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Snow report: Val d’Isère

23/03/16

Despite the almost constant sunshine experienced in the last few days the pistes are still in excellent condition. With more sunshine around the pistes can be a little icy in the mornings, from the slight thaw the day before and refreeze overnight, so the best snow will be higher up. Tomorrow (Thursday) looks to be a good day for skiing in sunshine after the light snow today as well as Monday with a lot of fresh snow expected on Sunday. As the sun gets stronger don’t forget to put the sunscreen on!

Snow depth: 143cm in resort, 240cm at summit
Lift status: 40/41
Pistes open: 77/78
Avalanche risk: 2

Forecast: Snow forecast for today (approx. 3cm) with temperatures around -7°C and generally light winds all week. Temperatures will warm up slightly tomorrow to around -3/-4°C and more snow expected Friday (6-7cm overnight) and into Saturday. At the moment a large dump of snow is expected on Sunday night (around 30cm mid-level) with more expected on Monday night. Most of the week will be partially cloudy with a sunny morning expected tomorrow.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


17/03/16

Current snow conditions are still excellent for on-piste skiing in Val d’Isere and, with more snow forecast, conditions are expected to stay this way at least until the beginning of next week. After the cloud, snow and winds on Wednesday and into Thursday there will be days filled with sunshine for the rest of the week, this, along with the fresh dump of snow will make for more excellent skiing! So the best days this week will be Friday – Monday with some visibility affected on the Sunday afternoon. Definitely a good time to be on the pistes!

Snow depth: 153cm in resort, 265cm at summit
Lift status: 39/41
Pistes open: 77/78
Avalanche risk: 2

Forecast: Heavy snow forecast throughout the day today with the heaviest being this afternoon / evening. Temperatures are well below freezing at -11°C (max) today getting warmer throughout the week with -4°C on Saturday. Moderate winds today means the wind chill will make the temperature feel more like -21°C, but with winds easing from tomorrow they wind chill will be significantly less from Friday. More snow is forecast Thursday during the day with a chance of thunder and Friday afternoon, light snow showers due on Saturday afternoon before a moderate snow fall on Sunday afternoon. The wind will generally be light for the rest of the week.


09/03/16

Plenty of fresh snow around so the pistes are in excellent condition but it is still very cold so wrap up warm. Best days for skiing look like Friday morning and Sunday morning with fresh snow and plenty of sunshine.

Snow depth: 165cm in resort, 312cm at summit
Lift status: 40/41
Pistes open: 78/78
Avalanche risk: 3

Forecast: Partly cloudy today with light snow showers and moderate wind. Temperatures are low at -10°C (max) at mid-level with the wind-chill making it feel more like -16°C. Temperatures will warm up slightly towards the weekend with Friday and Sunday seeing -5°C (max). Intermittent sun and cloud tomorrow and Saturday, with Friday and Sunday having lots of sunshine and light to moderate wind. Light snow showers will be around in the afternoons on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will start to go down again next Monday (-11°C max) along with the arrival of heavy snow Monday afternoon/evening.


02/03/16

With lots of fresh snow in the resort there’s plenty of it to be enjoyed with more on the way. With the wind picking up tonight this could affect the ski lifts and means today and Thursday will be significantly colder with the wind chill factor. Some great skiing to be had over the next week just wrap up warm and watch out as visibility will be effected by the snow and high winds. The best days for skiing look like Saturday / Sunday with a bit of sunshine and only some light snow fall, it will still be very cold though.

