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Un hiver hors norme

 

La Plagne, April 14th 2018

Snow, snow and more snow…

This season has seen a new record in snowfall after 30 years with a total of 9m22 on the 14th of April and still 16 days to go!

 

TS traverséepiste chiaupecabane pisteur glacier

The previous record dates back to the winter of 1994-95 with 9m02 (measured between the 1st of November and the 30th of April).

This year’s snowfall started in November (94cm) and got heavier in December (280cm) then continued to increase in January (317cm). In December and January numerous storms whipped through our mountain ranges causing heavy snow and strong winds. On the 17th of January wind of 130 km/h (notably in Aime 2000) meant we couldn’t operate the lifts and the ski area stayed entirely closed.

glacier cabane

Another remarkable point is the depth of the snow covering which has been above average all season. In mid-April there is still 2m20 of snow on the ground at 2000m on the north facing slopes.

rm glacier

On the other hand we’ve had very little sunshine and the number of sunny days with bright blue sky has not exceeded 20.

In terms of temperatures, February was the coldest month with an average temperature of -7.4°C and a minimum at 2000m of -22°C.

 

Claude Schneider,

Snow scientist la Plagne

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