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click for full res imageMore of the white stuff, looking SE up the Tarentaise from Bourg St Maurice as the skies cleared an hour ago....

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I was up at Tignes over the w/e. Glacier was open and skiing good, though needed to skirt around a few rocks in places where the wind had blown the snow away. Possible to ski down to Val Claret via Double M - a bit icy in places during the afternoon, and plenty of losses stones on the lower sections.

The Lanches chair and funicular were both running. Le Tichot chair opened up on Sunday, but Bollin never got running. Saturday was a beautiful sunnyday, Sunday was sunny spells. There was light snow overnigh on Sunday, and it was snowing a little harder as I left on Monday.

Hardly the hoped for opening of the Espace Killy, and no reductions for limited opening, but a great weekend all the same. Now, where to go for Christmas / New Year? Anywhere with more snow than Cardiff methinks!
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Tignes website recons opening date for Espace Killy has been delayed "until further notice". Are they not aware of the same weather conditions in les Boisses as we are????? Puzzled
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Manada, night still not be enough depth of snow to pack down, PGs weather report this AM showed 50 KPH winds, that'll be enough to blow some snow around so it may not end up where we want it.
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The latest snowfall isn't enough, as yet. It's the same in other resorts that had planned on early opening - the likes of Serre Che (see separate thread), even a couple in the Pyrenees.

The 'good' news is that there is more snow forecast above 2000m Thursday and Saturday..... don't know how much.
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Plenty of hot air around as well.
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Looks like France got all the snow and Switzerland missed out Sad
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PG wrote:
The latest snowfall isn't enough, as yet. It's the same in other resorts that had planned on early opening - the likes of Serre Che (see separate thread), even a couple in the Pyrenees.


PG, any idea how La Plagne is looking for their full opening around 18th/19th Dec?? (i'm going on the 22nd)
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It's definitely still snowing on the Val d'Isere website. Very Happy
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Charlatanefc, nearly three weeks to go, plenty of time!
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Charlatanefc, nearly three weeks to go, plenty of time!
I hope so. Three weeks time exactly, and I will be up in the air on Sleazyjet Laughing
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PG,
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'good' news is that there is more snow forecast above 2000m Thursday and Saturday

It's Thursday. Is it snowing yet????????? Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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That was the forecast then (two days ago).

Right now? Just occasionally a tiny fluffy white cloud zooms past, heading NE. About the only good news Ican give you at the moment is that it's still pretty cold!
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it's still pretty cold
. Same here. Sigh. rolling eyes
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Three days for me NehNeh


Nobody likes a show-off NehNeh
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Yeah, well, you'll have the last laugh if there's no more snow, 3/4 of the lifts are closed because of the wind and I have to spend most my time in the bar Shocked
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maggi, Could be worse the bar could be closed as well Shocked
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That was the forecast then (two days ago).
Right now? Just occasionally a tiny fluffy white cloud zooms past, heading NE. About the only good news Ican give you at the moment is that it's still pretty cold!

Well, it was cold...... yesterday. Shocked Confused Skullie Sad
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Val d'Isère Tourist Office report this morning.....

Depth of snow at top: 60 cm
Depth of snow at resort level: 60 cm

OPEN
lifts: 17/50
slopes: 15/72
greens: 5/21
blues: 7/27
reds: 2/18
blacks: 1/6

Temperature at top: -5 °C
wind direction: south-west 50/60 km/h
Temperature resort: 3 °C
wind direction: south-west: 10/20 km/h
Isotherm: 2200m
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And this from Tignes, where Espace Killy is "open" every day from 9 a.m to 4.15 p.m.:

Snow depth at top: 70 cms
Snow depth resort: 20 cms

OPEN
Lifts: 33/97
Slopes: 40/129
Greens: 9/20
Blues: 21/59
Reds: 7/36
Blacks: 3/14

NORDIC DOMAIN
No. of kilometres: 4 / 5 km, prepared snow
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Temperature altitude: -7.0°C wind north-west 50 kmh
Temperature resort: -3.0°C wind north-west 20 kmh

Isotherm: 2000m
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And now?????