Snow depth: 165cm in resort, 300cm at summit
Lift status: 41/41
Pistes open: 75/78
Avalanche risk: 3


Forecast: Mostly cloudy today, heavy snow expected today and tomorrow with most snow on Friday along with a chance of thunder. A slight break from the heavy snow at the weekend with just some light snow showers, for it to continue again next week with the heaviest snow forecast on Monday /Tuesday. A cold front is moving in from today with the temperature plummeting to -20°C tonight at the summit, mid-level will average around -12/-13°C (max) for most of the week. The snow will continue to fall through most of the week ahead. The wind will also be picking up to near gale force on Wednesday night, dying down by Friday.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


24/2/16

There is some lovely fresh snow and good skiing at the moment in Val d’Isere with the pistes in Espace Killy in good condition. Make sure you wrap up warm as the week goes on though as it will get considerably colder and have a significant wind chill. With lots more snow expected, especially at the weekend, visibility will be affected. The avalanche risk has gone back up to 3 for today which is a considerable risk but conditions may well get riskier for the weekend.

Snow depth: 145cm in resort, 270cm at summit
Lift status: 41/41
Pistes open: 62/78
Avalanche risk: 3

Forecast: Temperatures will be colder this week, dropping to -11 (max) on Wednesday morning. The snow will fall in the afternoon today, Thursday and Friday with significant snowfall expected on the weekend, Saturday will see around 30cm falling throughout the day with most of it in the evening, Sunday could see around 45cm with the majority (35cm) expected in the evening and snow continuing into Monday. The heavy snowfall will bring another drop in temperature on Monday (-17°C max) with a significant wind chill factor. The winds will be variable with the strongest gusts around at the weekend.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


17/2/16

With significant amounts of new snow over the recent weekend, the pistes are in an excellent condition (both on and off piste) and nearly all pistes / lifts are open. The winds have died down from the high winds we had last week (the resort was closed on last Wednesday afternoon) and the avalanche risk has been downgraded from 4 to 2 (still be careful out there). Dig out the sunglasses for the weekend as the new dump of snow from Friday, coupled with the sunshine, will make for perfect skiing conditions.

Snow depth: 144cm in resort, 260cm at summit

Lift status: 40/41

Pistes open: 77/78

Avalanche risk: 2

Forecast: Moderate snow is expected over the next few days with the heaviest on Friday afternoon, temperatures well below freezing and -8°C  max with light winds. This is followed by a warmer period with plenty of sunshine over the weekend giving freeze-thaw conditions with temperatures reaching 4°C on Sunday morning. Temperatures will be back down for Monday (-8°C max) with some light snow showers.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


11/2/16

Forecast: Snow if falling heavily this week in Val d’Isère, with up to 5-10cm of snow expected today.  Strong gusts of wind dying down this afternoon. The wind remains fairly strong at altitude with more snow expected Thursday – Sunday with the most snow falling on Friday night / Saturday.

Snow depth: 130cm in resort, 235cm at summit
Lift status: 47 out of 79 lifts open
65/154 slopes open
Avalanche risk: 4

With lots of fresh snow on the way towards the end of this week and at the weekend the weather should settle for the beginning of half term week and you may see some sunshine peeking through on Tuesday.


4/2/16

Forecast: heavy snow expected this weekend perhaps up to 1m, followed by snow showers into the early part of next week.

Snow depth: 112cm in resort, 203cm at summit

Lift status: 66 out of 79 lifts open

121/154 slopes open

Avalanche risk: 3

Snow is falling and will be nicely topping up the base for next week, with cold temperatures helping preserve the excellent piste conditions.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


11/1/16 

The snow is still dumping down in Val d’Isère. A week of snow bombarding the upper slopes of the Espace Killy has lead to a bumper snow base. With plenty more snow forecast for tomorrow, the snow in the region is completely transformed from the early season snow woes. 

Pistes are coated in a nice thin layer of powder, making turning effortless. The biggest challenge facing skiers in Val d’Isère are the weather conditions. High winds and heavy snowfall have unfortunately left some lifts closed, so navigating the Espace Killy area effectively becomes even more crucial.

With the poor visibility, finding the best, sheltered skiing is vital right now. Heading to the lower, tree covered sections of the mountain is generally the best bet for enjoyable skiing. The runs down to La Daille, OK, Orange and Diebold, are not only in good condition, but offer the best visibility on the mountain too.

