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Tignes and the Espace Killy 2017/18 (Useful Links Page 1)

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-14 as we were strolling back up the road, full of magret de canard. -17 according to the hotel website.
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@noako, For Lavachet try Tignes Spirit

Just back from the Jam Bar -16 now. Shocked
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@chocksaway, Tignes.net showing a balmy -21c at village level this morning Shocked
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According to the thermometer readout on the Vallon Blanc, it was -16 at 9am for ski school dropoff time. Will warm up quickly in the sunshine now though.
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@GeorgeVII, Yip I think someone left the fridge door open again!

We woke to clear blue skies and barkingly cold temperatures. But it did mean that yesterdays snow was in tip top condition both on and off piste. As more of the lifts opened up there was lots of opportunities for freshtracks in boot deep light snow. I concentrated my efforts in the Palet sector above Tichot and then the airport run:



Just after that the Col De Ves opened woo hooo. 2 lots of freshtracks were had before lunch and some admin. My tracks are the ones in the sun all on their own!



You can see the intrepid no kit 'followers' just on the ridge.

Looking out of the window it is difficult to believe that the skies will soon cloud over and there should be some light snow showers in the middle of the night. Another exceedingly cold night will be followed by the cloud breaking up as the lifts open leaving another chilly and bright day. Thursday will be much warmer, but cloudy and windy. There will be precipitation but the models are struggling to agree on the temperature, it will start as snow in the villages but the rain/snow line may rise as high as 2300m. It won't be intense rain or snow but it will be a bit miserable down low. Maybe a good day to check the diesel cars in the outdoor carparks just in case you need a tow truck - get ahead of the rush. Friday will also be mild and the snow showers will clear sometime between breakfast and lunch leaving a nice afternoon. Saturday will be a day of snow showers and big traffic jams. The rain/snowline is fluctuating but may get as low as 1100m - timing will be everything. If you don't like traffic jams check out on Friday!
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Morning all from the lounge at Geneva where security was a model of Swiss efficiency this morning, no queue at all. Just got to crack passport control here and on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border.

So a quick weather update, enjoy the rest of today as its heading downhill! Tomorrow will be snowy, cloudy and windy as well as being warmer so there will be snow at all levels in the morning but it may well be sleeting/raining up to 2000m by lunchtime. Friday morning will be similar with the rain snow/line at 2000m The wind will drop in the afternoon and there may well be the odd sunny period in the afternoon. Now Saturday will start with light snow in the early morning, this will intensify in the afternoon. The all important rain/snow line will start at 1900m dropping to 1500 by lunchtime and then right down the valley by tea time. So I can definitely see jams on the way up as the traffic hits its peak in the afternoon. You may get away with leaving on Saturday morning before around 6.30AM, of course if the temperature drops a bit or one Parisian gets assed without snow chains a jam could easily develop. Sunday looks nice, mild with sunny periods and fluffy clouds. Currently the rest of next week looks mainly sunny and mild - a good week for the mountain restaurants.
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@chocksaway, Hope your trip back to the UK has gone smoothly.

Temperature was still baltic today but snow conditions great. Despite it being half term we hit no lifts queues around Solaise/Pissaillas and Fornet and the slopes didnít seem very crowded. Our formula of a quick coffee stop at 1130 then lunch at 2 seems to work well as we enjoy the quiet lunchtime slopes.

Muppet family awards today went to the 2 instructors that lined up 20 pupils across Face blocking the whole piste before sending one down at a time this morning and the parents that allowed 2 kids to go sledging down Face at 6pm when the Piste bashers were out rolling eyes

Letís see what the morning brings weather wise but cloud and sleet seems to be forecast.
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Looks like around -5 this morning, with a good 10cm of snowfall overnight. Still snowing steadily now, looks like it might continue for a while. Will be a poor vis morning for sure...
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We ve had about 6 inches overnight down here in ste foy from what I can make out from the windows....and it's still falling.

What's the charts showing chocks for today and tomorrow... cheers
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Just back from ski school drop off in Le Lac. Still snowing heavily, but temp is showing as 0 on the Vallon Blanc. Probably a good 20cm so far, I reckon, maybe a bit more. The folks setting up the market don't look too chuffed! A couple of big bangs earlier, but I didn't notice the avalanche state number.

