Ski Club 2.0 Home
Snow Reports
FAQFAQ

Mail for help.Help!!

Log in to snowHeads to make it MUCH better! Registration's totally free, of course, and makes snowHeads easier to use and to understand, gives better searching, filtering etc. as well as access to 'members only' forums, discounts and deals that U don't even know exist as a 'guest' user. (btw. 50,000+ snowHeads already know all this, making snowHeads the biggest, most active community of snow-heads in the UK, so you'll be in good company)..... When you register, you get our free weekly(-ish) snow report by email. It's rather good and not made up by tourist offices (or people that love the tourist office and want to marry it either)... We don't share your email address with anyone and we never send out any of those cheesy 'message from our partners' emails either. Anyway, snowHeads really is MUCH better when you're logged in - not least because you get to post your own messages complaining about things that annoy you like perhaps this banner which, incidentally, disappears when you log in :-)
Username:-
 Password:
Remember me:
durr, I forgot...
Or: Register
(to be a proper snow-head, all official-like!)

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

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Steve Angus wrote:
Oh one thing - confirmation of an interesting fact I heard a while ago but reconfirmed today from Radio Val... 44% of all visitors to Val are Brits, 37% are French and then the Scandinavians are in third place with something like 10%.

So 56% are foreigners. snowHead

What is the percentage split for year-round residents & for seasonnaires?
latest report     
 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Steve posted the video link below the pic
https://www.facebook.com/pisteurval/videos/374766883308930/
latest report     
 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Wow
snow report     
 You need to Login to know who's really who.
You need to Login to know who's really who.
kitenski wrote:
Interesting they are watering creeper, is that to make it heavier to then slide or trying to get it to freeze and become more solid do you think??


Maybe there is an avalanche expert around to confirm, from what I understand a glide snow avalanche is the result of poor adhesion between the snow pack and the underlying ground. Usually this type of avalanche is caused by water between the snow and ground, typically on a south facing slope in spring when the heat of the sun causes snow melt

http://mountainacademy.salomon.com/en/demo/47/glide-snow-avalanche

My understanding was that it was very difficult to artificially trigger this type of avalanche, maybe its more that not many areas in the mountains have a fire hydrant nearby to allow easy watering of the snow!
latest report     
 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
VolklAttivaS5 - im not exactly sure what you mean. Either way the restaurants etc on the mountain do pay a percentage of their takings to the resort yes.

Kenzie - year-round and seasonnaires - a few percent overall is year round and similar numbers seasonnaires I should think... however remember that lots of people technically live here year round but actually leave for periods of the year AND also lots of people that work in town live down the mountain in Bourg etc! Vast majority of people are of course holiday-makers!

munich_irish - yea you are more or less spot on there... there are other names for them though people use, glide cracks, whale mouths, brown frows, creepers etc etc... certainly SOMETIMES there are a sign of stability and not instability!

Some nice stuff

I slept pretty well but woke (annoyingly early). The wind was still raging (clocking 103km/h at one point) and there had been about 20cm of snow so it was going to be an interesting day!

Clare was off in the morning so took the kids to the school bus / creche and I headed to our office to get the kit bags ready for my off piste day with a team of 6 (4 boarders and 2 skiers).

After getting everyone set up we were off and luckily the pisteurs had cleared things pretty quickly AND for some reason the queues were pretty much non existent! I think the weather put people off!

Anyway we had an amazing day... Couloir no.5, bus stop, variations on the Fornet trees, Poubelle couloir amongst other things - a nice lunch at the Crozet... I knackered them out. But we found some lovely snow where it wasnt affected by the wind (which was a lot of places it has to be said).

What amazed me most over the course of the day was that we came across MORE THAN ONE GROUP (a family group in one case) of kids way off piste on a pretty high avalanche risk day... without any kit whatsoever.... how some people are so negligent I do not understand! It makes my blood boil. JUST BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENS DOES NOT VINDICATE THE DECISION TO HEAD OFF PISTE WITHOUT THE NECESSARY!

