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Verbier 4 Vallées 21/22

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After a bumper 20/21 season what does 21/22 have in store? Will the weather gods play ball for a Saturday 30th October opening day? Who’s coming to visit?

Here’s last years thread: https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=153473&start=0

And a few useful links:
Resort review: https://welove2ski.com/verbier
Official site: https://verbier4vallees.ch/en
Snow forecast 6 day: https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Verbier/6day/mid
YR 9 day: https://www.yr.no/en/forecast/daily-table/2-2658168/Switzerland/Valais/Entremont/Verbier
Long range GFS: https://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/ens_image.php?geoid=10768&var=201&run=0&date=2020-11-22&model=gfs&member=ENS&bw=1
SLF Snow maps: https://www.slf.ch/en/avalanche-bulletin-and-snow-situation/measured-values.html

The big news in town is the opening of a new high speed 10 person gondola from Medran to Ruinettes which should dramatically speed up access to the mountain during the busy peak weeks
They have also completely renewed the snow making system from Lac de Vaux to Ruinettes which should hopefully facilitate early weekend opening and less pain for the rock skis
More details here: https://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/news/verbier-upgrades-medran-gondola

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First snow on its way at the weekend?


Might have to wait a few more weeks for this one to fill in…
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@BobinCH, How are we looking fort the partial opening in 3 weeks?
Aiming co come Sat and Sun ( depending on the weather ).
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WindOfChange wrote:
@BobinCH, How are we looking fort the partial opening in 3 weeks?
Aiming co come Sat and Sun ( depending on the weather ).


Hoping it opens on the 6th weekend. Should do if the current snowy and cold forecast sticks
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@BobinCH, Looking to come out for a long weekend Fri 2nd Dec to Monday, how much (snow dependent) is likely to be open ?? , I guess from memory it is normally 7 day opening by then ? Cheers
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Thunderer21 wrote:
@BobinCH, Looking to come out for a long weekend Fri 2nd Dec to Monday, how much (snow dependent) is likely to be open ?? , I guess from memory it is normally 7 day opening by then ? Cheers


I would guess 7 day opening from Saturday 3rd Dec. Look towards the bottom of this post to see what was open that weekend last year. Mont Fort was a week later. But all snow conditions dependent.
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=153473&start=40
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Anyone on the ground know when Tracouet is opening (Nendaz)?
Their redesigned website is atrocious, and looks to be being deliberately cagey as to anything about the winter at present!
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Anyone on the ground know when Tracouet is opening (Nendaz)?
Their redesigned website is atrocious, and looks to be being deliberately cagey as to anything about the winter at present!


I think they were quite late last season, around mid-December. It will be snow dependent so you won’t get a reliable answer until a couple of days before they decide to open. Usually opens from Siviez earlier at weekends
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Yes, Thanks. We've skied the week before Christmas for the last 12 years from our apartment by the gondola.
Last couple of years, they've taken to not opening Tracouet till the end of that week, irrespective of snow cover, which is, frankly, a pain!
Planning on going out on 16th this year, so rather hoping it will be open 18th on, but would be nice to get some concrete info.
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I guess if Verbier isn't open on Friday 2nd, Saas Fee might be open. Just hope for lots of snow !!
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With another 25cm forecast for Weds/Thurs looking good for opening this weekend
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Thanks @BobinCH. Heading out to Veysonnaz* on 18 Dec for a year-long delayed 5 days of freeride with my 15yo (having cancelled literally 8 trips since we got back from the 3Vs at HT 2020). Keep the updates coming please!

* For those following me on other threads, the Swiss approach for <16s means I'm not likely to try to Irish second jab gambit unless it looks like HT 2022 looks sketchy.
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@BobinCH, Is it just going to be the Lake area or will it be the Ruinettes too ?
Incidentally it has been snowing here at 1250m on and off, but not settling today.
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Looks like Thyon are going for it
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WindOfChange wrote:
@BobinCH, Is it just going to be the Lake area or will it be the Ruinettes too ?
Incidentally it has been snowing here at 1250m on and off, but not settling today.


I would guess down to Ruinettes as the temps are low and the piste has been smoothed out (after the new snow machine water lines went in) so less cover required.
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Pleased to say Nendaz have published opening 18/12 for Tracouet as I hoped!
Assume the Veysonnaz link the same, but still showing as "depending on snow conditions"
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Will it be enough. Not much in the forecast so let’s hope so…
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See you up there snowHead
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Early opening for Plan de Fou too
https://fb.watch/9f7a5aKnSq/
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Hmmm maybe a bit more snow required for the couloirs snowHead
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Sunday afternoon ski tour

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^^^Great pic! The lack of snow, and the creeping clouds, adds to the drama. What was it taken with?
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^^^Great pic! The lack of snow, and the creeping clouds, adds to the drama. What was it taken with?


New iPhone pro max. Got it for the big battery but the camera is superb

Awaiting some more cover on Mont Gelé
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Great photo ,looks as though its going to be a couple of weeks before those sharks are buried for the season
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@BobinCH, Was that video on Sunday on Les Ruinettes?
On Saturday only the Lac bit was open, and it was a bit cloudy / foggy.
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@BobinCH, Was that video on Sunday on Les Ruinettes?
On Saturday only the Lac bit was open, and it was a bit cloudy / foggy.


Saturday afternoon in LdV. We skied after lunch and the sun popped it’s head out later



http://youtube.com/v/o8FJsr1SvuM

It was similar on Sunday with a bit of sun at the end of the day. I toured up from Ruinettes last thing but wouldn’t recommend skiing down yet as the cover is very thin. That’s the top which is ok but it’s worse below Carlsberg
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I'm trying to work out if it's worth a trip up from Geneva this weekend. It doesn't look like any new snow between now and then, but I'm not sure if there's been any already this week. Is it likely just to be the Lac des Vaux piste open again or is there a chance for something else?
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Any soothsayers think they can predict how this season is going to go with restrictions? Thinking of a few days second week in Jan. I know there's a vote on coronapasses etc, my main worry is the low vaccination rate in Switzerland might lead to lockdowns.

I assume because they didn't close last season they surely will not close this season?

Also, and I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but are EU corona functional there and scannable to get into restaurants etc?
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Any soothsayers think they can predict how this season is going to go with restrictions? Thinking of a few days second week in Jan. I know there's a vote on coronapasses etc, my main worry is the low vaccination rate in Switzerland might lead to lockdowns.

I assume because they didn't close last season they surely will not close this season?

Also, and I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but are EU corona functional there and scannable to get into restaurants etc?


The answer to the second q, at least per Swiss travel website, is yes

Asking johnmo on the Zermatt thread his opinion re the first question also
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Open 7 days a week from Saturday


And tons of snow in the forecast. Woot woot
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Quite like this new webcam at Les Ruinettes (2200m)


https://www.teleport.io/view?feedId=zrrxhkayanlbdg8zudsm&view=full
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Lots of snow but a bit delicate in the north and east facing slopes. Stick to the sunny slopes

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