Espace Killy Backcountry Report 27th December 2015

Christmas week has seen another week of calm and clear conditions with no extra snowfall to top up the pistes that have survived surprisingly well with the recent mild conditions – the Espace Killy looks to be fairing much better than many of the lower elevation European resorts.

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Snow conditions on the pistes have been firm for the whole week, with temperatures recently dropping, which has led to some excellent fresh groomers being set up in the morning but has sadly led to the soft stuff being scraped away by the end of the day. But with pistes running down to both Les Breviere and Les

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The weather for the start of the week through to midweek looks to continue with the clear and calm theme. However, from the 31st December there looks to (finally!) be a change in the weather pattern which is going to bring some fairly significant snowfall for the rest of the week which should top up both the on and off-piste conditions very nicely.

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Please be aware that all the fresh snow that is forecast to fall in the middle of the week is not going to be falling onto a stable layer beneath it – it will not bond buy propecia us well with the current snowpack and will therefore create a potentially dangerous slab that is waiting for a skier or snowboarder to wander onto it and force it down the slope.

The current avalanche danger for the beginning of the week remains at category 1, but expect this to rise significantly with the new snowfall. The current biggest hazard within the snowpack is the abundance of rocks lurking at the surface of just below the surface of the snowpack, keep an eye out for these rocks when heading off-piste.

Again, my top tip for this week will be to hire a local guide in order to get the best out of your time in the Espace Killy as a guide will be able to show you all the best spots to find powder within resort and beyond the resort barriers  – there is still powder out there! After the midweek snowfall, a guide will be able to keep you safe with the predicted increase in avalanche danger and find the safest places to ride in accordance to this danger.

With the calm and clear conditions still prevailing until midweek, it’s still a great time to book onto a Heli Scenic Tour with Val Heliski and get some stunning views of Mont Blanc, departing from both Tignes and Val d’Isere altiports!

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