During winter it is a good idea to check the weather forecast to know what conditions to expect during the day, including the snow report.
Morzine Snow Report
The snow report is a valuable tool for anyone wanting to head up the mountain and gives great insight into conditions when used with the Morzine forecast. Whilst the forecast gives information about the weather, the snow report provides information about what is happening on the ground. Combining the two allows people to assess accurately what the day will be like up the mountains and prepare accordingly, whether this means wearing extra layers to stay warm or choosing which skis to take for the day.
Type of snow
One important aspect of the snow report is providing information regarding the type of snow to be found up the mountain on any particular day. This can range from ice to powder to slush. On any given day the type of snow can vary depending on the temperature and the conditions on previous days. If there has not been any snowfall recently this will have affected the quality of the snow. Likewise, if it has snowed heavily then conditions will be excellent, although anyone wishing to go off piste will need the correct equipment. If the weather is warm then conditions can become slushy, but if they have been warm on the previous day then there could be ice first thing in the morning before the temperature warms up. The snow report can help prepare for any of these conditions.
Another very important - potentially life saving - service offered by the snow report is the avalanche report. Along with the snow report will be information regarding the current risk of avalanche. These range from 1 to 5. There is no rating of 0 as the mountain is never considered completely safe. This system, along with coloured flags, makes it easy to check the avalanche information. There are many factors that can affect the avalanche risk. These include recent snowfall that can load the slopes and needs time to settle, recent wind speeds that can blow snow into unsafe areas and destabilise the snow pack and recent temperatures.
?The snow report can also provide information regarding which lifts are open and which runs are open. Depending on the snow coverage some areas might not be open early on in the winter season and at the very end of winter. Some lifts can also be closed if it is particularly windy, especially the higher and more exposed lifts.
Benefits of the snow report
Being aware of the different types of snow and understanding the avalanche report helps to ensure you have the best possible time on the mountain.
Lift and Piste Openings
Depending on the conditions and the time of year some lifts and pistes might not be open. This is especially true early and late in the season. However, poor snow cover can affect what is open at any time of the winter. If there is not enough snow then pistes can be shut for safety reasons or simply because it is not possible to ski down them due to the lack of snow. If there is a sudden, very large snowfall this can also lead to closures. Another factor that affects what is open is the wind. The higher, more exposed lifts can shut for safety reasons if the wind is too high.