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

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Thanks for great updates. Hope all well after recent minor ailments.
Late entry for Monday's caption competition, the new sculpture top of Bellevarde, with more than a nod to caper movie The Italian Job. 'I only told you to blow the bloody snowboards up!' wink


So much for val being posh - in the dolomites they leave BMW's up mountains.
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Another late entry for the caption comp - Steve Angus' offer to drive his customers' skis to the slopes comes to an icy end on the first trial.
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...and another even later entry...

"Val d'Isere Uber coverage found eager, but lacking..."
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Loving this thread Steve - thanks for helping to get me through work until we leave for a week in La Daille on 7th January! Literally counting the days now!!!!!
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Last sunny day for a while

As we await the snow storm(s) - yes plural, it was the last sunny day for a while and what a corker of a day... lots of nice sun but not too warm and pistes in great nick... had an admin day but wish I had had a slide!

So yes it looks more and more like with the arrival of a north front pushing down from the north it will mean a huge drop in temperatures and either side of this front it will bring lots of snow... but the thing is that it looks like the jet stream is pushing south which will allow several fronts one after the other to roll in over the next week or so that could bring lots and lots of snow.... fingers crossed... the only thing that this will be bad for is ski racing this next week and we really are looking forward to seeing Dave Ryding kicking but on the Face on Sunday!!!!!!



tonyswift - thanks.... bet you can't wait. Hope between now and then there will be lots of snow for you!

In local news the new (after what has seemed like many years of building) Letincelle restaurant at the foot of the Solaise finally opened. This restaurant is own / run by the same people who had / have the Clochetons restaurant near the end of Santons BUT crucially that restaurant is shutting down and this is going to be the 'replacement' for the owners. It is right under the bottom of the base of the Solaise (old one obviously) cable car. Anyway I must get in there sometime to check it out!!! It looks quite nice in the Radio Val photo (wasnt invited obviously to the grand opening):



I did my Periscope quite late on this afternoon and did a little tour around La Daille for a change of scenery!

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

So tomorrow I am heading down the valley to do some shopping and errands and a few other pieces of admin - trying to get ahead of myself going into the festive period!

As I noted on my periscope earlier the only route down into town (I should have added on my scope that from the Bellevarde / Tignes side) now is down a black run (Raye into La Daille) - this is because the Face is closed for the World Cup, Santons doesnt have enough snow so is closed, ditto the Epaule du Charvet and now the OK Orange / route on the lower section is being prepared by winch cats ahead of the womens World Cup racing for next week! Don't get caught out - download if in doubt!

Anyway folks think that is all for now... ill finish with a nice photo I took late this afternoon just after I finished my periscope actually.



TTFN
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Steve Angus wrote:
same people who had / have the Clochetons restaurant near the end of Santons BUT crucially that restaurant is shutting down and this is going to be the 'replacement' for the owners.



WHAAAAAAAAT!?? Noooooo they can't shut Le Clochetons, it's one of my favourite lunch stops Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

It's always busy and has such a gorgeous view up the Manchet valley and it's a wonderful sun trap.

MEH.
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HoneyBunny - yea I'm afraid so.... going, going, gone!
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The first wave hits

We woke to a very different picture out the window to when we went to bed last night... it was a strong wind and there was a good 15cm on the ground in town. It was a rushed start to the morning as both Clare and I slept through our alarm and it actually was Olivia that woke us up when she came into our bedroom!

Anyway no sooner was Olivia off to school but I was heading off to collect our car from the underground parking and heading down to Bourg... I had a long list of jobs that needed doing including a large food shop and then I came back up after lunch!!!!



Our Christmas dinner arrived late in the afternoon - www.hu.ski offer an amazing Christmas frozen meal delivery service (amongst other menus) so that has meant that our fridge and freezer are now overflowing!

Anyway suddenly it was time to go and collect Olivia and I decided that it might be nice to take her to the bib draw for the world cup in town and also to see her mummy serving (for her community service) free hot chocolate to the punters in town.... it would all have worked out perfectly if the wind had not gotten up and the whole event had to be moved indoors which meant in effect for the visitors that it was cancelled - still it means Clare got our of her first round of service this evening!

So we headed home instead for a family meal!


Isnt this a COOL large scale model of the resort (on show in the tourist office - love it!)

Anyway the resort is now battening down the hatches as strong winds are forecast overnight (I concur as I can hear it outside) and lots and lots of snow is going to keep rolling in as lots of weather fronts are lining up out there to hit the Alps!!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Tomorrow and Sunday the Mens World Cup races could be problematic to run but we shall see.

So tomorrow morning I am recording a podcast for an organisation called skipedia so shall out that up when a ling is know - should be fun!

Anyway think that is all for now.

TTFN

P.S. My periscope from today: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1gqxvYbROWgJB
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Not quite what we were expecting

When I opened the curtains this morning I was a little shocked as to how placid it was. All night long the winds had been a blowin and it was amazing that things were actually moving out there. Radio Val were reporting that 117kmh winds were reported up high overnight and only 5cm of fresh snow had fallen in town!!!!! Hmmm not what was promised and it didnt help that Olivia came in to wake us up early!

