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Portes du Soleil - Avoriaz/Morzine/Les Gets/Chatel etc - 19/20

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Mother hucker wrote:
on the ground locals, are the peaks white
up in Avoriaz yet?

I see snow to below Avoriaz, a dusting on Super-Morzine and snow to the bottom of the Chery Est bowl. Nothing on the top of Pleney. Chucking down rain now though, so might be only above Avoriaz by day's end.
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Cross posting from the lessons group for more local knowledge:

We're doing a Wednesday to Wednesday holiday (arriving 25th March).

Does anyone know a ski school in Avoriaz that would accept my kids into group lessons for Thurs/Fri and (Sun) Mon/Tues?

So far the ones I've asked have all said no, and have offered private lessons, which are no good because of cost but also because they're at very different levels.

8y/o has done four weeks of ski and can comfortably ski blues, loves the fun-parks, and can carefully ski reds and easier blacks.

6y/o, has done two weeks of ski but mostly in the kindergarten, and can only manage greens.

​Both are fine on button and chair lifts.
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You could book them into ESF group lessons for Sun / Mon / Tue, as group lessons begin on Sunday.
You will only find private lessons on Saturday, as it's changeover day so there will be no groups around.
That just leaves Thursday & Friday.
Sam from AASS https://www.avoriazalpineskischool.com/our-team or Angelique from Evo 2 https://avoriaz.evolution2.com/en/information/our-team/ can probably hook you up some private lessons for those days, but I think it's pretty normal that you can't join group lessons on day 5 or day 6.

In the same way that the film Jaws is not about a shark, Children Group ski lessons are not about learning to ski.
They are about bonding with the other people in the class, getting to know the instructor and vice versa, a collective sense of camaraderie, the shared experience of that first drop onto the wall, the first blue kicker you hit in the park, laughing together at being outside your comfort zone, learning how to ski safely as a group, looking out for one another, learning group dynamics without knowing your learning it, learning piste & park etiquette, maybe learning a few words in a different language, and mostly having fun.
If you can improve your skiing a bit too, then that's a bonus.
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First snow down to 1200m last night, Avoriaz higher up looks pretty good
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Still snowing now @ 1250m
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I know it's unrealistic to get even the littlest bit excited about this but I can't help it!
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This was the scene at midday, just under 1700m looking towards Chamossiere.

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10-15cm wet snow down to 1500m, but nice to get the first slide in.

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Autumnal drive along the Route des Grands Alps, the river is noticeably different to previous early seasons.....much deeper this year

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@polo, do you ski tour polo? the beauty of low alpine meadows no sharks and dont need to much snow to fill it all in
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@Mother hucker, not really, done a few years of snow-shoeing up carrying a board, but we mostly wander around the well known areas out of season (Les Gets, Avoriaz, Hirmentaz, Grand Massif etc). I much prefer pre-season to spring.

Finally got a splitboard though this week, so looking forward to using it to go further / mellow ski tour I guess. Didn't want to take it up yesterday in case it got dirty Very Happy

And yes 10-15cm is enough on grass with an old board...quality more important than depth of course. I know of a good guide in the area that a mate uses regularly if anyone wants a contact.
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Got up to Ranfoilly with the weekend gang today. Nice 40cm soft snow at 1800m. Did 3 runs into the bowl, but the best snow per vertical climb is under the Nauchet lift.

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Damn, that looks nice!
We met a few guys skinning up Côté 2000 (on Megève) on Saturday morning, we'll probably head to Les Gets next weekend in advance of the opening weekend.
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@patrick!, do you know if they are going to open weekends soon? Website says from 23rd Nov snow depending....but I don't think I've ever seen them actually open that early.

Re. this weekend, no doubt the lower parts of the bowl will have deteriorated, as it hasn't snowed since last thursday. I liked the look of Chamossiere, but it's a much longer hike in. I think if we get a good 10+cm on thurs/fri the bowl will be fine. My group are thinking of going to Avoriaz or Vallee de la Manche on sunday in case there isn't much fresh snow....but freeze levels at least staying around 1000m until the 17th
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Today's updated forecast for this week is snow in the plain (600m) so, assuming we get the wheels switched, we'll head to Chavannes !
The official pre opening date is indeed the 23rd.
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Snow blowers were running this morning on the Les Gets Front de Neige webcam
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@Timc, they were running on Chavannes last weekend too. Not much fun to slide over, so anyone up there give the cannons a wide berth.
Massive new reservoir built into the bowl side of Perrieres lift.

Hope the mid term forecast is wrong....looking a lot warmer from about the 19th
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Woke to find 10cm of fresh snow overnight @1250m
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Nice cold light snow today, probably 15cm fell at 1700m. Few more pics below. Looks like another useful top up on Sun/Mon, models ranging from 5-20cm

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https://i.ibb.co/rHs2v2k/Screenshot-2019-11-15-at-13-14-19.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/yWg9NmQ/IMG-8081.jpg
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Nice pooch.

More snow than I was expecting. Going to see for myself tomorrow. Thanks for all your input on the wx thread.
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@zzz, you not been up yet? snowHead ..... she's an 8yr old am-staff, easily covers 2-3 times the ground that I do, but then sleeps all day.

Not been watching the weather that obsessively recently, but amazing how long this southerly pattern has gone on for..... looks like the low (mid next week) parks itself too far west, so worth making the most of the next 4-5 days, but still time for it to correct further east, like so many recently
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short haired. Good for the snow.

I’ve been away...Will report back later
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Looking nice earlier today at the top of SJA. They had the new snow making installation working. Walked over and down to Graydon bowl during the summer and though you can't see it here the most important snow making is on the red down into that area. Looked a really big job to push this up to the top and good to see the resort backing itself.

http://m.webcam-hd.com/vallee-d-aulps/roc-d-enfer

Looking forward to getting to our apartment over new year and half-term. Especially excited getting our young daughters around their first circuit round the Roc. Reckon they can manage the gnarly button on the back of the circuit just about.

Snow gods are smiling for now, but ......
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