Chatel Snow Report

The Latest Snow Report From Chatel

 

 

Archive Reports From Seasons 2013/14 to 2020/21... can be viewed via the Chatel Snow Report Archive Page.

 

The Chatel snow report is usually updated daily during the winter season and sometimes twice daily or more during snowfalls.
During the rest of the year, the Chatel snow report will be less frequent.

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Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.

 

 

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Chatel Snow Report: 22/12/2021: 2.55pm

Day 14 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There is not too much of interest on the rest of the model runs since this morning's update. There does not look like being much precipitation before the 27th, though some charts (eg Arpege) suggest a bit of rain on Friday and others (eg GFS) show a bit of rain and snow on the 26th - more on those on tomorrow's update. Thereafter, there are still suggestions of rain and snow at times between the 26th and 28th, but I don't think the charts are heading in the right direction today, if you are after significant snowfall. Also, both main models (GFS and ECMWF) end the year on a very mild note, so the main question is going to be whether the precipitation before then is going to add to the already healthy snow pack or not. Uncertainty levels remain sky high, despite the generally unfavourable trend today and there remains a chance that the models could flip tomorrow.

 

Photos posted on the WhatsApp group again today.

 

Next Update:
Early Thursday.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 22/12/2021: 7.15am

Day 14 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel, where it is another cold start lower down, with temperatures close to -11c in the immediate valley area and it is colder higher up too this morning, with the snow making machinery visibly working across parts of the ski area.

 

The weather is looking fine again today, continuing the sunny period, which has been in place since the middle of the month. Wind is not expected to be an issue on the ski area today.

 

The models continue to churn out different scenarios for the coming days. The dry weather looks like continuing tomorrow and then on Friday, there is the chance of some showery precipitation, which looks like it would be a bit of rain for most elevations of the ski area. Details to follow on subsequent updates for the snow/rain boundary for Friday and also whether this area may avoid any rain. Thereafter, the mixed messages from the models contunue, but, Christmas Day is now looking like staying mostly dry with perhaps some showers on Christmas night. Thereafter, it does look like being generally unsettled, with a yo-yoing snow/rain boundary, but it should be noted that the period from the 27th to the 30th could see a rain then snow then rain scenario, if the GFS model is correct, which paints a very mild and wet day on the 30th. Fortunately, that is a long way off and due to the model chaos at the moment in dealing with the weather pattern, I'm still of the opinion that anything beyond Friday morning is open to change and perhaps substantial change. So, treat all automated output from the apps and websites with caution at the moment.

 

Next Update:
During the day.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 21/12/2021: 1.25pm

Day 13 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season...Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The skies are clear again today, though it is a bit colder in general on the ski area, in comparison to recent days. Photos from today will be posted to the WhatsApp and Facebook groups.

 

Today's models are still causing some head scratching with some charts dry for Christmas Day and others suggesting rain and snow. One constant appears to be a precipitatipn event at some point of the 26th, with the snow/rain boundary potentially above the village, but not too high above. The ECMWF model keeps it unsettled though to the 28th, with perhaps the snow/rain boundary easing down, whereas the GFS model has a dry 27th and a snowy 28th. So, plenty of mixed messages again! All that can be said today is that the weather will become generally more unsettled from the weekend and the charts are generally showing a less mild period in comparison to some charts from the last few days. That is good news, as some of them from a couple of days ago were rather horrible. However, any detail on those snow/rain boundaries are a long way from being resolved and could easily change again for the better or the worse. To be continued...

 

Next Update:
Probably early Wednesday.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 21/12/2021: 7.05am

Day 13 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season...Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour... A brief early update this morning as there will be a look at the outlook on an update during the day. The immediate valley area has seen temperatures dip down to -13c overnight, though we are still seeing a temperature inversion, as it is about 2.5c at 1800m and just above 0c at 2200m. The dry or mostly dry weather looks like it may last until the weekend, with the situation finely poised from Friday night / Saturday onwards, but more on what the latest models are saying for the Christmas period on the next update.

 

Next Update:
During the day today.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 20/12/2021: 2.15pm

Day 12 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season...Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The sun has been shining brightly all morning here in Chatel. I managed to get out and about and headed up to Mouet on the trails. The Barbossine lift was deserted and I only saw a handful of people come down the red L'Epervier piste!

 

The views from Mouet were as spectacular as ever and there was some valley fog visible down towards La Chapelle. There was a bit of breeze at 1800m, but the sunshine felt warm. Photos from the excursion are below.

 

Also below, are this morning's charts showing the various models handling of the low which will be approaching Britain during the second half of the week. The issue for our area is that the low will be pumping in mild air from the southwest for a number of days. The latest ECMWF model (00z) run was not quite as bad as the shocker of yesterday evening, which had a prlonged mild and wet spell, but it still keeps things generally changeable and relatively mild over Christmas, with the chance of an elevated snow/rain boundary at times. As mentioned this morning, the models are struggling with this evolution and are chopping and changing regarding the potential timing of the periods of precipitation and the boundary between the mild and chillier air and hence the snow/rain boundary for this area. I'm still thinking that we won't avoid some sort of mild spell, but the intensity and duration of such a spell is still really uncertain. Maybe, we will know more by this time tomorrow... maybe...

 

Next Update:
Early Tuesday.

 

     

This morning's charts.
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Route to Theo

Views from Mouet

Views from Mouet
   

View down the valley

Mouet

Views from Mouet

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 20/12/2021: 7.00am

Day 12 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season...Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... it is yet another clear and frosty start to the day, with a pronounced tempertature inversion in place again, with temperatures below -7c in the immediate valley area and above +4c at 1800m. There will have been another piste re-freeze overnight on those areas which softened in the sunshine yesterday. The contrasts between the colder shaded areas and milder sunny aspect slopes continues. Piste conditions remain generally very good, with some scraped and icier areas on busy, steeper slopes, but we had lots of reports of great snow on piste from around the area yesterday.

 

It should be another mostly sunny day on the ski area. There has been some wind overnight in the higher areas and it looks as though there may be some snow blowing around for a time at some of the highest lifts today.

 

The models continue to churn out options which are different enough to have huge implications for us here on the ground for the Christmas period. For example, this morning's GFS model shows a lightly unsettled and mild spell for Friday and Christmas Day, with snow on Boxing Day night and on Monday. As it stands, I think I'd probably settle for that scenario this morning, as the other models are not looking as good. Last nights ECMWF model run really was a mild one for us, with our area stuck in some mild and moist air for several days and the model keeps any real cold air back until the 29th. This morning's UK Met Office charts appears to be heading down the same path. As the latest ECMWF charts have not yet come out this morning, I'll post an update during the day and post some charts to highlight the issues. However, automated apps and website forecasts will continue to chop and change, whilst the models struggle with this forthcoming weather pattern and I don't think we can have much of an idea what is going to happen beyond Friday, with various options remaining on the table.

 

Next Update:
Later today.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 19/12/2021: 1.55pm

Day 11 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The skies have been clear so far today here in Chatel and it is becoming milder again in the sunshine, with shaded areas much colder, especially those in the valley. The photos below are from a trip to the Super Chatel area by Mme Snow Report this morning, who reports some wonderful piste conditions in that sector. There are more people on the ski area today as the holidays get under way, combined with it being a Sunday too.

 

Next Update:
Early Monday.

 

   




   




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 19/12/2021: 7.10am

Day 11 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... Another fine day is expected on the ski area today and again there is an inversion this morning, with temperatures below -6c in the immediate valley area, and around 1c at 2200m - so the inversion is less pronounced. Under the clear skies, the ground temperatures will have been freezing, so areas which saw softening and thawing yesterday will have seen an overnight re-freeze. Wind is not expected to be an issue on the ski area today and it looks like being another day of contrasts between the sunny warmth, and shaded cold, depending on the aspect of the slope.

 

The fine weather is still expected to last until midweek and then a change is on the way. Low pressure is set to head towards Britain during the second half of next week, but on a rather southerly track, which brings the possibility of UK wintry weather but will probably result in milder air air being pumped into our area. The models are chopping and changing regarding the potency of the low or lows and their track and pentetration into Europe. For example, after showing some mild and wet Christmas weather on yesterday's output, this morning's GFS model suggests mostly dry weather until Boxing Day with snow and rain on the following days. Yesterday evening's ECMWF model run was more promising, with a generally wintrier outlook, with snowfall and cold air returning on Boxing Day. So, in a nutshell, we are no closer this morning in knowing how things will pan out later next week, however, a mild feed of air is likely for a time, perhaps combined with precipitation, perhaps not. There is a reasonable chance that any milder feed will be shortlived, but the models could easily swing towards a milder or colder outcome.

 

Expect to continue to see some of the automated apps and forecasts chopping and changing, as the models struggle with this forthcoming weather pattern. This uncertainty may well last for another couple of days...

 

Next Update:
Probably later today.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 18/12/2021: 4.35pm

Day 10 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The skies have been clear again today here in Chatel and there are a few more people on the ski area and arriving in the village, though it still appears quieter than would be expected on what is the starting day of many people's holdays.

 

A close eye is being kept on the charts for later next week, as discussed this morning. A shift in the pattern could still happen, however, some sort of wet spell over Christmas is probably a more likely outcome at the moment, with some rather mild air being pumped into our area. Caveats are of course that the period in question is still some days away, which does bring a chance of a more beneficial outcome. Hopefully any damper spell will be shortlived and will be relaced by colder air. More on this on tomorrow's updates.

 

Photos from this morning.

 

Next Update:
Early Sunday.

 

   




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 18/12/2021: 7.35am

Day 10 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... the temperature inversion is even more pronounced this morning with -11.5c in the immediate valley area and 7c at 1800m to 2200m! The fine weather and temperature inversion conditions are expected to continue through the weekend. The rest of the resort opens today, so lifts in Super Chatel and Barbossine will join those of Linga and PLJ, as well as the lifts of La Chapelle etc.

 

After a dry and mostly fine first half of next week, the charts continue suggest that a change is on the way from the second half of the week. However, the change may not be a good one as some charts suggest we will be on the wrong side of the mild and cold air boundary. Yesterday evening's ECMWF model update was a bit of a shocker, with several days of mild and moist air through the Christmas period, with rain getting up to high elevations on the ski area and this morning's GFS model run is showing a similar scenario. At the moment, that is a worst case scenario, however, it is a plausible scenario and it does look as through there will be, at the very least, a period when some rather mild and moist air is pumped into our area, with the only question being how long it lasts for. I'll take a closer look at how this pattern may evolve on subsequent updates, but at the moment, it does look as though some wet weather is possible from some point on Thursday, with wet conditions for the lower half of the ski area, perhaps extending much higher at times. Some of the automated apps and forecasts will be churning out some horrible looking outcomes for the end of next week and the Christmas period, but, this is not a done deal just yet.

 

Wind is not expected to be an issue on the ski area today.

 

Photos from yesterday.

 

Next Update:
Probably - Later today.