Sheltering in the trees in La Daille

Sheltering in the trees in La Daille

The Le Fornet area offers a variety of tree based skiing, too. Laps of the Fornet cable car give plenty of variety and mean you can shelter in the Edelweiss restaurant for a lovely, cozy, mountain lunch. To make the most of your skiing in the tricky visibilty, read our top tips and tricks here.

With approximately half a meter of snow due on Tuesday and even more heading into Thursday, this bumper snow period looks set to continue in earnest. The snow base is currently at 155cm at 3000m (prior to today’s snowfall) and 85cm at 1850m.

Our chalets Face and Shar Pei looked amazing as the snow fell yesterday:

Chalets Face and Shar Pei in the snow

Chalets Face and Shar Pei in the snow

The snow forecast is extremely exciting and all this fresh snow is setting up for amazing snow conditions for the remainder of the season.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 020 3642 7660 or visit scottdunn.com


8/1/16

An abundance of snowfall has come to the Tarantaise valley in the last week. More than 20cm of fresh snow yesterday, the powder has well and truly taken over the slopes of Val d’Isère. 

After the weekend’s snow, Val d’Isère was basking in sunshine throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. Fresh powder lines and glorious sunshine were the order of the days.

The clouds started to close in on Wednesday afternoon and started snowing and seemed to never stop.

Scott Dunn Executive Chef Rob Daley took this amazing picture of chalet Le Lievre Blanc looking particularly beautiful in the snow.

Lievre Blanc looking good in all the fresh snow we’ve been having in Val d’Isere #scottdunn_travel

A photo posted by Rob Daley (@rob_daley_sd) on

Visibility was not at it’s best across the mountain, as the snow continued to fall throughout the day. The official estimations of the snowfall are currently unclear, but at 9am on Thursday 8th the upper slopes were registering a snow base of 120cm, while at village level the base was at 64cm.

After a day of heavy snow, the chances are that this base is going to have significantly increased, however by how much is not yet clear.

Scott Dunn driver Tom Allen took these excellent photos of a powdery day on the pistes.

After a few days of adverse weather causing lift closures, most of the lifts are beginning to open up as normal. As the pisteurs work hard to get more pistes and lifts open, the latest snowfall will work wonders for getting the slopes of Espace Killy open.

Stats:

Runs open- 109 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy with many more looking set to open up in the next week.

Lifts open- 66 of 79 lifts are open.

Snow base- 120 cm at 3000m and 64cm at 1850m, prior to yesterday’s snowfall. The base will be looking set for the season.

Forecast for the week- Snowmageddon continues. Much more than a meter of snow forecast over the next week, with Monday and Tuesday looking particularly snowy.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


4/1/16

30cm of fresh snow at resort level has led to some amazing snow conditions, although a higher avalanche risk means that caution is advised when heading off-piste. 

The temptation is, after a big snowfall like we have had this weekend, to head straight out and head for the off-piste powder. Searching for the fresh snow may be fun, but the risks on a day like today are severe. The official avalanche risk is 4/5, meaning the risk of a slide is severe.

Aside from the doom and gloom of avalanche talk, the pistes that are open are in excellent condition. The Bellevarde side of the mountain was the first to open up this morning, although the link to Tignes was closed because of the high winds and avalanche risks. Pistes on this side were in excellent condition, with powder on every slope, but visibility was not particularly great. The Solaise side of the mountain opened this afternoon, with limited runs.

The village looks particularly spectacular, with every building covered in snow.

There’s plenty more where this snow came from, too. Approximately 70cm more snow is forecast at mid-levels by Saturday, making this a bumper week for snow across the Tarantaise valley.

Stats:

Runs open- 58 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy with many closed due to avalanche risk.

Lifts open- 36 of 78 High winds have severely effected the lift service in Val d’Isère today

Snow base- 95 cm at 3000m and 60cm at 1850m, with much more headed this way.

