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TIGNES AND VAL D’ISERE BACKCOUNTRY REPORT

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Sunshine and high temperatures have ruled the last week, with some great skiing to be had. Amazing spring corn is there for those who know how to find it, with friends and colleagues even saying they’ve had some of their best turns of the season. The weather has changed today however, with a cold front coming in and temperatures plummeting to -10 degrees. 8cm of snow is forecast for Wednesday and then it’s set to return to blue skies, low wind and a more comfortable temperature. With the advantage of being so high in the Espace Killy, almost all runs are still open, and there are still 3 weeks left to come and play before the season ends.

Backcountry conditions still have plenty to offer, with spring corn in abundance and chalky snow on the north faces. Be sure to make the most out of your buy propecia generic online stay, by taking one of our guides, who know the best spots for this time of year with the current conditions.

Typical spring snow is found on the lower pistes, with good skiing in the morning. However, they are very chopped up by the afternoon. Higher up, the snow has not transformed so much, and good skiing can be had throughout the day. With the holiday period over, there are very few people on the mountain, making it the perfect time for a nice relaxing holiday.

Heliski conditions are still good and may well be great again after the next snowfall. With access to the highest peaks in the Alps, we can guarantee the best conditions to be had. With only three weeks left, now is your last chance to get one last adventure in before the end of the season.


Tignes and Val D’isere Backcountry Report 10/04/17

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Wow, what a week! Temperatures soaring up to 15 degrees and bluebird skies everyday; Perfect conditions for you fair weather skiers. It looks set to carry on throughout this week with the potential of some snow at the weekend.

I was fortunate to do a reverse Heli Ski this week, where we skied Mickey’s ears, and was amazed at the snow our guide was able to find. I honestly had some of my best turns of the season. Whether it was spring corn, or hidden cold powder on north facing slopes, i couldn’t believe that this snow was still around after the recent weather. 

Piste conditions have very much been cheap propecia 5mg transformed by the effects of spring. A little icy in the morning, but thick sugar by mid day. With the resort super busy for the Easter holidays, many of the busier runs are just sugar moguls by lunch time. Our advice is to try and move round the mountain with the sun and stay high!

We still have opportunities to get in a Helicopter before the end of the season, and can guarantee the best snow across the Alps. We can tailor a package to suit all abilities and budgets. With only a few weeks of the season left, book now to make sure you don’t miss out!


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 purchase propecia 5mg 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.

Heliskiing conditions are still fantastic. With access to the roof of the alpine and local guide knowledge, we can guarantee the best conditions in the Alps right now. With only a few weeks left in the season, book now to make sure you don’t miss out!


Tignes and Val D’Isere Backcountry Report

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Dream conditions once again. Half a metre of fresh powder falling on Saturday night, and an immediate return to blue skies. 

Typical spring conditions in the last week has allowed stable sliding on all aspects & steep lines. A highlight for me, was skiing over 1200m of vertical ascent on the East face of the Pointe de la Sana.

In resort, a well needed top up has covered all the rocks and grass that had started to appear. Higher up, the snow is light, dry, soft and grippy. Lower down, especially below the freezing level,  the snow will  transform into spring corn by the middle of the week accutane after some prolonged settled and sunny conditions.

Looking ahead, the weather looks to be settled with clear skies and high temperatures until the weekend where we look to have another round of snowfall over the weekend and into April

We can guarantee the very best conditions across the Alpes on one of our Heli ski Trips, with access to the roof of the alpine. Departing from your chalet in the Tarentaise Valley, we will head to Italy, where runs of over 2500 vertical metres are possible with the safety of your fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide. 


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 how to order propecia online 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.


Tignes and Val D’Isere BackCountry Report 06/03/2017

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Fornet Trees

Spring is officially here!

We are past that time of year of dark mornings and short days; and at ValHeliSki, we love that! Since our last blog post, we’ve received even more blessings from the Snow Gods, and it’s forecast to continue over the next few days.

Over a metre of the wonderful white stuff has fallen in the last week and another metre is forecast to fall in the days ahead. The weather is then set to return to beautiful blue skies, allowing us to take full advantage of all this snow!

Gaps in the the weather have enabled me to ski all over the resort this week. With better visibility up top, the highlight was skiing Point De La Sana, which has been on the bucket list for quite some time. In periods of low visibility i’ve been sticking to the tree runs of Fornet and Les Boisses, where deep pillows runs are found in abundance.

 

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As always, with all this snow, the avalanche risk is still high at 3/5. Make sure to have your transceiver and ABS pack order cheap propecia online with shovel and probe. We also thoroughly recommend going out with an experienced guide to ensure the highest levels of safety; but also to make use of their vast knowledge of the best places to ski with the current conditions.

