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Double M was pretty special. I could put first tracks down around the piste markers! Looking back for the missus resulted in stacking it, which was akin to going head first into a swimming pool of powder Laughing Wading out needed Ministry of Silly Walks type paces.

We went up to the top of the Soleil sector too yesterday. Equally empty, mint condition snow and plenty of fun still to be had off the sides.

Back in the UK now for 10 days. At my desk with a very pleasant full body ache.
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@bar shaker, I did a bit of off the side this morning and now have a Ä30 hole in my ski (and a bruise)!!

Another beautiful morning this morning, a few degrees warmer than yesterday, but the cloud started to fill in and it is now overcast. The pisteurs have been hard at work and Merles chairlift opened in Tignes this morning with Piste Lac. This is all natural snow so it was in superb condition with some nice soft patches to the sides, but I did find a rock so ski off piste with caution. Preparations are ongoing on Palafour but they will need a bit more snow to fill in the culvert just above the Savouna before letting the general public at it, a day or two.



The weather forecast over the next few days will be difficult to pin down exactly as a series of weak fronts and troughs complicate the picture, so take this forecast as a trend rather than a certainty! The cloud will continue to thicken and we are expecting light showers of snow just after dark and this should continue throughout tomorrow, there won't be much snow and no sun either. The light snow showers should continue into Thursday but the sun will make an appearance on Thursday afternoon. Friday will be a day of sunny periods and showers. Currently Saturday looks like being sunny but the start of Baltic like temperatures by day. Perhaps Admin will be selling sH themed thermal underwear in the Taos!!
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@GeorgeVII, Popped into the lift pass office. Pass Tignes are no longer being offered. But when you log in they will still be honoured until the expiry date for loading your purchases. I asked if you would still get the discount, she said yes, but she wasn't a 100% convincing. I can't do a dummy run as my pass is already loaded.
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Looking back for the missus resulted in stacking it

Now look what you made me do!! wink
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@chocksaway, Thanks for following that up . Time will no doubt tell. Sorry to hear about you dinging your skis. Good job you've got some new ones in transit. wink
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Brilliant thread. Can't wait to get out. Quick question, is there anywhere that would fill a BCA (air) avi cylinder?
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Apart from the Aspen in Val Claret where else is recommended for good value lunchtime dining?
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@VolklAttivaS5, Les Marmottes restaurant is great value on the way towards Val. Itís in the next Valley from Tignes, so skiable from Toviere lift and many of us used it last year. Self service but very reasonable. Loop bar in Tignes is good for burgers etc. We also get a discount there as Snowheads. Iíve also eaten in the Taverne de Neige in Val Claret which is also fine. Pepe 2000 in Val Claret is also good for pizzas.
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@VolklAttivaS5, Just realised this isnít the PSB thread. That doesnít change my recommendations, but the Loop bar discount probably wonít work outside the PSB. wink
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@WASHOUT, Sorry can't answer that one most people up here use ABS.

@VolklAttivaS5, @geepee, has just about covered it. The Loop do do a loyalty card routinely, but its basically a 10% bonus on what you pay, that mounts you until you have enough to pay for the next Jagerbomb. Other favourites are the Cascades in Le Fornet (the sister of the Marmottes restaurant) and the Rosťe Blanche In La Daille - a decent lump of homemade quiche for Ä5 or a Croque for a bit less.

@GeorgeVII, One of the Donny Crowd did a dummy run and he said it appeared there was still a discount.

PS Its snowing (if very gently) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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@geepee@chocksaway thanks
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Looked out the window. Looks grey, misty and cloudy. Snoworks session this pm. May not go out much before. Would not mind if it was snowing more than the odd flake. Some reports indicate may go on like this until the weekend
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Hereís a 5 minute video of what the opening weekend and Monday were like.

The powder clips are all off Double M or the section above it.

