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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Val d'Isere!

 

 

With a 265cm base at the top of the slopes of Val (at 2500m), the resorts pistes thouroughly withstood the cutting edges of all the holidaymakers who are now starting to make their way back home after the festivities.  The slopes are becoming quieter each day now the new year has started and the weather is settled for the next few days with a period of sunshine.  The temperatures are cool at the moment and we've had a few cloudy mornings giving us a dusting of 10-15cm of snow yesterday but its due to get warmer at the weekend.

 

Today saw every run in resort open when both Santons and Piste L were finally opened, but the crowds desperate to be one of the first down there cut the blue's up badly and they closed in the afternoon.  Not to worry, the snow up here is brilliant, on some of the steeper slopes a little chalky and there are very few icy patches about - apart from on the pavements in the village!  There is so much to ski - the Ski Tranquil areas on Solaise and Bellevarde are still some of the more peaceful runs whereas the links between Val and Tignes are quite busy.  La Daille gets tougher in the afternoon when it loses the sun and the snow feels harder underfoot.  This is the same for the ski routes back into town.

 

Off the piste the avalanche rating for the region is at 2 - there is still some nice skiing to be found but as the good weather continues, more and more will be becoming tracked out and you will have to go further afield to get the freshies!

 

 

Val village has been buzzing for 2 weeks now, New Year's Day saw all us ski instructors descending the Face with a torch and a huge firework display followed.  The next big date on the calendar is the Polo Masters on snow starting on the 16th January.

 

 

And finally, a young scottish lad having had one too many beers decided to climb up a pylon of the Rogoney chairlift and onto a nearby chair.  Finding he was unable to get down from this point, the guy was stuck there until he was rescued by the fire brigade...oops

 

Happy Skiing!

LynnSharp · 1875 days ago
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LynnSharp
Don't let what you can't do stop you doing what you can!
03.01.2013 (1875 days ago)
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