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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 21-02-17 20:28
Replies: 700
Thanks! Lovely morning on good piste snow today ... but bliney it was busy in the Bellevarde sector this PM! Went to see the Val snow show tonight, great spectacle. EK is very special indeed.
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Tue 21-02-17 16:54
Replies: 700
@chocksaway, which high lifts are normally prone to closure from the wind? presume the Motte cable car and the Pissaillas lifts will be the first to shut?
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Mon 20-02-17 21:23
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It wasn't that bad (relatively) up Solaise and over in Le Fornet in the morning but blimey it was absolutely rammed on the Bellevarde side and in La Daille this PM. Never saw Diebold this busy. Having said that the snow (piste) is in tip-top condition. Even The Face was "nice" at lunchtime. As you've mentioned @Steve Angus, it must have been the knock-on effect of the Borsat being shut.
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Sat 18-02-17 8:15
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We'll know what's going on when we look out of the window next Friday.
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Wed 15-02-17 10:42
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Every skier has to go to Zermatt once in their life. Or twice, or thrice or ... You just have to - Zermatt is all about the all-round mountain experience (scenery, the Matterhorn and the Breithorn, the runs, the food, the cog railway, the quality of some of the hotels, the list is endless ... every time we go there (which is at leats once every 2 years) it feels more special than the last time. We find that the Zurich trains are much nicer than the Geneva ones - 2 levels, more modern etc. @Legend., makes a very good point ... rightly or wrongly you pay for what you get ... when we want to treat ourselves we stay at the Coeur des Alpes which, in my view, is one of the Top 5 hotels in the Alps. When I go out with my mates though we stay at the Hotel Phoenix which is a great little boutique hotel but at a fraction of the price.
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Wed 15-02-17 9:11
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That said looking forward to going out on the bike for a little spin as it hopefully warms up today - and could well be the start of a freeze/melt cycle which I'm personally looking forward to, just makes ski touring route choice and options a lot less stressful than of late I only board on piste but I'm with you on this @Weathercam, off to the EK on Saturday and I must say I am really looking forward to a good stretch of warm and dry weather. The freeze / thaw cycle is normal, we expect it and have to adopt and be flexible to make the most of each day.
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Tue 14-02-17 23:24
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@scotspikey, not even 2 weeks ... there was a substantial melt halfway through that period. Even the Chill Factore snow has been rubbish this season.
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Tue 14-02-17 20:36
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@franga, can't see that when I looked just now. 06z still showing colder and more unsettled weather with snow in last week of February. Thanks very much noza, much appreciated.
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Tue 14-02-17 9:13
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I know, thanks @Jellybeans1000. Was wondering if there was any concensus on different models ...
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Tue 14-02-17 8:52
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@nozawaonsen, Bergfex are forecasting strong winds for early part of next week across the NW Alps, are you seeing this in the charts you're looking at? Thanks
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Mon 13-02-17 17:15
Replies: 381
And on a personal note, I don't know if I have lost a mate today so please knock it off. @chocksaway :(
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Mon 13-02-17 16:14
Replies: 700
Thanks @Mark1863, a very very sad and sombre affair ... somehow, it makes it even more stark when the resort in question is one that we know, visit and love ...
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Mon 13-02-17 14:14
Replies: 700
Is that a popular way down from Toviere @Mark1863? We always come down Trolles but I don't seem to remember seeing many off-piste skiers on that slope.
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Mon 13-02-17 14:08
Replies: 5
@Canuck, overall and at face value the reds are not that challenging but as with any ski resort this will largely depend on the quality of snow on the run. We were there in early January, a high proportion of runs had a layer of artificial snow on top of a very hard / icy base (we weren't complaining as this was as good as it got in Europe at that time). But, we got caught out on the C6 (Sarezza run) in the Champoluc sector on our way back to Gressoney – it was steep, icy and overly crowded for our 6 year old who may add is very confident on reds and has started doing blacks. It was pure carnage. It is also the only way down from the Sarezza chair when heading back to Gressoney – may be the resort could have put a sign at the start of the chair to warn timid skiers? We managed to get him down in one piece but it wasn’t pleasant. Also beware of some of the locals who seem to ski in the same way as they drive – careless, fast, etc! But it’s a lovely part of the Alps and I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
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Mon 13-02-17 12:54
Replies: 381
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Mon 13-02-17 12:50
Replies: 381
@bar shaker, which cam? Tignes website?
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Mon 13-02-17 12:46
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OMG, horrible news. Hope the casualty toll doesn't rise. Let's wait for the facts before we make a judgement as to where / how / why ... PS - we are flying out to VDI on Saturday
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Sat 11-02-17 12:45
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Thanks @nozawaonsen and @Jellybeans1000, let's see how it all evolves.
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Sat 11-02-17 7:45
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Looking particularly warm in the NW Alps (I'm looking at the Tignes ensembles) for WC 20 February - still early days, of course, but I can't imagine that this will change significantly? From my limited experience, precipitation levels can change dramatically 10 days out but temperatures seem to be less volatile. What do our experts think?
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Fri 10-02-17 22:03
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@chocksaway, I wasn't expecting to encounter spring temps / snow so early in the season (we arrive in a week)! But if there is one place I'd rather be in these type of conditions it's the EK. BTW ... do you know what the best time to go down the Face and the Sache is if the freeze / thaw cycle commences next week? I'm a boarder, I don't like ice underfoot!