Still buzzing from how good it was.


http://youtube.com/v/VCUOmgfRGTs
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It was definitely a day for rest. It was snowing quite hard this morning and despite a few sunny spells flocons have been falling past the window all day. The staff in the resorts have been busy, in Tignes it looks like Palafour will be the next to open, the piste poles are out, it is currently being bashed, the cannons are running and the gates were being readied this morning:



The weather patterns continue to perplex the professional forecasters so standby for change again. In fact the two major forecasting systems are giving completely different outcomes on Saturday - so here goes. Tomorrow will be pretty much like to day with light showers of snow all day, there will be little chance to see the sun. Friday will be similar and the temperatures are going to drop. Saturday - to be honest anything could happen. There is a low pressure are building over the Gulf of Genoa which might give quite a lot of snow especially towards Le Fornet. On the other hand it may not reach us and the sun my come out but it will be windy so a day for an extra layer and covering everything up. Higher lifts may be closed Stay tuned for more......
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Snowheads cards were definitely giving discount on Loop Bar food last year, but not drinks.

We need someone to order a Chilli Bowl and a pint, as a research mission.
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Does the Spar (Sherpa?) in Le Lac with the deli in it and the small seating area got a rotisserie in it? I canít remember if I saw hot roasted chickens in there or not?
If not, is there somewhere else in Tignes with a rotisserie?
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@VolklAttivaS5, I'll have a look - they are still stocking up. There used to be one in the Palafour gallery but that is long gone.
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@chocksaway, Info appreciated.

Got to say looking @bar shaker, 's video it looks pretty good out there. NOT jealous in the slightest wink
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@VolklAttivaS5, From memory I think that you could get a half poulet & frites for around 6 euros in the Spar.
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Did get out today and there were some Ok periods late morning and early afternoon before the weather closed in again. There seemed to have been more snow than forecast in certain areas. The Merle area providing some nice if short pitches. Still had to watch for those pesky rocks; one of the Group was disconsolately walking to the repair shop with a big hole in his base at the end of the day.
Despite the thin cover it is a pretty good start to the season.
They have been test running Grande Huit and there were bashers up in the bowl mid afternoon. So confirming that the Palafour area opening is not far off.
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@GeorgeVII, yes thatís ringing a bell with me I am sure Iíve seen roasted chickens in there before
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@chocksaway, ok thanks
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great video Barshaker.........
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And the Palafour is open! The resorts are quoting 5cm in the villages and 20cm at altitude. The cloud is quite thin at the moment and there are a few small flakes in the air so popping out to have a look.
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@chocksaway, you know the Super U down in Bourg St Maurice? Well youíd expect it to be cheaper than the supermarkets in Tignes but how much cheaper is it?
Is it worth the cost of the bus or petrol down there and back when you factor that in?
I do believe they have a rotisserie in the Super U though do they not!?
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@chocksaway, you know the Super U down in Bourg St Maurice? Well youíd expect it to be cheaper than the supermarkets in Tignes but how much cheaper is it?
Is it worth the cost of the bus or petrol down there and back when you factor that in?
I do believe they have a rotisserie in the Super U though do they not!?


Most people I know who live in Tignes go down to Bourg to stock up - its not just price (which is a factor) but choice.

Not a lot different to hopping in the UK, to be honest - there are plenty Sainsburys local shops, but if you are doing a big shop you jump in the car and go to the Supermarket.
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@VolklAttivaS5, much more choice in Tignes these days. Spar as mentioned plus Casino(near the Loop Bar), and Carrefour (Rue de la Poste) just in Le Lac.

