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Tignes and L'Espace Killy New Years 2013

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Well in the first week of December i decided to book a New Years trip to Europe with my friend. Options were pretty limited and the best one we could book was a Hotel for 2 half board to Tignes. I think i have spent at least 25 weeks in the L'Espace Killy in my life so i know the mountain like the back of my hand so jumped at the chance... 

 

Left Aberdeen in Scotland at 4pm ish... drove the 2 hours to Edinburgh to meet my sis and have dinner, headed back to hers and maybe got 2 hours sleep max. Time to drive to England and Newcastle... left her’s about 1am and the 2 and a half hour drive to Newcastle. Arrived there, dumped the car and got to check in, was the very first to check in. Flight left there about an hour late due to fog in Chamberry and i must admit I wouldn't ever want to fly this airline again due to the most basic planes ever!!!

 

Arrived Chamberry to chaos, the airport in tiny and there are so many British flights arriving at once its funny! ~Got bags pretty fast and then stood outside my bus for about and hour and a half waiting to leave! There goes the half day skiing we had in our heads! 

 

Drove to village was easy - 2 and a half hours later was dropped off, settled in and then grabbed something from the snack bar place and wondered about. Dinner then bed to be ready for our 7.29am wake up each day for the week.

 

Day 1

Woke up very cold - forecast was saying -12C in the morning and -18C in the afternoon. Jumped on the Aeroski gondola and 8 minutes later was at the top of Troviere and with the option to ski into Val or Tignes. Did some cruising runs from Troviere down to la Daille in Val but my skis were sticking in the cold snow! From La Daille up funiculaire to Bellevarde then down la face (Olympic downhill run), which is so fun when it isn’t icy and first thing it is perfectly groomed. Up onto solaise side. Wanted to do an off piste run I love down through the valley, the snow was iffy and crusted tracked out but deep, whilst skiing it for some reason, my left ski disappeared and i got an awesome 2 flip tomohawk - and then a nice 30m climb in deep snow to get my ski again!!! From there skied La Fornet glacier then scooted right over to over to Grand Motte to find cable car closed with wind, so the full aim was to show my friend the entire area in the first day. For the last hour we did some short hikes right of Tommeuses lift and got some soft fresh tracks. From there did the chaos run - the black from Troviere down to Tignes le Lac - which we christened the chaos run as it was hundreds of people who couldn't ski and steep icy moguls, then home. Chilled night and dinner and bed by 10!!!

 

Day 3

Got up and scooted straight over to Val, friend arrived there the day before with his wife so plan was to ski with them. Skied Solaise a couple times, to the Val village, love the top half of the run, such good cruising and I really wish I had my race skis with me. ~then went up to the Manchet express and shame there was only tracked out off piste but this lift has some great terrain. Skied it a couple times and really went for it fast and it was fun. Then some easier stuff to meet my friend on the Glacier express, he was late so time for some awesome churros, so good in chocolate sauce. Finally met my friends and went on the up and over lift into the Fornet Glacier – some great cruisy runs in there again. From the glacier we ended up skiing down to La Fornet then on the bus to the Val base as it would be quicker to get to the Folie douce for New Years Eve. I am not a big partier and would rather ski so went off and skied three runs on some moguls on my lonesome. Took the 8 chair back to Tignes and was one of the last chairs back. They were doing their ski show at 545 in the village and the freestyle bit of it was wicked – but cold to watch! Went outside at 1130pm and walked round the corner to the Le Lac base and wow -25000 people dancing away to Martin Solveig – 18 minutes of fireworks and flares being set off in the middle of the crowd – lasted till 1am then bed and looking forward to tomorrow as forecast was snow!

 

Day 4

Woke up and the place was dead in the morning, bluebird out and almost had the place to ourselves before 10. Skied Grand Motte first thing and was so fun when freshly pisted… I managed to do GS turns at 80mph. powder. We were meeting my friend in Tignes Les Breviere so right at the bottom of the valley so skied into Val Claret then up and over and down the fun off piste run through the Vallon de la Sache, food some good pockets of snow in there but also came close to skiing off a massive cliff and had to walk back out of it onto the proper black run in the valley. Had a beautiful sit down lunch there of duck then creme brule but to me it took too long and was itching to get skiing again. We skied a few more runs there before heading to the Tignes Park, which they were still building it seemed and the light went flat so called it a day there. By the time we made it back to Le Lac it had started to snow. Lazy night as ever in prep for this fresh snow!!!