Forecast for the week- The snow is here and looks set in for most of the week, other than Tuesday which looks to be another bluebird day.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


3/1/16

With the best part of 25cm falling in some of the upper slopes in Val d’Isère and Tignes, it is no surprise the powder was pristine this morning.

Over on the Solaise this morning, conditions were impeccable. Powder on all the pistes, it was great to just lean back and let the skis bounce down the soft slopes. Digging the edges into hard packed pistes is so overrated.

The powder off the edge of the pistes was immaculate. On the edge of the Plan Millet and the Madeleine gave some nice soft powdery conditions. However underneath the Borsat on the Bellevarde side of the mountain was one of the highlights of the day. Floaty, soft, shin deep powder that was a complete dream to ski.

Overall, yesterday’s snow has made for amazing on piste conditions. Runs that were starting to become a little tired and bare were in much better shape today.

Hitting the slopes early is the key for making the most of the powdery conditions. The early bird catches the worm, so hitting the 9am lifts will make sure you make the most of the powder and catch those fresh lines.

With nearly 60cm of snow due to fall by Monday night, this latest snowfall feels very much like the beginning of something very big. Tuesday looks set to be another powder-filled bluebird day, with more snow heading in this direction later in the week.

As the snow continues to fall and the off-piste conditions get more and more enticing, remember to stay safe off-piste. The avalanche risk is currently 2/5 but will only increase as the snow falls. Following some basic tips can help you stay safe on what is an unstable snow base.

Stats:

Runs open- 106 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy although you would expect all runs to be open by the end of the week.

Lifts open- 62 of 78.

Snow base- 63 cm at 3000m and 30cm at 1850m, with much more headed this way.

Forecast for the week- The snow is here and looks set in for most of the week, other than Tuesday which looks to be another bluebird day.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


2/1/16

It has begun! The snow has been dumping down in Val d’Isère all morning and we do have some fresh snow sitting on the top of the piste. 2-5cm of snow overnight gave the piste bashers something to work with and the snow throughout the day has been a bonus.

The piste conditions are improving by the minute as the snow falls and after the anticipated 20-25cm due today, the snow base will have the well-needed top up.

Conditions on the piste were much improved. Catching the first lifts and getting up the slopes early made for the best conditions today. The morning’s fresh snow made a nice layer of powder on top of each piste, which was an absolute dream to float down.

The Fornet glacier was host to the best (and snowiest) conditions of the day. Coming down the red run Cascade on the glacier was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. The red ape sculpture at the bottom of the glacier certainly was taking a pummeling by the heavy snowfall, as was most of the resort:

 

The visibility was a complete white out in some places, however the majority of the time the clouds stayed high and the visibility was a little flat, but generally good.

Forecast suggest that this is just the start of the snowfall, with heavy snow forecast for the majority of the week ahead.

Stats:

Runs open- 106 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy although you would expect all runs to be open by the end of the week.

Lifts open- 62 of 78.

Snow base- 63 cm at 3000m and 30cm at 1850m, from the readings taken before today’s snowfall.

Forecast for the week- The snow is here and looks set in for most of the week.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


1/1/16

The snow threatened to start yesterday, with a few flurries in the resort and on the mountain. A centimeter may have  fallen in some places, but the snow will start in earnest tomorrow.

Clouds rolled in and interrupted the string of blue sky days in Val d’Isère, giving us the first fresh snow for a few weeks. With the weather systems rolling in, it is hard not to take yesterday’s flurries as the beginning of the big snowfall every media outlet has been predicting.

Weather to Ski are still anticipating between 1 and 1.5m of snow for the Espace Killy ski region over the next 7 days. Snow Forecast are not quite as optimistic, as their latest predictions show 85cm expected to fall in Val d’Isère. Meteo France are also showing a week of snow ahead of us.

All these snow predictions are painting a positive outlook for the snow conditions. In the last few days, the increased footfall on the piste has left certain areas a little worn. However, this latest snow forecast should make the pistes an absolute dream to ski.