 

   




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 17/12/2021: 7.25am

Day 9 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel, where there is another huge temperature inversion in the area, with the immediate valley seeing temperstures below -9c, whereas up at 1800m /2200m, the current air temperature is closer to 5c!!! That is quite some difference.

 

So, it looks like it will be the case of more of the same on the ski area today, with sunshine bringing a mild feel to sunny aspect slopes and with shaded slopes, such as those on the Linga side, remaining colder, with lower shaded areas staying in the freezer. This inversion weather is set to continue for several more days. There are some hints of a change before Christmas, however, the models are toying with a potentially fairly unusual weather pattern, which could bring some easterly weather into the UK. This may mean that low pressure may be taking a southerly trajectory into Europe, which means there is always the chance of milder air being imported at times into our area. All that can be said this morning is that the evolution of the pattern beyond this fine, inversion type spell is far from being resolved, however, precipitation in the form of rain and snow may be back on the agenda from the second half of next week onwards.

 

Wind is not expected to be an issue on the ski area today.

 

Next Update:
Later today.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 16/12/2021: 5.30pm

Day 8 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

It has been a bad news day, with France excluding British holidaymakers from midnight tomorrow night (11pm GMT). This has obviously dealt a huge blow to many businesses in the area, as well as to all those planning on spending their Christmas and New Year holidays in Chatel or surrounding villages.

 

Therefore we post the photos today with a tinge of sadness.

 

Next Update:
Friday morning.

 

   




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 16/12/2021: 8.15am

Day 8 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2...

 

Photo:

The view down the valley early this morning...

 

Next Update:
Later.

 

     

Bonjour!



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 16/12/2021: 7.30am

Day 8 Of The 2020/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel, where it is set to be another lovely, sunny day on the quiet pistes of the ski area. We currently still have the PLJ / Combes / Linga area open, along with the link to Avoriaz. The rest of the ski and board area is set to open this weekend.

 

This morning, there is a really pronounced temperature inversion in place, with the immediate valley area seeing temperatures below -7.5c, whereas Avoriaz at 1800m is closer to 8c! There is some valley mist knocking about the area too this morning. Despite the air temperature, the snow pack at these higher elevations should again have seen an overnight re-freeze in areas where there was some thawing / softening in the sunshine yesterday. This temperature inversion weather, with lovely daytime conditions in the sunshine, which sees the shaded areas remaining frozen, is expected to last several more days, with a trend to chillier air returning during next week. As for snowfall, there is nothing expected in the next 7 days, but some charts hint at the possibility towards the back end of next week, which is something we'll be keeping a close eye on, however, that is by no means a certainty and the GFS model run this morning is showing basically dry conditions for the next 12 days.

 

For those lucky enough to be here at the moment, they are finding some amazing piste conditions and these should continue today. Note that there may be more in the way of wind at the highest elevations during the day today, perhaps blowing some snow around a times. The Arome forecast for wind gusts in kmh is below (courtesy of www.meteociel.fr).

 

Next Update:
Later today.

 

     

Arome wind gust forecast (kmh) 1pm
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Chatel Snow Report: 15/12/2021: 8.20am

Day 7 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

As I was busy today, Mme Snow Report was on the mountain this afternoon and took the photos below. She reports some really good conditions, with very enjoyable pistes, fantastic weather and again, it was very quiet.

There is little more to add this evening, so the next update will be in the morning with a look to see if there is any snowfall in the outlook charts.

 

Next Update:
Early Thursday

 

   

Early morning colour.



     




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 15/12/2021: 8.20am

Day 7 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

A look at the latest charts suggests that high pressure is set to dominate for some time! There should be a cool down next week, in terms of the upper air, which means we should lose some of that very pronounced temperature inversion effect. Any cool down should also bring some opportunities for snow making to resume once again.

 

The area of high pressure which is currently bringing the fine and milder weather to this part of the Alps, is expected to be centred over Britain by Sunday, continuing the block of any Atlantic weather and the charts suggest this high will move northwards next week. This northwards movement of the high may allow low pressure to approach the British Isles from the southwest later next week, perhaps moving into Europe, but at the moment, it does not look like bringing much in the way of precipitation to this part of the world. This morning's ECMWF charts show a bit of snowfall on Christmas Eve, but that is some time away. So, it may be the period beyond Christmas which will provide opportunities for snowfall, however, these weather patterns can and do spring up some surprises, so anything beyond 7 days should be treated with an open mind. However, my gut feeling is that it we may have to wait until closer to New Year for significant snowfall - but that view could easily change.

 

The good news is that unlike some recent seasons, the snow on the pistes is plentiful and there is a season's base on some pistes, so all of, or at the very least, the vast majority of the ski area, will be open over the holiday period.

 

Next Update:
Later today.

 

     

Early morning colour.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 15/12/2021: 7.05am

Day 7 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... another beautiful day is expected here in Chatel and again it will be a case of there being classic temperature inversion conditions across the area. It is currently between -0.5c and -1.5c in the immediate village and valley area, with the inversion resulting in a temperature of 5c at 1800m. Once again, any areas of snow which saw some thaw in the sunshine yesterday, will have seen a re-freeze overnight under the clear skies, resulting in some firmer pistes in those areas. Shaded slopes and valley areas remain in deep freeze mode.

 

Wind is not expected to be an issue today and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine, with the 0c isotherm climbing way up to 3500m this afternoon. In contrast, shaded areas on Linga and in the Dranse valley will retain temperatures close to 0c

 

For those wondering how the Pass Sanitaire system is working on the ski area, we have witnessed checks on the Linga telecabine, where a lift operator is scanning QR codes on the stairs and we are told Pass Sanitaire's are being checked before the purchase of a lift pass. There have been random checks on other lifts, but we have not personally witnessed these. We have been also scanned when entering restaurants and bars on the ski area.

 

Next Update:
This morning with a look at the outlook.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 14/12/2021: 7.20am

Day 6 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... classic temperature inversion conditions are again in place this morning, with the local valley freezing hard at -4c, whereas areas such as Avoriaz at 1800m are currently seeing temperatures 10c higher at 6c! These are air temperatures, so the snowpack will have seen a re-freeze under overnight clear skies in those areas which saw a bit of thawing in the mild sunshine yesterday. Shaded slopes and valley areas remain in the winter freezer, so there will be noticeable contrasts across the ski area again today, with a cold feel in areas such as the shaded slopes at Linga, especially towards the bottom, whereas up at 1800m in the sunshine it should feel quite warm. Wind is not expected to be an issue today, but there may be a bit of a breeze on some of the highest areas.

 

As for fresh snowfall, the latest info this morning is that there are still very few signs of anything heading this way, with high pressure set to block the normal weather pattern from the Atlantic. So, snowfalls are very unlikely in the next 7 days and there is a chance that this will extend through to Christmas. If skies remain clear, then the ski area should retain good conditons throughout, with a freeze/thaw cycle on sunnier areas, with the shaded slopes remaining in the winter freezer.

 

Next Update:
Later today.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 13/12/2021: 4.05pm

Day 5 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Conditions were superb this morning in the Chatel ski area!

 

Despite the clear blue skies and wonderful snow conditions, the area was quiet and quieter than yesterday (which we thought was quiet)! There were less than 20 cars in the Linga main car park when we arrived before 9.30am and the first couple of hours in the Linga and PLJ areas it was a case of spot the person at times! There were a few more people by the time we had finished just before 1pm, but the main Linga car park had less than 50 vehicles in it.

 

The pistes had been groomed to perfection overnight (thankyou piste workers!) and the snow conditions were mostly grippy and flattering, with harder areas mostly reserved to the bottom sections of Linga. In the shade, it was cold, with the bottom of Linga remaining in the freezer, whereas at the top of Rochassons it felt really quite warm in the sunshine - an indication of the classic inversion conditions which we will see all week.

 

After starting at the bottom of Linga, we did a several laps of the Combes, Cornebois, Rochassson and Chaux des Rosees chairs before heading back down to the bottom of Linga.

 

Chatel Testing Centre Booking Platform:

This appears to now be live and can give a test result and pass sanitaire in 15 minutes for those needing daily tests.

It also does PCR tests.

The test centre is very easy to spot, as it just by the church square (Place d'Eglise).

The booking website is: www.passrdv.com and there is an english version too.

 

Next Update:
Early Tuesday.

 

   

Quiet pistes, blue skies and ...

... sunshine.

Les Combes.

 

     

Les Combes hut.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 13/12/2021: 7.15am

Day 5 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Early Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel. It is a cold start down in the immediate valley area with temperaures of around -6c, however the village is not as cold, as this is now inversion cold, as the air higher up is now less cold. We often see this in periods of high pressure domination and it will be a feature of the coming week. Currently the recorded air temperature at 1800m is between 4c and 5c! However, as the ground is snow covered and the skies are clear, the surface temperature will be freeezing up there. So, this week, we expect to see classic inversion conditions at times, with shaded slopes and valley areas remining frozen under clear skies, with the sunny aspect slopes seeing milder temperatures and a bit of freeze/thaw cycle, which is all perfectly normal. The clear skies and low angle of the December sun should mean that the snow cover should be resilient and there is alot of snow on the ski area and an excellent base on many pistes - in fact there is probably a season's base on some pistes!

 

One of the negatives of the inversion weather, with a mild high pressure situation, is that snow making can only take place in the lowest frost pockets - hence the snow making cannon on much of the mountain will not have been operating overnight and are unlikely to do so again for some days.

 

Wind is not expected to be an issue today and a classic December day beckons.

 

Dry weather is expected to dominate the weather over the UK and NW / W Europe for at least the next 7 days and possibly longer. Some charts suggest the high could be orientated to allow in much colder air at some point beyond 7 days and perhaps an incursion from the north could come in at some stage, however, that is too far away for any certainty at this point and there is a chance that the dry weather could last up to Christmas.

 

Next Update:
Later today.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 12/12/2021: 2.10pm

Day 4 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season... Update 2....

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The skies were clear over the Chatel ski area early this morning and the lifts opened pretty much on time, with the avalanche risk lowering to a level 3 (a "considerable" risk of avalanche). It was great to see some sunshine again, as it has been in relatively short supply over the last couple of weeks.

 

Snow conditions this morning were about as good as they can get here in Europe, with cold, dry snow on piste and powder everywhere else. There was a bit of a breeze at the top of the upper lifts, but not enough to spoil things. The only firmer areas of snow we came across this morning were on the Stade, where the cannon had been working and just off the top of the L'Echo Alpin, where there had been a bit of scouring by the wind.

 

The big surprise today was the lack of people, which was commented on by several people we came across. After the initial 9am flurry of skiers and boarders getting on the first lifts had passed, the area seemed quiet. Considering the snow conditions, the weather and that it was a Sunday, and considering it was only Linga, Combes and PLJ open, I was expecting it to be absolutely rammed by 11am, but this was not the case. Had people gone over to Avoriaz was one possibility, however, we saw little point in doing that when conditions on the Chatel side were simply wonderful and there was wind higher up. As my session finished at the bottom of Linga at just after midday, I saw very few people at the Caisses down there and the car park was definitiely not at full capacity. I don't think I have ever experienced a fine weather Sunday morning as quiet as it was today.

