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

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@chocksaway

We noticed them at the Paul Ricard circuit
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@HoneyBunny, I spoke too soon. Avalanches between the Col and Bonneval mean you can drive to the top but no further.

On the upside, this should mean less people on Pisaillas when I get there next Friday Very Happy

Here's a video from Radio-TV Val of what they have been facing...

See 'Deneigement...'

http://www.radiovaldisere.com/index.php?p=vids
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Lots of folks enjoying (or being beasted by race coaches) the first day of the summer season up on the Grande Motte this morning.
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Any word on conditions chocksaway or anyone Puzzled
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Any news on the new brev gondola?
Webcams have been off since the 6th June 😒
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@mountainaddict, Sorry no agents in country at the moment.

@Timg60, No, nothing from the resort. But there was some 'Planning Notices' around at the end of the season advertising a consultation so I would be surprised if we saw anything new down there this season. Jonny Logan springs to mind!!

I am popping out in August so will do some digging around....
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I'm there this weekend. Will report back.
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Hopefully they are just behind schedule. Still being replaced here.
https://en.tignes.net/discover/tignes-ski-area/ski-area/ski-lifts

I hope so as for some reason the sache bubbles are the only lift I go on that gives me a bit of fear.😄
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Just a question re transfers to Tignes. Is it better from a transfer pespective to fly into Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble?
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@FrediKanoute, As ever it depends!
If you are talking private transfer then Lyon and Grenoble are marginally quicker so its probably down to your choice of flight.
If you want to use bus services then Geneva has Altibus a minimum of 3 services everyday and Ben's Bus as well on Sat/Sun.
Grenoble has Ben's Bus Sat/Sun
Lyon has Altibus/Ben's Bus (it's the same bus) on Fri Sat Sun.

So really down to timings of flights and connecting services.

Whichever you choose - avoid Saturdays if possible.
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Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately we are tossing up between driving or flying an Saturday is probably unavoidable for either.
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@FrediKanoute, GVA offers more choice of transfers I’d say. Also more UK flights.

Other than that, Saturdays in/out of GVA I hate. The other two I find not quite so bad, if there’s a transfer to suit your preferred flights.
Transfer time wise, not much difference between the three.

I still have info on 6 GVA transfer operators from last winter. If any use to you, PM me. snowHead
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No update guys, sorry. We decided not to ski as it was so warm. It was 13degC at 8am and by lunch time was in the 20s. We thought it would just be ice or slush so skipped.

Instead we did some lovely hikes. Manchet/Pisset and this great hike from Le Saut/Sassiere lower lake up to Picheru and back...

https://www.relive.cc/view/1689051744

That was a stunning hike and I'm up for doing the Picheru loop starting and finishing on the Val side, next.

Back out early August.
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@bar shaker, any idea what is happening on the nursery slopes. The front de Neige webcam shows a huge amount of work going on. La Daille webcam has been down for a few days now but I presume the new lift is progressing.
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@bar shaker, any idea what is happening on the nursery slopes. The front de Neige webcam shows a huge amount of work going on. La Daille webcam has been down for a few days now but I presume the new lift is progressing.


The La Daille camera is back up and working. They've been working at a good rate and were lifting the big red main pulley wheel on, on Monday. Today much more steelwork is in place. There's still a lot to do but having good weather is helping them.

The work you can see on the Front de Niege is the re-development of the Hotel Brussels.

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@bar shaker - thanks for posting that hike - is the road suitable for a road car or 4x4 only up from Chevril to the lower lake Sassière?
We’ve got the dog and can’t go into certain areas (like over Col du Palet into the National Park - real bummer as we can’t use the refuge). Any other good dog-hikes (hardy retriever) around Tignes/Val?
Cheers
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Thanks, I knew the Brussels closed at the end of the season for a refurb/expansion but didn't realise it was quite so extensive.
They are making some mess!
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Just seen a post on fb from chalet Chardons. The Sache gondola is no more😄
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@Timg60, Also saw a Snoworks post today about the removal of the Grand Motte gondola car.
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@GeorgeVII, How are they going to get that down off the mountain Shocked

Lots of upgrades going on over the whole area this summer
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Some serious investments across the EK in the last few years. It's really changed!

Still haven't booked yet but Tignes next March is looking likely. Any recommendations for 'cheap' HB hotels in Val Claret not too far from the lifts?

We've been looking at the Diva hotel.
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@GeorgeVII, How are they going to get that down off the mountain Shocked


In little pieces I expect. It should be easy enough to drive up in an all-terrain truck, roughly along the line of les Lanches lift, Google maps shows some tracks.
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Sache TC on fire?

https://www.facebook.com/rtigneslaradiostation.fr/?hc_ref=ARSUqGmF5sr_0rh2pflAnSLpsNfa1GZ50QhsSFY2p-5f3HPvqgq-NMbBk_GaCqyy3e0&fref=nf
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@muppet, All those years ago, it went up by helicopter.............

Tignes Pro site says the top station of the Sache Gondola is completely destroyed. No reason given. Had it been the old La Daille gondy the whole of the FD would be gone - which is why the new one has a separate top station.

Edit - Just looked at the Chalet Chardons site, clearly the enquiry had no bearing on the replacement this year of the Sache Bubble. So the fire will save knocking the old one down Shocked

The whole Tarentaise Valley looking resplendent for the TdF today

@HoneyBunny, Had mates stop in the Diva - now known as Belhambra I believe. It does what it says on the tin at a reasonable price. Almost ski in out. Buffet style nosh - not Haute Cuisine but lots of it. Close to the new Coco Rico Nouveau wink .
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Just got into le Dauphine - seemingly a "torch being used to dismantle some beams set fire to the wooden floor which then propagated to some 'pads' (orange cushions??) stored in the basement"
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HoneyBunny wrote:
Some serious investments across the EK in the last few years. It's really changed!

Still haven't booked yet but Tignes next March is looking likely. Any recommendations for 'cheap' HB hotels in Val Claret not too far from the lifts?

We've been looking at the Diva hotel.


We stayed in the diva a few years back. For a TO last minute (€410) deal I thought it was a steal. Ok food and a very handy location. At the right price I’d go for it.

When I stayed there we had the best conditions I can remember. It snowed for 2 days before we arrived, cleared up for a bluebird first day, then snowed the next three nights, 12-18” per, each day being either light cloud or bluebird. Four days of fresh tracks down Stade in the morning. If only booking the Diva would result in that again I’d pay waaaay more.
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