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Val Thorens snow report

Here you can find Val Thorens snow reports, updated approximately once a week during the winter season. The snow reports include the official snow depths, and give you an idea of whether it's fresh snow, more hard-packed, or in the melt-freeze cycle (icy snow in the morning, and slush in the afternoon). Read the Val Thorens snow report.

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Latest Val Thorens snow reports 2014-15 season

Val Thorens snow report: Sunday 26th April 2015

Marmotte in St Martin de Belleville

It was sunny and warm for most of the last week.

The bulletin from the Service des Pistes at 8am today showed temperatures of +3C in resort and -3C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were open, and 70 pistes out of the total of 71 (Triton is the closed piste). The link to Les Menuires is now closed, as Les Menuires has closed. The link to Mottaret was open for the last time today. The link to Orelle remains open until the end of the season. 

The official snow depths were:

  • 85cm at resort level, and
  • 200cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk was 2 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 18th April 2015

Orelle, Saturday 18th April 2015

It was sunny and very warm for most of the week (for example, a maximum of 15C at 2000m on Wednesday 15th April).

The 8am bulletin from the piste service today showed temperatures of -1C in resort, and -4C at the top of the ski area. All 27 lifts were open, and all 71 pistes. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret were open.

The official snow depths were:

  • 100cm in resort, and
  • 220cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk was 3 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 11th April 2015

Top of Col, 11th April 2015

It was cold and sunny from Monday, then gradually got warmer during the week, with Thursday in particular very warm. With the warm weather, we got spring snow conditions - a little icy in the morning, then softening up in the sun.

Today's bulletin from the piste service showed 8am temperatures of -1C in resort, and -5C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were open, and all 71 pistes. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret were open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 130cm at resort level, and 
  • 240cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 4th April 2015

The week was cool and mainly cloudy, with snowfalls - in particular on Sunday night (29th March), when 40cm of fresh snow fell in resort, and 50cm at the top of the ski area.

Today's piste service bulletin shows temperatures at 8am of -2C in resort, and -7C at 3000m. All 27 lifts are open, and all 71 pistes. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 150cm at resort level, and
  • 250cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 28th March 2015

Val Thorens, Saturday 28th March 2015

It was a week with a mixture of clouds and sunshine, and a very little snow on Wednesday and Thursday nights (1 to 2cm each time).

The bulletin from the piste service today shows 8am temperatures of -5C in resort, and -9C at 3000m. All 27 lifts are open, and 70 pistes out of 71, with just Stade Chalets closed. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 105cm at resort level, and
  • 190cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 21st March 2015

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were windy days, with SE winds and strong gusts of Foehn and Lombarde. For the rest of the week, we had sunshine and warm temperatures.

The bulletin from the service des pistes this morning showed temperatures at 8am of -1C in resort and -4C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were open, and all 71 pistes, as well as the links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret.

The official snow depths today are:

  • 110cm at resort level, and 
  • 195cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 14th March 2015

Glacier de Gébroulaz

We've had a week of sunshine and warm temperatures. The maximums most days were 15C at 1000m, 6C at 2000m, and 0C at 3000m - about right for the end of April. 

The bulletin from the Serivce des Pistes today showed temperatures at 8am of -6C in resort and -9C at 3000m. All 27 lifts are open today, and all 71 pistes, as well as the links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret.

The official snow depths today are:

  • 120cm in resort, and
  • 205cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 1 out of 5.

Ptarmigan

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 7th March 2015

Lac du Lou

We had mixed weather, with snow at the start of the week, and sunshine on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

The bulletin from the Serivce des Pistes today showed temperatures at 8am of -3C in resort and -6C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were open today, and all 71 pistes, as well as the links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Meribel Mottaret.

The official snow depths today were:

  • 145cm in resort, and
  • 230cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

Brequin ridge

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 28th February 2015

Top of 3 Valleys chair

The weather in the past week was mixed. On Sunday, it was sunny above a sea of cloud, then it snowed on Monday and Tuesday. It was mainly sunny on Wednesday and Thursday, then it snowed again on Friday.