We finished a little early as they were tired and I headed home. I got about 20 mins of calm before the kids got in. I somehow managed to place the footstool on clares toe whilst I was sitting on it earlier and so I have been in the dog house this evening - her toe has ballooned up and is very sore but nothing can be broken as it was right on the end I caught it - arghhhh! Meanwhile Ben has a slight temperature and Olivia seemed unbelievably tired and therefore grouchy this evening - arghh it never rains and all that!

Back on the game tomorrow so better get some sleep!

TTFN


Nice snow in the trees


Looking down the Poubelle Couloir


OK here we go


Tight
snow report     
 You'll need to Register first of course.
You'll need to Register first of course.
Where is Couloir Poubelle Steve (or anyone else)? It looks like Le Fornet direction from the pic but my trusty FatMaps doesn't list it. Does it have another name as well?
snow conditions     
 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
nemesys it is indeed up the Fornet end of town... real name is Couloir Gertofer and goes into the Charbonnel bowl to be precise! You can see it from the road if that helps... to the right (as you look) of where the avalanche barriers are.

Wow that was maximum turns wasnt it!

The day started as normal with a 'party' in our flat well before it should have - arghhh kids dont you just love em!

My day had a very interesting start to it (actually after Clare took Ben to creche I had about 15 mins at home all by myself and just a cuppa tea to finish - it was peaceful!). Anyway I was waiting nice and early for the La Daille gondola to open - I got there about 0850 and waited and waited as the Folie staff as usual loaded the lift with crate after crate after crate of food and alcohol and many other supplies including about 30 wheelie bins... When I first arrived there was about 5 people waiting but as time marched on more people were of course turning up. However 0900 came and went and still the lift was not able to open yet.... grrr. I was annoyed, a premium resort cannot sort out organise the loading of its lift in time to then allow the public up... I dont think it is good enough to be honest. Ultimately they were nearly 16 minutes late opening - of course the STVI lifties offered no apologies! Grrr! So my planned meeting time and place of 0915 bottom of the Tommeuse lapsed! Ultimately we did meet up for the lesson at 0930 in the end!

So my new team for the day worked on lots of technique on red and black runs including a trip down the Trolles and also the Face... there was some nice snow about but more importantly some good changes made. I also made a run down the Arcelle which was a mistake as they had NOT pisted it overnight so it was tricky to say the least. Anyway you live and learn sometimes!

It was a good morning and I think plenty of things to work on for the team!

I had a very quick lunch at the office before heading out with my off piste team (same ones I had the other afternoon). Amongst other things the Banane, Danaides, Cugnai and Tete Arollay were all on the menu and we had a wonderful 'max turns' style afternoon. It was good!

I got home and quite literally took the kids off Clare as she had to go and do her community service torchlite descent ... so it has been a crazy evening getting the kids their dinner and into beds myself... so pretty tired now to be honest!

Anyway more sun (it will be sunny for the next week!) forecast tomorrow.

Right off to bed and hopefully by tomorrow I really will have lost all this cold I have bunging me up at the moment - arghh!

TTFN


Looking nice down Cugnai this afternoon

Pisteurs set off a large slide down and under the Cugnai lift with the PIDA this morning.
ski holidays     
 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Awesome details. Thx for the write ups. Am out next week so the preview is v.helpful.
snow conditions     
 You'll get to see more forums and be part of the best ski club on the net.
You'll get to see more forums and be part of the best ski club on the net.
Is it bed time yet

AndrewBailey - great no problems!

It is going to have to be a very quick one tonight... to say that it was a bad night last night would be an understatement! Ben screaming half the night then Olivia being woken so early that she was up from 5am... means there was next to no sleep this end last night and even less for Clare. In a way it was good as Clare was not supposed to be working today and with no school all it meant was that Ben did not need to go to creche! However I was on the mountain all day and that has taken the last little bit of energy out of me.... SO it will be a short one tonight!