Anyway it was a rather lazy start to the day - some scrambled eggs and a few household chores although the hoover blowing up did not help!!!! Arghhhhh annoying!

So after a chilled morning I had a 45 minute 'involvement' on a podcast that will be released later this week... it is with a company called SkiPedia - check them out on on Twitter etc... was a good 'interview' and chat!

After a quick lunch I took Olivia for a ski and 3 hours of fun and frolics followed - she did pretty well and the hot chocolate was (as always) the highlight of her afternoon!

Mean while on the World Cup racing front the volunteers were up top at 0530am this morning to clear the snow off the race track on the Face AND amazingly the racing started on time (albeit with a lower start position due to the persistent winds that dropped off over the day!). Having 200 volunteers certainly helped things!

Ill try to get to the Mens Slalom tomorrow to watch Dave Ryding but sounds like it was a good race today - well done team France and Alexi Pinterault!

So the weather eased off during the day and this evening it has gotten VERY VERY cold - below minus 20 already and that temp is likely to drop lower overnight! However they are forecasting some serious weather and snow coming in tomorrow!

After the ski with Olivia it was back home for my Periscope broadcast:

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

... then Clare had to head into town to serve vin chaud as part of her community service commitment!

I was home alone to spend some time with Olivia and Ben and get them ready for bed before the babysitter arrived.

A quick handover and it was off out for dinner with the TDC team at the (under new management) Sur La Montange!

And that pretty much brings you all up to date - have been very brief this evening as I'm rather tired and since it is after midnight I really need to get to bed..... however I am hoping I will be able to see some skiing on the Face tomorrow with Dave Ryding and it will be interesting to see how much snow falls too!







TTFN
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Just been watching the giant slalom on ski Sunday and we wondered where the start gate was situated on the slope. We found it amusing the commentator talking about the flat bit! IIRC the commentator is not a skier, I'd like too know where the 'flats' are on the Face! Maybe it's that little ledge about half way down where I have to stop as my legs are shaking and I need to muster courage for the next bit......
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Some of the most intense snowfall (certainly for this time of the year) I have ever seen

You hear of the days (of legend) when a metre of snow falls whilst you are drinking a cuppa and you never think you will experience it... however today was one of those days. We got a (bit) of a lie in until 7.30 this morning and (bearing in mind when I went to bed in the early hours this morning it was BALTIC and clear (ish) skies) when I opened the curtains - wow it was different place out there - already about 10-15cm had fallen and the flakes were large and falling hard and fast!

Anyway it was a lazy couple of hours then we got dressed and headed up to watch the first run of the mens slalom - complete with Union Jack flag! We just missed the first bus and there were TONNES of people all over the place trying to get up there to watch.... Anyway we got there just as Dave Ryding was coming down (it was just Olivia and I as Clare was taking Ben to the swimming pool direct and we were to meet en famile there).



Olivia stayed entertained for just about enough time to watch the main runners come down and then when Dave came out of the mix zone she was able to cheers his name and wave the Union Jack!!!!





People often enquire as to why / how as instructors we get involved in the racing.... and I usually reply that as part of our 'community service' to get our lift pass we have to be 'lisseurs' on the course.... this essentially means we slide the course after each and ever single runner and there are certain stop points.... so a racer sets off... cameras follow them and the course workers run onto the race line / slide down the race line side slipping making sure the course remains as flat as possible and as fair for all runners as possible.... on a day like today it also gets the soft snow away from the race line - this all helps keep the racers safer as they could hit the softer snow and go flying.... anyway the following photo shows a team of 3 lisseurs sliding the bottom of the slalom a few seconds after a racer finished and whilst another is further up the course and before these maintenance workers clear the line ready for the next racer.



After the first run I met with Clare and Ben and we had a family swim altogether and it was SO lovely and warm... it was great although such a faff getting the little ones ready, into the water and out again ESPECIALLY in these conditions of multi layers!!!!

Anyway we got out the pool just in time to watch the second run - perfect morning.... just a pity that Dave had a bad day!

Hats of to the course organisers etc for getting the racing going this weekend - a LOT of snow has fallen and it was a 5am start for the course workers on both mornings to get the snow off the race line so well done everyone!


With a colleague (Kim) in the finish area cheering Dave on!

Lunch was a casual affair and this afternoon was a mix of family movies on TV, a family meal and watch this snow fall out the window!

talking of snow - WOW it has kept on coming all day long... by early this evening we had had 66cm of it down in town and more up high and it is forecast to keep going all night... the intensity is incredible! The road to fornet has been shut off. The road to Tignes Le Lac from Les Boisses is shut off... I can hear some blasting this evening high up the slopes. No foot traffic is allowed anywhere outside of the town centre or with La Daille etc and the school buses from the far end of town (Fornet) are cancelled tomorrow morning... hoping Olivias bus is not affected but we shall see as the snow is gonna keep on coming tonight and tomorrow! Getting down the road to Bourg has taken well over 3 hours simply as people are not putting on chains when they really should do! A couple of accidents and hey presto the road is stuffed! So to say we are getting good early season snow........

