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

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@Steve Angus, what happened to the photos in your last post? I can see only one Puzzled
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Great records you have. Yes its all about building the memories as you say!
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 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?
PeakyB wrote:
@Steve Angus, what happened to the photos in your last post? I can see only one Puzzled


I dont know they seem to disappear as I use Facebook to host the photos on a public album but often the pics disappear - so not sure. They all show up this end within SH's post!
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PeakyB wrote:
@Steve Angus, what happened to the photos in your last post? I can see only one Puzzled

Me too; I can only see the flippin' good BMX dude...
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Yeah I can only see one.

Val d'Isere is all booked for next March! Woop woop. Flying from Southampton too which is a real bonus.
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@Steve Angus, our youngest will be a seasonnaire next year, so we will come out to see him.
Hopefully my knee will be up to a lesson.
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
@Frosty the Snowman,
Ski bum or working? And if the latter, for whom?
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Hmmmm thanks folks re the photos feedback. Weird - when im logged in this end (or not) they all come up photos wise. I wonder if thats the case on all my past posts. Anyway will repost them all now.













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@Steve Angus, Cool photos.
Especially some great beach and coast scenes.
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Just been looking at the webcams (as you do in September!).

They appear to be building some sort of platform at the top of Borsat?
They appear to have built a bigger platform at the top of Belvarde, and a patio extension for the blood wagon QRA.
And there is a camel wandering about on the nursery slope. Shocked

And I've not touched a drop so far today. snowHead
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@Judwin, prompted by your post, I browsed the webcams. Did you look at the one with the view from the Lessieres Ridge? The state of the glacier is shocking, it's almost completely gone Sad
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Judwin wrote:
Just been looking at the webcams (as you do in September!).

They appear to be building some sort of platform at the top of Borsat?
They appear to have built a bigger platform at the top of Belvarde, and a patio extension for the blood wagon QRA.
And there is a camel wandering about on the nursery slope. Shocked

And I've not touched a drop so far today. snowHead


They are making lots more decking areas - they're just finishing the one next to the top of the Fontaine Froid which you refer to. Picnic area etc. Should be a nice place to have a sit on a sunny day! The camel is there every Summer - bit of a local celebrity as you can imagine!
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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
The end of the Summer!

The second half of the Summer has been as busy as the first half - but we have been based in Val for it of course.

I have as usual written some bullet 'reminder' points to myself for what to include with this months update so IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER HERE GOES:

