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November snow in the Alps

The early part of November 2016 has seen epic quantities of snow fall on the Portes du Soleil, France. Avoriaz received the first snowstorm on 5th November with Morzine getting covered with a blanket of snow too. Temperatures have been unseasonably cold with snow falling right down into the valleys, as low as 500m in altitude. On 13th November The Sunday Times Travel section announced that a massive 161cm of snow had been recorded in the Portes du Soleil! Here are some photos of this November snow and of winter 16/17 so far in the Portes du Soleil.

Avoriaz deep in snow, November 2016

Avoriaz deep in snow, November 2016

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Sunset in Avoriaz, 7th November 2016

mountain biking snow morzine

A last adventure out on the mountain bikes before the snow got too deep in Morzine (although already pretty deep here!)

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Snowstorm in Avoriaz on 10th November 2016

morzine village in snow

Morzine village covered in snow in November 2016

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November snow building up in Les Lindarets, Avoriaz


On 12th September we woke up to blue skies after another night of fresh snow, so we got the splitboards out for a tour up the Pointe de Chesery. Below are some photos of the epic November snow conditions in the Portes du Soleil, check here for more photos of our splitboard tour.

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The Ardent telecabine looking ready to open, 12th November 2016

snow trees

Snow covered trees up towards the ridge at the top of the Chaux Fleurie chairlift, between Avoriaz and Chatel

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Looking down towards Lac Montriond. The Portes du Soleil looking in November, looking more like January!

splitboard, mont de grange, chablais, haute savoie

Mont de Grange on the right, a great days splitboard tour with many fantastic routes down.

Views over the Portes du Soleil

Views over the Portes du Soleil

Pointe de Vorlaz, avoriaz

Looking up towards the Pointe de Vorlaz, Avoriaz (otherwise know as Pepsi Max)

Due to the huge amount of early snow, Champery on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil, has announced that it will open 1 month early, on 19th November 2016. Avoriaz is set to open on Friday 9th December, although rumours are circulating that both Avoriaz and Les Gets might open early – we will keep you posted if so!

Have these pictures fuelled your stoke for snowboarding? We still have a few spaces on our pre-season snowboard camps, from 11th to 18th December, with 7 nights in a catered chalet in Morzine and 5 full days of coaching on the slopes of Avoriaz. With over 20 people booked on, we have groups of all levels from Beginner to Intermediate and Advanced Technical Performance. Join us and make the most of these epic conditions!

Sunday Times Travel snow

The Sunday Times Travel announces 161cm of snow recorded in the Portes du Soleil

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