The Perfect Ski Season ? February 22nd, 2013
So we are past the half way mark now and well into the February school holidays, and it’s all good here in the snowy and cold ski resort of Chatel.
This season has produced great conditions pretty much every week, and for a period at the start of February I’d say conditions were as good as they ever get.
We started on high at the beginning of December with deep powder covering the mountain and resort, our first lucky clients staying the week before Christmas had a great time on very quiet and very snowy pistes.
A little bit of rain just before Christmas did flatten down the waist deep powder a little but the festival spirit was definitely not dampened down. It was a very busy Christmas and New Year in the resort with the holidays falling mid week again after a couple of slightly quieter year when they fell on the weekend, but with the great snow cover and massive expanse of the Portes du Soleil to discover lift queues are never too bad here.
We were treated to a fair few sunny days at the start of January which was nice see, mixed in with more snow. The January quiet lull arrived and we could enjoy the mountain with great snow conditions but relatively few holiday makers, often my favourite time of the season to ski because of the empty pistes and good chance of fresh snow fall.
The end of January brought a massive storm sweeping across Europe, initially very high winds and driving rain pretty high up the mountain. But after that first day which was pretty much a write-off for skiing it just snowed and snowed and snowed for a week solid. The off piste was amazing with powder on top of powder on top of more powder, I would say conditions were definitely as good as they ever get out here. When the sun finally came out temperatures remained cold and the mountain was an awesome playground, the perfect time get the biggest skis you could find and head out for big fun.
The cold conditions have stuck around which has meant the pistes have stayed in great shape during the busy school holiday weeks, moguls have been s few and far between on the pistes.
All in all its been great season, looking forward to a great March too. Even without any more snow there is plenty of great skiing to come, but I’m sure we’ll be treated to a few more powder days.
We still have some availability in April and with the great snow coverage there will be plenty left by then. Get in touch with Absolute Alps Holidays to organise your late ski break.