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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 10-04-18 12:45
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I was in Val T last week - great conditions for the most part - 2 fantastic powder days. I saw a TDC guy there too one day - not one I recognized from Val D'Isere. The kids' instructor from Prosneige said they had the most snow for 60 years - amazing some of the buildings are still standing. :shock: http://i66.tinypic.com/29ohctu.jpg Enjoy the end of season Steve and thanks for the updates.
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Mon 26-03-18 11:25
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As for not being so busy Steve - of all the families we ski with at Easter - spread around the country - our kids finish the earliest on Wednesday this week. Most finish Friday, so I expect next week will be busier.
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Tue 13-03-18 14:44
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At least he didn't appear to be in charge of a ski school class at the time. He probably forgot about them..... ;-)
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Tue 13-02-18 12:28
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I'd have said Paquerettes would be up there (often the conditions aren't great as well) but I see it is marked as a Black itinerary on the map now.
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Fri 9-02-18 10:04
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@moosepig I think that will be the numbers heading up the Tarentaise valley?
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Wed 31-01-18 23:05
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Wed 31-01-18 13:09
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Hi Steve - I've been meaning to mention - I was in Chamonix the weekend before last for a boys trip. As per usual we went over to Courmayeur for a day and was very surprised to see a TDC instructor/coach there with a group!?! Youngish Scottish guy - not one of the Val D'Isere TDC crew. I didn't get a chance to have a chat as he was busy with his clients. We were speculating that maybe a private client booked him for his group for the week or something? Any thoughts? No worries if not - I was just curious!
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Fri 26-01-18 17:07
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heading back down to the car park at Val Veny Did you ski back down to the VV car park, and if so is that massive avi still blocking the track? Yes - we did - at least the only way I know to ski down - little track that isn't marked. Saw no sign of an avalanche on the way - couldn't see a lot so might well have missed where they cleared it?
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Fri 26-01-18 15:39
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Thanks for the recent advice on St Gervais for last week guys. Had 2 great days there - Thurs/Friday and happened to run in to a local who was kind enough to point out some easily accessible off-piste that wasn't too steep (given the 4/5). Then headed to Courmayeur on the Saturday, with a slightly disappointing morning, until they opened the Gabba chair, when we had one of the best afternoons in the trees ever. I wasn't until we were heading back down to the car park at Val Veny that we realised how heavily it was snowing - a good 20cm of fresh stuff at the car park. We cleared the car of snow, changed boots and had to clear it again to see out. That was rated by all as the best weekend we've had of our boys' trips - been doing them for about 10 years now. Ridiculous amounts of snow. Also liking the revamped Munster. :D
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Thu 25-01-18 11:18
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It was me commenting about the sound - strange as I was on wifi so shouldn't have been an issue my end but maybe it was somehow. :~/
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Thu 11-01-18 13:15
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@jedster, thanks - I am guessing that was for me - much appreciated. St Gervais it is then. If the forecast stays as is then it could be phenomenal. :sH:
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Wed 10-01-18 14:33
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Thanks guys. @Grum p, we usually get over to Courmayeur one day per trip - haven't skied that much in the trees there but the off piste above the trees - the area where they have the Freeride world tour events can be pretty special. Plus the restaurants are a nice change from the Cham offerings!! @Jonny996, thanks - another good option.
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Wed 10-01-18 13:55
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@eddiethebus, Thanks - Combloux looks to be linked with Le Giettaz (even if a dodgy looking link) so maybe a better option with the lazy gits I ski with - getting somewhere half an hour or so away is more likely to happen than driving all the way to Le Gettiaz. :D Thanks also for confirming my suspicions about Les Contamines.
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Wed 10-01-18 13:09
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After some advice from the local guys please. Boys trip to Cham next week (Weds-Sun) - for about the 7th year running (understanding wives :nice: ) Anyway the forecast at the moment suggests some decent new snow from Weds onwards to a reasonably low level. :sH: Obviously it's way too early to have any kind of certainty on that BUT if the forecast pans out then being in the trees seems like a decent idea. Obviously there are options at GM, Les Houches etc but I was thinking that some other low resorts might be an idea - e.g Combloux. As we have booked cheap (lol) Mont Blanc Unlimited passes, and have a car, then the whole Evasion ski area is an option I think. I am not after your secret powder stashes just a general idea of where is decent in crap visibility when the snow is looking like it could be a bit special. EDIT: And maybe also where might not be so good (e.g. Les Contamines looks like it might be a bit more exposed than its neighbours? But that's eyeballing a piste map) Thanks!
Poster: A snowHead
Thu 14-12-17 14:22
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Heavy in the Amade region as well. The warm föhn wind of the last couple of days has set up a good base with the deep recent snowfalls, they should cover up all those pesky rocks and trees with a nice firm layer. It has done precisely that in Val D'Isere this week. Fantastic snow conditions now (if not visibility!)
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Tue 5-12-17 14:28
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@clarky999, great until (IF) that Monday dump comes but I am back home Wednesday and I can see the whole area being shut Tuesday if that happens. Great for the rest of the season though.
