Espace Killy Backcountry Report 28/03/16

Great spring heli conditions in Italy 2

Calm and settled conditions have ruled through the previous week, with Spring taking a firm grip on the end of March. But more unsettled conditions look to be coming through into the week ahead with the possibility of moderate snowfall.

I’ve been doing a lot touring outside of the resort boundaries to find some of the best snow, even then you need to get the timings correct to ensure you don’t end up on re-frozen snow! Hiring a guide is the best way to guarantee that you find the best snow based on the days weather.

Tours such as Point de la Sana, Col de la Premou & Roches Rouges have given some fantastic snow conditions away from the hustle and bustle and tracked out conditions found on the sidecountry lines within the resort – again, if you’re looking at getting some touring done around the Espace Killy, be sure to take a look at our guides page to get a list of local guides and instructors who could show you the best touring in the region.

Many of the north faces are still holding some slightly drier snow that hasn’t been affected by the sun (due to the aspect). Pisteurs Couloir was holding some grippy, chalky snow which required a good set of edges to comfortably get down it – this will be a similar story to many of the other north facing faces/couloirs in the resort until we get another top up of snow (potentially) this week.

The pistes around the Espace Killy are still in fantastic condition, with fresh grooming to be had for the early buy cheap klonopin risers all over the resort. Pistes lower down in areas such as Les Brevieres / Les Boisses are setting up firm in the morning after an overnight freeze but softening by lunch time as the sun comes around to warm the lower slopes up.

With a busy resort this week for Easter week, expect the pistes to get quite bumpy after lunchtime, the morning will be the best time to get the best piste skiing across the whole resort. You will be more likely to find quieter pistes in areas such as Les Brevieres and Les Boisses and with that, great lunch stops to get yourself away from the crowds.

With the potential for some more snow this week, off-piste conditions could improve significantly due to the superb snow depths that we currently have in resort (142cm at 2100m and 240cm at 3000m) and with the addition of fresh snow on top of this base, it will give some great sliding in many areas.

With the addition of this fresh snow on the current snowpack which has been though many melt-freeze cycles, you must still be considerate of the avalanche danger, which will rise following the addition of the fresh snow and particularly when the sun warms the slope, the snowpack will become very water saturated – increasing the danger for surface avalanches.

Heliskiing has some excellent conditions over on the French/Italian border, with untracked fresh still being found higher up in the alpine, now is your last chance to get up in a heli for this season with Val Heliski!

Rochers Rouges Summit

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