 

Day 5

Woke up to light snow but zero visibility and again it wasn’t busy first thing, the forecast was to clear as the day was to go. No idea depth so took the Aeroski gondola like we did every morning and boom 6 inches or so, time to start hiking and skiing some fresh powder. Some short hikes off the Tommeuses lift and some great little drops into powder – we even made the first tracks for walking and skiing before anyone started to copy us. Skied that all morning – did manage to start a wee avalanche when I skied across a rock face – was very lucky I never got pulled down with it, skis have a lot of work to be done on them! Had lunch in the cheapest restaurant near the Val park., which is great for the money and get 3 course and a soft drink for 20 euros. Once lunch was down we headed over to Tignes Val Claret and hike to bowl above the Grattalu lift – some awesome snow in there and deep in places –skied there the rest of the day. Look over the back to see if possible to get higher – yes but iffy with no avi gear so crossed that off. Awesome day but shattered and headed back to Tignes the usual way down the chaos run. Lazy night and more hiking and skiing in store tomorrow!!!

 

Day 6

Headed straight back to above the Grattalu lift and the hikes into the bowl  did it once but thought whilst heading back up towards there that the bowl higher and right looked amazing, so the second time we did it – we skied half way and traversed across then we started our hour long hike into the bowl and wow was it hard work in deep snow and no back pack but worth it! Friend was then dead for the day after that but we were meeting our other friends for lunch at Grand Motte and to ski there. Loved it but kept you thinking of the morning powder. In the avo we skied the Tignes park and little off piste where we could find it. Back via the chaos run and home and diner and bed… slept very well that night

 

Day 7

Las day of the vacation and to me that is a day of skiing everywhere and the runs I enjoyed the most. Started off in the Tignes park and eventually left my friend there as he would rather do that. I headed over to Val – face, side lift, glacier express, solaise and the runs that way I love. Met my friend for an early 12 lunch at the Val Park restaurant. From there we decided to just to ski everywhere -did so many runs – over 65km skiing 12000m vertical – Dead.

 

Awesome trip, loved the POW skiing the most and after SLC last year, I feel spoilt and just want more! To me it is the best ski area in the World and certainly has so many possibilities. I do wish I could have learned more park but again I need someone to teach me and may look in to this more when I head to Utah. Really did wish I had my GS skis with me but I was surprised how well the Kung Fujas held up at some great speed –being an ex racer I do ski fast. For anyone heading out that way soon they could do with more snow  - 2 weeks dry but then after that forecast lots of snow. I cant wait till my SLC trip… only 10 weeks today till I go and for once in my life I wishing these ten weeks to go very fast for that reason and a couple others!!!

 

oops better stop there...

 

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our wee hike..

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Having a wee rest...

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nice chute...

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pretty steep...

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off on the hard long hike...

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was worth it... 

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cruise....

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reflecting...

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ahhh...

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and here is the edit from the trip =

post #2 of 17
Well, I'm in Le Fornet right now, your report is a treasure map to me !!! It is snowing nice, at this rate I would say 12-15 by the midday.

Thanks, report to follow
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

Well, I'm in Le Fornet right now, your report is a treasure map to me !!! It is snowing nice, at this rate I would say 12-15 by the midday.

Thanks, report to follow

message me anything if you want to know those spots etc...

post #4 of 17

Great TR!  Love the stories of your days.  Thanks for sharing. biggrin.gif

post #5 of 17

Damn!! Loved it!

I went to the Espace Killy in 4 years ago in spring of 8th grade. I didn't get pow, but that place was huge!

post #6 of 17
Yesterday at least 60cm, today bluebird !
Tomorrow more snow, report coming soon.
Where can I watch 49'ers?
post #7 of 17

Very nice.  I stayed at Val Claret back in '07, and loved that whole area.

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Great TR!  Love the stories of your days.  Thanks for sharing. biggrin.gif

 

no problem at all... type out bullet points the night i got home...

 

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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

Damn!! Loved it!

I went to the Espace Killy in 4 years ago in spring of 8th grade. I didn't get pow, but that place was huge!

 

yep i am over 25 weeks there now... best place in Europe to ski... 

 

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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

Yesterday at least 60cm, today bluebird !
Tomorrow more snow, report coming soon.
Where can I watch 49'ers?

