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Serre Chevalier 2022/2023 not looking good

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Updates in the morning - but you can the action live on DumpCam Very Happy

https://stylealtitude.com/serrechevalierweathercam.html

But we're not expecting too much Sad


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Oh well here we go again rolling eyes

As you can see on the Dump-Cam which I currently have moving around the garden, we've been blessed with all of 2-3cms, enough for the dogs to roll around on the terrace.

Back around 16th November various forecast models were showing large accumulations for last evening and through the early hours for today.

WePowder on their front page announced on the 18th "Chances for a dump in the Southern Alps are rising" but added the caveat "but details are still uncertain".

It was on the 18th that I started to screengrab the forecasts as the basis of an article on how not to trust/get excited about long-term forecasts and as we neared today as the levels dropped dramatically.

So more on that here.

Now as I mention in the Weather Blog there must be a real concern now for the proposed opening weekend, December 3rd.

It was back in 2014 that we had a similar situation, with the snow arriving Xmas Eve and champagne corks flying in the Cocoon when it was then run by the Chef of the ESf here.

Though no doubt the Tourist Office will be pumping out reports of substantial snowfalls on Social Media Laughing
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Weathercam wrote:
....It was back in 2014 that we had a similar situation, with the snow arriving Xmas Eve and champagne corks flying in the Cocoon when it was then run by the Chef of the ESf here.....


I just checked my photo archive and indeed it was 2014, however, back then we had snow above 2,000m as you can see from the photo below of The Bivouac Resto, and the Gardiole, centre of the picture which I ski-toured up to having parked the car on the Granon road at the very distinct snow-line.



Then back on the Valley floor, it was all snow-canon snow!

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Thanks for your updates @Weathercam, We are hoping for enough snow in Serre Che for New Year! It will be our first visit.
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We had some snow on and off on Wednesday, we actually have a friend out all this week so have been showing her around, and Wednesday we drove away from the bad weather (low hanging cloud etc) to where it was far sunnier, South of Briancon and Les Fonts valley.

Coming back up the valley to home it was starting to snow and we had a couple of cms overnight, and yesterday we drove up to the Lautaret and there was around 10cm of fresh on the Southern side, enough to tempt some skiers out.

Dogs went crazy and had a great time!



A group of Speed Kiters hiked up but didn't score a decent run between them.



Once back down I took the E-bike up the hill in front of us to just past the start of the Vallons lift below Frejus Village and snow was cica 10cm of fresh enough to force me to turn around, I'm almost tempted to drive up there today and see what the meadows are like and up towards Clot Gauthier.

Even though it's freezing they are not running snow-canon which is really frustrating, no doubt they'll give some greenwashing bollox but the opening weekend is not looking good Evil or Very Mad

At least for our friend, it's her first time in the mountains, conditions are ideal and we're getting nigh on unbroken sunshine when last week the forecast was grim for the week, and looking forward Briancon and Serre Chevalier is living up to it's claim for 300 days of sunshine rolling eyes

Actually was just looking at YR.NO
https://www.yr.no/en/forecast/daily-table/2-6559498/France/Provence-Alpes-C%C3%B4te%20d'Azur/Hautes-Alpes/Serre%20Chevalier

for next week and there's currently circa 17cm of snow for Dec 1st which makes sense as I have Orange installing fibre (hopefully) on the morning of the 2nd.

But checking other models and YR are the only ones showing that for the 1st.


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Weathercam wrote:


WePowder on their front page announced on the 18th "Chances for a dump in the Southern Alps are rising" but added the caveat "but details are still uncertain".



WePowder sell the dream. People aren't interested in hearing misery and doom but how there is going to be a mega dump r.s.n.

Wasn't last season a bit shit too? Early days yet but it does tend to make the overall season a bit short when it starts mid December. Even the Lauteret looks a bit sparse, the CAF pensioners will have to wait a bit.
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