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Fri 10-02-17 11:07
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@smudger, (early) spring skiing at its very best.
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Fri 10-02-17 8:00
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Unpleasant? Let the sun shine. Ideal conditions for those of us who tend to stay in-between piste markers.
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Thu 9-02-17 18:36
Replies: 700
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Wed 8-02-17 20:48
Replies: 22
I'm just writing to tell my experience when trying to book an apartment with Tignes réservation, the official booking service of Tignes. I found a suitable apartment and I booked it three weeks before arrival. I paid the full amount as well as ski passes, insurance and parking. I received the contract and, even, instructions for late arrival including the code for collecting the keys. Six days before the arrival, I received a phone call from them saying that it was a mistake and that the apartment had been already booked so I had no apartment. You can imagine my shock. I had flight tickets for this trip and my dates were fixed and I only had 5 days to solve everything. Tignes réservation offered a "supposedly" better apartment and an additional free day. But I said that due to my flight dates, I was not able to enjoy this free day. Additionally, the new apartment was objectively worse (2-pillow category instead of 3-pillow). I refused it. From then, they seemed to forget that it was their fault. They sent to me (24 hours later) a list of apartments with prices. It seemed the ordinary catalogue for "normal clients": some of the apartments were much more expensive, others were 500 meters away from slopes (the original one was ski-in, ski-out),... I complained and they said that they would consult the manager. Two days later I had not received any answer. Therefore, my (almost) only option was to look for another apartment in a different domain (Evasion Mont Blanc). I asked for the money refund and they agreed but it took them 2 weeks to send the money. In summary, I do not recommend this booking central to anybody. As they are the official agency, I do not recommend Tignes to any skier. It is a pity, as I had looking forward to my first trip to Tignes. Probably, I will never go there. I can understand your disappointment and frustration - in all likelihood, I would feel the same too ... and I'm not going to go into the ins and outs of who's to blame etc. But don't use this as a reason to never visit one of the best winter (and summer) playgrounds in the world. PS - I've only used the central reservation facility to obtain an official list of hotels / apartment owners in various resorts - but I always follow that up with a separate email to each hotel to make sure I'm dealing with the relevant / specific party in question.
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Wed 8-02-17 17:10
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Bergfex is saying it's going to be really warm (9 degrees at 1300 m) in the Tyrol next week. I do hope not as we are in Ischgl. Can any experts shed any light as to what might be happening please If it stays dry (as most forecasts suggest) I would have thought that this would mean some lovely (early) spring skiing ... we are off to the EK a week on Saturday and I'm not remotely worried about this scenario (we are piste skiers / boarders).
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Wed 8-02-17 10:13
Replies: 346
@Rhoobarb - that run is never blue! It's only nice after fresh snow and with no one else on it.
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Tue 7-02-17 23:09
Replies: 3701
General weather question - at what point over the next few weeks does the warming effect of the sun (as well as > freezing temperatures) start to have an impact on snow quality and initiate the thaw / freeze cycle? And are above 0C temps less detrimental to the snowpack in the middle of winter than in spring? I hope I'm making sense here ... apologies if not.
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Tue 7-02-17 17:51
Replies: 3701
@gwatts10, don't forget us Northerners who will be out in force during WC 20th ...
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 7-02-17 10:23
Replies: 3701
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Tue 7-02-17 9:58
Replies: 3701
I'm a bit confused about the options in FI - @langball's view doesn't quite tally with the chart that @snowheads68 has posted? Or am I being thick?
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Mon 6-02-17 10:00
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Mon 6-02-17 6:54
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Bergfex suggests high FLs (up to 3,000M) for the NW Alps from next Monday - @nozawaonsen, is this your view too?
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Fri 3-02-17 17:20
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@Tomahawk Tone, Fresh snow and watching the 6 Nations (and France in France in particular) on the hill ... if Carlsberg made holidays ...
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Fri 3-02-17 13:15
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Agree with all comments above ... The Solaise runs are lovely (albeit they can get busy at times) too. The Madeleine green plus most of the blues up there always seem to have good, grippy snow with no bumps. Please don't ski down to resort from up there - you can download on the brand new gondola lift. The Vallon over in the Fornet sector is also a nice blue. Sorry, just seen that @bar shaker has already recommended it!
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Fri 3-02-17 7:30
Replies: 700
The webcams look good this AM - looks like 5-10CM of new snow in Le Lac / village over in Val d'Isere. I'm sure @chocksaway and @stewart woodward will confirm and gloat. This weekend's snowfall should hopefully make a decent season (for the EK anyway) even better - snow looks to be followed by cold temps until next weekend at least.
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Wed 1-02-17 7:24
Replies: 700
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Tue 31-01-17 20:37
Replies: 49
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Tue 31-01-17 15:42
Replies: 700
Maybe a bit of rain followed by cooler temps and snow may be beneficial to the snow pack? But let's hope the bottom half of the Sache doesn't get washed out - I'd love to take my 9Y and 6Y olds down it in 3 weeks.
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Tue 31-01-17 8:07
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Tue 31-01-17 7:48
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I am tabling a motion that this thread is replicated for our summer hols. Will it be warm on Saturday at 11:50 when I'm out on the jet ski? Shall we book a table outside for dinner on Wednesday? @nozawaonsen, is there something simple that can explain the impact of blocked patterns and how they may affect temps / snowfall in the Alps depending on where they occur?
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