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post #31 of 46

Grande Motte glacier is awesome when not windy or too cold.  There was a Europe Cup Super G on in last autumn when I was there, its an incredible pitch for a glacier.

post #32 of 46
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Alig: any chance you know how I could get in touch with your connection/friend Louis Claret, email idea but can call too. Thanks much. PM if need be of course.

post #33 of 46

Hes called Louis Nolan, and is based in Val Claret.  Will PM you his email address.  Alternatively he works for the ESF in Val Claret so you could contact him through the office when you are there.

 

Ali

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didnt get your PM yet with his email, I have some detailed questions etc., and that is funny, I called Mr. Nolan , Mr. Claret ! Snow-endorphin high I presume, I laughed

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Have PMed you now.  Ali

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Thank A-Nick, given all the counsel, we have decided on Tignes/Val D'Isere, staying in Val Claret in a small family run Inn.

 

 

I look forward to hearing how this trip goes, especially compared to your previous trip to Zermatt.  I am considering both of these locations (along with the Dolomites) as my first European ski trip so I'll be curious to see what you like better between Espace Killy and Zermatt.

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Will do LofC. 

post #38 of 46

I'm heading to Val d'Isere tomorrow. I'll try to post some updates throughout the week if I can get some WiFi. If not, I'll post when I get back (in a little over a week).

post #39 of 46

It's going to dump over there this weekend. I think at least two feet should be possible, if the storm comes in from the Italian side. Have a good trip.

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CBV and Cheiz - please load up that base by another 10 feet ! April 3 is a bit of a ways away!-) And please live reports and hindsight reports both solicited.

post #41 of 46

I won't be on site unfortunately. Just have reports and forecast to rely on...

 

 

Around March 24, temperatures go up. Too soon to say what effect that has on snowpack. Some ensemble members calculate quite a bit of precipitation in that period as well. Could well be rain in the valleys and villlages.... Sno above 2000 metres above sea level. Lot of uncertainty, though...

post #42 of 46

Leaving on the 29th to France. Where would I find best skiing conditions? Easy access from Annecy. Day trips.

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Easter is early April this year.  All depends on the the weather - you can have mid-winter conditions or spring conditions.  Depends…..That being said couple things to consider.  Val D'Isere/Tignes doesn't really have any trees so if it is snowing or foggy it is really tough to ski.  There is no depth perception on those types of days.  Found the skiing there pretty good but not spectacular.  I think the skiing at St. Anton and Lech/Zurs is much better.  A bit lower in elevation but better.  More lifts, better infrastructure, better town in St. Anton I though.  I could be off though, just my opinion.  There are good tree skiing at St. Anton if it is snowing.  Another option is Solden and Hochgurgl/Obergurgl which is pretty close to Innsbruck.  Lots of options there.  The skiing is huge, altitude it quite high, and you will have good skiing then.

Actually Tignes does have a couple of nice runs in the trees.

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Leaving on the 29th to France. Where would I find best skiing conditions? Easy access from Annecy. Day trips.

 

To far ahead to call but I think you will find that you will be at Megeve if it is cold enough , Les Contamines if it is not so cold and Argentiere if it stays warm. N.B. some people find Argentiere  a little intimidating certainly there is not much for timid intermediates. All 3 are on the same pass. [ or at least they were when I last skied there. About 1 1/4 hours to Les Contamines.

 

Ask me on the 27th and I will tell you which one to go for. Megeve has the best shopping. Les Contamines is a rural village.

post #44 of 46
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Powder in Tignes-Val D'Isere - more snow next week ? Hope yes?

post #45 of 46
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Counsel on this thread led to our fateful encounter with the jewel that is Tignes-Val D'Isere. The Trip Report has begun ... pictures now, and trying to organize some mapping,

http://www.epicski.com/t/134457/a-12-year-olds-seven-days-of-exploring-val-disere-and-tignes-commonly-known-as-lespace-killy-in-the-french-alps

 

Thanks again for the advice all, L'Espace Killy is the pinnacle of our ski experience, no question, no ifs, no buts...

post #46 of 46
Since this trail is cold by now, it is a moot poont, still worth discussong it, though.
No, Monte Cassino (or Montecassino) and the Abbey on top of it are not in the Dolomites. It is farther south, in the Appennines...
The war fought in the Dolomites (and elsewhere on the mountains that are now within the Italian NE and E borders, with Austria and Slovenia) was the WWI, not WWII. It is also known as the "Guerra Bianca"("the white war"). Traces of it can be found in the Dolomites, on the Marmolada and Lagazuoi as an example, but also elsewhere; the Col di Lana, was so fiercely contended between Italians and Austrians that was nicknamed the "col di sangue"-the"bloody hill", by the Italians. Btw Col di Lana is part of the Dolomites but falls into the province of Belluno, Veneto region. The Adamello group between the provinces of Trento and Brescia (Trentino-Alto-Adige and Lombardy regions ), even in Bormio, Santa Caterina and Passo Stelvio...all places can be better visited during the summer, if anyone likes to trek the high grounds and experiment some "via ferrata" (and the mine gallery dug in the Lagazuoi...)
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