Les Orres Snow Report

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

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