1) Glacier opening - obviously there has not been much rainfall over the Summer as we all know and we are in a stake of drought..... water fountains etc here were all turned off over the Summer months. Anyway Tignes and Val have basically said that the glaciers will not be opening until there is significant snowfall as things have receded so much! In fact the Val and Tignes glacier closed early this Summer and its probable that it won't be until December that ANYTHING can get open at this rate - not good!
2) Guffy - for those who have been coming to Val for a long time and either way if you ever stepped into the Pacific Bar you will have come across the manager Guffy and probably Vicky his wife.... well sadly Guffy passed away last week - cancer claims another one. Although he and his family had shut shop on Pacific a few years back and moved down the valley we all knew him and he will be sadly missed. RIP Guffy and condolences to all the family!
3) Ouillette - talking of water issues the lake up there failed to get enough natural water in it and the water level dropped massively and the aeration of the water became a problem so much that the fish became pretty docile - as a result they closed the lake for fishing early sadly.
4) In the last week the kids have gone back to school (see photos below) and it is all change at the school.... the maternal school has 2 out of 3 new teachers - Ben likes his new teacher and in the big school Olivia is at there is a new and first male teacher there - Olivia has him and she likes him. Also there has been a fair number of kids and their families leave the school and Val so its all go.
5) Olivia and Ben continued for the last month with their daily trampoline sessions and they have come on in leaps and bounds - in particular Olivia can now do both front and back flips - go girl!
6) As well as the Val fayre there is the amazing Bourg fayre and the sun really shone this year - it was hot! We really had an amazing day out. See photo below but one of the highlights of the day was the massive kids toy of life size self build wendy houses.... we spent ages building and rebuilding the various confirgurations - it was amazing!
7) Talking of fun things... last week I finally got to try with Olivia the Val high ropes course which is just above the Savonettes slope in the trees at the base of the Solaise mountain. They have route for all ages from 3 years upwards and the difficulty (scary level too) level can go from 'green' up to black! Anyway Olivia and I had about 3 hours there and we did all the routes - a LOT of fun. Although I did try and the black route at the end and boy it was rather tough - but I was also knackered by that stage too so retreated about half way around the course. Anyway I still plan to head back with Olivia for another go as it really is good fun and worthwhile - not too expensive either!
Cool Now we have gone back to the inter-season the building works around town have done on steroids again.... today I was doing some wood staining near the Spar petrol station on someones window frames and also watched as they did massive maintenance works on the Isere river storm channel - quite impressive concrete wall resurfacing work going on!
9) No Summer would be complete without a whole host of sleepovers for the kids. So the last few weeks of the Summer saw lots of late nights for the kids and fun and games.
10) Winter is coming - I noticed this morning the first snows of the Winter on the highest peaks around town - the Signal in particular had a small layer on it - the mid day sun will soon melt it away of course at this time of the year but its a good start.
11) DIY season - as mentioned above now the kids have gone back to school its time to get stuck into what I call DIY season. I have a very long list of odd jobs here and there around town to fill me up for the next few months. One thing I have though over the next 3 months in the run up to the Winter is a trip back to the UK for a week this time next week and we are also heading back en famille for a couple of weeks for Oct half term. So lots of work to fill in with some fun things too.
12) Via Ferrata - see photo below - I have been watching a lot of people climbing this Summer through the binoculars and whilst Olivia and I could not get a chance to do the real thing we enjoyed having a go at climbing at the indoor wall in town at the leisure centre. I have never been to the wall before but I was really quite impressed with it - Olivia and I had the place to ourselves and having never tried climbing before (well not for some 20 years) it was harder than it looks!
13) Walks - as we get more into the Autumn we will be doing more and more 'self propelled' activities such as walks... we did an early Autumn walk the other day and walked the avalanche path up to the Village Perdu which was a really nice walk and I had forgotten how awesome the treetop village is up there - its well worth heading there on the way down to La Daille in the Winter if you get a chance - lots of fun even in ski boots!
14) LIFT PASSES - last minute addition..... looks like the prices have finally been agreed for this Winter after A LOT OF negotiations! Public rates are going to be €990 for a season pass but if you are local then it'll probably be circa €600 - depends on how many block booked passes the Vie Val Dis association decide to buy which will have an impact on how much the price of them gets lowered too!

There we are folks - back in another months time or so.

TTFN



The Amazing Summer fayre

Re-entre started

They have been doing a lot of ground works putting in new water tanks / pipe work on the Bellevarde side of the mountain - all in order to improve the on mountain water drinking and sanitation provisions. They have dug and installed pipes all the way from the top of the mountain back down to La Daille over the Summer - quite impressive earth works all in all.

Ive been eyeing up the Via Ferrata route opposite us here in La Daille - weather or lack of someone to go with or forgetting to hire the kit means I have not gotten around to doing the route this year... maybe next year.

These were amazing self build wendy houses at the Bourg fayre - you could buy one for €1000 odd euros if you really wanted to.... but either way certainly the most the most amazing toy ive ever seen! Kids loved building it too!

The high ropes course at the bottom of the Solaise really is very cool!

We had so much to sell at the Val car boot this year - got rid of most of it thankfully!
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
RIP Guffy Crying or Very sad
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
The Val webcams are showing a sprinkling of snow above Solaise on Bellevarde and the highest slopes.

The STVI have postponed sales of lift passes because they are increasing their proposed prices due to the cost of electricity.
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Really - news to me. The snow and weather is certainly here though.
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