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The view from............ Val d'Isere and the Espace Killy

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I know the season isn't over just yet but thanks once again for the updates, pics & videos, Steve
I read every day and wish I was there.

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.....ho hum you live and lean, sometimes!


For a skier, I can think of no better philosophy Toofy Grin
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Steve Angus wrote:
Which lift(s) and run(s) are these then?

First one looks like the Fontaine Froide, and the run would be the red next to it, also called Fontaine Froide.
Having a think about the second one - however it could just be the same lift looking back up the hill snowHead
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Fontaine Froid and Glacier Express?
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A successful avi rescue on the border today (Fornet?). At 4/5 I will leave the arguments of why he was there to others.

https://www.facebook.com/pisteurval/photos/pcb.1849880631753108/1849880091753162/?type=3&theater

Very good work by the pisties!
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Well almost the end of the season

Firstly a thank you to everyone for all your involvement this season once again... my pleasure doing these updates! Same time same place next season eh!

moosepig - yup you got it - slight trick question - its the same lift and run (Fontaine Froide) from differing angles looking up and down the slope

So today has been quite a day! I was in charge of getting Olivia to the meeting point for her lesson this morning which was good as it meant that I didnt have to leave home quite so early but on the flip side that in itself is a rather stressful thing to do when you have all your own gear to get ready etc too. It was a lovely sunny day today which meant that everyone wanted to get skiing first lifts so the buses were rammed - arghh! Anyway we got there and off she went!

I did my last periscope of the season as I watched the crowds gather for the Olympique lift (with so much snow there was going to be a severely delayed opening on the Solaise side in particular!) and there was a lot of amazement if nothing else that we really had mid Winter conditions here in mid April - bonkers!

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1dRKZebWgXXxB

Anyway I met my lady for her one of lesson with me this morning - actually a friend of a friend of a colleague and it was a case of building up some confidence but effectively getting her used to the fall line as she was used to doing 'z' shaped turns and with only a few days of experience under her belt we stared on the Village and later moved up the Solaise (the queue had gone by the time we headed up there). We managed as far as getting a lap on the Madelaine in and plenty on the magic carpet and the snow was just perfect up there - she loved it!

It was a mega rush after the lesson... a trip to Barmes for lunch with the family and then I headed off down the valley to do some shopping, pick up some things and generally rush around Bourg before heading back up and dumping the shopping before catching up with the family at Olivias prize giving and then some team beers at Coin des Amis (a couple of the team are leaving for pastures new this season so it was also a couple of au revoirs) and then finally home to get the kids into bed and dinner time ourself! It has been quite a non stop day!

As bar shaker says there was a serious incident in the Vallonet sector above the Fornet mid morning. 2 people were apparently taken in a slide but it would seem as if they are both alive but apart from that I dont really have much more information apart from the photos the pisteurs took. The main thing to note in the photo is how many tracks have already skied this pitch before it slide (on the right) and the face that just moving a little further long the ridge has been enough to hit the trigger point (I talked about this in my periscope this morning!). Anyway hopefully alls well that ends well!



And that is that for another season folks... Im now off tomorrow over to Val Thorens of the EoSB so looking forwarding to seeing people over there and skiing with as many of you as possible. Ill be back for monthly(ish) updates over the Summer so until then....

TTFN
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Thanks for all the updates Steve. Between you and chocksaway you provide the best source of accurate and up to date information for anyone interested in the Espace Killy. It's much appreciated.

Have a great EOSB and summer snowHead
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@Steve Angus, Thanks for a fantastic series of reports Steve. Enjoy the EoSB (one day I swear I'll be there) and wishing you and your family a great summer. Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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Massive thanks from me too @Steve. What a season?!

I’m in town at the end of the month, while see if you are free for a pint.
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Looked forward to reading your blog ,watching your periscopes all season going to miss them
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Have a great summer and a well earned rest @Steve Angus, . See you in 2019!
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It has been a while

Well folks I can't believe we have arrived in June and (me bad) it has been over 6 weeks since my last update. But what a busy 6 weeks it has been (as always).

Shortly after writing the above it was the trip over to Val Thorens for the EoSB and what a great week that was. The weather was lovely, the snow excellent and I met so many SH's and had a fun time! I thought it was a really great week - looking forward to the next bash already!

As soon as I got back from VT it was that time of the year to complete my dreaded tax return - every year I always think I should just keep on top things but never seem to find time of the other 11.99 months of the year... so anyway it is a week or so of hell getting the ta return complete however that it is interspersed with not only Clares birthday but also Olivias too so it is a little bit of a ying and yang period of time!

Anyway that is all behind me now and that finished the season well and truly for me and so we headed back to the UK. Travelling with 2 small kids all that way by road is quite a journey but being leaving later in the afternoon and driving through the night most of the hard graft is done with the kids asleep in the back!

We had a great couple of weeks seeing friends and family, I got our car fixed and MOT'ed etc and also the weather was super too so it was a jolly lovely trip! I did also however manage to fit in a series of theory courses and then several days of practical followed by the test itself - for a PSV Category D Passenger (Bus and Coach) driving course! Cutting a long story short I have always thought (call me weird and nutty) that driving long distances would be quite cool and having taught a client earlier in the year who owned a coach company everything aligned nicely! The company concerned always look for people who can do long distance (European mainly) coach journeys taking kids / OAP's etc by road around Europe ESPECIALLY in the months of May - July and the skills I could offer matched perfectly what they look for - I just needed to get my license to drive a vehicle of that size! So anyway I am pleased to say that I passed and am now able to drive such vehicles and in fact I am off back to the UK on Tuesday to do my first couple of trips - to France actually... a week at a time - should be fun!

