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European Short and Extended Range Outlook
November 13, 2016
(old outlook, please email chris@snowforecast.com and let me know if you would like to see this updated)
This forecast primarily covers the Alps (France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria)
Sunday and Monday - It looks like mostly cloudy skies and light to moderate snow showers for the resort areas on Sunday, maybe 5 to 10cm of snow, up to 15cm for higher elevations and north facing slopes, as a weather system drops in out of the northwest/ north on the east side of a large upper-level high pressure ridge, pushing in from the west. By Sunday night/ Monday morning, snow showers are ending and skies are clearing from north to south across the region. On Monday we expect partly cloudy/ mostly fair weather across most of the Alps, especially for France with downsloping northeast (drier) winds, but mostly cloudy skies, chilly weather, and lingering light snow showers across the southern Austrian Alps, and the north slope Italian Alps.
Tuesday through Thursday (15th - 17th) - High pressure ridging noses in across the area, causing mostly fair weather for most areas, but some clouds are expected at times also as the southern edge of more northern storms hitting the UK and Scandanavia, brush the area at times.

LONGER RANGE OUTLOOK
Next Friday and Saturday (18th-19th) MAJOR SNOW... Colder and unsettled as a large scale storm system moves in with strong dynamics and good moisture, to deliver 30 to 60cm (more for higher elevations/ summits) of snow to the Alps. More detail is coming. Snow lingers into Sunday as low pressure exits, and strong upper-level high pressure ridging builds in for 3-5 days (mostly fair weather then). CM
CUSTOM FORECAST DETAILS
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↑55° / 13c°

↓34° / 1c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Mostly cloudy with isolated showers

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Isolated Showers (Potential precip: 0.06in, 1.42mm)

Wind

From the NNW at 1 to 6 MPH.

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↑63° / 17c°

↓37° / 3c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Mostly cloudy

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Mostly Cloudy (Potential precip: 0.04in, 0.92mm)

Wind

From the NNW at 1 to 3 MPH.

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↑54° / 12c°

↓45° / 7c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Scattered Showers (Potential precip: 0.44in, 11.29mm)

Wind

From the WSW at 1 to 3 MPH.

Weather Icon

↑63° / 17c°

↓45° / 7c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Partly cloudy with scattered showers

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Scattered Showers (Potential precip: 0.3in, 7.67mm)

Wind

From the SSW at 0 to 5 MPH.

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↑61° / 16c°

↓45° / 7c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Scattered Showers (Potential precip: 0.29in, 7.33mm)

Wind

From the SE at 1 to 5 MPH.

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↑59° / 15c°

↓46° / 8c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Partly cloudy with light showers

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Showers (Potential precip: 0.88in, 22.34mm)

Wind

From the SE at 1 to 5 MPH.

Tignes is one of the bet ski resorts to come to for a long, snow-sure season, interseason skiing and some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, both in winter and summer. The main resort on the edge of Le Lac sits at an altitude of 2100 metres above sea level and the lower villages still boast altitudes of 1550 and 1850 metres. Above all of this is the Grande Motte Glacier which rises to a lofty 3450 metres and is accessible not only during winter but in the summer too – yes you can come summer skiing in Tignes!

Tignes and its neighbouring resort of Val d’Isère make up the ski area known as the Espace Killy (named after France’s Olympic downhill skiing champion Jean Claude Killy). It offers over 300kms of pisted skiing linked by around 47 ski lifts which include a funicular railway, a cable car, 24 chairlifts and 19 drag lifts, enabling you to ski around the whole area with ease.

Tignes offers something for every level of skier or snowboarder, with a world class snow park, pistes suited to beginners and advanced skiers alike and for the more adventurous, some of the best off piste skiing in the French Alps. Families love coming here, as do large groups of university students and groups of friends and as such the nightlife and dining on offer reflect that as there is pretty much something to suit every taste and budget.

There is a wide selection of accommodation in Tignes, often at more modest prices than its neighbour Val d’Isère. In comparison there is less choice of luxury or high end accommodation, but this market is starting to develop now and more options are becoming available.

Food is a great part of life in the French Alps, and with all those outdoor pursuits to try you can rest assured it is all very hearty! Local specialities are often cheese or cream based (sometimes both…), featuring local meats, potatoes and green salad. The food in the Alps is often accused of being unadventurous and ‘lardy’ but there are plenty of delicious regional dishes besides the good old fondue.

The emphasis is very much on fresh local produce and so cured and seasoned meats will have come from cattle grazed on Alpine pastures, the local cheeses of Abondance and Beaufort will be prevalent and although there isn’t a coastline in sight there is still a regional fish dish! The féra is caught in nearby Lake Geneva and is a popular dish served in many restaurants, alongside other lake fish such as Omble Chevalier (char), truite (trout), brochet (pike) and perche (perch).