The high altitude rain to 2500 meters last weekend didn't do us any favours. Where the snowpack is well established, mainly in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie, the slopes resisted quite well but in the Isere it left little skiable under 1500 to 2000 meters, depending on the slope. Fortunately for the Southern Alps they missed the rain misery.
Fresh snow blew in to the Northern Alps on Tuesday bringing 20 to 40cm of depth. This was appreciated at altitude but did little to change the situation lower down, especially in tree covered areas. The fresh snow was accompanied by strong winds. More snow is expected from Sunday and will last, on and off, all week. We're finally expecting relief at lower altitudes which should enable some of the micro-ski areas to reopen, but with a snowpack more like the start of December than February.