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Into the last month of the winter season in Morzine

Best conditions up in Avoriaz still

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With the lifts in Avoriaz scheduled to close on the 23rd of April, there is now just under one month left of winter season and the spring like conditions are continuing. There was a light dusting of snow at high altitude on Wednesday night, but mostly it fell as light rainfall throughout the area.

Temperatures have mostly remained warm, getting into the low twenties Celcius. When the sun has come out it has created perfect spring time conditions, with the snow as soft as slushy as could be expected.

There have been a number of overcast days throughout this week and the current forecast suggests that the weather will clear next week and should remain sunny for the majority of it.

The warmer weather has caused a few problems on the lower slopes of the ski area. The run to the bottom of Mont Chery in Les Gets is now closed and it's necessary to take the bubble down.

The bottom section of Super Morzine, just above the bubble is also not in a particularly good state, with the more exposed sections now closed and unlikely to re-open.

The top of the runs on Pleney are still in fairly good condition with things getting worse further down. By the bottom the snow is very slow and slushy with mud and rocks coming through in many places. A lot of work has gone into keeping these runs in a decent condition as they are the main way back from Les Gets to Morzine, but the current weather is certainly affecting them. There is still snow on the pistes themselves but barely anything off the sides. Some of the mountain bike trails are starting to dry out on the Pleney already.

The other low altitude run, down to Ardent, has not been affected quite as badly as it is generally more shaded.

Obviously conditions are better the higher you go. The higher areas of Avoriaz have the best snow at the moment. They are still slushy and slow down quite a lot as the day goes on with the snow becoming very slow and heavy by mid to late afternoon. The best conditions are earlier in the day, so plan your time on the hill accordingly and try and get up as early as possible.

Throughout the Morzine/Avoriaz/Les Gets area one hundred and sixty six out of one hundred and ninety eight lifts are still open, but more pistes are beginning to close with two hundred and twenty eight out of three hundred and thirty one runs open now. With selective closures it means that the lift company can focus on other runs and ensure they have the best possible snow cover. Runs are beginning to close on The Pleney now with eleven out of eighteen runs still open. Things are looking worse in Les Gets with only twenty nine out of fifty runs still open. Throughout Avoriaz, from Lindarets to Fornet and Mossette, almost everything remains open. The snow depth in Avoriaz ranges from approximately eighty centimetres to a metre and a half.

Chatel has good snow cover at altitude but things get significantly worse lower down, particularly on Super Chatel. Forty three out of seventy six pistes are open and forty seven out of sixty lifts are open. The link from Chatel to Morgins is not currently open.

There is some light snowfall expected at the weekend (approximately four centimetres). Unless this forecast changes significantly it will not be enough snow to change conditions too much. With empty pistes, warm weather and sunshine on the way, there is still plenty of fun to be had out on the slopes and even with the warmer weather, the snow should hold on well right to the end, and there is always the possibility of one last big storm towards the end of winter to bring some fresh snow...

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