 

It will be interesting to see how busy the ski area gets during the coming week - which is set to be dry and sunny.

 

Photos from this morning. More photos to follow during the week, especially on the WhatsApp and Facebook group.

 

Next Update:
Early Monday with a look at the outlook.

 

   

Digging out again this morning!

It was good to see Combes again!

Buried hedge near the caravan park.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 12/12/2021: 7.15am

Day 4 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel, where it is a cold and dry start to the day and temperatures in the immediate valley area have dipped to below -10c. There is a temperature inversion, as at 1800m it is -4c.

The lights of the snow making cannon on Linga can be seen this morning.

 

The big snowfall of the last couple of days finally fizzled out yesterday afternoon, with just a dusting of snow since our last measurement.

 

Dry weather is expected for the next week, with high pressure taking charge for the first time this month, after a couple of weeks of unsettled weather and large amounts of snow. The base for the season should now be in place on many key pistes, especially those which also benefit from snow making, where a mix of natural and man made snow builds a really resilient base.

 

So, we should see some sunshine today and for all of next week with some lovely mountain weather with mild days developing on the sunny aspect areas, chilly nights and shaded areas remaining in the deep freeze. The clear skies, dry air and low angle of the sun should combine to help to preserve the existing snow cover.

 

At the moment, there are no convincing signs as to when the next snowfall will arrive, so it could remain dry out to 10 days, which is about as far as we dare to peek!

 

The avalanche risk is set to be very high again today, though the area forecast has brought it down to a 3 out of 5 (which is still a "considerable" risk. Yesterday, a level 5 risk was in place in the Chatel area, which resulted in all the upper part of the ski area remaining closed.

 

Chatel Testing Centre Booking Platform:

This appears to now be live and can give a test result and pass sanitaire in 15 minutes for those needing daily tests.

It also does PCR tests.

The test centre is very easy to spot, as it just by the church square (Place d'Eglise).

The booking website is: www.passrdv.com and there is an english version too.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon with a report from a trip to the ski area.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 11/12/2021: 2.55pm

Day 3 Of The 2021/22 Chatel Season..

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow continued to fall through the morning, adding another 12cm of snow, bringing the total measured to 60cm for this snowfall in the village, though there were probably a few cm's more than this which I missed. This brings the season total to just under 2m of snowfall at our location, at just under 1200m.... and this has fallen since the 26th November! That is a fraction under the amount of snow which fell in the village in the whole of the 2019/20 season, which shows what a rather amazing couple of weeks it has been.

 

Day 3 - Avalanche Risk Meant Upper Lifts Remained Closed:

The huge quantities of snow resulted in the avalanche risk being set locally at 5/5, so all the upper lifts have not opened today, so the only chair running at the time of this update at PLJ was the Pierre Longue. At Linga, the L'Echo Alpin was shut, but the telecabine was open after a delay, which gave access to some excellent conditions under foot with powder covered pistes. We noted some very deep areas of fresh snowfall close to the pistes. There is alot of fresh snow on the ski area!

 

Pass Sanitaire Checks:

Pass Sanitaires were being checked on the steps to the Linga telecabine and people were also being asked for their pass sanitaire when buying lift passes at the caisses.

 

Photos from the day below. Hopefully there will be some brighter weather and a bigger ski area open tomorrow.

 

Next Update:
Unless it keeps snowing, probably early Sunday.

 

   




   




   




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 11/12/2021: 6.55am

December 10th/11th Snowfall... Update 6..

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel where it is still snowing! There have been some drier spells since yesterday evening, however, the snowfall has resumed again and may add a few more cm's before it fizzles out during today. Another 14cm of snow has fallen since the last update, bringing the total to 48cm. However, note that more snow than this probably fell, as noted on the last update.

 

Temperatures dipped below -3c in the village and below -8c at 1800m.

 

Avalanche blasting can be heard booming across the valley early this morning and the avalanche risk is going to be really very high today, with the chance of delayed opening of some lifts (see link to the avalanche forecast at the top of this page).

 

The snowfall brought local power cuts and some trees came down, blocking local roads for a time.

 

Looking ahead and there is now going to be a much drier period, with high pressure dominating for the next 7 to 10 days, but more on that on subsequent updates.

 

Next Update:
Later today with a ski area report.

 

     

Digging out again this morning!



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 10/12/2021: 5.15pm

December 10th Snowfall... Update 5..

 

Weather & Snow Report:

It has been snowing all afternoon, quite heavily at times and there has been some graupel in the mix too. It is not often that I lose track of a snowfall, but a combination of a hairy drive to Abondance, a disturbed snow measuring surface and other distractions meant that this has happened this afternoon. However, there is 34cm of snow on a car parked next to mine which was put there last night, so I will call that the total so far today (perhaps a bit more has actually fallen).

 

In terms of snowfalls, this is pretty impressive stuff for us here in the village and more snow is on the way tonight. to put this last couple of weeks into perspective, we are now not far off the figure for the total snowfall in the 2019/20 season! That season, which was covid curtailed, saw only 2m of snow in the village up to the end of April (Morzine recorded just 1m!) and we could get past 180cm here by tomorrow.

 

Linga opens tomorrow, so there will be a bigger ski and board area to play in and the link o Avoriaz should be open too. As the avalanche risk will still be very high (4/5), then it may be the case that some lifts may be slow to open.

 

Next Update:
Very early Saturday.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 10/12/2021: 12.55pm

December 10th Snowfall... Update 4...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow continues to come down.

 

Interestingly, the latest Arome update for snow accumulations corrected its forecast from this morning to much higher values. However, there appears to be a reasonable chance that these values will be exceeded!

The snow and snow/graupel forecast charts are below.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to Sat.
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Arome snow & graupel accumulation
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Chatel Snow Report: 10/12/2021: 12.25pm

December 10th Snowfall... Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

A heavy period of snowfall since the last update brings the total today to 19cm at 12.15pm.

This is developing into quite a snowfall event!

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 10/12/2021: 11.15am

December 10th Snowfall... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow continues to fall and the measurement at 11am was 9cm, which is well on the way to bringing a significant snowfall to the village. Currently snowing heavily...

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

     

Place d'Eglise this morning.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 10/12/2021: 6.55am

December 10th Snowfall... Update 1...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel where the latest snowfall has recently commenced. Air temperatures are cold and are currently between -4c and -5c in the village and immediate valley area and snow making continued overnight (snow cannon light visible over on Linga and at Super Chatel).

 

Below are 3 graphics from Meteociel.fr for this latest snowfall. The first one is the Arome snow accumulation chart to 7am Saturday. The second is the snow and graupel forecast for the same period and the third is the Arpege model's view too. Updates will appear throughout the day to see where this snow event is heading.

 

Avalanche Risk:

The local area is expected to see the avalanche risk rise to the maximum level 5 today. This brings an extreme risk to the area. The bulletin from Meteo France is here... https://meteofrance.com/meteo-montagne/alpes-du-nord/risques-avalanche

 

Next Update:
This morning

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to Sat 7am.
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Arome snow & graupel accumulation
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Apege snow accumulation to Sat 7am.
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Chatel Snow Report: 09/12/2021: 7.25pm

Avalanche Risk Rising To Level 5 Tomorrow...

 

Snow Report:

The local area is expected to see the avalanche risk rise to the maximum level 5 tomorrow.

The bulletin from Meteo France is here... https://meteofrance.com/meteo-montagne/alpes-du-nord/risques-avalanche

 

Next Update:
Early Friday.

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 09/12/2021: 6.40pm

Couple Of Photos & Tomorrow's Snowfall...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Apart for a couple of flurries it has been dry this afternoon and the skies have cleared at times. It is cold and the snow making operation has resumed, which will help make a really resilient base for the season on many key pistes.

 

Snowfall is expected to resume early tomorrow. The hi-res Arome chart is posted below and suggests some further useful or significant falls by Saturday morning. Will update in the morning...

 

Next Update:
Early Friday.

 

   

Late afternoon views...



     

Arome snow accumulation to Sat am.
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Chatel Snow Report: 09/12/2021: 12.40pm

A New Snowfall... Update 7...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There was another spell of snow since the earlier update and there has been another 4cm since 7.15am, bringing the total since yesterday morning to 43.5cm. That's a significant snowfall for us down here in the village and reinforces the strong start to the season, especially as there is more snow to follow tomorrow. Higher areas should have seen larger accumulations. It is currently drier and brighter now.

 

Photos below from the late morning.

 

It looks like it will be snowing again by breakfast time tomorrow. There is a reasonable chance that this could be another 30cm+ snow event for the ski area and I'll post the hi-res accumulation forecast chart this evening.

 

Next Update:
This evening.

 

   




 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 09/12/2021: 8.55am

A New Snowfall... Update 6...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Drier weather has arrived after the overnight snowfalls and we are now getting glimpses of the ski area as the cloud clears. There does appear to be the chance of further snow showers coming down from the northwest during this morning, so will update accordingly.

 

Another snowfall is set to arrive tomorrow and this could also be a significant snowfall event. The latest info suggests snowfall resuming around breakfast time tomorrow, lasting for up to 24 hours (timings to be confirmed). The 0c isotherm is set to be close to 1200m during much of tomorrow, so it does look like being a 100% snowfall event for the village, with the freezing level dropping below 1000m by evening. A spell of heavy snowfall is a possibility, but we'll take a look at the potential accumulations on an update later today.

 

Drier weather is now looking very likely next week, as high pressure becomes dominant, however, the really good news this season is that by then, we will already have an impressive base in place on many of the pistes on the ski area. It is too early to say how long any high pressure dominated period will last for, but it may last through all of next week at least. So, during next week, we may well see a temperature inversion regime return, with overnight re-freezes and conditions becoming a touch milder on sunnier aspect slopes, with shaded areas of the ski area and valley remaining in the freezer.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

     

After the snow storm.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 09/12/2021: 7.40am

A New Snowfall... Update 5...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

It has been snowing hard early this morning here in Chatel and there has been another 22cm of snow (7.15am) since the last measurement late yesterday afternoon. That brings the total of snowfall for this event to 39.5cm for our location, just under 1200m, so it has been another significant snowfall event for all elevations of the Chatel ski area.The snow has eased in the last few minutes. Updates to follow...

 

Next Update:
This morning with snowfall update and a look at tomorrow's snowfall.


   

Significant snowfall.

Lots of digging out today.


 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 09/12/2021: 6.40am

A New Snowfall... Update 4...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel where the snowfall has been continuing through the night and it is snowing heavily as this update is being typed. Air temperatures currently range from close to -2c here in Chatel to -9.5c at 2200m. Update on accumulations to follow shortly.

 

Next Update:
Between 7.30am and 8am.


