The British press has been full of tales of woe about the snow conditions in the Alps and to a certain extent it is well founded. However, there are some positives to be had, especially if you are coming skiing in Morzine Avoriaz in the next couple of weeks:
1. Whilst the snow at 1000m is almost non-existent, the pistes that are open above 1500m are actually ok.
The highest point in off-piste in Avoriaz today (Wed 17th December)
2. Avoriaz is 2400m and the snow in the Arare and Fornet areas today was really good
3. Not only are the piste conditions reasonable, but I actually got some nice off-piste powder skiing today. Fresh tracks and only a short hike from the piste.
4. The pistes of the Portes du Soleil are grassy slopes in the summer which means there are less rocks to cover and less snow required to make them skiable. Unlike Chamonix which is mostly closed due to the rocky nature of the Cham valley
5. It is due to snow down to 800m tomorrow (Wed 17th). That is 200m lower than Morzine which means the snow on the slopes will be light and fluffy.
6. It is really hard to have a bad time when you are out in the mountain air. It is just a bloody good place to be. Period.
So fear not Christmas guests, there is a good time to be had. Plus, if you really don’t want to be out on the mountain, you can always relax in the AliKats chalet with a glass of wine in the hot tub!