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Serre Chevalier 20/21

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Hi all! Here's to hoping for a bumper 20/21 ski season, if it happens........
We've already had some snow, but it's since warmed up and as I write it's raining Sad
But the main news is that the entire Hautes-Alpes has been placed under curfew from Saturday 24th October until Saturday 5th December, same as the other areas in France currently under curfew, ie bars/restaurants closing at 9pm, gatherings of more than 6 prohibited and people must stay at home within these hours......
Hopefully these measures will have the desired effect and we'll be able to open our doors for the start of the ski season, which is bizarrely the same day the curfew (currently) ends, Dec 5th
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The peak looks like it will be in the New Year.... Some health professionals say March. That doesn't mean stuff won't be open but don't expect a quick return to normal.
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And maybe some snow tomorrow.

https://www.skipass.com/news/meteo-neige-alpes-lundi.html
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I already have my season pass (fingers crossed) !!
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Cams looking encouraging at altitude

https://www.serre-chevalier.com/fr/webcam-serre-chevalier-briancon-direct
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Rainy all day, but in between the higher peaks are getting whiter and whiter Very Happy
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Here's to a fantastic season in Serre Che. Webcam watching has started a little early this year.......not sure how tat is going to effect me if I dont actually get on the planks! We would hope to join you at some point if the rules allow but in the meantime stay safe all you Chevalierais / se and wider snowHead Snowhead peeps.
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Good day everyone!
Based on your previous experience, and regardless of Covid...is it really possible that pre-opening happens on Dec 5th? Forecast is not looking very promising Puzzled
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@Charlieehr, MetCheck 16 day forecast spews out a lot b*ll*cks at the further end of its range but high pressures are much easier to forecast than the intricacies of a series of low pressures. This morning it is forecasting mild weather pretty much till the end of the range so sadly I would be betting against a 5th of December opening which is especially disappointing after September and early October made the Alps look amazing

https://www.metcheck.com/WEATHER/16days.asp?zipcode=briancon&locationID=14252&lat=44.9&lon=6.7
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All the infrastructure and staff are in place, just need some cold temps for the snowmaking, sadly not looking good for the next 10 days or so.......
And then there’s Covid......
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Montgenevre were testing their snow cannons yesterday........
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Starting to get below freezing at night now, so expect to see some snow-making commencing Very Happy
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Getting cold now, -6 last night!
All rather moot now though in light of the government announcement that the lifts are to stay closed until early-mid January........
However, ski lift chiefs have written to Castex, not much help for tourists but works for me Very Happy

"Ski resorts to be opened only for schools, clubs and season pass holders. This is the proposal of the mayors of Serre Chevalier. They wrote this Thursday to the Prime Minister "to suggest that Serre Chevalier could be at the heart of an experiment which would only allow clubs, schools and locals who bought their season pass before October 15 to have access to the ski area. ". The goal: to open part of the estate and therefore justify the hiring of seasonal workers because "to open on January 20 in a dry way, without having run our economic machine once is very risky"

Great if they pull it off, but not holding my breath..........
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locals who bought their season pass before October 15


That would be amazing although I got my pass exactly on the 15th which was the last day of the sale the had...In that scenario, am I screwed ? Puzzled @KenX,
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Just had to check as I had problems, and phew......

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Serre Chevalier – Domaine Skiable commande@skipass-serrechevalier.com via sendgrid.net

Tue, 13 Oct, 11:05

Anyway 99.5% sure will come to nothing!

Top of Bachas Monetier this morning and canon doing their thing FWIW - and just look at the South Side!!



More webcams https://www.serre-chevalier.com/fr/webcam-serre-chevalier-briancon-direct
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and just look at the South Side!!


Nice autumn hiking conditions by the looks of it
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First days of december might bring the white stuff apparently, fingers crossed I guess
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@Arno, first lock-down 7th May Cool

https://www.strava.com/activities/3412536289

Over that side is also where we ski toured quite a few times last season as a result of numerous summer hikes trying to suss out routes.

Have to say using the Bachas webcam (link above) there's another route I should try which I actually hiked about four years ago.
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Finally! 15cm fell overnight here and due to continue all day, mayhem will ensue on the roads so may stay in today.... Very Happy
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Finally! 15cm fell overnight here and due to continue all day, mayhem will ensue on the roads so may stay in today


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Great news even though we're not there Sad

Plan is Xmas in the UK and aim to be in Serre 28-29th

In the meantime will be looking at our webcam which is panning around our garden.

https://www.stylealtitude.com/serrechevalierweathercam.html

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More snow here in Prelles than Villeneuve where I was working today, 30cm vs 15cm.....
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@KenX, was thinking that from your earlier photo Puzzled

Looking good though Very Happy

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Hi friends. Which place do you recommend for for ski setup, mounting bindings and stuff? Thanks in advance Smile
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@Charlieehr, I do my own, but Approach on the Espace Sud and Riquet Sport in Villeneuve (old town) have done stuff for friends and seem good!
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Thanks you very much Smile @KenX
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Are there any good skitouring options from Serre Chevalier? Thx!
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@Tristero, I thought you knew your way around IGN mapping Very Happy

