The Chatel snow report provides valuable information for anyone wishing too head there during the skiing season. Combined with the weather forecast it gives the most accurate view of the current conditions in the resort and on the mountains. Using them before arriving gives people some idea of what to expect, and using them daily whilst in the resort helps visitors to be prepared for any conditions and any change that might occur throughout the day.
Type Of Snow
The type of snow can be split into three main categories. One of these is the way in which the snow is falling (light snow, also known as flurries, or heavy snow, known as snow storms or blizzards). Visibility during the storm is used to gauge whether it can be counted as light or heavy snowfall. Another way to categorise the snowfall is the shape of the snowflake. The form that most people think of when they think of a snowflake is the classic six sided flake, known as a dendrite. There are, however, other types including Graupel, Columns and Rimed snow. Finally when the snow has settled on the ground. When snow first falls it is often known as powder. On the pistes it is packed down into packed powder. This snow can also be formed by snow cannons producing artificial snow. Depending on the weather the snowpack can also be slushy or icy, making for a varied skiing experience. Fore knowledge of conditions can help choosing how to prepare for the day ahead.
The snow report also serves a very important purpose in providing a daily avalanche report for skiers. The avalanche report is posted online as well as at various lift stations in resort. The avalanche report uses a series of flags as well as a rating system from one to five, with one being the safest level and five being the most dangerous. When the avalanche risk is five it is not advisable to head off piste at all. Using the avalanche report in conjunction with taking avalanche kit - transceiver, shovel and probe - and knowing how to use them, what signs to look for and what to avoid can be life saving. Full training with avalanche kit is normally available in resort, and practicing can only improve the speed with which a person can be found if the worst happens.