03 Jan 24

Chamonix First Worldwide To Claim 4m Base


03 Jan 24

Chamonix has reported the most snowfall in the world over the first few days of 2024, and is also the first to reach a 4m (13.3 feet) base this season.

Chamonix has reported 85cm (nearly three feet) of fresh snowfall in the first three days of 2024 on its highest slopes.

The news comes after national newspapers including the Daily Mail ran stories claiming the French ski season being washed out due to rising temperatures and predicted rainfall, focusing on the lowest valley slopes and ignoring the vast majority of ski terrain.

There has indeed been some periods of rain and sleet on low valley slopes, but even at resorts prone to this at village level due to their relatively low altitudes, like Morzine and Les Gets, their higher slopes saw at least 60cm (two feet) of snowfall, as pictured above today

With most of the big destination ski areas having most of their terrain above 1800m altitude, snow cover is the best it has been in early January for years.

The 3 Valleys currently reports 80% of its terrain open, the 4 Valleys 95%, Zermatt-Cervinia 85% and the Arlberg around St Anton and Lech 90%.

The new snowfall has led to rising avalanche danger levels however. These have moved up from a low level 2 on the scale to 5 to level 3 (“considerable”) or 4 (“high”) in many areas.


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