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Glad Bindings

Glad Bindings

There are only 30 days until Christmas and we'll all be asking Santa to deliver perfect snow on our yearly migration to the mountains this year. After a bumper start to the month, followed by some ridiculously large dumps in Canada, the snow is coming back to the Alps next week.

Though the snow gods seem to be spending the weekend in Whistler, from the middle of next week we can expect upwards of 50cm of snow to fall across large parts on the Alps in a matter of days — making those mid-December trips suddenly rather appealing.

With Val Thorens opening earlier this week and Val d'Isere expecting to open tomorrow, the forthcoming snow is great news. The weekend will see sunshine for those heading out for some glacier skiing and from Wednesday next week until Saturday — which is as far as my snow ball can see — Val d'Isere is expecting 37cm of fresh powder, with Val Thorens boasting 40cm of fresh snow.

Meribel (29cm), Courchevel (25cm), Les Arcs (25cm), La Plagne (26cm) and Alpe d'Huez (29cm) are also forecast fresh snow from the middle of next week and combining the cold temperatures and the world class snow-making facilities they boast, the slopes should be in good shape come the holiday season.

Heading across the border into Switzerland and the weather is looking similar, with a sunny, but cold, weekend followed by good snowfall falling from mid week through until Saturday night. Zermatt's current forecast is boasting 70cm over the four days mentioned, with Saas Fee hoping to boast even more snow with a whopping 73cm of fresh stuff. Grimentz and Zinal are expecting some good snowfall, with 42cm of powder on the radar. The big resorts of Verbier and St. Moritz are also expecting over 20cm of snow toward next weekend.

Italy is also having some good snow fortune, with Cervinia benefitting from being located on the other side of the Matterhorn to Zermatt; the family-friendly resort will be filled with smiles if the expected 58cm of snow arrives, following on from the huge dumps it enjoyed earlier in the month. The Milky Way's resort of Sestriere is boasting a nice 53cm of snowfall toward the end of next week, with the nearby Sauze d'Oulx expecting 49cm of snow.

Canada, not to be left out of this snow-filled equation, is expecting another whopping weekend of snow, with huge dumps starting tonight and carrying on until early next week, before the snow gods appear to switch continents. Whistler's current forecast is a huge 91cm of snow, and with a couple of our team heading out to Kicking Horse and Banff this weekend, they'll be pleased to hear that 42cm and 10cm of fresh snow are expected respectively.

This winter is beginning to remind me of three years ago, where it barely snowed for the last couple of weeks in November and on my arrival to Tignes, during the second week of December, nearly 2 metres of fresh powder fell in just three days! The snow gods may have spent their first few weeks of winter enjoying the friendly locals of British Columbia, but they are definitely coming back to Europe just in time for the season — snow where did I leave me woolly gloves and beanie?

The Snowman


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