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Old 29.12.2019, 16:36
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Wake Up > Where to Ski?

Opening the thread with thanks for the sticky post and previous threads. Some outdated, some still missing the mark, at the cusp of Y2020.

We are based in Nyon and have several options when it comes to skiing:
- drive 60-90 min to swiss resorts on the other side of Lac Leman
- drive 60-90 min to France

The problem is the following: to find out the relevant conditions, it eats 30-45min of my morning to go through separate resort websites, only to find out basic info like snowfall, open/closed pistes, open/closed lifts... and this doesn't get me close to making good choices.

I stumbled across https://wepowder.com/en and initially thought "phew, finally a click-map" only to find out it reports fresh snow, but not overall snow conditions.

Do any of you have tips how to reduce the morning research, and quick scan the 50 mile radius (both Swiss and French side) and decide maximum blue-piste the boys can enjoy that day?

Thanks!!!
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Old 29.12.2019, 17:25
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Re: Wake Up > Where to Ski?

Try Ste Cergue (CH) or La Dle ...
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Opening the thread with thanks for the sticky post and previous threads. Some outdated, some still missing the mark, at the cusp of Y2020.

We are based in Nyon and have several options when it comes to skiing:
- drive 60-90 min to swiss resorts on the other side of Lac Leman
- drive 60-90 min to France

The problem is the following: to find out the relevant conditions, it eats 30-45min of my morning to go through separate resort websites, only to find out basic info like snowfall, open/closed pistes, open/closed lifts... and this doesn't get me close to making good choices.

I stumbled across https://wepowder.com/en and initially thought "phew, finally a click-map" only to find out it reports fresh snow, but not overall snow conditions.

Do any of you have tips how to reduce the morning research, and quick scan the 50 mile radius (both Swiss and French side) and decide maximum blue-piste the boys can enjoy that day?

Thanks!!!
Fabulous skiing above 2000m in Chamonix today, there was a huge amount of rain last week so the lower slopes are generally hard. No snow expected for the next week so conditions won't improve. North facing slopes will stay best for longest.
I will be skiing most days until the snow melts, so ask on the forum

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Fabulous skiing above 2000m in Chamonix today, there was a huge amount of rain last week so the lower slopes are generally hard
Shame. Loadsa snow fell over the last few days down to below our village level (1450m), so fabulous skiing everywhere. Skied over into Chattel, thence round towards Avoriaz, this afternoon, when found some bits of powder, nice, even on my thin stiff GS skis

Teaching beginners tomorrow morning, so will be the pistes on the Swiss side., Which may be harder after a full day of sun on them today.

OP, can't really help fora general resource, except to suggest the skiclub snow reports, but they don't give you the easy look at local resorts that you're looking for..
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Old 29.12.2019, 21:57
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Opening the thread with thanks for the sticky post and previous threads. Some outdated, some still missing the mark, at the cusp of Y2020.

We are based in Nyon and have several options when it comes to skiing:
- drive 60-90 min to swiss resorts on the other side of Lac Leman
- drive 60-90 min to France

The problem is the following: to find out the relevant conditions, it eats 30-45min of my morning to go through separate resort websites, only to find out basic info like snowfall, open/closed pistes, open/closed lifts... and this doesn't get me close to making good choices.

I stumbled across https://wepowder.com/en and initially thought "phew, finally a click-map" only to find out it reports fresh snow, but not overall snow conditions.

Do any of you have tips how to reduce the morning research, and quick scan the 50 mile radius (both Swiss and French side) and decide maximum blue-piste the boys can enjoy that day?

Thanks!!!
It really depends what you want in terms of a ski day.. Just 20-30 mins from us we have La Dole, Col de La Fauclile, Crozet, Darbella, Jouvencelle, Lamoura, Les Rousses. All of them were ski-able this weekend .. However they're all kinda limited in terms of challenge, size and installations open.

Many of these smaller places don't feature well on sites like wepowder.. I tend to just check the webcams, I really don't think there's a magic bullet.

Head over to anywhere on the portes du soleil and you'll be pretty much guaranteed
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Old 29.12.2019, 21:59
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Try Ste Cergue (CH) or La Dle ...
I drove past St Cergue yesterday on way to Les Rousses and it was grass at the bottom of the pistes.. :-(
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Old 29.12.2019, 22:04
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Re: Wake Up > Where to Ski?

Check the day before. You can see current snow/piste conditions and then if you check the weather forecast and its not windy or very snowy the next day, conditions are unlikely to change!
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OP, I think bergfex is what you're looking for. You can start with national maps and snow forecasts or reports, then drill down to cantons, regions or specific resorts. You can do this for any country.
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It really depends what you want in terms of a ski day.. Just 20-30 mins from us we have La Dole, Col de La Fauclile, Crozet, Darbella, Jouvencelle, Lamoura, Les Rousses. All of them were ski-able this weekend .. However they're all kinda limited in terms of challenge, size and installations open.

Many of these smaller places don't feature well on sites like wepowder.. I tend to just check the webcams, I really don't think there's a magic bullet.

Head over to anywhere on the portes du soleil and you'll be pretty much guaranteed
'ski-able', is hardly a term that would entice me to go there, rather like 'runs to resort open' when snow does not reach the resort.
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I drove past St Cergue yesterday on way to Les Rousses and it was grass at the bottom of the pistes.. :-(
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I drove past St Cergue yesterday on way to Les Rousses and it was grass at the bottom of the pistes.. :-(
Poor conditions although many were still out sledding yesterday. More hardened snow than ice but kids more likely to get a bit more battered than when the snow first fell weeks ago


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Might be simpler to just refer to it as Valais
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Opening the thread with thanks for the sticky post and previous threads. Some outdated, some still missing the mark, at the cusp of Y2020.

We are based in Nyon and have several options when it comes to skiing:
- drive 60-90 min to swiss resorts on the other side of Lac Leman
- drive 60-90 min to France

The problem is the following: to find out the relevant conditions, it eats 30-45min of my morning to go through separate resort websites, only to find out basic info like snowfall, open/closed pistes, open/closed lifts... and this doesn't get me close to making good choices.

I stumbled across https://wepowder.com/en and initially thought "phew, finally a click-map" only to find out it reports fresh snow, but not overall snow conditions.

Do any of you have tips how to reduce the morning research, and quick scan the 50 mile radius (both Swiss and French side) and decide maximum blue-piste the boys can enjoy that day?

Thanks!!!
Tried https://www.bergfex.com/?
It's usually my one-stop shop for deciding where or whether to go.
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Re: Wake Up > Where to Ski?

There's https://snow.myswitzerland.com/snow_reports/ for Switzerland in one go.
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Re: Wake Up > Where to Ski?

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OP, I think bergfex is what you're looking for. You can start with national maps and snow forecasts or reports, then drill down to cantons, regions or specific resorts. You can do this for any country.
1 plus for this.. I have the app with all my local / favourite day resorts added as Favourites and you can scroll and see the webcam thumbnails of all on one screen
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