Something we hear on a regular basis from clients is that they will only look at high resorts as they are snow sure; Anything under 1850 is a no go for fear there will be no snow. In reality, this is not the case and there are many factors to take into consideration when looking at snow levels.
Some areas require a smaller snow base than others to open their pistes. The pasture fields that surround Morzine are a good example of this where you only need a little snow as it holds better on the cold grass and there are no boulders to cover.
Local geography also plays a factor. For example, the cold air found whipping over the Chamonix glaciers helps prevent melting and keeps the snow compact allowing days to pass with no fresh snow to little effect.
The Arlberg Ski area with resorts such as St. Anton sitting at 1600 is one of the best early season areas to travel to due to its location and the local mountain formations. When I visited some of our properties in the first week of December last season, the snow was incredible, so much so that we skied knee deep powder on piste!
Man's interventions have also affected the way in which resorts keep their snow. Cannon snow has improved dramatically and creates far better conditions and a far greater quantity of snow than in the past. You'll also find resorts are increasing the percentage of their pistes that are covered by cannons with many reaching 80-100% coverage which is a huge help.
For over 20 years The Oxford Ski Company has confidently arranged holidays for clients from the day resorts open on the 1st December right through to when they close on the 1st May. Contact us today to find your perfect luxury chalet or alpine hotel for the upcoming 2019/20 season.
Where to stay for early season snow
Chalet Sapphire, Morzine
Designed with its future guests in mind from the start, Chalet Sapphire has everything you need for a seriously comfortable week in the mountains. The property has an extensive spa and wellness area, worthy of any luxury chalet! Facilities include an indoor swimming pool with views over the Morzine valley, a hammam, ice chamber and treatment room.
Set in private grounds for ultimate privacy yet only a short five minute walk from the centre of Morzine. In addition to this, your dedicated chauffeur can drop you to the Super Morzine and Ardent ski lifts in just 2 minutes.
Chalet Dalmore, Chamonix
With large panoramic windows and spacious living space, Chalet Dalmore is a contemporary take on a luxury ski chalet. Sleeping up to 10 guests, this unique property has an outdoor pool, hot tub, private cinema, TV snug and a relaxation area. Spend your evenings on the roof terrace warming up by the fire pit and looking over Mont Blanc.
Located on the outskirts of Chamonix town centre, the chalet is just a stones throw from the Flegere cable car and you can make use of the driver service during your stay.
Chalet Tschoder, St Anton
Chalet Tschoder is a beautiful chalet which offers plenty of space with luxurious extras such as a hot tub, gym and the sought after ski-in/ski-out access. Sensitively blending traditional alpine materials with contemporary design, this property comfortably sleeps up to 14 guests.
Offered as a catered chalet or on a self-catered basis, staff are on hand to ensure your stay is comfortable and you want for nothing during your holiday.