TIGNES AND VAL D’ISERE BACKCOUNTRY REPORT 20/03/2017

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Panda-eyes, barbecues and slush; Spring has truly set in. A week of bluebird skies and 10° temperatures. A fair-weather skiers dream, although not ideal for the powder lovers.

In resort,  A constant melt / freeze cycle has left us with spring snow. Piste skiing is best in the morning, with the groomed pistes turning to slush by the afternoon. The best snow is found on western facing slopes and southerly aspects in the Backcountry, although powder is scarce.

I was fortunate to be able to do a few heli drops this week. We skied cold powder on high, north facing aspects and in settled valleys, with spring snow lower down. 

The weather next week is forecast to start sunny, with moderate snow coming in mid-week, where we can look forward to a well-needed 10-20cm top up.

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