Firstly a video of the blasting of Cugnai that I posted the photo of yesterday... watch it go and how quickly too!

https://www.facebook.com/pisteurval/videos/285746872122308/

Secondly a video a colleague got of the SAMU heli rescue yesterday am on the Banane (I skied pretty much this line in the afternoon actually)... it turns out it was a 36 year old snowboarder who had an impact with some cliffs down there (of some sorts!)

https://video-cdt1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t42.9040-2/52624685_242356759983538_3965885720664473600_n.mp4?_nc_cat=108&efg=eyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9&_nc_ht=video-cdt1-1.xx&oh=796de12006eb3475566a2df7d6f537fd&oe=5C64B7B5



So this morning I had an old client I haven't skied with for a few years now back with a couple of friends and it was a case of reminding them of what we worked on last time. We had a really nice ski around the Solaise and then the fornet areas and worked our way up to the Moraine red up the Val glacier! A nice morning - more of the same tomorrow.

I took lunch in the sun at the bottom of the Olympic (it was warm as it has been recently and will continue to be) and then it was back out for my final session with my seasonnaires group for this year.

We went for a long tour and it was the first time any of them had been over to Brevieries and we had a lovely afternoon - plenty of miles under our skis and we did quite a lot of work on carving too! They particularly loved trick of the day of twirly birds!

So I got home and have done my bit getting the kids bathed and into bed and Clare has already been asleep for a couple of hours so I am ready for more of the same! Fingers crossed it is a good night tonight!

P.S. For those who know the Solaise gondola you will know that cabins 89, 90 and 91 are 'special' cabins... well turns out that cabin 51 on the new La Daille gondola is 'special' VIP cabin too with bucket seats etc... check it out next time you are on the lift!
latest report     
 Ski the Net with snowHeads
Ski the Net with snowHeads
Helivac out of Manchet Valley (back of Grande Pré), yesterday. Multiple trauma - ouch!

https://www.facebook.com/785411398200042/posts/2407179952689837/
snow conditions     
 snowHeads are a friendly bunch.
snowHeads are a friendly bunch.
bar shaker - the video I posted above yesterday was the video a colleague took of the same evac - but this is an alternative view - I have some pics I found too which I might (remember) post today too! Anyway it wasnt where you mentioned but on the lower part of the Banane so JUST above the Clochetons (as was) restaurant as you come out the end of the Santons run!
snow conditions     
 And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
@bar shaker, massive respect for the pisteurs Toofy Grin

I am sure we are all in awe of them for looking after the mountains, thanks guys + gals Laughing
snow report     
 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
Back on track

It was a much better nights sleep and the morning got off to the normal start!

Yay...

Anyway I had arranged to meet my team a little later on this occasion partly since I had booked the afternoon off to get things done and also by starting a little later I could have found time to find cover for the kids if Ben had been ill.... it wasnt needed in the end!

So we headed straight up the Fornet glacier and made the most of the excellent snow up there before the crowds arrived. The snow was very good and we got some good technique developed and also worked on some tactics too! Good work team! The main event of the session was a trip down the Arcelle and the conditions down there were some of the best I have had all season! It was a push for one of the team but she rose to the challenge - well done!

I headed home at lunchtime and tried to get things done but also not as much as I wanted to - doh!

I had to pop to our rental place as there was a problem with the lock on the ski locker which was an added extra for the day... then there was the arrival of Clares mum to stay with us for the week and help with the kids etc - cool... oh and I also caught up on some of the World Ski Championships etc!

However now we have had dinner I am shattered and certainly ready for sleep. I have blocked tomorrow off as I need a rest before the start of the half term!

In local news:

1) the trial of the moving of the Gare Routiere (main bus stop on the high street) bus stop down towards the 'Garage' happened today. They are looking at moving the stop down a little bit permanently as the main bus station gets SO busy with long distance buses these days - lets see how the trial works out!

2) being a large Scandi week there are thousands of young scandis in town this week and there is lots of partying that goes with it.... drinking related injuries apparently are off the scale with that lot - hmmm not surprised they have been quite load!

3) After the issues I was reporting last week about the Couloir to Nowhere and people heading down there not knowing where it goes AND then others following blindly - well guess what the pisteurs were once again yesterday having to get out the ropes etc to rescue a seasonnnaire from in there.... FFS!!!!




The 'heatwave' is continuing by the way and we are set for another week of heat and sunshine - however it is not quite Spring yet thankfully! This will be good news for the half term crowd madness. Being Brit and local school holidays next it is gonna be busy AND the roads this weekend - well get ready for some queues folks!

