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Megève: wide but thin coverage

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Just got back from 4 full days' skiing in Megève. Everywhere is white, down to the village, bottom of Princess run, etc, but cover is very thin in many places. Mt Joly (the highest part of the resort) is closed because the thin covering has been wind blown. The Mandarin (the green run from the Igloo down to the Mt d'Arbois plateau) is threadbare in places, as are a few other runs on that side of Mt d'Arbois. There's a new blue version of the Princess run which starts from most of the way along the track at the top of Finance/Bettex. I think it's a way of getting more people down to the upgraded Princess gondalas, because it's actually not much easier than the red. It's a nice tree-lined run though, and the snow was good.

The moguls on Mt Joux are well formed, and reasonably forgiving in the afternoon sun! The track
down the Mt Joux ridge is thin but skiing off either side is good. Probably the best skiing is on Rochebrune / Côte 2000 - didn't come across any worn patches there. The WC ladies' downhill is in good nick. Some of our favourite cut-through-the-trees off-piste sections at Côte 2000 had insufficient snow to be viable though: found ourselves stuck in undergrowth that is normally covered!

Apparently the Jaillet side has been much expanded this summer: didn't manage to get there though. The slope back from Jaillet to the town, underneath the bubbles, was beginning to look very worn by the end of the week: it's always the first to go.

Overall, the resort could definitely do with a big dump followed by low temperatures: I couldn't believe how warm the afternoons were for January! I guess this applies to many resorts in the Northern French Alps and perhaps further afield.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
I'd have to agree with all of the above, although Cote 2000 wasn't my favourite area, even though the snow was pretty good.

Over the back of Jaillet has held up the best through the snow drought. We took a wrong turn one morning and ended up skiing down to the base of the bubble... had to take the skis off to get over a road, and spent most of the time slaloming around the mud patches.
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