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.
Les Gets Snow Report 2012 - 13
The Ski season 2012-13 was even better than 2011-13. The ski lifts opened early and conditions for Xmas and New Year were outstanding. Half term was very good and the lifts could easily have stayed open for another week or two after the end of the ski season. The snow continued so long that the opening of the mountain biking, at the end of May, had to be delayed due to the snow.
Outside the ground floor apartment at Chalet Hastings, the snow was even deeper than the previous season, and stayed around 2 metres deep through the whole of the season. Overall, this was a fantastic season.
Les Gets Snow Report 2011 - 12
For 2011-12 ski season, Les Gets had the best snow for around 30 years. Up to mid December, we had hardly any snow at all - and then in the third week in December we had the most amazing dumps of fresh snow. Christmas and New Year were both excellent. Outside the staff apartment, the snow was around 3 meters deep for most of the season - towards the end it was may be 1.5 to 2 meters deep. In the middle of the ski season, we had temperatures as low as -26 degrees C overnight. There were still extraordinary amounts of snow falling each night, even after the ski lifts had closed. Susan waved off the winter staff who were driving home on 21st April with thick snow on the ground. The day the lifts closed, the staff went for a last ski/snowboard and came back glowing saying how fabulous the snow had been. Our staff reported that it was like skiing in January on fresh powder - on the last day of the season!