If you wish to discover Chatel then the forecast is a good place to start. The forecast can be split into two main areas of interest.
Information regarding the weather can be found in the local forecast. The forecast gives up to date information about conditions in the area as well as a forecast for the next few days. Things can change quickly, however, so the forecast can also change. This unpredictability is in part due to the climate in Chatel. Chatel is in the northern Alps and is affected by a number of conditions. The most influential of these include - altitude (from 1053 metres to 2430 metres), the convergence of a number of different weather systems from different directions that can make it hard to accurately predict the weather and finally the proximity of the Mt Blanc Microclimate, as well as more localised microclimates in the area also has an effect. Depending on what season it is the weather can be very warm and sunny, such as in July and August - when the temperatures can soar into the thirties - to cold and snowy in the middle of winter when the temperature drops into the minus figures and snow falls. Spring and autumn represent the transitional periods - in spring time the snow is melting as the temperatures warm up leading into summer, and in autumn the temperatures drop and the first snows begin to fall, although they rarely settle until the very end of autumn or the start of winter.
Chatel Snow Report
The second part of the forecast involves the snow report. This relates to the current snowfall- how much is falling, how much has fallen, what kind of snow has fallen and what the snowpack is like at the current time. Checking this means that it is possible to be prepared for any conditions - sharper edges for icy conditions, fatter skis and avalanche it for powder, low light lenses and warmer clothing for a heavy snow storm. The snow report also contains information relating to the current off piste conditions and the avalanche risk. This is potentially life saving information that is displayed at lift stations. It is a scale that goes from one to five depending on the severity of the risk. Taking the proper equipment and the proper precautions helps to keep safe when skiing off piste, and when used in conjunction with the avalanche report can massively reduce the risk.