According to the bulletin from the Service des Pistes this morning, the temperatures at 8am were -8C in resort, and -10C at 3000m. All 27 lifts are open, and all 71 pistes. The links to Orelle, Mottaret, and Les Menuires are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 130cm in resort, and
  • 205cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 21st February 2015

Lac du Lou, 20th February 2015

It was mostly sunny all week, with a little SE wind particularly at the start of the week. The weather has changed today, Saturday 21st Feb, with snow starting to fall.

According to this morning's bulletin, the 8am temperatures were -3C in resort, and -6C at 3000m. All 27 lifts are open, but some could close if the wind is too strong, and all 71 pistes. The links to Orelle, Mottaret, and Les Menuires are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 95cm in resort, and
  • 150cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

View from top of Lac du Lou itinerary

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 14th February 2015

It's been a remarkably sunny week, with clear blue skies every day. Today, Saturday 14th February, the weather has changed, and there are snow showers, with S to SW winds.

According to this morning's bulletin, the 8am temperatures were -4C in resort, and -9C at 3000m. All 27 lifts are due to open, and all 71pistes. The links to Orelle, Mottaret, and Les Menuires are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 100cm in resort, and
  • 155cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 7th February 2015

A cairn, Vallée des Belleville

It snowed a good deal on Sunday, then Monday was a beautiful day. The rest of the week was mixed with some clouds and some sunshine, and a SE or E wind making itself felt in certain sectors of the Val Thorens ski area.

According to this morning's bulletin, the temperatures at 8am were -4C in resort, and -11C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were due to open, and all 71 pistes. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Mottaret were due to open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 120cm at resort level, and
  • 170cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

The cold during last week was too much for some little beasts.

Shrew

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 31st January 2015

La Masse from Val Thorens

There was mixed weather at the start of last week, with the sun just about breaking through the clouds, higher up at least. Wednesday was a beautiful day, then there was snow on Thursday and Friday - for example, 40 to 50cm between Thursday morning and Friday morning. This afternoon (Saturday 31st January), it's snowing too.

According to this morning's bulletin, the temperatures at 8am were -13C in resort, and -18C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were due to open, but there were delays to the opening of some lifts, as the ski patrol made the ski area safe. 69 pistes out of the total of 71 were due to open eventually, with Boardercross and Stade Chalets still closed. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Mottaret were due to open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 140cm at resort level, and
  • 190cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 4 out of 5.

Snow-covered car in Val Thorens

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 24th January 2015

Pic Blanc from Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

After the snow last Saturday, it was a good powder day on Sunday 18th January. There was a little more snow on Monday night, then sunny intervals on Tuesday. On Wednesday, there was an unpleasant SE wind in Val Thorens, but almost no wind for those able to escape to other parts of the Three Valleys. Visibility was quite poor for most of Thursday, but Friday 23rd January was a lovely day, with sunshine above a sea of cloud (see accompanying photos). 

According to this morning's bulletin, the temperatures at 8am were -10C in resort, and -13C at 3000m. All 27 lifts were open, and 68 pistes out of the total of 71. The closed pistes are those by the skicross course (Boardercross, Chalets, and Stade Chalets), because the skicross competitions have been continuing, with a European Cup. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Mottaret are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 90cm at resort level, and
  • 130cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

Freeride cafe, Cime de Caron

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 17th January 2015

Securité des Pistes, Val Thorens

It was sunny at the start of the week, then we had some snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday (14th January). Thursday was a mainly sunny day, then there was snow on Friday, Friday night, and all day today (Saturday 17th January). 

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts were open, and 64 pistes out of the total of 71. The closed pistes are those by the skicross course (Boardercross, Chalets, and Stade Chalets), plus the snowpark, Arolle, Hermine, and Glacier. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Mottaret are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 90cm at resort level, and
  • 130cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 10th January 2015

Russian week in Val Thorens

It was sunny and fairly cold for most of the week, then the sky clouded over on Friday, and there was a dusting of snow on Friday evening. 

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts were open, and 65 pistes out of the total of 71. The closed pistes are those by the World Cup skicross course (Boardercross, Chalets, and Stade Chalets), plus the snowpark, Arolle, and Hermine. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires, and Mottaret are open.

