Like the prodigal son, high-waisted jeans or Mark Morrison's "the mack," the snow has returned. However, unlike those specific examples it never really went away.
In the week since our last dump alert, there have been regular additions to the snow base and, although we have enjoyed some clear periods, powder has definitely dominated the piste conditions. Regardless of snowfall's general ascendancy, Thursday evening has perhaps brought Les Arcs' most significant dump of the last few days.
The snow began to fall mid-afternoon on Thursday at high altitudes, gradually shifting downwards to envelop all of the Les Arcs resorts. The lower parts of the mountain, such as Arc 1600 and Peisey-Vallandry, will have seen some rain at first, yet by Friday morning they have clocked up around 5-10 cm of fresh snow. Higher up in Arc 2000, where powder was settling earlier, there has been approximately 10-15 cm. This means that the already-impressive snow base is still increasing, with a full metre at 1600m, three metres at 2000m and over four metres at the highest skiable point (3226m).
More light snow is due before Saturday morning and we should have another healthy addition on Sunday/Monday, so be prepared for more March powder!
Read more from our Les Arcs reporter, Sam, on his blog.
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