A link to a few for you

https://www.stylealtitude.com/tourguide

Also excellent Ecrins Collective

https://www.ecrinscollective.com/post/ski-tours-listed-by-aspect

But just look at the maps and you'll see loads of routes
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Good chances of good snow for the weekend

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@Charlieehr, I find that this is far more accurate, though for your sake and the valley's I hope your's is right

https://www.meteociel.fr/previsions/1900/la_salle_les_alpes.htm

All next week is looking very good

https://www.meteociel.fr/tendances/1900/la_salle_les_alpes.htm
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@Weathercam, realistically though:

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@Tristero, I thought you knew your way around IGN mapping Very Happy

A link to a few for you

https://www.stylealtitude.com/tourguide

Also excellent Ecrins Collective

https://www.ecrinscollective.com/post/ski-tours-listed-by-aspect

But just look at the maps and you'll see loads of routes


Touché. Very Happy

But that's exactly the point. Too much possibilities... Shocked

Have you done this one and can comment about it? Pic du Rif, Traversée du Glacier du Monêtier: http://www.skitour.fr/topos/pic-du-rif,1978.html

Or even that one: http://www.skitour.fr/sommets/montagne-des-agneaux-agneau-noir,4349.html

Btw, your site is very nice!
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.......Have you done this one and can comment about it? Pic du Rif, Traversée du Glacier du Monêtier: http://www.skitour.fr/topos/pic-du-rif,1978.html


Really need a guide for that, I've done that one and a better version of it, if you look at map and go Dome de Monetier then to the Pic de Dormillouse 3339m and then down the fabulous long Couloir Combe du Riou but you need logistics of being picked up at Ailefroid.

One of our slack country tours is off the Yret Chair down Montagnolle and then skin up Vallon de Grand Tabuc.

https://www.strava.com/activities/3025165694

And have just seen that all the snow for next week has nigh on disappeared Sad
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.......Have you done this one and can comment about it? Pic du Rif, Traversée du Glacier du Monêtier: http://www.skitour.fr/topos/pic-du-rif,1978.html


I've done that one and a better version of it, if you look at map and go Dome de Monetier then to the Pic de Dormillouse 3339m and then down the fabulous long Couloir Combe du Riou but you need logistics of being picked up at Ailefroid.


Totally convincing. But there aren't enough brownie points in the world to make the Mrs. pick me up at Ailefroide. Sad

So I probably stick with the Monêtier version.

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Really need a guide for that,


You available? Little Angel
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Or even that one: http://www.skitour.fr/sommets/montagne-des-agneaux-agneau-noir,4349.html



There are a number of routes of the Agneau.

I've skied the Calotte, here





and the Davin, which has some airy sections on it too.
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I posted this in the Off Piste thread French Resorts to Ban ski touring, but thought it was relevant to post here as well.


So yesterday on FaceBook ESF Chantermerle https://www.facebook.com/esf.chantemerle/ posted a series of photos of them making a ski tour skinning track.



Traçage d’un nouvel itinéraire de ski de randonnée par l’ Esf Serre-chevalier Chantemerle - Chantemerle - Col du Prorel dans la forêt de mélèzes avec 1200 m de dénivelé.

Then there was a Press Release sent out by Serre Che Tourist Office yesterday,

Pour faire rimer s'amuser avec sécurité, les professionnels de la montagne seront là pour vous accompagner et vous encadrer dans la découverte des activités qui vous font rêver : ski de randonnée, sorties en raquettes, snowkite, ski nordique, ski joering... Accompagné d'un guide ou d'un moniteur, c'est l'occasion rêvée de prendre le temps d'apprendre les bonnes bases et les règles de sécurité pour glisser en toute sérénité !

La descente magique sur les pentes vierges ne pourra se faire qu'après une belle montée en peau de phoques dans la forêt. Les guides sont disponibles pour accompagner les néophytes et les former aux bases de la pratique ainsi qu'aux règles de sécurité indispensables avant de partir en montagne. L'accès aux pistes du domaine skiable est interdit.


So OH asked the Press Office again what the situation is/was .

Their reply below.

Indeed, access to the slopes is prohibited, so no one can ski or ski tour on the ski area at all.

So reading between the lines would seem that the Tourist Office are unaware of this move by the ESF that you can only ski tour in the domain with an instructor or guide, and if you re-read it, then you also need an instructor for other activities as well Puzzled
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.......

One of our slack country tours is off the Yret Chair down Montagnolle and then skin up Vallon de Grand Tabuc.

https://www.strava.com/activities/3025165694

...(



Mmmmmm maybe a lot of debris up there now!

https://www.ledauphine.com/environnement/2020/12/20/video-hautes-alpes-la-crete-des-grangettes-s-effondre

https://www.facebook.com/1651050628/videos/10221927174042408/
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Hi Serre friends. I know you know this...looks like next week we get some decent refresh Smile fingers crossed! Forecast is for Monetier.

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