Snow Reports & Snow History
To check snow levels during the ski season (Dec-Apr) at the various ski resorts that we feature, please check the relevant tourist office’s website. A 10 season average snow report can be viewed on the 'Historical Snow' tab on each of the individual resort pages.
Snow records for some of our top French Alps resorts can be viewed on the links below:
Not every year is the same so it is essential to look at historical snow records over the past few years to get a true picture on snow reliability.
Nearly all our resorts have a snow range above 1500m (around 5,000ft). Altitude is however not the only important factor. Some areas like the Grand Massif or Mont-Blanc Val d’Arly benefit from a microclimate because of their close proximity to Europe’s highest peak, Mont-Blanc. These areas have a much more reliable snow record than other resorts at the same altitude or even than some higher-up. Other important factors for good snow are North-facing slopes as whatever cover their get will simply last longer. What lies below the snow cover is also of importance: a few centimetres will be enough to ski on pasture whereas more will be required to cover a rocky surface. Finally resorts that have snow cannons to cover the lower slopes (generally the nursery slopes) offer a good guarantee. These will normally run at night from early December to top-up on natural snow cover. Above all what is important is to check the hard facts as in the end the snow history over a period of time is the only reliable indicator.
View information on snow cannons and how they are used extensively within the Alps during the winter season