Stats:

Runs open- 106 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy are open.

Lifts open- 62 of 78.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 29cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- The weather is getting colder, the snow is on the radar… It is just a matter of time until it falls in the Espace Killy region.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


30/12/15

Don’t believe the doom and gloom of the national media. There is still plenty of skiing to be had in the Val d’Isère.

Yet more blue skies have shone over the Espace Killy ski area in the last few days. With these blue skies come questions over the condition of the pistes. It may not be the powder fields that everyone dreams of in December, but there are still plenty of serviceable pistes out there.

Getting out onto the slopes early and hitting the higher pistes is the key to getting the best skiing in. The best pistes are currently on the Fornet glacier and over into Tignes. Piste Henri into Val Claret is in amazing shape, given that it’s a key linking piste between Val d’Isère and Tignes. Another area to head is down towards Gran Pré. The green piste off the top of the Gran Pré is a great place to ski on a sunny day.

The conditions are icy in places, so more care is needed when taking to the slopes, but with fresh snow due in the coming days conditions are set to improve. Although the pistes aren’t in the most amazing condition, basking in the sunshine at La Folie Douce or Cocorico is a great alternative.

The snow is coming 

All of the weather forecasting agencies predict different things for the next few days, but the one thing they all agree on is that the snow is coming to Val d’Isère. Wepowder.com is anticipating 72cm of snow in the Espace Killy region in the next six days. Snow Forecast is predicting a huge snowfall of 45cm on Monday night, as well as more than 30cm over Saturday and Sunday.

Whether the predictions are correct or not, the snow conditions should improve due to the temperature change. Temperatures are dropping, giving the STVI lift company the opportunity to produce more artificial snow.

Stats:

Runs open- 106 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy are open.

Lifts open- 62-78.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 29cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- The weather is getting colder, the snow is on the radar… It is just a matter of time until it falls in the Espace Killy region.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


25/12/15

It is always a merry Christmas when you are on the sunny slopes of Val d’Isère on Christmas day. Clicking into skis is a good way of starting to burn off those guilt-ridden Christmas chocolates. 

Another glorious sunny day and skiing on the Grande Motte Glacier in Tignes make the perfect recipe for Christmas Day skiing. Forget sitting at home scoffing food, this might be the near perfect Christmas day. Father Christmas even made it up to the slopes of Val d’Isère for a quick run out on his snowboard.

The only thing holding us back slightly is fresh snow. Over a week since it last snowed, the warm weather is understandably having an affect on the piste conditions. Don’t get me wrong, the pistes are still in excellent condition, but a top up wouldn’t go amiss.

New Years eve is the next forecast date for snow, with a few centimeters predicted as low as the village. Longer range forecasts are showing a big snowfall in the first week of January, with 35cm currently being anticipated over the 5th and 6th January.

Piste du Jour- Henri

The cruisy blue run that heads down into Val Claret has been in excellent condition, despite being a key linking piste between Val d’Isère and Tignes. If you get a nice break in the traffic you can really make the most of the wide section of the run.

Stats:

Runs open- 107 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy are open.

Lifts open- 62-78.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 29cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- Things are set to turn a little colder coming up to the New Year, with a few centimeters of snow forecast for New Years Eve and into New Years day.

To book a trip to Val d’Isère, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


22/12/15

The sun was beaming on the Espace-Killy ski area once again today. Despite the winter solstice being yesterday, Val d’Isère and Tignes seemed to be bathed in sun most of the day.

There was a light dusting of snow at higher altitudes yesterday, but not enough to make an impact on the snow base.

Espace Killy is currently boasting one of the best snow bases in Europe, meaning there’s plenty of terrain open to explore.

To make the most of what is open, it is best to head up the slopes early (if possible) and make the most of the freshly groomed pistes. North facing slopes are in the best condition, so it is best to stick to them where possible. They’re easy to locate… If you’re looking at Mont Blanc, you’re on a north facing piste.