Piste quality is still very good, with soft, grippy snow being found all over the mountain. With half term over, and much quieter pistes, they are staying in great condition throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

For you Powder Junkies, Heliski / boarding conditions are still unbelievable. Departing from your chalet in the Tarentaise Valley, we will head to Italy, where runs of over 2500 vertical metres are possible with the safety of your fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide. We believe that with the skies set to go blue from next week, there will not be a better time this season to jump in the Heli. Last week, we were featured on Fall-line.co.uk  as one of the best companies to go Heli-skiing in Europe. You can check out the article here – http://www.fall-line.co.uk/six-places-can-go-heli-skiing-right-europe/


Tignes and Val D’isere Backcountry Report 02/03/17

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After a few weeks of no snow fall, and unusually high temperatures for February, laying down those fresh tracks we’re all after, has been nothing but a pipe dream. However, that dream is now a reality, with 38cm falling on tuesday and a further 20cm on wednesday.

I have stuck to skiing the tree runs in Les Boisses and Fornet, due to the high winds and poor visibility up top, and the skiing has been fantastic! Be aware that due to the wind, we have lots of wind loaded snow, and advise precaution if venturing to higher elevations.

The avalanche risk is currently at 3/5, so please make sure you have the correct equipment, and do not venture into unknown territory without an experienced guide.

Looking ahead, more snow is forecast throughout the week, with some sunny spells and another big dump over the weekend!

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 Pillows in the Fornet trees

The pistes are in fantastic conditions with the recent snowfall, filling in where rocks were starting to appear. If you love your carving, be sure to grab the first lifts to make the most of the hard work put in over night by the pisteurs.

Heli ski conditions are set to be as good as they can be ( EPIC! ) as soon as it settles down in terms avalanche risk. Looking towards next week, when the weather settles, you will not find better conditions to jump in the heli and shred the endless untouched powder.


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PACKAGE DATES: 1st December – 4th May

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AVAILABLE FROM: Tignes, Val d’Isere

COURSE OVERVIEW: An overnight trip to a backcountry refuge located outside of the resort boundaries. We depart from the Tichot chairlift in Tignes with the use of Ski Touring equipment or Splitboards after the lifts have shut – after a 2hr hour tour under starlight, we arrive at the refuge where a log fire and dinner welcomes you. A true backcountry experience with nobody around.

 


MEETING POINT:

To do this package we meet at the base of the Tichot chair-lift in Tignes Val Claret (see map above). It is up to you to get to that area. Naturally, you will have to use a lift-pass to do this package. If you have a lift pass for the Espace Killy area there should be no issue, if you don’t have a lift pass for that area a VHS team member can purchase one for you, on your request.

Package available from the resorts of: Tignes, Val d’Isere

Transfer Options to Access the Meeting Point From Resort Price
Your own transport no cost
VHS minibus transport £41 (€49) pp

COURSE INCLUDES:

What's included:
Transceiver; shovel and probe
Transceiver training
Full-day with your UIAGM mountain guide or instructor
Use of our radio communications for safety and instruction

Not Included: lift pass(es) (including Carte Neige backcountry rescue to hospital), adequate travel insurance, food/drink, minibus transport

OPTIONAL EXTRA:

Extras: Price
ABS pack £24 (€29) pp
Edited GoPro footage of your day £32 (€39) pp
Use of our Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis £21 (€25) pp/day
Splitboard & Skins Rental (multi day discount available) €66pp/day
Packed lunch £29 (€35) pp
60 minute warm-down sports massage £60 (€72)
VHS hoodie £65 (€75)
VHS Hagloffs fleece £90 (€105)
VHS Hagloffs couloir 3 Jacket £410 (€490)

SWEEPER SERVICE:
According to best practice backcountry skiing / snowboarding we offer the use of sweeper on your backcountry day. A sweeper is employed to follow the group while the guide/instructor leads from the front. A sweeper is there to ensure the safety of everyone in the group thereby improving the group’s overall confidence and security. Price: £50 (€60) pp based on a private group of 4.

Sweeper Service Price
Val Heliski Sweeper Service (Private heli trips only) £200 (€240)

POLICY:

– Prices are based on private group booking of 6 people.

– Payment is to be made in full to confirm the booking.

– We require you to leave all ski holiday days available for best weather and availability for this package. We will contact you by SMS in resort to confirm your weather window.

– In accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and unless we have already provided the services we have contracted with you to provide or your booking is made in resort, you have the right to cancel your booking at any time up to the end of the 7th working day after the booking is accepted by us. You may do this by writing to us at the above address and you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. If you want to cancel your booking otherwise than as set out above please inform us as soon as possible. You will forfeit your deposit but please note that places on a trip can be transferred to someone else subject to any such replacement agreeing to these Conditions.