Lets see what tomorrow brings!

In other news the new details of the 10 seater La Daille gondola to go in next Summer have been released - essentially it will be very similar to the new Solaise gondola... heated seats and wifi etc!

NE1 - the start gate.... if you take the Bellevarde Express chair up and cut across to the Loyes Express.... when you 'cross' the Face piste then just up the slope is where the start is normally located but they lowered the start yesterday with the winds to just below where they cross.... the slalom is lower down still tucker just off to the side.... Matt Chilton is the normal commentator - a good skier and a racer himself back in the day! There are some relative 'flats' but not flat as such! HA HA

Think that is all for now.... to see more up close footage on the World Cup then check out my Periscope from today!

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

TTFN

P.S. Meant to say check out the temp graphs my weather station has shown this week... it got gradually warmer until this storm moved in and now the temps have been up and down like crazy

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Thanks, Steve. Yes they were the 'flat' bits we thought they were, hehe. Thanks for the info about the start gate, much easier to picture now. Kudos to Matt Chilton
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HMMMMMMM - bit of a bummer but then again ever cloud has a silver lining

I most definitely was not expecting positive temperature (certainly not to the level they were) this morning... it was about plus 5 in resort at breakfast time and apart from the snow clearers working their thing it could have been a week or more ago the weather of yesterday!

The weather cleared up late last night and punchy southerly wind and overcast skies took over. So the snow was already very wet by breakfast time. Whilst it was always going to be a slow start to the day for those on the mountain in reality the pisteurs did a sterling job getting most of the resort open for people to have a play around by mid morning. As is usually the case it was slow starts that built itself up by the minute as more and more opened up..... over in Tignes however I think they played it extra cautious and I believe that most things over there did not open at all!! Certainly the link over was not open all day. Some runs that had overhanging slopes above like the Orange were not to open all day here either!

The winds got up to well over a 100kmh up top last night and after calming down a lot today they have this evening gotten up again but now have swung around once again to the north!

Anyway after getting Olivia off on the school bus my whole day seemed to evaporate as I did loads and loads of little jobs that needed doing and still did not get everything done. Tomorrow will be the last day I am NOT on the mountain for a whole week as I am suddenly fully booked day in day out now until we head back to the UK next week for a few days pre Xmas... so if I dont get it done tomorrow then its not likely to get done anytime soon!

The podcast that I was the guest on over the weekend was finally uploaded today... it can be found via the following three link options - I rather like it and we covered plenty on there and talked a fair whack about Val and many other things. They have asked me to guest again sometime in the future - should be good!

https://soundcloud.com/knowledge-is-powder-ski-podcast/episode-6-olympic-bans-minor-royalty-and-val-disere-car-parks
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/knowledge-is-powder-podcast-a-ski-podcast/id1293102565?mt=2
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/woodstock-windows/knowledge-is-powder-podcast-a-ski-podcast

Anyway there was a little snow around from time to time today and the snow clearers really have been earning their money (thanks to Radio Val for this photo):



But there were a lot of idiots ignoring the road warnings last night too so the road was gridlock for hour after hours.... partly due to idiots like:


.... this is what happens when you should have put chains on when you were told to!!!!



The new La Daille gondola as I mentioned the other day has almost reached the planning conclusion now and Poma lifts (a local (well used to be) company) have won the rights to manufacture 5 lifts in the Espace Killy over the next few years. Anyway the design for the new gondola that will do into circulation new December will look like the following.... pretty funky!



If you are in town and want to check out the mock up then one of them is sitting outside the conference centre currently!

The town are reporting that they reckon up to 10000 extra persons came to Val this weekend (in some way or another) to watch the World Cup races... IF it is that high (and I would be surprised) then that is some coup - I doubt many more than a couple of thousand were watching at the bottom of the Face!!!

So they are once again reporting that they will be doing avalanche clearance work from 7am tomorrow and I suspect that the av risk will continue at 4/5 tomorrow as it was today!

I am sure there was something else that I was going to say today but I can't quite remember - instead remember to check out my periscope from today and please keep following / sharing and all the rest of it.....

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mrGmZmzpZWJy
My periscope from today - not quite as lively as yesterdays!!!!

TTFN
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P.S. Meant to post this photo YSE posted today.... I was looking out the window today and from a good 500 yards away I could see a huge area of yellow next to a YSE chalet down here in La Daille and I assumed they must have been taking a photo for their records / advertising purposes .... how right I was...... but urm where are the boys?????

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I notice that gondola has ski/board racks on the outside. Is it not big enough to take your equipment inside, or is it just an extra option?
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I was looking out the window today and from a good 500 yards away I could see a huge area of yellow next to a YSE chalet down here in La Daille and I assumed they must have been taking a photo for their records / advertising purposes .... how right I was...... but urm where are the boys?????


There's nothing like a bit of diversity when recruiting staff...and based on that photo, that's certainly nothing like it wink
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