 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 08/12/2021: 5.25pm

A New Snowfall... Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The snowfall continues here in Chatel, as the light fades, though the snow has been generally lighter since the last update. There has been another 1.5cm of snow, bringing today's total in the village at our location to 17.5cm.

 

Further snowfall is expected this evening and overnight into Thursday morning, with a chance we may see another 12cm to 15cm in the village - perhaps a bit more, perhaps a bit less. Higher up, the snowfall continues to mount up and with another snowfall expected on Friday, the ski area will be in pretty good shape this coming weekend!

 

This will be last update today, and I will hopefully be able to be up and about tomorrow, after a day of post booster jab blues.

 

Next Update:
Early Thursday.


   

Road conditions this afternoon.

Laden trees.


 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 08/12/2021: 2.50pm

A New Snowfall... Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There has been another 6cm of snow in the village since the last update, bringing today's snowfall down here to 16cm. The snow is still rather sticky / wet.

 

Next Update:
Late afternoon / early evening.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 08/12/2021: 12.00pm

A New Snowfall... Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow has been falling in morning here in Chatel with 10cm of fresh snow measured a few minutes ago. The snow is quite wet, as the 0c isotherm isn't too far below the village, but that isotherm should fall below 1000m this evening. The snowfall is expected to continue through today with significant falls up on the ski area, where it started snowing during the night. There should be a very decent fresh covering down here in the village in the next 24 hours. The snow is expected to peter out during Thursday morning, however, another snowfall looks like arriving early on Friday and this could also bring significant snowfall. Some charts this morning suggest up to 1m of snow could have fallen in parts of the ski area by the weekend!

 

Thereafter, next week looks generally drier and perhaps milder during the daytimes too, with high pressure returning, though most pistes should have an excellent base of snow by then.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.


     

Snowy scenes this morning.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 08/12/2021: 8.10am

Early Update... A New Snowfall...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow is fallling here in the village after some damp weather overnight. The report is running late due to after effects of yesterday's booster jab - but there will be posts during the day as this snowfall develops.

 

Next Update:
During the day - several updates.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 07/12/2021: 3.35pm

Afternoon Update..

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The weather has been fine today and it felt pleasant in the sunshine. The snow pack was measured as being 28cm this morning (shaded area) at our location in the village.

 

The next snowfall is on the way and it still looks as though the snow/rain boundary should have come down to the village by tomorrow morning, perhaps before dawn, give or take an hour or two. There should be multiple updates tomorrow across our 3 main platforms - on here, on the WhatsApp group and on the new private facebook group. Details on how to join are on the "tip" page.

 

Next Update:
Early Wednesday. Will it be snowing?

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 07/12/2021: 8.10am

Another Snowfall On The Way..

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Since the update earlier this morning, another snow shower has moved in bringing the total overnight snowfall to 3cm in the village. It is now drier again.

 

The good news is that there appears to be alot more snow on the way, with a rain to snow event for the village tonight, bringing further snowfalls to all elevations of the ski area tomorrow and tomorrow night and then there is the chance of another snowfall arriving on Friday. The Arpege model this morning suggests that there is the chance of over 1m of fresh snow for the upper half of the ski area by Saturday.

 

Rain and snow is expected to arrive this evening with a sleety mix for the village, but the snow/rain boundary should come back down and be close to the village by 8am tomorrow morning.

 

Here is the latest forecast for the level of the 0c isotherm...

 

Today: 2pm: 1948m

5pm: 2200m

9pm: 1727m

Midnight: 1806m

Wednesday 4am: 1550m

Wednesday 8am: 1426m

Wednesday midday: 1266m

 

Snowfall may continue through tomorrow and overnight into Thursday. Thereafter, it may be snowing again by Friday morning with further snowfall for all elevations of the Chatel ski area and there is the chance that this one could also be a significant snow event. Multiple updates will be posted on the site through these snow events and on our WhatsApp group and the forthcoming private Facebook group.

 

The charts below are from www.meteociel.fr and give the Arome models' view on tonight and tomorrow. Note the accumulations include those which have fallen in the early hours of this morning.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to Wed 8am.
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Arome snow accumulation to Wed 6pm.
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Arome snow accumulation to Thurs 1am.
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Chatel Snow Report: 07/12/2021: 6.55am

Early Update..

 

Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel where air temperatures are currently between -2.5c and -3c the immediate village and valley area and -5c at 1800m. There has again been a bit of snow overnight here in the village, with 2.5cm of powdery fresh snow on our measuring surface.

 

Next Update:
Before 9.30am with a look at the incoming snowfall, which looks like being a rain to snow event overnight here in the village, with snowfall tomorrow...

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 06/12/2021: 1.50pm

Photos From Today..

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The weather has been dry today with some lovely sunshine and variable amounts of cloud and snow making was also taking place. We are still expecting a light snowfall overnight tonight and the rain to snow event is still scheduled for tomorrow night and into Wednesday, with the chance of significant snowfall. More on that event tomorrow.

 

Mme Snow Report was out and about this morning and captured the photos below.

 

Next Update:
Tuesday morning.

 

   

Barbossine bowl.

Snowmaking at Super Chatel.

Barbossine chairs.
   




 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 06/12/2021: 8.50am

More Snow On The Way / Covid Testing Centre To Open..

 

Weather:

It has been a very promising start to the Chatel snow season and as ready mentioned, snow conditions at PLJ were fantastic yesterday morning. Further snowfall is expected this week, so it would appear that many pistes already have a decent base for the holiday season.

 

There may be a few flakes today but the next measurable snowfall looks like coming in tonight with 2cm to 5cm possible in the village and 5cm to 10cm on some of the higher parts of the ski area. The 0c isotherm is set to be close to the village overnight, so snow is likely for all elevations of the Chatel ski area. Following a dry and increasingly mild day on Tuesday, the next batch of precipitation arrives on Tuesday evening, lasting into Wednesday, with further spells perhaps lasting into early Thursday. There could be further precipitation at some point of Friday / Friday night - but more on that during the week.

 

My main point of interest this morning is the precipitation event coming in tomorrow night. As usual, there are some very mixed messages coming from the models regarding amounts of snow and the snow/rain boundary. Some automated snow forecast apps and websites this morning suggest that the 0c isotherm on Tuesday night will be close to or below the village, implying a 100% snow event for1200m. Although I'm not writing off their scenarios, experience suggests that when it comes to predicting the snow/rain boundary, our eyes should be on other sources of data. A classic, recent example of this was for the snowfall of Friday night / Saturday, where some sites were saying it was snowing at 1000m, whereas the reality on the ground was that it was rather wet up to 1500m/1600m - just as expected!!

 

So, the latest info which I can see suggests the following evoluton of the 0c isortherm...

 

Today: mostly below the village

This evening & overnight: close to the village

Tuesday 4pm: 2000m

Tuesday 7pm: 2050m

Wednesday 1am: 1930m

Wednesday 6am: 1550m

Wednesday 11am: 1200m

 

This is important as, it would probably result in the snow/rain boundary sitting above the village until some point on Wednesday morning. (Take off 300m from the above numbers to give a very approximate snow/rain boundary).

However, this time there does appear to be a better chance of the village elevation seeing more in the way of snow than was the case on Friday night / Saturday. There'll be a closer look at quantities on tomorrow's updates ( AND another look at the 0c isotherm), but significant snowfall is a possibility, especially above 1500m/1600m.

 

Covid:

The Chatel vaccination centre re-opens today and also a new testing centre, which it is hoped will be able to produce a Pass Sanitaire in 15 minutes. This is an important step to potentially help UK teenagers who are classed as unvaccinated in France (where you need 2 jabs), to get access to the ski lifts and cafes etc. Details are to be confirmed, but further announcements can be found at the following link. We have no idea of capacity , however, it appears that there may be a booking facility at some point via passrdv.com, but will post more info when we see it.

https://www.mairie-chatel.com/Actu-Vaccination

 

Regarding travel, many people are now aware of the various tests required to get to Chatel and to get back to the UK, and information on this has been posted on this site other local sites. However, how it all works in practice is yet to be seen so we will be watching with interest as various travellers make their way to the PDS this week.

Links to the various regulations can be found on the post below - dated 3rd December.

 

Tips:

Many thanks to the very many of you who have been sending tips via the "tip" page - which, as well as supporting this site, also gives the option to join the WhatsApp group and the forthcoming private facebook group.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

     

This morning.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 06/12/2021: 7.15am

Early Update..

 

Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel where air temperatures are around -4c in the immediate valley area and -8c at 1800m. There has been some fresh snowfall since our last measurement yesterday afternoon, with another 5cm on our measuring surface this morning.

 

Next Update:
Before 9.30am with a look at the next precipitation events and their snow/rin boundaries & news on the forthcoming Covid testing centre in Chatel.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 05/12/2021: 3.45pm

Opening Weekend... Day 2 Of The 2021/2022 Chatel Season...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The second day of Chatel's 2021/22 season saw some really, really good snow conditions! After the dampness and wet snow which characterised the opening day, today saw a transformation into a winter wonderland. Temperatures were cold and the snow was light and dry and there was also some generous amounts of powder to be found too. The only pistes which could be described as having a harder feel was on the home run beneath Plaine Dranse. The open pistes all have excellent cover on them and I didn't see a stone or a bit of gravel this morning. The off piste looked tempting but needs some more snow to cover some of the popular areas and I witnessed a couple of people hitting rocks in the off piste under the Chaux des Rosees, even though the cover looked good from above.

 

The day got off to a slow start, with the Pierre Longue opneing late whilst the pisteurs finished their avalanche work, however, the wait was certainly worth it and the pistes were quiet for the first hour and a half. The Chaux des Rosees, Rochassons and Cornebois chairs also opened and dealt ok with the increasing numbers of people. We called it a day just before 12 as the pistes were getting choppier and it was reasonably busy by then, however, some of the early runs were memorable today!

 

We now have to wait a few more days until next Saturday before we can use the lift system again, when hopefully more of the area will open.

 

During the morning, there was a couple of snow showers moving through the PLJ area and there was another 3cm or snow on the van when we got back to it at 1pm. In the village, it has been snowing but there was only about an additional cm since ealier this morning, however, flakes continue to fall so we may see a bit more by tomorrow, perhaps a few cm's in the village overnight.

 

Looking Ahead:

Low pressure is set to dominate the week with the potential for further snowfall. Snow showers are possible between now and tomorrow morning and there is the chance of a spell of snow on Monday night too. There is then the chance of another significant precipitation event lasting from Tuesday night to Wednesday night, as we get hit by another storm system. This one looks like being another rain to snow event, with milder air affecting the area on Tuesday with the 0c isotherm perhaps heading up towards 2000m for a time, then falling as the precipitation arrives overnight, with some chart suggesting it may be snowing in the village by early to mid-morning on Wednesday, after a few hours of rain. There is plenty of uncertainty regarding where the snow/rain boundary will be for this nexr event with the GFS model suggesting a much lower boundary and an all snow event - however, I'm not entirely convinced by that scenario at the moment, and a rain to snow event is perhaps the most likely outcome at this stage Once again, areas above 1600m could get another plastering, however it is too early to say what may happen down here in the lower elevations of the village.