So it was a mad couple of weeks with lots packed in, parties and reunions and everything in between so a really nice time! And since then we have been back in Val where the weather has been up and down. I have being doing LOTS of odd jobs... one thing I really want to do but have not found the opportunity yet is to have a BBQ - we have a brand new sparkly fancy gas BBQ sitting on the balcony that really needs firing up sometime!

We have also been watching from a grandstand view point the destruction of the old La Daille gondola / Etroits Chair over the road and the building of the new gondola - so far the old chairs have been demolished along with the base building and the foundations are starting to go down! Should be exciting to see it taking shape this Summer!

The Summer ski season is about to kick off here in Val tomorrow but with the amounts of snow that we have had the last Winter they not only are NOT able to open the road up to the Col to access skiing on the Val Glacier but instead there is enough snow to have skiing open up the Bellevarde side - with the Orange, Verte and Diebold all open with access up the funi and then laps on the Marmottes - it is only for a couple of weeks but id love to try and get a lap in up there sometime - not sure I will be able to do that as I am baby sitting this weekend as Clare is away on a hen do... and Monday I am doing something then I leave Tuesday first thing so I dont think I will get a chance - perhaps next time eh! Radio Vals promo vid on the matter: https://www.facebook.com/valdisere/videos/10155895050863096/

Talking of Clare the other thing to mention is that she has decided to leave TDC and is setting herself up as an independent instructor. There are a few reasons for this and I am 100% behind her on this so if you would like any lessons next season and I am not available then drop me a line or get in touch with her and I am sure she will be able to sort you out!

So I hope to be back in touch next month (and it will hopefully be exactly that - monthly) for an update but ill sign off for now with some photos as usual.

TTFN


You're not safe on the roads for the next few months!


Some serious snow clearance up to the Col going on!

....hmmm I thought I would have a fair few more photos to add here now but I dont Im afraid... not that interesting seeing a photo of the hole in the ground where the new La Daille gondola is going in so hopefully next month it will look a little bit more interesting - watch this space!

TTFN
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Many thanks for the interesting news. Hope you enjoy the bus driving!
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@Steve Angus,
congratulations on getting your coach/bus drivers license!
You could take snowHeads on 1st PSB Lardybus from GVA direct to Toviere gondola 😉

Tax returns! I got up 3.30am in the Dolomites and persuaded the hotel night receptionist to let me use his PC to do mine by the deadline.

Enjoy your summer and look forward to updates. snowHead
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Great to hear from you Steve and Congratulations on the PSV test. Well done. Looking forward to next season already, but also enjoying the summer sun. Hope you get that barbecue fired up!!
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Steve, will you still be teaching with TDC?
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A quick note for anyone hoping to head to Val glacier from Italy.

The road is open from Val d'Isere to Col de l'Iseran but the snow on the Bonneval side is still plentiful and avalanching, so the road will stay closed for the time being.

Updates on Radio Val d'Isere website.
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Welcome back!

Another month comes and goes and once again I am slightly late in doing this update. Anyway what a month it has been. It has mainly been spent personally with me doing several of the driving trips... collect a school from somewhere in southern England and drive them overnight to one of three campsites south of Bordeaux - door to door all in about 20 hours trip! Then spend the week with them down there at these activity centres before driving them home again. Whilst down there plenty of camping and relaxing and taking part in the activities with them should I wish... especially the other evening taking them into the local town so they could watch the football on TV! I have therefore clocked up a lot of miles since I last typed including a trip back to Val for a week to see the family!

So yes 3 weeks of that are coming to an end and it has been interesting but fun getting used to drive such a large vehicle as they put me straight on a 86 seater double decker £500k coach! eeeek! But working with a more experienced driver has been totally brilliant to help me find my feet.

Meanwhile the snow has receded totally and the resort of Val has been working hard to get itself totally ready for Summer.

Most of the last month really can be seen in the photo collection I have put together below.

On the home front Olivia finishes her first year of school today whilst my little boy is unfortunately not very well as he has hand, foot and mouth so covered in spots and feeling very sorry for himself... poor Clare at home on her own having to sort that out - not fun!

Anyway I drive this latest school back over night tonight to the UK and then after a couple of days back in Bournemouth at my mums house it will be back to Val early next week before taking the family on our first family holiday to Jersey for a few days - queue more driving to get there!

I am sure there were other things I should be saying but I can't remember them... anyway hopefully this collection of photos (and a video to start) will fill the gaps and enrich the experience!

TTFN until next month - enjoy the Summer, football, tennis and any holidays you may be taking between now and then!

Clearance of the debris after the 05/01/2018 'L' avalanche up the Laisenant!
[url]http://www.webtvvaldisere.com/upload_vids/2018-07-05%20Arbre%20arrachés%20avalanche%20L.mp4[/url]


Then.....


and now.... what a difference a month makes... the snow recedes and the work on the La Daille gonolda is coming on with the foundations now well underway etc!


Old gondola cabins ready to go


Nice wheels - rather scary initially to drive but a beautiful coach non the less.


Beautiful sights


Sibling love


Not sure I would want to be the operator of that crane up high there!

And Radio Val's offering of photos:

Skiing up the Bellevarde at this time of the year!


Snowplough road clearers make it to the top of the Col d'Iseran and the road can finally open.... however some avalanches on the Boneval side of things mean the road actually re-closed for a day or two when they had to dig the road out once again!


Stunning views from the road up and down from the Col back towards Val


Stocking the Lac d'Ouillette for the Summer fishing season!


One of the many rallies to go up and over the Col during the Summer


The 'activities' are ready for the Summer season up the Manchet Valley


New hotel going in next to the base of the old Solaise cable car
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bar shaker - yes I will
lynnecha - got BBQ working just fine thanks - really yummy couple of BBQ's so far!
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Now thats a posh bus!
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