Sherpa in Lavachet. Carrefour has become a bit of a favourite for us as we tend to stay just over the road.
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@VolklAttivaS5, The newish Carrefour in Tignes is a lot closer to valley prices than the other supermarkets.
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@VolklAttivaS5, Shepra, Le Palafour prices http://www.sherpa.net/supermarche/tignes-le-lac/en/
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VdI link reported as open on the Tignes website which is an unexpected bonus snowHead

Oops - wrong forum; thought I was in PSB
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GeorgeVII wrote:

Got to say looking @bar shaker, 's video it looks pretty good out there. NOT jealous in the slightest wink


The snow quality was perfect and we had blue skies. What more could you want for the 3rd week of November?!! Very Happy

I'm back out on the 8th. If it is half as good, I'll be happy.
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@nelly0168, very true the extra choice is a factor for me definitely.

@rjs, thanks, good to know

@Ice Princess, thanks for that
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@VolklAttivaS5, I think its been covered, for a week it would not be worth bothering. But as I have a car I go to Bourg once a fortnight to Lidl first and then Super U for everything else (more than 2 would try my patience). If I was on my own it would be barely worth it but I often have hungry hordes squatting!!

It has been a mixed day today, this morning there was the odd patch of sunshine (especially around midday) but it has generally been cloudy. What was a surprise to most of us was the strength of the wind, which closed the lifts on the Grande Motte, the isobars were much closer together so at the top of the newly opened Palafour it was very chilly and the light was poor so I chose to take inspiration from Wallace Steven's The Snowman:

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow

and I went in amongst the trees of La Daille and did a few circuits round the Bubble. There was quite a bit of new snow around (5-15cm) and one or two groups of trainee instructors; but on the whole it was quiet especially on Raye:



The wind should drop tomorrow but it will essentially be like today with light snow showers and the odd glimpse of the sun. It will seem a bit warmer with the drop in wind chill. The 2 major forecasting systems are starting to agree for Saturday, not surprisingly they have kind of met in the middle. The best summary would be the odd sunny spell with some moderate snow showers but a brutal easterly wind, more layers and a face mask!! There will be more snow towards Le Fornet than in Tignes. Sunday looks brighter with the odd cloud but the wind will still be there, do not be lulled by the calm in the villages.... As for Mondays forecast there is little agreement or confidence so I won't bother but it then looks better until next Friday.
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@chocksaway, oh yeah I agree for a week itís not worth it
Iíve got a 3 month stint lined up though so donít know whether itís worth bothering to bring my car or not
The choice of stuff in a big supermarket is much more attractive over 3 months though than it would be for 3 weeks
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@chocksaway, can we assume the Fornet/Pisaillas area will be open for us next week, weather permitting? Looks like loads of snow & no humans there at the moment on the webcams. Wondering about Brev too, from memory they don't usually open the bottom bubble until nearer Xmas?
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Like @head_like_a_rock, I'm in the area next week, any guesses if more pistes will be open? Apologies for appearing greedy!
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@head_like_a_rock, @grumpygargoyle, Firstly in Tignes, Piste trolles is now open and they have declared that the Chaudanne and Grand Huit Chairlifts will open on Saturday (so ski in and out for the PSBashers). Val have not declared anything officially that I can find but Radio Val reporting you can ski down from the Solaise to the village by Plan and M (expect to see overconfident beginners having a nightmare!). Some of the Pissaillas Glacier is open and I would hope they will open some more of Le Fornet. Having said all that Val's focus is on preparing the racing pistes for the Criterium, I don't think I am being over harsh by saying that punters come second in the pecking order in Val at this time of year. There are only so many pisteurs to do the work and only so much capacity for the snow cannons.

@VolklAttivaS5, Don't forget to add a significant chunk for parking costs - something like Ä500 for a season indoor car park pass.
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@chocksaway, thank you. I'd complain about the race but it's because of it that I'm there.

Ta
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@chocksaway, yeah thatís what is kind of putting me off as Iíd want to park it underground/multi storey.
Plus I donít think I can be bothered to drive the whole way on my own, did it once before and it cost quite a lot actually for 1 person compared to flying and getting the Altibus.
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£500?! Shocked Think I'd be taking my chance on a free spot (eg Les Brevieres or Les Boisses) with occasional digging out/engine starting throughout the stay...
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