 

Thereafter, uncertainty levels are sky high, though some charts suggest the chance of something milder perhaps arriving next weekend, or early the following week, however, that is some way off and there is plenty of weather to get through before then.

 

Photos from this morning.

 

Tips:

Many thanks to all those who have been sending tips via the "tip" page - which gives the option to join the WhatsApp group and the forthcoming private facebook group.

 

Next Update:
Early Monday - unless we see some heavier snow showers before then.

   

Snow laden trees.

Quiet early pistes.

Pierre Longue view.
     

Looking down on Plaine Dranse.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 05/12/2021: 7.15am

Early Update..

 

Photos:

Bonjour from Chatel... the rain in the village turned to snow just before 8pm yesterday evening and added has 3cm of snow to our location in the village at 1160m. This was less than hoped, but there should be significant accumulations above 1600m following yesterday's major precipitation event. The snowpack in the village has reduced after the rain, but there is still a solid 23cm at our measuring location.

 

Snowflakes are currently falling in the village, with a temperature close to -2c and it is about -6c at 1800m.

 

Note that the avalanche risk today is very high, with Meteo France setting it at a level 4 for elevations above 1800m. A level 4 is the highest level which is encountered in an open ski sector, as genuine level 5's lead to the closure of sectors and pose a threat to infrastructure etc. Links to the avalanche forecasts are at the top of this page.

 

There is some more snow in the forecast today, with showery outbreaks of snow expected to affect our area. The showery nature of the precipitation brings another lottery to how much snow we will see, but the Arome charts below suggest some further useful accumulations for the ski area by morning, and the snow will be falling at all elevations of the ski area, with the 0c isotherm expected to be sitting between 700m and 800m during the daytime today. One or two heavier bursts of snow are a possibility. Wind strengths are expected to be lower than yesterday, but there may still be a noticeable wind at times at some of the highest elevations of the ski area. Visibility on the ski area is expected to be variable today.

 

Looking ahead - and the charts bring the chance of further precipitation events during the coming week, with the chance of another significant one and there will be a look at this on the next update.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon with a report from the ski area update and look at the potential snowfalls this week.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to this eve.
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Arome snow accumulation to early Mon
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Chatel Snow Report: 04/12/2021: 10.30pm

Evening Update..

 

Photos:

The relentless rain and sleet in the village finally turned to snow just before 8pm and there was a spell of blowing snow which has given a light, fresh covering down here. Higher up, the accumulations should have been mounting up nicely all day, so we await a trip to the ski area tomorrow to see what has fallen. Further snow showers are expected tonight, but, as it looks like a shower lottery scenario, accumulatons are very uncertain and we may not see too much more in the village overnight. We shall see...

 

Next Update:
Early Sunday

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 04/12/2021: 1.05pm

Opening Morning... Day 1 Of The 2021/2022 Chatel Season...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Some lifts opened today at PLJ - which is the first uplift during the winter since March 2020! It felt a little odd getting prepared for the mountain this morning, however, the effort was worth it. It was raining in Chatel when we left after 8am, though there were some flakes of snow mixed in with the rain as you headed into the Linga valley, where the visible snow line on the trees was lower than over in the village. At Pre La Joux, there was also a mix of rain, sleet and a few flakes of snow falling and we headed up the Pierre Longue. As the weather was bad and people's jackets were zipped right up, it was difficult to see if everyone was mask wearing in the queue, but later, we were asked for Pass Sanitaire in the Perdrix Blanche.

 

The good news is that there is excellent cover on the main pistes at PLJ with a mix of fresh snow and man made snow. The precipitation was mostly snow as you headed above 1500m and it was all snow at Plaine Dranse, which is at 1640m. So, elevations from 1600m and upwards should see snow accumulating nicely. Some of the snow on the run home was rather sticky, which was to be expected due to the conditions. It was also noticeably windy from Plaine Dranse upwards. It was good to see that quite a few people had made the effort, though it was challenging conditions!

 

As for when accumualating snow will return down to the village, the latest info suggests between about 7pm and 9pm this evening, though hopefully it will be a little earlier! As mentioned in the early morning update, some automated forecast websites are churning out some weird forecasts today, with Bergfex still saying the snow/rain boundary is well below the village and according to the Meteo France app, it should be snowing in the village now - this is all very odd when Meteo France's Arome model is more accuarately predicting where the rain is.

 

Will update as soon as we see snow down here in the village again...

 

Tips:

Many thanks to all those who have been sending tips via the "tip" page - it is very much appreciated and I'll be contacting people individually over the coming days.

 

Next Update:
This evening, unless it starts snowing in the village before then.

   

Rochassons open.

Snowy roof of Plaine Dranse restaurant.

Snow!
   

Great base on lower sections at PLJ.

Heading back down.


 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 04/12/2021: 7.10am

Wet Lower Down... Alot Of Snowfall Higher Up...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... where it is wet this morning! Although the air temperature is between 0c and 1c down here, we have rain and sleet falling. The temperature is only a touch below 0c at 1800m, confirming the 0c isotherm forecast which we posted yesterday was not too far out and which is showing a similar thing this morning (see below).

 

Today is the opening day of the season and the main question is regarding where the snow/rain boundary will be situated.

Snow is expected to return to the village elevation this evening, however, during the daytime it is going to be a now cast situation as it looks as though the boundary will be fluctuating between 1300m and 1600m. Heavier precipitation may see flakes come down towards the lower end of that range, which will obviously be important at PLJ for those heading out today. It looks a though the general theme for the afternoon is for the snow / rain boundary to ease down. It will be interesting to see at what point along the Pierre Longue chairlift it is snowing - hopefully near the bottom!!! Will update to the WhatsApp group on arrival at PLJ.

 

There have been some bizarre automated forecasts in the last 24 hours regarding the snow/rain boundary (eg Bergfex), with some suggesting it will be below 1000m all day. In fact I am looking at one now which is still saying the snow/rain boundary is currently below 700m! The reality on the ground here in Chatel this morning is that those forecasts appear very wrong.

 

Here are the latest high res 0c isotherm forecast. Snow/rain boundaries are often (but NOT always) approximately 300m below these numbers.

 

0c Isotherm Forecasts For The Weekend: (From the Arome model)

8am: 1804m

Midday: 1839m

2pm: 1726m

4pm: 1631m

8pm: 1417m

Midnight: 948m

Tomorrow: Below 900m.

 

Below are 5 charts to look at. Arome's view of the current rain and snow event and the wind gusts at midday in kmh. The 5th chart is for interest only and is the new snow/graupel forecast graphic - which I'm not currently convinced by, but it will be interesting to make the comparison to what ends up on the ground by tomorrow - all charts from www.meteociel.fr.

 

Covid & Travel:

Note the changes to travel rules for those entering via Switzerland - see the post from 4.15pm yesterday.

 

Tips:

Many thanks to all those who have been sending tips via the "tip" page - it is very much appreciated and I'll be contacting people individually over the coming days.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to 10pm
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Arome snow accumulation to early Sun
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Arome snow accumulation to Mon 1am

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Arome wind gusts (kmh) Sat midday
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Arome snow/ graupel accumulation

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Chatel Snow Report: 03/12/2021: 4.15pm

Tomorrow / Update On Swiss Restrictions...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

It has been beautiful day here in Chatel, with blue skies this morning and cold temperatures with classic Alpine views. It has been a day for us where we havn't managed to get photos since earlier in the day, but that should change over the weekend.

 

Tomorrow still looks like being a bad weather day which could affect the opening day of the season. There looks like being periods of heavy precipitation through the day and into the evening, with the snow/rain boundary rising to between 1450m and 1650m during the morning. There is still some uncertainty regarding this boundary and the snow may well fall to the lower end of this range in the heavier bursts, perhaps a bit lower - so it could be day when the flakes manage to reach down to the bottom of PLJ, whereas the village stays wetter. We will know more in the morning on our early update, but the 6z Arome model run had a max 0c isotherm forecast of 1850m for the late morning period, which was a little bit lower than its previous run. Hopefully the wind will not be too much of an issue!

 

Covid & Travel: Updated:

Just to add a little bit of confusion (which we thought had been sorted out) for the situation regarding flying into Geneva and then getting transport to Chatel - it appears Switzerland is abandoning the quarantine rule for vaccinated travellers and replacing it with the need for a test, which looks like it might be a pcr. The fact that quarantine is going is really good news for those visiting Switzerland. There is an FAQ here from the Swiss authorities and the links below from the Swiss Embassy have been updated too...

 

FAQ's: New Rules For Entry Into Switzerland - click here

 

To check eligibility, there is a travel checker tool on the Swiss Federal Office Of Public Health website...

Swiss Gov travel checker tool - click here

Further Info from Swiss Embassy - click here

Uk Gov advice to enter Switzerland - click here

Uk Gov advice to enter France - click here

 

Next Update:
Early Saturday before heading to PLJ.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 03/12/2021: 9.20am

A Couple Of Photos...

 

Photos:

Views from earlier this morning...

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

   

Alpen glow.

Plenty of snow!


 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 03/12/2021: 7.20am

Dry Today... Rain & Snow Tomorrow...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... air temperatures have been down to close to -11c overnight in the immediate valley area and they dipped to -14c up at 2200m. Snow making machinery is currently operating in the area, with the lights on the cannon visible across village at Linga. There has been no measureable snowfall since the last update yesterday evening. So, yesterday's snowfall was useful rather than anything significant down here in the village, however, areas higher up would have also benefitted from the precipitation which fell on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

 

Many thanks to all those who have been sending tips via the "tip" page - it is very much appreciated and I'll be contacting people individually over the coming days.

 

There is a major precipitation event still scheduled for this weekend. Unfortunately the models still suggest there will be plenty of rain at lower elevations on Saturday. The rain and snow is expected to arrive by about midnight tonight, with the snow / rain boundary rising from close to the village to around 1500m towards breakfast time on Saturday. With the 0c isotherm forecast to be up at 1900m at midday tomorrow, then the snow/rain boundary may be around 1600m. Remember, these forecast boundaries are often slightly out, so the snow may come down lower at times in spells of heavier precipitation. Note also that a 100m to 200m difference in the boundary can have significant impact on the ground and can be the difference between heavy snow and rain in the village. However, at the moment it looks as though the village will see a rather soggy day, with heavy rain at times. The ski area may also be windy at higher elevations. It will be interesting to see whether all the lifts that are due to open, will actually open due to the weather conditions. Colder air will eventually arrive, with snowfall returning to the village during the evening (timing uncertain). Snow should fall at all elevations of the ski area on Saturday night and through Sunday, however, the heaviest period of precipitation appears to be when the snow/rain boundary is above the village. More on this on an update later today.

