Tignes and Val D’Isere Backcountry Report 03/04

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High temperatures and sun have ruled the last week. With temperatures surpassing 12 degrees, much of last week’s dump has already disappeared lower in the alpine. Higher up, the snow has not transformed quite so much and there is still some great skiing available. With 6 inches of fresh snow falling on Sunday, we can look forward to some better conditions whilst it lasts. Looking ahead, forecasts are predicting sunny conditions for most of the week, with some moderate snowfall midweek (10 – 20 cm). In the extended forecast, another snowstorm is supposedly on its way, hopefully giving us at least one last chance to get out the powder skis before the end of the season.

I’ve been doing a lot touring outside of the resort boundaries to find some of the best snow. Setting off at the right time of day has been key to this. Tours such as Point de la Sana, Col de la Premou & Roches Rouges have given some fantastic conditions this week. 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.

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Couloir 3500

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. It really is the only was to guarantee the best snow on the day.

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