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weather in tignes vs val thorens

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hello:)

I am planning a vacation to France on the 20th of December,

which site would be a safer choice from a wether perspective around these dates?

As is understood, tinges have a better chanses for good snow conditions but have the risk of slopes closing due to high winds. is this an actual concern?

thanks Very Happy
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Can’t help with the question, but welcome to Snowheads. snowHead
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Val D'Isere / Tignes are generally accepted to be more snow sure.

Back a few years ago, I was staying in Courchevel at the start of the season. The snow conditions were dire, with the 3V links closed. We were bussed a couple of days to VT and one day to Tignes. The snow conditions in Tignes were noticeably better.

Winds and blizzards are always a risk - in either resort. About 3 years ago in Tignes (Jan) - high winds and blizzards closed all but the free lifts, cutting skiing time by at least half.
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guy6000,

Welcome to Snowheads.

Tignes and Val Thorens are both high level and above the treeline; and are equally exposed to bad weather conditions. As the crow flies, they are quite close to each other - so if one area is suffering from wind the other area is likely to be similarly affected.

However, we've skied both areas a lot over the years and haven't lost a lot of time to lift closures due to wind. Thats included regular December skiing - in fact annually for the past 20 years.

Each should have good snow conditions at that time of year so it's really a case of tossing a coin to decide where to ski.

You should have a good time, whatever you decide. wink
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guy6000,

Welcome to Snowheads.

Tignes and Val Thorens are both high level and above the treeline; and are equally exposed to bad weather conditions. As the crow flies, they are quite close to each other - so if one area is suffering from wind the other area is likely to be similarly affected.

However, we've skied both areas a lot over the years and haven't lost a lot of time to lift closures due to wind. Thats included regular December skiing - in fact annually for the past 20 years.

Each should have good snow conditions at that time of year so it's really a case of tossing a coin to decide where to ski.

You should have a good time, whatever you decide. wink

I believe the greater likelihood of better conditions in Espace Killy, is down to its proximity to the Italian Border - as described by "WeatherTwoSki":

Although it's on the northern side of the Alps, its proximity to the Italian border means that snow can also arrive from the south-east, a privilege not extended to other nearby mega-resorts such as Courchevel or La Plagne.
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if you believe in such a thing called "wisdom of the crowd" (please, no Brexit innuendos to follow Skullie ), look at the annual SnowHeads bashes: every December in Tignes (I am under the impression of better early conditions and less exposed lifts prone to close in bad weather) and every mid April In Val Thorens (better holding the snow that late).
I suffered from lift closures and major shut offs in both places, December and April. Anything can happen on the mountain. Still I enjoy Tignes more, December and April.
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Val d'Isere.
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guy6000 wrote:
hello:)

I am planning a vacation to France on the 20th of December,

which site would be a safer choice from a wether perspective around these dates?

As is understood, tinges have a better chanses for good snow conditions but have the risk of slopes closing due to high winds. is this an actual concern?

thanks Very Happy


I'll let you know on the 19th December for sure snowHead too Mr. Green
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I think Val d’isere and Tignes are less rocky than Val Thorens which may be a factor in the number and quality of open runs during the early season.
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@guy6000, obviously there are no guarantees but I don't think you'll have an issue. Val Thorens opens around the 20th Nov, and will generally always get a few runs open even in the worst conditions.

A whole month later you should be totally fine. Unless it's a terrible start to the season, but if it is then that will no doubt affect everywhere near by including Tignes.

Val Thorens this morning...

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In 2016 we stayed in Meribel for a week in mid December. Despite the fact that there was no natural snow below 2000m we had a fantastic time. The snowmaking efforts and excellent piste preparation meant that 50% of the runs were open in the Meribel and Courchevel valleys, with more in the Belleville valley.

I would have no worries about visiting the 3 Valleys from mid December onwards. wink
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Poogle wrote:
guy6000 wrote:
hello:)

I am planning a vacation to France on the 20th of December,

which site would be a safer choice from a wether perspective around these dates?

As is understood, tinges have a better chanses for good snow conditions but have the risk of slopes closing due to high winds. is this an actual concern?

thanks Very Happy


I'll let you know on the 19th December for sure snowHead too Mr. Green

This is actually a perfectly sensible point, do you have to decide early?
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If either of them are suffering then it is going to be a bad ski season.

Welcome to snowHeads. snowHead

I'd go to Tignes. In fact I am going to Tignes, but a few weeks earlier than you.
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I go to Tignes in December most years the skiing may be restricted to the Grande Motte glacier and its associated runs but have always enjoyed it. Will be there 2nd week of December. I cannot comment on Val Thorens as only been once.
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Poogle wrote:
guy6000 wrote:
hello:)

I am planning a vacation to France on the 20th of December,

which site would be a safer choice from a wether perspective around these dates?

As is understood, tinges have a better chanses for good snow conditions but have the risk of slopes closing due to high winds. is this an actual concern?

thanks Very Happy


I'll let you know on the 19th December for sure snowHead too Mr. Green

This is actually a perfectly sensible point, do you have to decide early?


I might have made a sensible point — but it was purely by accident I assure you!

Flights to Geneva around that date are very cheap at present, and still maybe pretty cheap much closer to your dates. Why not just buy return flights to Geneva now; but wait until you are closer to the time to choose where to go? There will always be accommodation and transfers available.
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@Poogle, +1
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