 

The graphics below give an indication of what the models think will happen in terms of accumulations, but again, treat the Arpege model graphic with caution as the amounts of snow are for higher elevations, not lower down as this model appears to take a broad brush approach to topography. However, it demonstrates the potentially large amounts of precipitation incoming.

 

Here are the Oc isotherm forecasts for tomorrow - the snow / rain boundary is often close to 300m below these figures, but not always.

 

0c Isotherm Forecasts For Saturday (From the Arome model)

4am: 1777m

8am: 1837m

Midday: 1899m

4pm: 1709m

7pm: 1552m

Thereafter, the Arpege model suggests the 0c isotherm will be way below 1000m on Sunday.

 

Covid & Travel:

Links to the travel checker tool for coming from Geneva airport can be found in posts below (eg yesterday morning) - remember to tick the correct transit option ("leaving the airport & changing method of transport").

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to 7am Sat
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Arpege snow accumulation to 8pm Sat
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Arome snow accumulation to Sun 1am

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Arome wind gusts (kmh) Sat midday
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Arpege snow accumulation by Sun night.

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Chatel Snow Report: 02/12/2021: 8.20pm

Snowfall Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Another 1.5cm brings today's total to 10cm. A few flakes are still falling and the temperature in the village in immediate valley area is between -3c and -4c.

 

Next Update:
Friday morning.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 02/12/2021: 5.30pm

Snowfall Update 2...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There has been another 5.5cm of snow since the last update, bringing today's total to 8.5cm and the total since yesterday evening to 10cm. There is a mix of snow and graupel falling and there is currently a heavier burst - however, I'm not expecting too much more from this one, but further showers could spring a surprise. We shall see...

 

Next Update:
This evening.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 02/12/2021: 2.35pm

Snowfall Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Showery snow has been falling all morning, adding another 3cm to the overnight total. There was then a bit of a lull, but the snow has recently started up again - with a snow and graupel mix currently falling. Will report later on how thing's are progressing.

 

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Early evening.

 

   

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Chatel Snow Report: 02/12/2021: 8.40am

Snowfall Today. Rain & Snow At The Weekend...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The first thing to note this morning is that the avalanche risk is very high today in this area - with Meteo France saying it is a 4 out of 5 risk day. Links to the avalanche bulletins are now highlighted in red above the daily snow report updates.

 

Snow is now falling again here in Chatel and the temperature has eased down to -0.5c. Outbreaks of snow are expected today and the first graphic below is the Arome accumulation forecast up to this evening. The second chart is the Arpege model's view for the same period and the third chart is the Arpege accumulation chart to Monday. Remember, the Arpege is not as high a resolution model as the Arome and tends to have a broad brush approach regarding snowfall and topography, so it is always worth taking it with a pinch of salt. However, and it is a big however, the chart for the total up to Monday does suggest that there is alot of precipitation on the way this weekend. As for today, the snow may be showery in nature, bringing plenty of uncertainty to any potential accumulation forecast, so I wouldn't be surprised to see these being inaccurate today.

 

Unfortunately, although there are some mixed messages from the automated forecasts this morning, it does look as though a mild sector will affect the area on Saturday, raising the snow/rain boundary for a time. So, for the opening day of the season, it may be a case that rain is falling below about 1600m during Saturday morning and early afternoon, before the snow/rain boundary comes down to the village late in the day. There remains some uncertainty regarding this, but this appears the most likely scenario at the moment. The snow/rain boundary could easily end up being a bit higher or lower. However, come Saturday evening, it may well be snowing at all elevations of the ski area, with snow falling on and off through Sunday and into early Monday.

 

Significant snowfalls are expected at most elevations of the ski area, with the upper half of the ski area perhaps getting plastered.

 

Another possible fly in the ointment for Saturday is the wind, which could be strong at times at higher elevations and the 4th graphic below is the Arpege wind gust forecast for Saturday afternoon (in kmh).

 

Thereafter, Tuesday may be a dry day and then uncertainty levels are sky high, with a dartboard low set to approach Britain. The behaviour and track of this low is far from being resolved and there remains a chance it could impact this area in a number of ways. More on this over the coming days.

 

So in summary this morning, there should be some useful accumulations of snow today and then alot of rain and snow is likely over the weekend.

 

The snow measurements page is also now being continuously updated - click here.

 

0c Isotherm Forecasts For Today & Tomorrow (From the Arome model)

Midday: 1035m

4pm: 723m

8pm: 447m

Midnight: 406m

9am Fri: 738m
4pm Fri: 1210m

Thereafter, the Arpege model suggests the 0c isotherm rising to 1900m on Friday night.

 

Covid & Travel:

The situation regarding flying into Geneva and then getting transport to Chatel became clearer recently after a period of confusion. The Swiss and UK government websites have updated the rules, which appear to suggest it is now OK for fully vaccinated people to do so. Note some testing may be required.

To check eligibility, there is a travel checker tool on the Swiss Federal Office Of Public Health website...

Swiss Gov travel checker tool - click here

Further Info from Swiss Embassy - click here

Uk Gov advice to enter Switzerland - click here

Uk Gov advice to enter France - click here

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to 8pm
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Arpege snow accumulation to 8pm
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Arpege snow accumulation Monday

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Arpege wind gusts (kmh) Sat 2pm
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Chatel Snow Report: 02/12/2021: 6.50am

Light Snowfall Overnight In Village...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The snow/rain boundary took longer to come down to the village than expected yesterday evening, with the result being that any useful accumulations of fresh snow will have been a bit higher up on the ski area. There is about 1.5cm of fresh snow at 1160m early this morning, though the snow pack has contracted after the rainfall, to closer to 20cm. The current temperature is just below 0c in the village and it is below -4c at 1800m.

 

Snowfall is expected today and there will be a look at that on the next update and also a look at the weekend, when the snow/rain boundary may be an issue again for a time.

 

Next Update:
9am.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/12/2021: 8.05pm

Waiting For The New Snowfall In The Village...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

No fresh accumulations yet at 1160m, as we have a mix of rain sleet and very wet snow falling at the moment. Snow should be accumulating a short distance higher up the mountain and hopefully we will see snow down in the village in the near future.

 

Next Update:
Early Thursday

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/12/2021: 1.35pm

Trip To Saix...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The weather brightened up nicely for time this morning, with some mild feeling sunshine, however, in the last hour, the wind has picked up and some rain and sleet has arrived to the village and it looks as though it is snowing higher up (above 1500 or 1600m). That snow / rain boundary is expected to come down to the village, hopefully during the second half of the afternoon and there will be updates on this, as and when snowfall resumes down here. The current snow pack depth at our location is currently 25cm to 30cm.

 

Before the weather closed in, I took a jog/hike up to Saix. Up there (1539m), the snowpack was around 30cm deep, so a bit more on average than down in the village, but not alot more. It appears to be the case that the last snowfalls deposited similar amounts between the village elevation and 1800m, whereas usually, we would see far more of a contrast in depths.

 

I didn't come across anyone on the short excursion and the views can be seen below...

 

Next Update:
Late afternoon / early evening.

 

   

Early view.

Saix at just after 11am.

Saix looking towards Morclan.

   

Saix view.

The return journey.

Chalet Theo. Weather closing in.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 01/12/2021: 9.05am

Another Snowfall On The Way...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel where temperatures are rising this morning after a night which saw values of about -4c in the immediate valley area and there looks like there is a bit of an inversion, as Avoriaz dipped to about -2c. There is some valley fog this morning, but skies are clearer higher up.

 

As mentioned on the brief update yesterday, there was a bit of snizzle later in the day, which brought a dusting of 0.5cm of snow, however, another storm cycle is almost upon us... an area of low pressure is centred over the N Sea this morning and this will herald another series of fronts / troughs coming down from the northwest over the next 24/36 hours. The air is expected to initially turn a touch milder today, though the 0c isotherm should be below 1000m again during tomorrow (see below for the 0c isotherm forecast). Sleet and snow is expected to arrive to the village by about mid-afternoon today and there is expected to be accumulating snowfall this evening, tonight and through much of tomorrow. Thereafter, there looks like being a respite on Friday, with a ran to snow event expected to arrive overnight into Saturday. The snow / rain boundary on Saturday morning is very uncertain at the moment and may be above the village elevation for a time, before it comes down during the afternoon. Details to be confirmed.

 

Next week, there could be further snowfall early in the week and then some charts suggest a very deep area of low pressure affecting Britain and diving into France. At the moment, the track of this low may be too far to the east and south of this area to have any major impact, but it is one I'll be keeping a close eye on.

 

Therefore, the overall picture suggests the chance of further significant accumulations over the next 5 days. The graphics below from the www.meteociel.fr website give an indication of possible amounts, however, as was the case last weekend, just by ignoring the snow forecasts and looking at the actual weather charts, gives the impression of another set up loaded with potential. With Chatel opening some lifts this weekend, the excitement for the forthcoming season is mounting!!!

 

Updates will appear throughout these snow events.

 

The snow measurements page is also now being continuously updated - click here.

 

0c Isotherm Forecasts For Today & Tomorrow (From the Arome model)

Midday: 1949m

4pm: 1718m

8pm: 1408m

Midnight: 1252m

9am Thursday: 1022m
4pm Thursday: 883m

Thereafter, the Arpege model suggests the 0c isotherm rising to the village during Friday, then aboverthe village on Friday night / Saturday morning.

 

Covid & Travel:

The situation regarding flying into Geneva and then getting transport to Chatel became clearer yesterday after days of confusion. The Swiss and UK government websites have updated the rules, which appear to suggest it is now OK for fully vaccinated people to do so.

To check eligibility, there is a travel checker tool on the Swiss Federal Office Of Public Health website...

Swiss Gov travel checker tool - click here

Further Info from Swiss Embassy - click here

Uk Gov advice to enter Switzerland - click here

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to 8pm
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Arome snow accumulation to 8am Thurs
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Arome snow accumulation to 1am Fri.

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Arpege to 7am Sun.
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Chatel Snow Report: 30/11/2021: 3.35pm

Tuesday Afternoon...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

It has been a cloudy and cold day here in Chatel. it has been dry in the village, though the summits looks as though they have some flakes falling. Unfortunately I have not much time to take a look at the next snowfalls, so this will be done in the morning. It does look as through the transit issue, travelling from Geneva airport to Chatel, may be resolved, according to information from the Swiss and Uk governments, but more on this tomorrow.

 

(ps - update 3.55pm: There's a few icy blobs falling in the village)

 

Photo from this afternoon.

 

Next Update:
Wed am.

 

     

Afternoon view.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 30/11/2021: 7.25am

Tuesday Morning - A Cold Start...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... it is a cold start to the day here in Chatel with overnight temperatures dipping down to -12c and it is currently around -10c. Snow cannon can be seen operating over on Linga.

 

Opening Weekend:

The significant snowfalls of the last few days has meant that Chatel is set to open parts of the Pre La Joux area this weekend (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December). Early indications suggest there may be snowfalls right through next weekend and these snowfalls could bring additional, significant quantities of snow and perhaps some disruption. We'll be picking up lift passes this week and will be interested to see what (if any) documents we will need to get them.