TTFN
ski holidays     
 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Steve Angus wrote:
bar shaker - the video I posted above yesterday was the video a colleague took of the same evac - but this is an alternative view - I have some pics I found too which I might (remember) post today too! Anyway it wasnt where you mentioned but on the lower part of the Banane so JUST above the Clochetons (as was) restaurant as you come out the end of the Santons run!


I couldn't play your video but wondered if it was the same rescue. I thought it was further up the valley but can see you are spot on with the location!
ski holidays     
 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Ah still video watching problems then bar shaker - well its a good thing you posted what you did and yes it is the same rescue!

A lazy day

It was another good nights sleep all round in the house and we awoke with 3 pairs of hands to focus on the kids and getting them ready for school / creche which was easy! In fact I did not need to leave the house all day day and had a really relaxing day! I really needed a full down day as Im still not feeling 100% and obviously the half term madness starts tomorrow - eeeek! With Clares mum here the two of them were out for much of the day - lunch together and then some shopping and then drinks before they collected the kids from school. So I had the house to myself! In fact looking back on it it REALLY was a unique duvet day and I loved every second of it! I caught up on tv programs, did some emailing and all sorts as well as worked hard to get my new iPhone set up. Cool day!

So my report today is lacking first hand account of what was happening on the mountain (not much apart from sun and more sun!) and also lacking in photos. But basically it was much the same up the mountain as it has been the past week or so in terms of conditions (and will be the next week - albeit more people arriving next week!).

There is also very little 'local' news apart from the warning about how busy the roads are going to be tomorrow.

So I think this is the worlds shortest update this evening!

Going to get another early night and then hopefully I will be 100% back on top tomorrow ready for the start of half term as I have the first of 7 full days in a row (I think it is anyway!).

TTFN


The new layout for long distance buses at the bus station and a reminder that the local buses are now stopping on the 'uphill' direction outside the Garage.
latest report     
 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Just booked Tignes for 26th April (Gulp)

Are the free ski buses running then?

We are staying at Les Boisses and rather tackle the afternoon slush thought it would be better to get the bus back from Val Claret?
ski holidays     
 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
up4it wrote:
Just booked Tignes for 26th April (Gulp)

Are the free ski buses running then?

We are staying at Les Boisses and rather tackle the afternoon slush thought it would be better to get the bus back from Val Claret?



Free bus to Boisses runs from the 'back' of the Maison de Tignes in le Lac.

Appears to be scheduled to run until 1st May:-
https://en.tignes.net/holidays/getting-around/free-shuttles
snow conditions     
 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
up4it - what Kenzie says!!!!

Glorious start to the school hols

Well the sun was shining and after getting the kids set up this morning Clare was out the door and off for the first of her week of bookings. However we were thrown a curve ball as we got a phone call from one of Olivias friends mums to ask whether she would like to go for a ski with her little one... so action stations getting Olivia dressed for skiing too!

Anyway I headed to meet my normal (and after 13 years of teaching them possibly the last time as the oldest is now 18 and about to head off to University!) half term clients at their hotel and the three of them and me had a warm up blast around the resort type of day! Lots of mileage with some technical input and we of course had to take in a run on the new La Daille gondola for good measure! We also made it over to Tignes and up the Motte (my first trip up the new cable car over there - smart!) as well as trip 'around the world' on the Tignes side too.... capping off a good day was lunch at the Panoramic which has certainly upped its game in recent years and the self service area does really wonderful food... not that cheap but darn good fresh food!

The only downer on the day was that I was taken out (only the second time properly in some 22 seasons of teaching) totally at the bottom of the runs into La Daille - right next to the La Daille gondola actually... minding my own thing turning left and right as you do at slowish speed when suddenly this youngish (reckon early 20's) girl took me out... I went flying... worst thing about it was that I landed on my right thigh and thats where I keep my wallet therefore I had a dead leg pretty much all the rest of the day.... NOT IMPRESSED... I think she was on her own but I dont know whether she was French or English as I gave her a mouth full, collected myself together then skied off... blooming idiots. However bearing in mind I spend 100+ days a year on the mountain and 6/7 hours a day x 22 seasons on the slopes twice in that time is not bad... last time was about 8 years ago on the Double M piste in Tignes!