Piste du Jour- Palafour

The blue run into Tignes was in the best condition this afternoon. The wide open piste was quite for Christmas week and left a satisfied feeling coming into Tignes le Lac.

Runs open- 99 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy are open.

Lifts open- 58-78. That’s 10 more lifts than were open Wednesday.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 30cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- Christmas week is due to be filled with big blue sunny days. The temperatures are due to drop a little, meaning the snow cannons can get to work at night.

To book a trip to Val d, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


19/12/15 

I’m running out of superlatives to describe the blue sky days there have been in Val d’Isère in recent weeks. The sun was beaming once again, but the pistes stay in fine shape. 

The work of the pisteurs has been fantastic to ensure that the ski area remains in excellent condition for the time of the season.

Over on the Solaise and Fornet side of the mountain, the sun shone on the immaculately groomed pistes this morning. The Col de la Madeliene blue run, with it’s cambers and rollers was a lot of fun to fly down. There was barely another skier to see on the Pissailass glacier.

The Bellevarde and Tignes side of the resort was a little busier, with people starting to flock to La Folie Douce terrace for aprés ski festivities. But there was still not a queue to be seen and plenty of sun to be soaked up.

Runs open- 94 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy are open. 23  more slopes than Wednesday.

Lifts open- 56-78. That’s 10 more lifts than were open Wednesday.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 30cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- If you’re feeling brave, you can leave the thermals at home… A very mild and sunny week has been forecasted.

It’s not too late to book a trip for New Year, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


16/12/15

With between five and ten centimeters of fresh snow falling Tuesday night (depending on altitude) the pistes in Val d’Isère got a nice top up to help improve conditions.

Although the pistes have been in good shape, an extra little top up to the snow base is always welcome. On sight, the additional snow doesn’t look to have done too much, the feel under feet was completely different.

Getting up on the slopes early was a great move by those who chose to do it. Where the snow fell after the piste bashers were done for the night, the 5cm on top created a light powder top on every piste on the Solaise side of the mountain.

The snow flurries stopped mid morning and cleared to become a perfect blue sky afternoon.

Piste du Jour: La Face

The infamous La Face run has just played host to the FIS World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom and Slalom races. So well groomed for the racers, it’s the perfect time to tackle the slope. For anyone fancying the challenge, it is definitely worth tackling in the morning rather than the last run of the day. The steeper sections are prone to be icy in the evenings. It is safe to say I didn’t fly down it the same speed as the pros!

Runs open- 71 of the 166 slopes in the Espace Killy are open, with the majority of the closed slopes being around the Tignes Le Brévières area.

Lifts open- 46-78. An extra six lifts are open compared to last week. All signs are pointing towards more opening soon.

Snow base- 65 cm at 3000m and 32cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- Another mild week forecast. Plenty of big, blue, sunny days ahead.

It’s not too late to book a trip for New Year, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


11/12/15

No fresh snow in Val d’Isère as yet, but the pistes are still in immaculate condition. Yet another blue sky day meant for perfect ski conditions as the Scott Dunn team took to the slopes for the first time in the 2015/16 season. 

 

The soft layer of snow on top of the perfect corduroy pistes made it incredibly easy to speed down the pistes with little to no fear. Itching to get on the slopes for the first time, a good number of the Val d’Isère team reaped the rewards of catching the first lift, getting a completely empty whiz around the Solaise side of the resort.

Piste du Jour- Gran Prè

Skiing under the Fontaine Froid to the Gran Prè lift was great fun, but was nothing compared to the delights off the top of the chair. Great snow, peace and quiet. Perfect skiing conditions were untouched by the masses, so were taken full advantage of by the Scott Dunn team. There was plenty of soft snow on top, most of which ended up over my head (don’t believe me, watch the above video.)

Runs open- 78 of the 165 slopes in the Espace Killy are open, with the majority of the closed slopes being around the Tignes Le Brévières area.