Back inside now for tea and croissants. Smile
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The official amounts are 14cm in the village and 20 on high - up to about 8am.

Looking at the charts the snow is going to continue all day with strong winds and a rain/snow line at about 1900m so miserably damp low down and cold up high! Light snow will continue to around breakfast time and the cloud will progressively clear and the wind will drop. So there will be some delays as the pisteurs rearrange the snow on high, but it looks like a good afternoon, as it has been quite warm the best snow will be at altitude, lower down the heavy wet snow will initially give rise to an increase in avalanche risk, at altitude wind blown snow will be an issue - stay safe. Saturday - Snowmageddon or not? It will cloud over into Saturday and light snow will start before first light with a rain/snow line around 1600m so snow chains will be needed to get out of the villages if you do not have snow tyres. The snow line will drop a bit as the day wears on and the snow intensity will increase. So there will be big queues to get up the mountain especially in the afternoon, hopefully the police will make chains mandatory from the lay by below the dam. Going down - leave early would be the top tip. Sunday now looks mainly cloudy with very light snow showers, there may be the odd sunny period. After a chilly start Monday appears to be a bluebird with pleasant temperatures by lunchtime, though this forecast is far from certain.
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Hi All

After a little bit of Tignes resort advice. Have a family trip (plus others) booked for the 25th March for a week - we are staying in Val Claret.

Would the Tignes experts be able to let me know the best runs to target for catching the sun in the morning ie those runs where the snow will soften first after the overnight freeze. Is there a set route to follow to keep in the sun as it moves across the mountain? Group is fairly mixed so easier runs would be great.

Many thanks !
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@Griggs, the southeast facing runs will get the sun first. IIWY I'd head up the Tichot and Grattalu lifts and either ski those runs and/or head around the bowl towards Le Lac via Grand Huit etc. They're all blue runs with red options for the more adventurous.

Beware the bottom of the Carline run back into Val Claret, there is a small steep section just as you reach the village which although graded blue is often considerably more difficult especially when icy first thing or bumpy late on.
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Hi

Many thanks @moosepig for the advice. I have skiied Tignes a few times before but not for a number of years. I do recall the steep pitch at the bottom of the Carline run ! Are we better therefore to come down from that side of the mountain somewhere closer to the Palafour lift and then cross over the Front de Neige at Le Lac and head back up what used to be the Aeroski to approach Val Claret from Piste H? We are staying at Club Med which just up the piste from the Bollin / Fresse lift station.

Griggs
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@Griggs, that's a good idea as - if I recall correctly where the Club Med is - it means you can ski straight in. If it were me, rather than using the Toviere I'd probably head up the Paquis chairlift (from front de neige, take the little bridge to skier's right of the Maison De Tignes next to the cashpoint) and down Piste H (which is now called Henri) as that avoids the bumpy bottleneck at the top. Also it'll be late March and probably quite warm and gondolas are not the place to be IMHO wink
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@Griggs, I would go up Bollin/Tufs and ski down Creux first thing as its in the sun. Back up Tommeuses and then Piste Henri. Alternatively if you are worried about Carline go up Tichot and Grattalu and lap Grattalu until you are bored then ski down Piste Lac to Grand Huit and down into Le Lac by Anenome/Kadjar.

The weather is a bit unpredictable at the moment. But there will be a lot of traffic tomorrow with 30000 vehicles heading out and 35000 heading towards the resorts above Albertville. That is enough to cause chaos without the weather. Tomorrow will be snowy all day with a breeze at altitude. Initially it will be sleet in Tignes and Val D'Isere but the rain/snow line will work down the hill through the day to just above Bourg. So for getting out it will probably be not too bad, the road clearers will be able to keep on top of it but anyone arriving after lunch will probably need chains, so expect long delays. Sunday will start sunny and colder but the cloud will build in the afternoon with more snow showers overnight into Monday. But by breakfast time we will be left with sunny periods, but the cloud will return in the afternoon and more snow showers overnight. Tuesday would now appear to be a day of heavy snow showers and cold, with the odd glimpse of the sun if we are lucky, before a nice day on Wednesday with just a few fluffy clouds on the peaks, it will be chilly though.

