It's fair to say that snow conditions are deeply underwhelming across the Alps - as witnessed by this week's edict from St-Martin-de-Belleville town hall for locals to leave the slopes for the tourists this week.
Les Arcs seems to be holding up reasonably well. At first sight, things look reasonably white, at least on the higher runs. But the thin snow cover means rocks and stones are never far away from the soles of your skis. The pisteurs have done a fine job with what they have, and stakhanovite groups of them have been spotted digging out snow from the areas adjacent to the pistes. Apparently a lot of good work was done in November to make artificial snow while the real product was still falling.
Skiing in Arc 2000 is quite reasonable, as are the higher pistes on the 1800/1600 side above the Arpette. Peisey is very bare, although a number of runs to resort are still open. Sadly the run to the iconic Blanche Murée has been closed. As is Villaroger.
|Above Varet (2600m), Dec 2015|