– In the event a guide directs the group to a route with better conditions (subject to availability), additional costs may be incurred.

– We reserve the right to exchange any of our products of a similar price or less in the event of adverse weather or snow conditions.

– If this package can not be carried out due to adverse weather we reserve the right to use the guide/instructor for the time they have been booked on an alternative off piste day.

– Adequate travel insurance is required for all VHS packages and is the responsibility of the participant to purchase and provide proof to a VHS staff member on the day of their activity. We recommend purchasing a Carte Neige for the full duration of your lift pass and can advise further, on request.

– Any incomplete groups either (1) pay for the empty seats (2) find a complete group before you arrive in resort (3) come to our drinks night in your local resort every Monday 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Got a Question?

Val Heli Ski Terms and Conditions

Val/Tignes Heli Ski LLP, Partnership no’s OC358489 / OC358496
Val/Tignes Heli Ski LLP – numéro d’immatriculation: 801 050 659 R.C.S CHAMBERY / 800 898 074 R.C.S. CHAMBERY
Contact: +4401329339621, info@valheliski.com
Head office: Shirral House, Church Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2HY, UK

 

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MEETING POINT:

To do this package we meet at the base of the Tichot chair-lift in Tignes Val Claret (see map above). It is up to you to get to that area. Naturally, you will have to use a lift-pass to do this package. If you have a lift pass for the Espace Killy area there should be no issue, if you don’t have a lift pass for that area a VHS team member can purchase one for you, on your request.

Package available from the resorts of: Tignes, Val d’Isere

Transfer Options to Access the Meeting Point From Resort Price
Your own transport no cost
VHS minibus transport £41 (€49) pp

COURSE INCLUDES:

What's included:
Transceiver; shovel and probe
Transceiver training
Full-day with your UIAGM mountain guide or instructor
Use of our radio communications for safety and instruction

Not Included: lift pass(es) (including Carte Neige backcountry rescue to hospital), adequate travel insurance, food/drink, minibus transport

OPTIONAL EXTRA:

Extras: Price
ABS pack £24 (€29) pp
Edited GoPro footage of your day £32 (€39) pp
Use of our Salomon/Liberty VHS powder skis £21 (€25) pp/day
Splitboard & Skins Rental (multi day discount available) €66pp/day
Packed lunch £29 (€35) pp
60 minute warm-down sports massage £60 (€72)
VHS hoodie £65 (€75)
VHS Hagloffs fleece £90 (€105)
VHS Hagloffs couloir 3 Jacket £410 (€490)

SWEEPER SERVICE:
According to best practice backcountry skiing / snowboarding we offer the use of sweeper on your backcountry day. A sweeper is employed to follow the group while the guide/instructor leads from the front. A sweeper is there to ensure the safety of everyone in the group thereby improving the group’s overall confidence and security. Price: £50 (€60) pp based on a private group of 4.

Sweeper Service Price
Val Heliski Sweeper Service (Private heli trips only) £200 (€240)

POLICY:

– Prices are based on private group booking of 6 people.

– Payment is to be made in full to confirm the booking.

– We require you to leave all ski holiday days available for best weather and availability for this package. We will contact you by SMS in resort to confirm your weather window.

– In accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and unless we have already provided the services we have contracted with you to provide or your booking is made in resort, you have the right to cancel your booking at any time up to the end of the 7th working day after the booking is accepted by us. You may do this by writing to us at the above address and you will receive a full refund of any monies paid. If you want to cancel your booking otherwise than as set out above please inform us as soon as possible. You will forfeit your deposit but please note that places on a trip can be transferred to someone else subject to any such replacement agreeing to these Conditions.

– In the event a guide directs the group to a route with better conditions (subject to availability), additional costs may be incurred.

– We reserve the right to exchange any of our products of a similar price or less in the event of adverse weather or snow conditions.

– If this package can not be carried out due to adverse weather we reserve the right to use the guide/instructor for the time they have been booked on an alternative off piste day.

– Adequate travel insurance is required for all VHS packages and is the responsibility of the participant to purchase and provide proof to a VHS staff member on the day of their activity. We recommend purchasing a Carte Neige for the full duration of your lift pass and can advise further, on request.

– Any incomplete groups either (1) pay for the empty seats (2) find a complete group before you arrive in resort (3) come to our drinks night in your local resort every Monday 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Got a Question?

Val Heli Ski Terms and Conditions

Val/Tignes Heli Ski LLP, Partnership no’s OC358489 / OC358496
Val/Tignes Heli Ski LLP – numéro d’immatriculation: 801 050 659 R.C.S CHAMBERY / 800 898 074 R.C.S. CHAMBERY
Contact: +4401329339621, info@valheliski.com
Head office: Shirral House, Church Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2HY, UK

 

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Espace Killy Backcountry Report 28/03/16

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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!

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