Originally Posted by Nix
Thanks for the advice. I will hope for blue bird days but mother nature doesn't always listen to us.
About 1/3 or more of the day's I've spent in the Alps have had snow or something else causing limited visibility, and I've only had one trip without any snow. That's why I never look at staying in resorts that are at or above tree line.
There are some things that you can do to prepare. First, you can try various home exercises with your eyes closed, like balancing on one foot or Bulgarian squat thrusts (ever so much fun). If you like skating, you can try skating without looking at the ground/ice. And on the mountain, you can practice skiing with your head up looking at objects around you rather than looking down at the ground.
The point is to get used to moving and balancing without seeing the ground. Once you can do that, then low visibility isn't as bad of a problem.
Here is a video I found of skiing on piste in Tignes in a snowstorm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs84IToERPA
. Tignes is almost entirely above tree line except for a couple of little hamlets, so it's similar to Val Thorens. The key to staying safe and enjoying your skiing in these conditions is to keep you balance over the center of your skis, keep your legs soft to absorb any bumps, and keep your head up and eyes focused on the skiers and other objects (piste markers, snow cannons, lift towers, etc.) around you.
There's no point in looking at the ground because you're not going to get any useful information. Also, it will be very difficult to see the objects around you with your peripheral vision, so skiing with your head down will make it feel like skiers and other objects are just popping up out of nowhere.