Has the snow cover improved? Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled

Have been making myself sick with worry!!!!!
(literally - have sore throat & temperature. Could have more to do work&exam stress tho....)
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manda, sorry not good news still warm and no snow forecast until this weekend. It'll probably arrive just in time for the Premeire Neige.
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Tignes? Little change, 4 more pistes open, that's all:

Cover at 2800m: 19cms
Temperature 2800m: -1°C
Wind: 10 kmh
Cover at 3500m: 70cms
Temperature 3500m: -3°C
Wind: 40 kmh
Last snowfall: 30/11 25 cms
Avalanche risk: 3/5
Weather: sunny periods
Forecast: sunny periods

Domain 40% open
Lifts: 38/97
Pistes: 44/129
Greens: 11/20
Blues: 21/59
Reds: 9/36
Blacks: 3/14
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Val d’Isère

snow depth 1850m: 37 cms
temp: 3°C
wind: 10/40 kph
snow depth 3500m: 37 cms
temp: -1°C
wind: 20/50 kph

last snowfall 30/11 50 cms
Return to resort on skis: impossible

Weather today/tomorrow: sunny periods

Domain 35% open
Lifts: 17/50
Pistes: 21/72
Greens: 9/21
Blues: 9/27
Reds: 2/18
Blacks:1/6
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I had the dilemma of whether to book to go to Val d'Isere or not next week. In the end I decided to go ahead, because if I didn't then all that I would do is sit at home moping. There will be some skiing, and with a bit of luck it may snow whilst I'm out there, if it doesn't I'll still have fun. NehNeh
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Kramer, we'll probably see you there, it looks as if a few of us will be driving over from La Rosiere.
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I'll enjoy it even if all we do it blat up and down Genopy, Diebold, and Verte.
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PG, bollox. In relation to the snow conditions obviously, not you!

Bollox bollox bollox.

Still. It's better than then 1.5 runs open at the same time last year in Courchevel.....
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Still. It's better than then 1.5 runs open at the same time last year in Courchevel

I agree, last year was just the same Courchevel 1650 was green till just before xmas
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Manda, when and where are you going? I'm off to Val d'Isere on Sunday, I was there this time last year, when conditions were similar and it's not as bad as you think. There won't be loads of off piste, and not so many black runs open, but there will be plenty of skiing to be had, and it will hopefully snow whilst we're out there. Smile
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Kramer, this Sunday too - Gatwick to Tignes (it's a SCGB trip. Am I allowed to mention that here?) Will no doubt meet you in a queue at some point during the week. I'll be the only New Zealander in resort who's NOT working there.

Frosty the Snowman, I hear ya. Learned my lesson - go as high as possible for sneaky "pre" season trips!!
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Val d'Isère front de neigeReally didn't look that bad in Val this morning, despite some overnight rain. This photo taken from the "Front de neige" mid-morning. Blowing a gale (easterly), felt pretty cold....

Some more photos here http://alpesprovence.net/racer-ready/album2.html
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Manda, will you be serving beer anyway? wink
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Manda, did you ever get your transport to Gatwick sorted out? What time are you flying out to geneva?
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Kramer, nope, done my time serving beer. Will be relying on you to get the first round in tho Mr. Green
Dan, yep - was offered a lift, but have declined as I've been strongarmed into a pre-flight girlie shopping spree in London on Saturday. Gatwick Express is now a goer. A night at the Gatwick Hilton looks nicer tho...
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Manda, but seriously expensive. If money is a consideration, there are loads of cheaper hotels close to Gatwick and most will do airport transfers FOC. If money's no object, the Meridien attached to the North Terminal is a better bet than the somewhat dreary Hilton. IMO.
Have a good one whatever.
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Not too crowded - yet! This photo today at Val (Daille) bottom of Triffolet (?)
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