The official snow depths are:

  • 80cm at resort level, and
  • 120cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

Qualification for the World Cup skicross, Val Thorens, January 2015

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 3rd January 2015

After the snow last weekend, it was very cold on Monday (-15 to -20C), then it became gradually warmer during the week. There was lots of sunshine, and excellent snow conditions. 

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts were open today, and 66 pistes out of the total of 71. The closed pistes were Boardercross, Stade Chalets, and Chalets (all closed due to preparations for the World Cup Skicross event), plus Chocard and Triton. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires and Mottaret were open. 

The official snow depths are:

  • 95cm at resort level
  • 135cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 27th December 2014

Snow falling on 27th December 2014 in Val Thorens

It was sunny and warmer than normal for the time of year at the start of the week. On Thursday 25th December, there was a very little snow in the morning, before the sky cleared. Friday 26th December was cold and sunny, then today, Saturday 27th December, we've had a big enough snowfall to transform conditions for a while at least. 

Last week, the conditions in Val Thorens were better than in the rest of the Three Valleys, but the pistes were hard-packed in many places, and there were some loose stones, especially on the pistes without snow canons. At 8am today, there was 15cm of fresh snow at resort level, and 20cm at the top of the ski area. Many of the lifts were closed because of the snow and avalanche risk, but when the snowpack settles, all 27 lifts should open, including Plan de l' Eau, which has been closed until now. The links to Orelle, Les Menuires and Mottaret will also be open when safe. 

The official snow depths are:

  • 70cm at resort level
  • 110cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5.

This video shows Val Thorens in the snow today:

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 20th December 2014

Cabin at top of Grand Fond, 20th December 2014

We had a little snow, especially on Wednesday afternoon and night (15 to 20cm). There was a mixture of rain and snow on Thursday, then sunshine on Friday. A little more snow fell on Friday night (1 to 2cm). 

The snow conditions in Val Thorens remain quite good, with just a few loose stones on the pistes without snow canons.  Today, 26 lifts are open out of the total of 27, with Plan de l' Eau closed. 53 pistes are open out of 71. The link to Orelle remains open, and the links to Les Menuires and Mottaret via Funitel 3 Valleys and the 3 Valleys chair are open. Boulevard Cumin is closed. 

In the coming week, Val Thorens is almost fully booked. The conditions in the rest of the 3 Valleys aren't great, so the Val Thorens ski area is likely to be busy.

The official snow depths are:

  • 60cm at resort level
  • 100cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

View from Grand Fond

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 13th December 2014

View from Cime de Caron, 9th December 2014

We had a little snow (12-15cm) on Monday night, 8th December 2014. In the middle of the week, there were a couple of days with a sea of cloud, and sunshine above. 

The snow cover is ok, but relatively thin. Today, 25 lifts are open out of the total of 27, with just Funitel de Thorens and Plan de l' Eau closed. 43 pistes are open out of 71. The link to Orelle remains open, and the links to Les Menuires and Mottaret via Funitel 3 Valleys and the 3 Valleys chair have opened today. The link to Menuires via Bd Cumin remains closed.

The official snow depths are:

  • 50cm at resort level
  • 90cm at 3000m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5.

View from Caron

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 6th December 2014

Bottom of Plan de l' Eau chair

Val Thorens opened as scheduled, on Saturday 22nd November 2014. The conditions were reasonable, but since then, we've had warm temperatures, and SE weather systems, which bring little snow. In the last few days, it has been colder, and the snow canons have been on, creating a better base on the pistes which are open. 

At the moment, the higher lifts are open, and the lower ones (such as Plan de l' Eau, pictured above) are not. 16 lifts are open out of the total of 27, with all of those open lifts in the Peclet and Thorens sectors. The link via Grand Fond to Orelle is open. There are 24 pistes open out of the total of 71. 

The official snow depths are:

  • 40cm at resort level, and
  • 80cm at 3200m

The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5. The other areas of the 3 Valleys were due to open today, but will now open a week later, on Saturday 13th December 2014.

Belleville Valley in the eveningVal Thorens & Mont Blanc, February 2017Ski tracks in the Lac du Lou

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