 

Time is short this morning due to a trip down the valley.

 

Photo from a short while ago.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon with a look at the next snowfall(s).

 

     

Early morning view.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 29/11/2021: 6.00pm

Weekend Snowfalls Update 14... Into Monday...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The snow returned this afternoon, and came down quite heavily for a couple of hours adding another 11cm to the already impressive amounts from the last 3 days. So, the total for this snowfall is now 45.5cm and 66.5cm has fallen in the village since Friday night. More than expected and very welcome. The snowpack is compressing under its own weight but I found some areas of 45cm of lying snow.

 

It has been announced that Les Gets is opening this weekend, so there is a good chance that Chatel might too - though the forecaast is for a weekend of snowfalls!

 

Photos from this afternoon.

 

Next Update:
Maybe a brief one early tomorrow - otherwise Tuesday pm.

 

   

Before the heavy afternoon snow.

Dusk light.


 

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 29/11/2021: 1.05pm

Weekend Snowfalls Update 13... Into Monday...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow has been falling through the second half of the morning with another couple of cm's for the village, bringing the total of this snowfall to 34.5cm and 55.5cm since Friday night. As mentioned below, the actual snow depth on the ground is between 30cm and 40cm at 1160m.

 

Looking at the charts for the coming days, the next potentially significant batch of precipitation is set to come in at some stage of the day on Wednesday. There is the chance that this may start off as rain and sleet at lower elevations of the ski area, with the snow/rain boundary easing down to the village by evening. Note the high level of uncertainty regarding this, but we should have a better idea of the snow/rain boundary tomorrow. The snow event looks like continuing well into Thursday, so there is the chance of another significant snowfall by Thursday night. After a drier period on Friday, the next batch arrives on Friday evening or night and could last through much of the weekend, bringing another chance of another significant snow event to all elevations of the Chatel ski area. This could mean that the season's base will be in place on many key pistes by the end of next weekend.

 

Covid & Travel:

Yesterday was a day of conflicting information on social media / various websites, regarding the issue of travel to Switzerland and travelling to Chatel via Geneva airport. Further information has been published this morning, however, the situation remains unclear. We await definitive answers.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon or evening - once the snow has stopped.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 29/11/2021: 9.20am

Weekend Snowfalls Update 12... Into Monday...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There has been a bit more snow since the last update with anoth 0.5cm recorded but there was a lengthier drier period, before the snow started falling again about 20mins ago. Not much more snowfall is expected from this storm, but any further accumulations will be reported during the day. The snow pack in the village is between 30cm and 40cm, as although over 50cm has fallen in the village since Friday, the snow pack does compress down under its own weight.

 

There will also be a look at the next snowfalls which appear to be heading this way on Wed / Thurs and towards the weekend.

 

Photos from this morning.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon with a look at the potential snowfall arriving Wed/ Thurs and the weekend..

 

   

Bechigne.

Ditto.

Winter has well & truly arrived.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 29/11/2021: 7.10am

Weekend Snowfalls Update 11... Into Monday...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... Snow has been falling through the night and it is still coming down as this update is being typed. Initial measurements indicate 17cm of fresh snow since yesterday evening, bringing the total since yesterday morning to 32cm and the total for this storm cycle to 53cm (since overnight Friday into Saturday). There is up to approx 40cm on the ground at 1160m.

Minimum temperatures overnight were -3c at 1000m, -8c at 1800m and -11c at 2200m.

 

Photos from a short while ago.

 

Next Update:
This morning.

 

   

Just before 7am.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 28/11/2021: 5.40pm

Weekend Snowfalls Update 10...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Snow has been falling all afternoon, though it has become lighter in intensity in the last hour, however, it has deposited another 10cm to the village. That brings the total since last night to 15cm and the total for this storm so far to 36cm at 1160m. The depth of the snowpack is around 28cm and is powdery in nature, which is not surprising as the tmperature at 1000m is about -2.5c currently and -7.5c in Avoriaz.

 

Further snowfall is expected this evening and overnight. It is still looking drier on Tuesday and Wednesday morning before the next storm arrives. At the moment, it does not look as though we will be short of snow come next weekend.

 

Hopefully there will be some clarity coming from the authorities of the UK, Switzerland and France early in the week regarding travel to Chatel via Geneva, as there appear to be conflicting reports today and I am as confused as everybody else.

 

This Seasons WhatsApp Group:

Details of how to join the group will be posted early in the week.

 

Next Update:
Early Monday morning. 7am ish.

 

     

5pm at La Chaumiere.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 28/11/2021: 2.20pm

Weekend Snowfalls Update 9...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

The snow has pepped up since midday and at 1.20pm, there was an additional 2cm of accumulations in the village at 1160m. Will update early this evening with the latest info, as it has been snowing quite heavily at times since that last measurement.

 

I took a jog and hike up Barbossine late this morning and got as far as about 1680m, but turned back before Mouet. Quantities of snow at this elevation were similar to the village and the snow was light and powdery.

There's a couple of photos from the trip below.

 

This Seasons WhatsApp Group:

Details of how to join the group will be posted early in the week.

 

Next Update:
Early evening with an accumulations update.

 

   

Approaching 1700m on Barbossine.

Neige.


 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 28/11/2021: 10.20am

Weekend Snowfalls Update 8...

 

Weather:

Light snow is currently falling here in Chatel and the snow is expected to become heavier at times this afternoon and overnight into tomorrow. Significant snowfall is looking likely at all elevations of the local ski areas, adding to the snowfalls of yesterday. The Arome model's view on the potential accumulations can be seen below. With the 0c isotherm elevation also really subdued, snow will be falling way down the valley - down to not far above Lac Leman.

 

Tuesday is set to be a drier interlude and it may stay dry until later in the day on Wednesday, when the next front approaches, bringing further snowfall overnight into Thursday. Another drier interlude on Friday could be followed by further heavy snowfalls over the weekend. Timings and details vary, depending on which model you are looking at, but the broad pattern is for a continuation of the unsettled pattern from midweek, with significant snowfalls looking likely.

 

Updates will appear throughout these snow events.

 

The snow measurements page is also now being continuously updated - click here.

 

0c Isotherm Forecasts For Today & Tomorrow (From the Arome model)

Midday: 631m

4pm: 671m

8pm: 652m

Midnight: 605m

9am Monday: 512m
4pm Monday: 566m

Thereafter, the Arpege model suggests the 0c isotherm rising above the village during Tuesday.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to midnight
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Arome snow accumulation to 6pm Mon
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Arome snow accumulation to 1am Tues

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Chatel Snow Report: 28/11/2021: 8.35am

Weekend Snowfalls Update 7...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour from Chatel... a snowy Chatel... where temperatures are between -3.5c and -4c in the immediate village / valley area (perhaps colder in Linga valley) and -8c at Avoriaz.

 

There has been further snowfall overnight, with a very light and fluffy 3cm additional snowfall. The overnight snow brings the total of measured accumulations this weekend to 24cm. The actual depth of lying snow at 1160m is similar to the last report yesterday at close to 19cm sa the snowpack has contracted a bit.

 

The colder temperatures since late yesterday have allowed snow making to commence across the area.

 

One or two flakes of snow are currently falling and further snowfall is expected over the next 36 hours. More on this on the next update.

 

Photo from a few minutes ago.

 

Next Update:
This morning with a look at the forecast accumulations.

 

     

Pistes on Linga filling in nicely.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 27/11/2021: 10.05pm

Weekend Snowfall Update 6...

 

Covid & Travel:

Switzerland has added the UK to the list of countries with a variant of concern, so anyone entering Switzerland must quarantine for 10 days. This is obviously a huge issue for anyone planning to stay on holiday on the Swiss side of the PDS. In the past, the Swiss have allowed those transiting from Geneva airport to France to not have to quarantine, as they are not officially entering Switzerland, so visitors to Chatel, who have flown into Geneva from the UK may be unaffected by this. However, as this is a new announcement (within the last 24 hours), we await confirmation that this will be the case again.

 

There is alot of info on the Swiss FOPH site ( it takes some wading through, but the latest press release is highlighted in red, and there is a list of exemptions lower down on the page: click here

 

Next Update:
Sunday morning

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 27/11/2021: 4.25pm

Weekend Snowfall Update 5...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Another couple of cm's has brought the total to 21cm, with about 19cm lying on the ground. The snow has been much lighter and more showery since lunchtime, with just a few flakes falling now and it has turned a bit brighter. Temperatures are between -1.5c and -2c in the village/immediate valley area and closer to -10c at 2200m. Some more snow is expected tomorrow and this page will be updated accordingly...

 

Photo from this afternoon.

 

Next Update:
Maybe this evening if there is more snow - but otherwise, early Sunday.

 

     

Looking like a ski resort this afternoon.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 27/11/2021: 1.50pm

Weekend Snowfall Update 4...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Things are turning very interesting here in Chatel. A trip down to Abondance late this morning (2nd one of the day) started in drier conditions in Chatel, but I drove into a really heavy snow shower between La Chapelle and Abondance. This continued and worked its way up to Chatel, bringing treacherous road conditions, but also plenty more in the way of snowfall.

 

Between the last meaurement and one taken at 1.30pm, there has been another 11cm of snowfall, bringing the total for this one to 19cm at 1160m... and it is still snowing.

 

This is much more than expected, but is perhaps a sign of the potential from this weather pattern, which was mentioned a couple of days ago. In terms of the models, the amount of snow so far is more than the hi-res model had forecast to accumulate by midnight 1am Monday and far more than the GFS powered apps and websites, so today (so far) is a most welcome bonus.

 

Photo from late this morning in Abondance and more recently from up here in Chatel.

 

Next Update:
Late afternoon.

 

   

Abondance at 11.40am.

Abondance.

Chatel at 1.20pm.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 27/11/2021: 10.50am

Weekend Snowfall Update 3...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There was a period of snow since the earlier measurement was taken, with the total for the snowfall at 1160m now standing at 8cm. There has been a brighter spell since then, though a drive to Abondance saw a snow shower move through down there and this has now affected the Chatel area too in the last 20 minutes or so. I'll post updates if there are further, measurable accumulations during the rest of the day.

 

Covid News:

A Pass Sanitaire will be needed to access ski lifts from the start of the season, according to latest reports.

We await further information regarding the implications of this and the procedures the resort will put in place.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 27/11/2021: 9.00am

Weekend Snowfall Update 2...

 

Weather:

Snow has been falling on and off since the first update of the morning.

 

Showery outbreaks of snow are expected to continue today and overnight, with some lengthier drier spells too, so there will be an element of luck involved regarding the amounts we receive. The charts posted below are the latest Arome snow accumulation charts from www.meteociel.fr. The first 3 are snow accumulation, with the second row showing the combined snow and graupel forecast or the same time frames.