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Tue 5-12-17 13:40
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Off to Val D'Isère tomorrow - gone from (almost) jumping up and down excited at the forecast to "oh cra@p". :skele: https://preview.ibb.co/mQ6tKb/Val_snow.png
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Tue 28-11-17 23:43
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Hey Steve - can you cut down a little on the "panning" speed on the periscope - not good for travel sickness :? :D :D :D :D :D Enjoying the blog as usual - over in Val from the 6th 8)
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Fri 24-11-17 13:54
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More doom and gloom from the doom monger. It is supposed to get colder over night and it will be snowing on the upper part of the resort at the very least. Now doesn't that sound better?? EDIT: freezing level dropping to around 1250M tomorrow.
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Tue 21-11-17 17:41
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Mon 25-09-17 15:37
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Is that near the bottom of Marmottes and Borsat Express chairlifts? Yep.
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Tue 19-09-17 11:21
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And it could well be because it's rained so much this "summer" :(
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Tue 19-09-17 11:13
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@ livetoski - do you have any links for that research? I have looked but can't find it but have similar things from other sources - but not those that I have 100% confidence in. Thanks.
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Thu 12-01-17 17:17
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Reporting rain at resort level in Verbier. Supposed to turn to snow at resort level overnight and stay that for for the weekend. It should be snowing up the mountain - freezing level just above village level according to bergfex.
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Tue 10-01-17 14:14
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It's pretty much impossible with the naked eye as I believe it is the AREA under the line that gives the level of snow fall.
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Wed 21-12-16 17:13
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Hey Steve - it was me that said a quick hello at the bottom of the Marmottes lift yesterday/day before? (addled brain). Nice day out there today - some interesting piste conditions with the odd deeper patch of wind blown snow on the pistes catching a few people out. Last day for me tomorrow unfortunately but due to be clear so looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 14-12-16 14:14
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I know @AthersT, not 1.8 though. 1.26 the year before etc It's what I do as a job so it kind of jumped out at me ;-) @Zorrac, - yep - sorry - should have ignored it. Thread noise from me - apologies.
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Wed 14-12-16 14:07
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Ah the austerity effect, however given the exchange rates of 1.18 sterling snowflakes to a Euro snowflakes compared to 1.8 last year, a major dump in the UK won't strip France of as much snow as it would have last season. :) G Not sure where you get your Euros but it has never been 1.8 or even close and it has been considerably worse that it is currently (1.03 in December 2008).
Poster: A snowHead
Wed 14-12-16 12:54
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Had a good week last week with VIP & TDC for a few days. I was amazed at the snow quality given the lack of snowfall since the big dump/rain. Rich was great with TDC and we even managed to head off the back of Borsat a couple of times and in to the Chardonnay bowl a couple of times too. Managed to say a quick hi to Clare at the meeting spot by the Olympique lift. Back again Friday with the family :D Cheers, Dave.
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Sat 3-12-16 12:05
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No need to be apologising Steve - not your fault! We had a great week and would thoroughly recommend it and TDC to anyone. Cheers, Dave.
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Thu 1-12-16 22:39
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Steve - I'm back for the VIP/TDC clinic with Nick - if you remember (you left us early with your dodgy ankle). Looking forward to it again. Cheers, Dave.
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Tue 29-11-16 9:39
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Just ordered your first book Chris - meant to do so last year but somehow slipped my ageing brain (like many other things). Looking forward to it. Cheers, Dave.
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Wed 23-11-16 13:52
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@AthersT, could you point me to the location of those ensembles please? I have ensembles to the nearest degree e.g. Lat 46, Lon 7 - so close enough for Chamonix but struggling to find on Meteociel.fr where these are being generated to the next level of precision for other areas. Thanks. Perfect - thanks very much.
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Wed 23-11-16 13:36
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@AthersT, could you point me to the location of those ensembles please? I have ensembles to the nearest degree e.g. Lat 46, Lon 7 - so close enough for Chamonix but struggling to find on Meteociel.fr where these are being generated to the next level of precision for other areas. Thanks.
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Fri 18-11-16 20:49
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Arctic sea ice is at a record low for the time of year. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/north-pole-20-degrees-warmer-than-normal-as-winter-descends Frustrating - as it depends who you listen to...... https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/nature/nasa-reports-antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-new-record-maximum// EDIT: Just noticed the one I posted says antarctic sea ice so maybe both correct after all. :roll:
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Sun 6-03-16 0:22
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Yes - a bit earlier - 2nd April for me - family time. I am guessing Olivia is keeping you up otherwise you should be getting some beauty sleep :D Cognon? If not I will leave it to others as I am out of guesses :( Cheers, Dave.
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Sat 5-03-16 23:43
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Mattis? Very jealous Steve - the snow looks awesome. A big difference from that first week back in November/December! I keep watching your periscopes with green eyes ;-) (I am spotdespot on there). Have a great end to the season - I have a sneaky week in Val Thorens to come but that's it. Cheers, Dave.
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Fri 12-02-16 10:23
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Holy cow - that is some snow - I remember going up that with you the first week (with Nick the week of your ankle problem) - it sure looked different then!!!
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Thu 11-02-16 12:57
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Snowberry are very good @snowsmog, - up by the Rond Point. EDIT: and if I recall Steve uses Killy Sport near the tourist information office.
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Fri 22-01-16 12:26
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If the piste isn't icy/very hard then ruts are formed and you really don't want to be turning at 80mph and hitting a rut - not a good outcome.
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