For those in the air tomorrow it should all be OK for flying. A bit damp and dreary at the continental airports but that means it will be snowy in resort! Good luck with the traffic.
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lap Grattalu until you are bored


I think I could lap Grattalu all day without being bored!! It's possibly my favourite run in the EK.
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Piste Merles, despite being graded red, is usually easier than Lac when it's busy. Merles is one of my favourite runs in the Tignes bowl, you can really let rip down there snowHead
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@moosepig, Shhhhhh!

Well hopefully the jams do not build too much as I see chains are now obligatory from the Dam! The weather will be much better tomorrow. After a chilly start it will be mainly sunny with a few clouds on the peaks. Monday will start with blue skies and sunshine, but expect a milky sky in the afternoon and then the cloud will build up through the evening. This heralds the return of winter as Tuesday will be cold, windy with light snow all day. The wind should drop in the afternoon, not much new snow but enough to freshen the pistes. Confidence is very low on Wednesdays forecast, it might be snowy, it might be sunny, or more likely it will be a combination of the two!!

For the fliers tomorrow the only issue would appear to be the chance of fog at any of the London airports, it may well happen at one of them to slow things up a little for departure.
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The weather for tomorrow should be OK; there will be variable amounts of cloud on the peaks but plenty of sunny periods. The sky may cloud over mid afternoon, it will be quite chilly however. Overnight into Tuesday the cloud will thicken overnight and Tuesday will be cloudy and snowy all day. There will not be much snow but enough to make the light poor for most of the day. Following that it looks like 3 days of sunny spells with clouds moving slowly across the sky, it will be cold for late February but there should be some really good skiing.
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Will be in Val Claret week of the 4th March - returning to the area after a great week last year in Val D. I'm sorting out private lessons for wife and me - we used Oxygene last time to good effect, but they don't seem to have a base in Tignes. Mrs P. prefers shorter lessons, so looking at 1 1/2 to 2 hour slots. Any views on Evo2 for this - they seem to be reasonably priced?
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A few changes in the forecast. Tuesday will be cloudy and cold but the light snow may well not start until mid afternoon, it will not be up to much in terms of depth though. The rest of the week looks much better. Wednesday and Thursday will be mostly sunny, but chilly especially in the mornings. There will be a few white fluffy clouds to break up the blue. After a very cold night Friday is looking very good, blue skies and sunshine. On the other hand transfer day now looks really quite snowy and windy on some forecasting systems, others just cloudy. Stay tuned.........
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Any views on Evo2 for this - they seem to be reasonably priced?


Evolution 2 have a good reputation.
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Well looking at the webcams the weather system seems to have almost fizzled out. I hope you enjoyed the unexpected sunny spells. There may still be some light snow showers later this afternoon, maybe not. After a very cold night (cold enough to upset the odd diesel engine) tomorrow will be the best day left this week. We should enjoy unbroken sunshine, with just a southerly breeze at altitude to make it a little chilly. Thursday will start similarly but the cloud will build during the day, the sky will be come obscured during the late afternoon. The evening looks quite windy. Friday will be cloudy and windy and light snow showers will probably start mid afternoon, followed by heavier ones in the evening. The rain/snow line will be well down the valley. This snow will continue into Saturday to about lunchtime, but as it is coming from the east we will get the snow and it will be a nice day in Chambery. So snow chains will be essential to escape the resorts if you do not have snow tyres, once you get to Albertville the traffic should flow smoothly. As the snow will stop and the sun may appear the later your arrival the better (for once). Sunday looks sunny in the morning but snow showers should develop in the afternoon. As ever with this type of weather the detail will change.....
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Sadly a non French skier has died after falling down a crevasse off piste on the Grande Motte this afternoon.

RIP

http://www.ledauphine.com/savoie/2018/02/20/tignes-chute-mortelle-dans-une-crevasse-en-hors-piste
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