Espace Killy Backcountry Report 4th January 2016

The New Year began with some fine, dry and settled conditions but the weather pattern swiftly changed from the 2nd January onwards which has led to the Espace Killy (the whole Alps for that matter) gaining some much needed snow!

Val Heliski Jordan 4th Jan

Over 60cm has already fallen through the period 2nd January – 4th January and there’s heaps more in the forecast for the week and the long term forecast.

The pistes in Tignes have obviously been topped up very nicely from the recent snowfall, with all the pistes that had been hit hard by the recent mild weather and were previously showing rocks have now been groomed to perfection ready for the morning sliding.

Please be aware that with all th
is new snow that has fallen onto a weak layer below, the Tignes Ski Patrol team need to spend more time in the morning to get the runs safe enough to be able to run many of the lifts, please expect large queues in the morning with only a couple lifts running whilst the Ski Patrol team are blasting the steep slopes to make it safe to open the resort.

Also, many pistes that were previously open before the big snowfall are now closed, for example, the pistes that allow you to ski from Tignes to Val d’Isere were shut due to avalanche control that was taking place around them.

Off-piste runs have also been topped up very nicely with the recent dump of snow. However, extreme care must be taken when heading off-piste due to the large volumes of snow cheap propecia online sitting on a layer of weak snow that it will not bond well with at all.
Niall Chardonnet

The current avalanche conditions are category 4 (High) on all elevations and all aspects so please bear this in mind when heading off piste and carry the minimum requirement when travelling off piste – a Transceiver, Shovel and Probe which the knowledge and partners with the knowledge to rescue a potential victim of an avalanche.

It is highly recommended to hire a guide if you would like to head off piste in these conditions as they will know the best slopes that they can take you on to keep your party safe in this extremely weak snowpack.

The roads up to Tignes have been an absolute nightmare, with fresh snow looking to be falling all week please make sure that your car is equipped with winter tyres and snow chains in the boot, there have been many cars getting stuck on the road up to Tignes over the weekend!

The weather forecast for the week ahead is showing another approximately 100cm in the forecast with the potential for that number to be even higher. This is obviously going to be fantastic for the resort conditions, covering many of the rocks that had not been previously covered by the recent snowfall.

Heliskiing is very much open at Val Heliski with many of our drop zones holding some fantastic powder, there hasn’t been a better time to escape the crowds and jump onto a heliskiing trip departing from Tignes to find untouched powder!

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