Les Gets - Snow report 2019-2020
Once again this year, Les Gets opened the season with a magnificent coating of snow, white coat thanks to phenomenal snowfalls during November and December. The resort opened its slopes for the weekend on December 14th and then continuously from the beginning of December's holidays. Holidaymakers during the Christmas and New Year weeks enjoyed excellent skiing conditions thanks to this thick layer of snow. The local people had already enjoyed a lot of ski touring and snowshoeing before the opening of the slopes.
New snowfalls came during the Christmas holidays, adding a lot of centimeters to the snow cover already installed and ensuring optimal skiing comfort on the slopes.
At the beginning of January, we had beautiful weather, always cool, with a superb blue sky, sunshine, and excellent snow. At night, negative temperatures kept the snow cover in perfect state. At the end of January, we had fresh snow dumps several times which meant there was a strong base for the February school holidays.
In February, snowfall became rarer, with beautiful sunny days during the school holidays. Families were able to enjoy fantastic skiing conditions and excellent weather.
At the end of February and beginning of March, the snow came back for several more snowfalls, and temperatures rose as the first fortnight of March passed. The clement weather set in and gave to he resort a spring skiing atmosphere. Unfortunately, the resort had to close on March 14th due to a decision made by the French Goernment about the Covid-19 conditions across France but ended on an incredible last weekend for the lucky ones present. Sun, skiing, and blue skies were the watchwords for this early closure.
Les Gets Snow Report 2018-19
Again, the snow was phenomenal before the start of the ski season, we had huge snow dumps before the lifts opened and there were many locals ski touring (ski randonnée) on the slopes in early/mid December, posting phenomenal powder shots on social media before the season had started. The lifts were open on 14th December for the weekend.
All the pistes were open during Xmas week and the snow depth was good. It was beautiful weather during the day with blue skys and the skiing conditions were excellent. We then had a top of snow for New Year's week.
During February, we had warm weather, however, with so much snow on the pistes it was sometimes a little slush to the late afternoon.
In March we had variable weather, with many snow dumps and temperatures varying from below zero to slightly above zero but again with so much snow, the piste conditions were always good.
After the lifts closed, the locals with mountaineering skis were posting on social media incredible photographs and videos of powder skiing to the usual standard of the best day of the season before the lifts opened and after they had closed.
When we weren’t experiencing extreme snow falls we were having heat waves, making bbq weather at the end of feb.
Les Gets Snow Report 2017-18
The snow was phenomenal from before the start of the ski season, enabling the lifts to open early. This was great for the locals and holiday makers who came out early and had great snow conditions and empty pistes.
The snow storms were relentless throughout the Christmas and New Year period. We had a few unhappy fair weather skiers, however the off piste skiing was the best it had been for around 20 years. Les Gets was fortunate as it was able to stay open during high winds, andnothing was closed.
In January, the freezing level rose, meaning that the lower pistes had a little rain, however, there was so much snow that there was little effect on the piste. In fact, the rain compressed the base layer, making the avalanche risk lower, hence it was safer to ski off piste.
By January, the sky's cleared, leaving amazing skiing,
February was bitterly cold, a great time to test out hand-warmers and heated socks. With the cold weather came clear blue skys and the piste conditions maintained throughout the day, every day, for the whole of February.
In March, unusually, we did not experience spring snow, the quality was comparable to a good January with occasional snow dumps and blue sky days - all in all a great month.
April - finally spring came, the weather warmed up enough for BBQ weather in the afternoons and with the amount of snow we had, slushy snow was minimal. At night, the temperatures dropped below zero, enabling the pisters to ensure the pistes were in good condition.
Les Gets Snow Report 2016-17
This was the final El Neno year in a row, typically a bad year for snow. The snow was good but with a slow start, with Xmas and New Year being very thin and people going to Avoriaz or skiing on the few slopes open in Les Gets.
We did get a snow dump in October, however, hot air from the west quickly melted this before the season started.
Les Gets only opened 5 pistes and 2 lifts for Xmas and New Year, the transport companies were providing lifts to Avoriaz for the advanced skiers.
Mid January onwards, there was enough snow and at times it was icy. However, with sharp edges and good technique, ice can be great fun for carving.
From around the third week in January, piste conditions were good to the end of the season.
Les Gets Snow Report 2015-16
Xmas week we had poor snow, however, after the challenging start, we had a good season.
Les Gets Snow Report 2014-15
The start of the ski season was challenging - we had the worst Xmas for 40 years and this is not expected again for another 40 years! However, on the second Friday night of the ski season, there was a massive dump of snow. Many people could not get to their resorts on a Saturday and the police were not allowing anyone without snow chains to drive up to the mountain villages. New Year was brilliant. The rest of the ski season was average however the end of the season was not quite as good as normal as a 'base' had not built up as would be normal. The best weeks for skiing were mid-January and March.
Les Gets Snow Report 2013 - 14
Just before the start of the ski season, the snow was not great - so only a very few lifts opened early. A few days before everyone arrived for the first week of the season, there were a few massive dumps of powder and the snow was great for Christmas and New Year.
Whilst the base was weak, there were regular 'dumps' throughout the ski season, so the pistes were generally good throughout the season. The weak base and the very late end to the ski season meant that the pistes were not so good the last week of the season, but good in general apart from this.