Espace Killy Backcountry Report 11th January 2016

The end of the week has given way to some more unsettled conditions in the Espace Killy, dumping another load off snow on the snowpack, topping up things nicely, but please don’t forget that the avalanche danger is still high at all levels.

The Espace Killy pistes have obviously had a nice top up overnight and have set up nicely ready for morning groomer. The pistes are again beginning to become bumpy and tracked out by the end of the day, so be aware of this in the flat light. With the forecast high winds for the week ahead, please also be aware that the Grand Mottes may not be able to open.

The Espace Killy Ski Patrol team have begun to get lifts open earlier after the later openings in the mornings following the heavy snowfall earlier in the week. But please be aware that with all the fresh snow that’s forecast to fall early this week that the lift system will be slow to get started – particularly the higher lifts as the Ski Patrol team blast the dangerous slopes around the runs.

Avalanche forecast is high with all this fresh snow

Similar to the start of last week, I have yet again been sticking to the fantastic tree runs around the Espace Killy, in La Dialle, Fornet and Les Breviere due to the avalanche conditions and poor visibility higher up.

The tree runs have been set up perfectly in the morning with some fantastic fresh to be found after overnight snowfalls. Later in the day, the recent mild temperatures have began to turn the cold, dry snow into warm and wet porridge which has been slow to slide on. Don’t worry though, as from Monday (11th) onwards, there is forecast to be a sharp drop in the temperatures and with all the fresh that’s forecast in the week, these tree runs should be running great all day!

La Dialle Trees 8th January

With huge amounts of snow in the forecast at the start of this week, please make sure that you and your ski / board partners are well equipped and well trained in avalanche safety before you even plan on heading off-piste.

Be well prepared to change your plans based on the avalanche conditions off-piste and if you are not experienced in travelling through avalanche prone terrain or would like like to learn more about avalanche terrain and improve your off-piste skiing technique then please do consider hiring a guide to not only keep you safe, but let them show you all the secret powder stashes!

Another way to enjoy all this fresh snow is to join us for a Heliski trip departing from your chalet in Tignes or Val d’Isere, flying over to Italy to grab some guaranteed freshies with the safety of your fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide. With the recent avalanche conditions, we’re keeping our backcountry skiing to the mellow slopes 30 degrees and below but still finding some fantastic fresh!

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