Anyway even though it is half term there was and will be all of the next 3 weeks some idiots around and plenty of people flexing their ego's and pretending to be good skiers and boarders by letting their kit take them for a ride down the slope - aka they think they are in control at the peak of their abilities but in reality they are acting like out of control battering rams but they will be totally obvious to that sentiment unfortunately!

I got back home and between Clare and I we relieved Clares mum from baby sitting duties - amazing thanks Serena, and it was the normal bath and bed time etc.


The only bit of local news apart from the aforementioned chaos in terms of numbers of cars coming up the hill today and the start of school hols - arghh is that the resort is officially saying (this surprised me) that it is at 77% capacity which is much lower than I thought they would say... and even more surprising is they are saying that this week will be as busy as Christmas week - now Christmas week is NOT a mega busy week in my eyes.... HOWEVER the demand on lessons this week is off the scale so I am not sure how that all works itself out!

Anyway off to bed now... TTFN


snow conditions     
 You need to Login to know who's really who.
You need to Login to know who's really who.
Steve Angus wrote:

So my new team for the day worked on lots of technique on red and black runs including a trip down the Trolles and also the Face... there was some nice snow about but more importantly some good changes made. I also made a run down the Arcelle which was a mistake as they had NOT pisted it overnight so it was tricky to say the least. Anyway you live and learn sometimes!

It was a good morning and I think plenty of things to work on for the team!


Just wanted to thank you again for a great morning out Steve; all three of us got a lot from the lesson and would highly recommend your services to anyone visiting L'Espace Killy!

We had a great week with two days of powder and four bluebird days. I'll be keeping an eye on the snow forecast to see if a sneaky off-piste course will be possible later in the season wink
snow report     
 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Fastpaws - thanks so much! Brilliant. Glad you had a good lesson and a good week!

Well that wasnt so bad was it

Bearing in mind that it was the first full day of the school hols it really wasnt too busy out there. Well it was but not MAD MAD MAD!

I met at the hotel and the plan has been hatched for the rest of the week so today I was out with young Sam (who has only been skiing for about 3 weeks but already she is kicking butt). I was to have all day with her to get her zipping along! With that amount of time we were able to really drill down to the nitty gritty of the sport... building our way up through 3 / 4 elements of her skiing over the course of the morning that needed attention. We started on greens then onto blue runs before taking a trip down the Arcelle and then over towards the Val glacier... a quick stop at the Datcha for a break en-route but a very successful morning. It was a late lunch at the Cascade restaurant (where I bumped into a old colleague from Hemel Snow Centre days - hey Doug long time no see!) and I had dish of the day there which was Fillet Mignon with lovely mushrooms sauce and some cheesy crozets on the side - seriously yummy!

The temperature was once again very unseasonably warm - Spring like. However the snow held up really really well up the Val glacier and we lapped around and around it was so good! We had a really successful day!

After meeting up with the others at lunchtime and them going for a ski for an hour before re-meeting up with us they were adamant that skiing back to Val would be the best thing to do... I did suggest that the snow and queues etc would not make it the best decision of our lives and perhaps skiing to the bus stop in Fornet might be a better decision but skiing back to town won the majority vote..... well the queues for the Datcha (didnt help that Piste L was closed) and the ski down left much to be desired but anyway we got there!

So after leaving my gear at the hotel I had to pop via our little place to pick up all the laundry and then you guessed it right it was the usual family business of bath and bed time for the kids before I am here typing this now!

Tomorrow I might be a little late posting as we (Clare and I) are out to their hotel with them for a meal (over the last 13 years or so they have become such good friends).

Anyway tomorrow will be ground hog day once again in terms of the weather and it is still supposed to be like that for another week or so - hmmm off piste options for those who want real snow off piste as opposed to just the experience of it are becoming thinner on the ground day by day!

TTFN


ski holidays     



Terms and conditions  Privacy Policy