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Val d'Isére/Tignes, France - Jan 5-12 (pics)

post #1 of 17
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I thought some euro reports might be a good contrast in here
I had some serious urge to ski in december so I browsed some cheap "last chance" trips down to the alps, found a cheap one to Val d'Isére for around $usd 200 so I figured it would be a crime not going..

Arrived on saturday after a hellish bus trip (28h) and there were no time for skiing on the arrival day. The conditions didn't look very good, no mentionable snowfall in 4 weeks. But on the other hand a massive dump was planned for the night :

When we woke up on sunday it was still snowing and a good foot of fresh layed on the ground. We rushed of to the lifts and took the express lift (2200f drop) and it was snowing like crazy at the top. The snow was quite heavy but with the goats being my tools it was still awesome to ski, however i did manage to do a faceplant while letting my guard down at a transport

We decided to head to the legendary Fornet forest because of the wind and snow. And it was crazy, with the help of the wind we had at least 15" of fresh in the trees. My friends had some trouble with the wet and heavy snow but my goats turned on a dime and I had faceshots all day.



The second day looked kind of the same but with an additional 10" of quite heavy stuff. I skied with some locals who showed me some really fantastic runs down the trees. Naturally the pictures from these two days were quite grey and blurred..



report from day 3 and beyond coming soon

(seems like i can't attach images? I get an error "Exceeds your quota by 13.3 KB" when uploading a 24KB image..)
post #2 of 17
Great to view what you have at this point…

[[? r u attaching photos directly from your drive to Epic [I believe some limitations or Quota exists]. r u hosting your pictures with another site/service and using the generated url to paste into your epic TR? [I use photobucket as an example]]
post #3 of 17
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On tuesday morning we woke up to a classic blue bird day so we decided to head over to the neighbouring resort Tignes (2100-3400 meters). The snow was much colder and softer at these higher altitudes than down in the forest, but because of the wind it wasn't as deep. Nevertheless we were in for a great day. This was probably the best day of the week so I'll let the pictures do the talking

On our way to Tignes we still got some untracked turns next to the groomers.


steep wide open fields at tignes:


Snow on the glacier was windpacked (but soft). But with a view like this, why complain?


After a 5 minute (!) hike near Toviere, we found a windprotected face with some great snow. Me a few inches above the surface in the midst of hop turns (hmm, doesn't look steep at all here but it actually was ):


Edit: @DonDenver
I tried uploading from my hard drive. Never uploaded before so I should have zero use at the moment but it didn't work. Using Imageshack as a temporary solution right now..
post #4 of 17
Ah, Tignes! Such a lovely place to lay down some arcs!

Perhaps later this season....
post #5 of 17
I miss that place. Haven't been there in 21 years, though.
post #6 of 17
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yes, Tignes is really fantastic when the weather is good. But i'd recommend living in Val d'Isére or La Daille with easy access to the excellent Fornet forest when the weather is bad. From La Daille it's just around 30-45 minutes with lifts+skiing to Tignes

Contiuing my report.. wednesday was quite bad weatherwise, cloudy and hardly any visibility but we managed some good runs anyway:



Thursday was yet another blue bird day with some 5" of new snow from yesterday. Blue skies means Tignes so we headed over yet again for another fantastic day.

Looking down a pretty tempting steep one near the Grand Motte glacier. Seconds later ski patrol came up to us and said "very dangerous" so we decided not to The snow was pretty unstable so it was probably a wise choice:



Naturally, the directly accessable offpiste get tracked quite fast but if you are willing to hike as little as 5-10 minutes you will get untracked pow for several days. Cold stuff at Col des Ves:



Friday was pretty cloudy so we decided to chill

Friday night/saturday morning got some heavy dumps so I headed to the forests in Fornet yet again. I hooked up with some french guys and skied 13" of fresh the entire morning. The snow was cold and fluffy (compared to the first storms earlier this week) so the trees were amazing! I had a short venture up the glacier in Pissailais, amazing snow but it was too cold and snowy so back down the forest again. I had to go back to my hotel after lunch for my bus back to sweden which was kind of sad, I really did not want to stop skiing that day.
Pics from the last day (not that many, I only had 3-4 hours of skiing this day and it was pretty cold trying to handle a cam today ):

Saturdays are less crowded in Valdi, there were 1-5 people up the tram the first couple of hours


Looking at some great lines down the trees in Lievre Blanc (white rabbit):

post #7 of 17
Fantastique!

Thanks for the report.

Wow.
post #8 of 17
Yeah, cool pics!..... and......excellent timing
post #9 of 17
Nice to see Val treated you so well, surely you had a blast.

La Daille has some of the planet's ugliest architecture but lift access is unrivaled there. Did you also hit up Iseran?
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by PowHog View Post
Did you also hit up Iseran?
Which Iseran?
We went up the Iseran valley (Vallon de L'Iseran) above Fornet a few times but it wasn't that interesting
post #11 of 17
Thanks for the pictures. Europe, a skiers dream......maybe someday.
post #12 of 17
Manifique!

I have lived in Europe. . . and later worked in Europe. . . but never skied in Europe.

Must do!
post #13 of 17
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Which Iseran?
We went up the Iseran valley (Vallon de L'Iseran) above Fornet a few times but it wasn't that interesting
The interesting stuff is well beyond the lifts SW (some crevasses) and SE behind the separating ridge. Did it while being there last time (well, that's some 18 years ago. Was great fun though.
post #14 of 17
I'm pretty positive your picture of ski tips over the edge on the Grande Motte is where I took a tumble first turn and then slid for at least 100m while madly trying to arrest. This was complete with full yard sale of all my gear-so yes it's steeper than it looks.

I loved Val-hope you did to.
post #15 of 17
J-P

where was you 28H bus trip from?

Am planning a trip to the area - would like to know how often this happens - so i can plan my trip to/from.

Marty
post #16 of 17
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The interesting stuff is well beyond the lifts SW (some crevasses) and SE behind the separating ridge. Did it while being there last time (well, that's some 18 years ago. Was great fun though.
I'm sure Iseran would be great on bluebird, but everytime we had a blue sky we went to Tignes. When I'm in Fornet I'm usually spending time in the fantastic trees they have there so I haven't really explored Iseran/Pissaillas area that much. Maybe next time!
Heard great stuff about "Malpasset" as well but you have to check conditions written on at the Cascade infoboard. When we checked it looked like this


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I'm pretty positive your picture of ski tips over the edge on the Grande Motte is where I took a tumble first turn and then slid for at least 100m while madly trying to arrest. This was complete with full yard sale of all my gear-so yes it's steeper than it looks.
I loved Val-hope you did to.
Would love to see that!
It's the massive south face of Grand Motte, skiers right from the top of the Motte tram. Yeah, Valdi is great.. third time I went there

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Originally Posted by Marty View Post
J-P
where was you 28H bus trip from?
It was 28h from south of Sweden! It's usually trouble-free all the way to Bourg Saint Maurice where the climb starts. It's a heavily trafficed road since this is the only way to get up there in the winter. If it's snowing heavily this road can be pure hell with accidents and such, often, drivers have regular summer tires and wait too long with the putting on the snow chains :
Weekends are probably worst with all the holiday coaches leaving/coming to the resort (especially saturday?).
post #17 of 17
Yes, the run from the Col de Pers to the Gorges is great (1000m+ of vertical). But the gorges are rather dangerous : a steep gulley which needs enough snow for being safely crossed. People routinely get stranded there, tired and restricted by their ski gear, and need an heli evac... Quite a pricey ride home. The gorges are usualy good later on the season.
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