Well, last week was evidence, if evidence is needed, that the weather doesn't read the weather forecast. We expected a mix of the odd snow shower and light foehn wind between clearer spells with a fair bit of sun. Instead, we got served up snow, gusty foehn winds and some more snow.
This weather did make for some great off-piste snow but, unfortunately, it also showed the dark side of off-piste skiing. From Friday to Sunday nine people lost their lives in avalanches around the French Alps with several more either seriously injured or still missing. These accidents involved skiers of all levels of experience, from beginners through resort employees to high mountain guides, and on all levels of terrain from snowshoeing to off-piste touring. In Chamonix, on Sunday afternoon, three separate avalanches at Vallorcine resulted in the deaths of two skiers.