 

Dam jealous...

 

friend i was with is now back there and it was snowing yesterday... not spoken to him though since hearing that... 

 

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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

Very nice.  I stayed at Val Claret back in '07, and loved that whole area.

 

Val Claret is the best bit to ski from but nothing there really...

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yep i am over 25 weeks there now... best place in Europe to ski... 

 

 

 

 Have you been to Verbier in the Swiss Alps? I skied there the following year. I thought the place was even bigger and tailored more towards my kind of skiing (steeps & chutes).

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 tailored more towards my kind of skiing (steeps & chutes).

Yeah, there's not much in terms of "steeps & chutes" at Val d'Isere...

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Yeah, there's not much in terms of "steeps & chutes" at Val d'Isere...

 

I never said there wasn't. But not in the same accesibility and amount as I perceived from Verbier (Mont Gele, Mont Fort, Attelas just to name three specific areas).

but please, let's not hijack this into Verbier vs Val D'Isere.......

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Awesome area !!! Just back from L'Espace Killy yesterday and I was lucky to receive loads of fresh snow while there. Spend most of my time on Val D'Isere side and only one day at Tignes side, place is massive with varied terrain and if one is willing and able to do some hiking and ignore or take avalanche risks there are some steeps and chutes but not recommended from what I've seen. 

Not very impressed with esthetics of Tignes side, it seems like purpose built resort, but skiing is great and make you forget about the village.

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I never said there wasn't. But not in the same accesibility and amount as I perceived from Verbier (Mont Gele, Mont Fort, Attelas just to name three specific areas).

but please, let's not hijack this into Verbier vs Val D'Isere.......

Wait a minute. You were in 8th grade four years ago, and you say "please"? OK, you've won me over. 

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Wait a minute. You were in 8th grade four years ago, and you say "please"? OK, you've won me over. 

 

Hahaha gotta respect my elders...........

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You are kidding me Scotty Macdonald! That is a great film, I missed it earlier..and the amount of powder! Not that I am a great powder skier but it does make steep terrain oh so much more accessible, palatable. 

You never saw this thread of mine - got some great info from a bunch of folks and now adding yours to to-do list - that chaos run does not sound like fun.

Interesting you are into skiing SLC too, so they are comparable, i.e. Alta-Snowbird vs Val d'ISere/Tignes or Whistler-Blackcomb vs Val D'ISere/Tignes or Lech-Zurs vs Val d'Isere/Tignes ...not a competition, light-hearted brief comparison.

 

This was my query thread with a wealth of info supplied by others - their feedback made the determination this year, it's me and my boy(12 now but he is an expert, Dad's suffers from chronic terminal intermediat-itis) : http://www.epicski.com/t/132001/april-5-to-11-skiing-easter-week-dolomites-val-gardena-arabba-vs-tignes-val-disere-vs-st-anton

 

You there week of April 3 to April 11 or in SLC -  my boy qould enjoy skiing with you...! And that real steep pitch, what you doing so casually waltzing down :eek

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You are kidding me Scotty Macdonald! That is a great film, I missed it earlier..and the amount of powder! Not that I am a great powder skier but it does make steep terrain oh so much more accessible, palatable. 

You never saw this thread of mine - got some great info from a bunch of folks and now adding yours to to-do list - that chaos run does not sound like fun.

Interesting you are into skiing SLC too, so they are comparable, i.e. Alta-Snowbird vs Val d'ISere/Tignes or Whistler-Blackcomb vs Val D'ISere/Tignes or Lech-Zurs vs Val d'Isere/Tignes ...not a competition, light-hearted brief comparison.

 

This was my query thread with a wealth of info supplied by others - their feedback made the determination this year, it's me and my boy(12 now but he is an expert, Dad's suffers from chronic terminal intermediat-itis) : http://www.epicski.com/t/132001/april-5-to-11-skiing-easter-week-dolomites-val-gardena-arabba-vs-tignes-val-disere-vs-st-anton

 

You there week of April 3 to April 11 or in SLC -  my boy qould enjoy skiing with you...! And that real steep pitch, what you doing so casually waltzing down :eek


i arrive SLC on the 6th and ski there for a week so i will be enjoying Alta and Snowbird whilst you are enjoying the French alps...

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And what was that around the 3:05 to 3:!0 marker I think, fell into a minor crevasse :D

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