At the moment, it looks as though we are slightly ahead of Arome's forecast amounts for today, but we will have to wait and see how it pans out over the weekend. Further snowfall is expected beyond the period shown in the graphics below, (overnight on Sunday into Monday), so there appears to be a realistic chance of us seeing the quantities discussed in previous posts, by the time we get to Monday night, despite some models appearing to down grade forecasted amounts.

 

Thereafter, further snow is expected to arrive Wednesday night / Thursday and there is the chance of another major precipitation event between Friday and Sunday.

 

0c Isotherm Forecasts For Today & Tomorrow (From the Arome model)

Midday: 1088m

4pm: 968m

8pm: 838m

Midnight: 1013m

9am Sunday: 552m
4pm Saturday: 697m

Thereafter, the Arpege model suggests sub 500m levels for Monday, rising to the village on Tuesday.

 

Next Update:
Late morning to midday.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to midnight
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Arome snow accumulation to 6pm Sun
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Arome snow accumulation to 1am Mon
   

Snow & Graupel accum for period above
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Snow & Graupel accum for period above
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Snow & Graupel accum for period above
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Chatel Snow Report: 27/11/2021: 8.00am

Weekend Snowfall Update 1...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

Bonjour again from Chatel... snow has been falling overnight and there is 6.5cm of fresh snowfall so far at 1160m in Chatel. The current air temperatures are between -0.5c and -1c in the village and immediate valley area, -5c at 1800m and closer to -8c at 2200m.

 

Photo from a few minutes ago.

 

Next Update:
During the morning with a look at the latest on forecast accumulations.

 

     

A few cm's st start the weekend.



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 26/11/2021: 1.05pm

Snowfall Update...

 

Weather & Snow Report:

There have been light snow flurries this morning and a bit of snizzle (drizzly snow) and some surfaces have a fairly wet 1cm of snow on them. Today is not expected to bring much snowfall, with the main action expected to be between overnight tonight and Monday night. The mid morning model updates continue the positive theme on what is potentially incoming and so now it is a case of waiting to see what arrives. There will be updates through the weekend...

 

Next Update:
This evening if there is further snowfall today, otherwise early Saturday.

 

     

12.20pm Petit Chatel



 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 26/11/2021: 9.55am

Snowfall Update...

 

Site Housekeeping:

To prevent this page becoming overly long, all reports from the 4th October to the 23rd November have been shifted to the archive section of the site. The page can be found by clicking here. The archive index page can be found here.

 

Weather:

Light snow is falling in the village with an air temperature currently around 0.2c. It is -5.5c at 2200m and -3.5c at Avoriaz at 1800m.

 

There is light covering of snow on some surfaces in the village and a light snowfall is expected down here during the day. Hopefully there will be some photos posted later.

 

So, what are this morning's models saying about the weekend snowfalls and the outlook?

 

The charts posted in the 7.35am update below paint a pretty good picture. The high resolution Arome model suggests a useful covering in the village by the early hours of Sunday, with perhaps as much as 30cm in the higher parts of the ski areas. (Note that I am still using the Arome snow accumulation chart rather than the combined snow and graupel accumulation chart which I'm not 100% convined about at the moment).

 

By Monday night, there looks like being a reasonable chance of significant snowfall across all elevations of the ski area and some charts suggest perhaps 30cm to 40cm of snow at 1300m - so there is the potential for alot of snow in the village. Whether it pans out like that remains to be seen and there remains a chance that we will see something in the 20cm to 30cm range around the village. Higher up, I'll be looking for totals approaching 50cm by the same time.

 

Thereafter, Tuesday looks like being a dry and cold day before the unsettled weather returns from midweek. The Wednesday / Thursday period looks like seeing a snow to rain to snow event in the village, with the chance of a significant fall of snow by Thursday night. This does mean that by the end of next week, much of the ski area may have received the sorts of quantities of snowfall which would allow some lifts to open, especially when combined with the snowmaking operation.

 

0c isotherm forecasts are as follows (From the Arome model)

Midday: 1139m

4pm: 1006m

8pm: 887m

Midnight: 1013m

9am Saturday: 1137m
4pm Saturday: 820m

Thereafter, the Arpege model suggests sub 500m levels for Sunday and Monday!

 

Covid News:

It was announced yesterday that from the 15th January 2022, all over 18's will have needed a booster jab to be able to retain their pass sanitaire, which provides access to bars and restaurants. The date for the over 65's is December 15th of this year. This is obviously partly dependant on when a person has had their second jab.

As there is speculation that a pass sanitaire may be required to use the ski lifts, this needs careful monitoring. Updates will be posted on here and on the WhatsApp group. Note also that for children classed as unvaccinated in France (you need 2 doses to be classed as vaccinated), the rules for testing are also changing, with daily tests required to be able to have a pass sanitaire as each test will cover a 24hr period, rather than the 72hr period previously.

 

Next Update:
This afternoon with an update on how the snowfall is progressing etc

 

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 26/11/2021: 7.35am

The First Major Snow Event Of The Season...

 

Weather:

Bonjour again from Chatel... where there are some flakes of snow falling after some rain and sleet this morning with the air temperature close to 0.5c in the village and it is below -2c at 1800m. There is a wet dusting of snow on some surfaces at our location at 1160m.

 

There will be a more detailed update to follow this one, which is expected to be online between 9am and 10am and this will take a look at the latest snowfall accumulation forecasts, the 0c isotherm forecasts and the outlook for next week.

 

Before then, here are a couple of the latest snow accumulation charts from www.meteociel.fr

 

Next Update:
During the morning between 9am and 10am.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to Sat eve.
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Arpege snow accumulation to Tues am.
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Chatel Snow Report: 25/11/2021: 9.05am

A Look at The Incoming Snow Event...

 

Weather:

Bonjour again from Chatel... where there is some high cloud knocking about this morning and air temperatures are currently close to 0c in the village and immediate valley area, and a degree or two above 0c at 1800m.

 

Snow is on the way, so now it is all about how much snow we are likely to receive. The good news is that there could be quite alot in the next week. Low pressure is finally going to make more of an impression on our area over the coming days, which will also drag in some much colder air at times, bringing snowfall to all elevations of the ski area and also to much lower areas for a time too. The colder temperatures will also mean the snow making operation can commence, which is crucial to get a resilient base on the key pistes.

 

The first snow for the village may arrive during tomorrow, perhaps in the afternoon, with the Arome model suggesting the 0c isotherm will be close to the village by lunchtime, and falling below 900m by evening. This could result in a light snowfall by evening and the first chart below from www.meteociel.fr is the Arome hi res snowfall accumulation up to tomorrow evening. There may be less than this, or a bit more, but the first real action appears to arrive overnight into Saturday morning and from then on, there looks like being periods of snow coming and going through to Monday lunchtime. There will be drier periods in the mix too, but with the 0c isotherm down below 500m at times, the snow should accumulate nicely across the area. The second chart below is from the Arpege model with its suggestion of accumulations up to early on Monday morning.

 

There then looks like being a drier spell between Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon (timing of this drier period a little uncertain), with perhaps snow returning later on Wednesday and into early Thursday. Note that there may be a warm sector involved for a time, so the snow/rain boundary might rise, before coming back down again. Thereafter, another unsettled period could affect the area at the end of next week and into the weekend of the 4th/5th December, but that is too far off to be concerned with snowfall quantities and snow/rain boundaries.

 

So how much am I expecting this weekend? As is always the case, it is the highest resolution models which deal with snowfall accumulation forecasts the best and the highest res Arome is only short range, so this morning, that model only sees out to tomorrow night. However, forgetting the models for a moment and just looking at the actual charts, does show some exciting potential for the coming days, so I would be disappointed if there is not a siginificant snowfall in place on the ski area by Monday lunchtime. I'll post the latest info from the highest resolution models each morning during the snowfall, along with my thoughts from looking across the models and there will of course be plenty of updates during each day once the snow starts falling.

 

As for numbers, 50cm does look acheivable at mid-station by Monday lunchtime, with a range of forecasts appearing to vary between 30cm and 60cm for that 1600m to 1800m elevation. There remains a chance that we could get lucky and get more snow than this, but of course, the lower estimates cannot be ruled out too. However, whatever happens, it does look as though there will be other chances of snowfall between Wednesday and the 5th December, with significant snowfalls a possibility.

 

What all this does add up to is a really exciting period for us here in resort and the chance that we could get enough snow for an opening on either the 4th/5th or the 11th/12th December. November has been a mostly dry month, which has allowed plenty of outdoor activities, but it is now time for us to see the snow return.

 

Next Update:
Later if we get some photos, otherwise tomorrow morning.

 

   

Arome snow accumulation to Fri eve.
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Arpege snow accumulation to Mon am.
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Chatel Snow Report: 25/11/2021: 7.40am

A Look at The Incoming Snow Event...

 

Weather:

Bonjour from Chatel... there'll be a look at the incoming snowfall event and potential accumulatiions on an update with should be online between 9am and 10am local time...

 

Next Update:
Between 9am and 10am

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 24/11/2021: 4.40pm

Steady As She Goes Part 2...

 

Weather:

I didn't get out of the village today, so no photos from higher up.

The charts so far today continue the rather promising theme for the weekend and for some of next week. So, we should soon be seeing some very different scenery from the photos and webcams.

Tomorrow's update will start to take a look at what the models are suggesting in terms of accumulations.

 

Next Update:
Thursday am.

 

 

 

Chatel Snow Report: 24/11/2021: 8.10am

Steady As She Goes...

 

Weather:

Bonjour from Chatel. Skies are clearer this morning in the valley and it is colder too, with values between -2c and -3c in the immediate village and valley area, perhaps colder in the Linga valley. Higher up, air temperatures are less cold, but the ground should have seen a freeze under the clear skies.

 

As the headline above suggests, it is a case of steady as she goes this morning, in terms of the charts for Friday and through the weekend. The main action still looks like being over the weekend, but before then, there could be a bit of snow on Friday, with further opportunities for snowfall next week too. Little variations and adjustments to the pattern does mean it is still very difficult to gauge how much snow is incoming, but it will be falling to very low elevations over the weekend, with some cold air across the area for a time. There will be a bit of luck involved as to which areas receive the most snow, but, it still looks as though we will do quite well. As this morning's ECMWF charts have been delayed this morning, I am going to leave it there, but will probably post some further comments later today. Tomorrow's update may start to have a look at possible accumulations.

 

If and when the first genuine snowfall arrives, then there will be multiple updates on this page during each snowfall day with reports and photos from the village and from excursions to check what is going on higher up.

 

Next Update:
During the day if we get photos.

 

 

 

 

Reporting for the 2021 / 2022 Season Began on the 4th October 2021...

 

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Avalanche Risk Resources: For avalanche forecasts, use both the Meteo France forecast - click here and the Swiss SLF forecast - click here - as these are both very relevant to this area. Also, pay attention to the avalanche warning flags & signs and don't be shy to ask a pisteur, they are very friendly and will let you know the latest situation in a particular sector.