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

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Cruise liner from Worcestershire sails in 12 days.
Ski Pass arrived this morning.
Weather has cleared. Bashers out in force parked by Tichot. Bashers clearly been out on Bellvarde.
Pity the GM webcam has gone u/s.
Apart from that all is well with the world. Something is bound to go wrong!!
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not much new snow up high then!!

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So this morning they report 20cm of new snow on the glacier and 7cm in resort. Tignes is a mystery in their reporting.
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Alex A wrote:
So this morning they report 20cm of new snow on the glacier and 7cm in resort. Tignes is a mystery in their reporting.


Well the text on that pic said "1 mètre de neige en une nuit sur le glacier de Tignes"
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Alex A wrote:
So this morning they report 20cm of new snow on the glacier and 7cm in resort. Tignes is a mystery in their reporting.


That is 20cm of snow in Tignes . wink
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Alex A wrote:
So this morning they report 20cm of new snow on the glacier and 7cm in resort. Tignes is a mystery in their reporting.


That is 20cm of snow in Tignes . wink
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The picture above is probably the only sheltered place on the Grande Motte, it will have been blown around a bit elsewhere.

The drive up last night was "interesting", snow started at the first hairpin below St Foy village and it was blowing so hard that I was basically steering by looking out of the side windows to see how far I was from each curb.

There is a piste basher on Double M now but maybe just thinking that it will last better if it is pisted now, I won't be skiing down anytime soon.
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Yeah sorry if it's a silly question but why bash all the new snow if it's not going to be skied for a while, does it help it build a base? Seems a waste to me but obviously I'm missing something as I know nothing about snow management.
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does it help it build a base?

Yes, that's why. snowHead
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@Minion1980,
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does it help it build a base?

Yes, that's why. snowHead


Thanks, obvious really I guess Smile
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Minion1980 wrote:
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@Minion1980,
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does it help it build a base?

Yes, that's why. snowHead


Thanks, obvious really I guess Smile


Compacted snow melts slower and lasts longer than loose snow.
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Ok I can’t take it anymore.
Where the poubelle monitor? 😄


Does this help?
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It looks like Double M and Bollin are opening on the 17th!
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Well all that snow that wasn't on the top of the Tov had to land somewhere and we now know where... Just hoping they shut the ladies loo window this year Shocked Shocked Shocked

Skiplan confirms DM and Bollin due to open Friday - perfect or I believe the latest buzz phrase is

Simply, Simply Lovely!!
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lol..chocks.....that's hilarious, incredible how that's gone viral and only those in the know would know....

I say..good shot sir
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Really slow start today, it still looked pretty windy yesterday afternoon so none of the lifts had run until this morning. The snow over the weekend hasn't covered the rocks on the track parallel to the Panoramique chair, everyone had to walk across while the ice was being cleared from the cable car and most were falling over on the ice and rocks.

The snow on the glacier was good, bit soft for race training though.
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@stefoy4me, I thank you!!
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Looking forward to being back at Tignes; went a few times as a singly with friends but this will be the first time for the family. Kids (10 and 7) on their 5th ski week so they should be able to make the most of it at New Year. Will be interesting to see what's changed in 15 years. Focus will be more on restaurants than party bars this time Shock)
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Snow looks good so far
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8 days to go for me. Not that I am excited or anything! snowHead
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I haven’t been to Espace Killy since Dec 2014, what’s new (lifts/pistes?) since my last visit then, anything?
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^^^ New gondola out of Le Lac has replaced the old Aeroski stand up gondola. Bottom station now has a fairly pleasant picnic room with toilets and microwave.

Solaise chair out of Val D is now a gondola with wifi(!). Am I right in thinking it also has a few chairs as well as cabins?

Top of the above lift now has a great cafe/picnic room with comfy seating and a fantastic panoramic view.

Glacier at Le Fornet now has a restaurant at the foot of the slopes.

Restaurant at the Grande Motte Glacier has been upgraded. Now quite swish - but prices a bit silly (a week ago we spotted that it was €9 for a small slice of pizza and €32 for a full (small) grilled chicken.)

Cafe at top of Tichot Chair in Tignes has been replaced. Not much of an improvement.

The short (bottleneck) chairlift back to Solaise summit from Le Fornet has been replaced with two covered magic carpet tunnels.

Could be a couple more - but I'm not sure if some lift improvements were after 2014 or before then....
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@mountainaddict, thanks, the Aeroski replacement was there when I was there last but the other stuff doesn’t ring any bells so must have been after.
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@mountainaddict, was it 2014 when the Boisses gondola from Tignes 1800 was opened? Some of the chairlifts en route to Aiguille Percee area might have been upgraded too, eg Merles?
I lose track of the years!
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Merles has been a while 7-8 years? This year Dacha the slow way home chair to the middle of the Solaise has been replaced by the refurb'd Solaise chair and in Tignes a significant chunk of money has been spent on the GM Cable Car - not that you'd notice yet - the new cabins arrive next summer. But the old girl was gusting 40 so she needed far more than a rub down with an oily rag. For a years time we should have a new La Daille Gondola (10 man) replacing the old one and the creaky old chair and hopefully something in the Brev sector in Tignes depending on how the planning has gone.
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The new Boisses gondola was there last time I remember seeing that.
I think.
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That'll be the absinthe causing double vision then Very Happy Very Happy
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@chocksaway, @mountainaddict,
Are you two out there for the whole season?
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Any news on unsubstantiated rumours that the drag lift up towards the tunnel over to La Fornet might be reinstated this season? Was it called 2000 or 3000 (something like that) ? Puzzled
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@VolklAttivaS5, Yip

@intermediate, IIRC I saw something, somewhere, re the 3000 Poma (just to the right of the 'up and over') and reinstating pistes on both sides of the ridge for next season. But I can't find it so can't be a 100%. Gentlemen may need to start wearing their 'soap dishes' again wink Shocked
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@chocksaway, Just got to round the ferrets up and you're cleared for take-off Laughing Laughing Laughing
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'fraid not VolklAttivaS5 - I've got a proper job to go to Confused! We've owned an apartment in Val Claret since 2007 and just get out there when we can. Off to Colorado in Jan/Feb 2018 so it'll be April when we next get to Tignes.
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@mountainaddict, That's a tough gig! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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@mountainaddict, which building is your apartment in?
I stayed in Val Claret once think it was the Rond Point building opposite the Tichot lift
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@GeorgeVII, Now then! Tea bags loaded,, spent the morning rounding builders up rather than ferrets. Some very artful scaffold outside my pad whilst I'm away' Luckily its a block so I'm not paying.

Preparations seem to be going at a pace today. The cannons were going on Double M this morning and they were testing the Lanches char so all looking promising this morning. The rest of the week looks a little warmer so some of the snow may disappear below the Dam and it will be very cloudy over Sunday and very windy (top of glacier closed maybe), there is a chance of some snow down to the lake level. Monday and Tuesday look OK (good day for travelling!!) and then the Jetstream comes south promising unsettled weather for the opening weekend - its all a bit unsure at the moment so no definite forecasts but it looks like winter, especially as November turns into December.
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@chocksaway, okay, you've got the tea, we'll call round with the biscuits wink

Saw the cannons going in Val Claret a couple of evenings ago. Looks like they've had a fairly sustained cold spell as a proportion of the lake seems to have frozen quite quickly. So fingers crossed for all you lucky early birds. Glacier looked great, if a little busy this morning but opening Double M should ease that a fair bit.

Out for our usual couple of weeks mid January. Staying in the Palafour Hilton again and looking forward to catching up with the usual suspects.
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