Lifts open- 40-78. The main linking lifts are all open, but some of the outer lifts (such as in the Tignes Le Brévières and La Fornet areas) are yet to open.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 29cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- Dry and mild week ahead, with temperatures around -1 at 2,700m throughout the week. Mainly clear, with the possibility of snow showers on Tuesday night.

It’s not too late to book an early season ski trip, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


7/12/15

Hitting the slopes at 8am for first tracks, the pistes in Val d’Isère were amazing this morning. A run down from the top of the Olympique to La Daille before the pistes were officially open and then a perfect morning on the Solaise/Fornet side of the mountain rounded off a perfect morning’s skiing.

Skiing in blue sky, sunshine and mild temperatures is such a rarity in December, but we were definitely treated. Joined by members of the UK press, we experienced exceptional conditions throughout the day.

Not to be missed- Glacier du Pissaillas

If there’s such a thing as “perfect snow”, the highest point in Val d’Isère would be vying for the title. A soft layer of snow on top of the perfectly groomed slopes, every run off the top of the Cascade chair and Montets T-bar left a huge smile on my face. The only complaint… sensitive tooth pain from speeding down the slopes, beaming from  ear to ear.

All the slopes on the Solaise and Fornet side were  in impeccable condition this morning and made it easy for those lucky few up the mountain to have an incredible ski.

Piste du Jour- Plan Milet

Spectacular views of the lake from the top of the run, empty piste… what is not to love? This wide cambered blue piste was the perfect way to get those wide carving turns going. It was so much fun, Kirsty Edwards (Scott Dunn’s Product Development Manager – Ski) had a big grin on her face the whole way down.

The soft snow on top made it an absolute dream to float down. It was definitely the best piste of the day and is one that is certainly not to be missed.

The Stats:

Runs open- 78 of the 165 slopes in the Espace Killy are open, with the majority of the closed slopes being around the Tignes Le Brévières area.

Lifts open- 40-78. The main linking lifts are all open, but some of the outer lifts (such as in the Tignes Le Brévières and La Fornet areas) are yet to open.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 29cm at 1850m.

Forecast for the week- Generally dry conditions for the week ahead. Temperatures will be hovering between -2°C and -4°C at 2700m, relatively mild for the time of year. More blue bird days ahead!

It’s not too late to book an early season ski trip, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com


6/12/15

Val d’Isère is well and truly open and ready to be skied. Don’t be fooled by the mild temperatures and big sun symbols on the weather forecast, there is plenty of the resort open to keep even the most hardened of piste skiers busy. Our Resort Reporter, Nick Spearing, gives you an insight on the conditions on the slopes.

There is always that fear when you book for early season skiing that the slopes are going to be in bad shape and you’re going to be limited to just glacial riding (thankfully Val d’Isère and Tignes both have those anyway). This is not the year for that, though.

The lifts opened just over a week ago and most of the open slopes appear in very good condition for early December. Well groomed and quiet, there’s nothing more rewarding than carving perfect “S” shapes across an empty piste.

Having the link to Tignes open at this early stage in the season gives Val d’Isère skiers the chance to head up to La Grande Motte glacier. The snow is probably at its best up there, unsurprising given its 3656m elevation, but you will pay the price with slightly more crowded slopes after mid-morning.

If you’re heading down to Tignes, the blue run “Henri” is not to be missed. The wide piste was exceptionally groomed, leaving you with a big grin on your face as you get to Val Claret. Taking the Tichot and the Grattalu chairs will then let you drop down into Tignes Le Lac.

Going up the Olympique gondola gives Val d’Isère riders the access to more runs, but those searching for cruising blue terrain and quieter slopes can head up the Solaise Express. The snow is equally good, but without those pesky other skiers taking your lines.

Piste du jour- Fresse 

It was impossible to decide between Fresse and Borsat on the Bellevarde side for “piste of the day”. Both accessed from the top of the Borsat chairlift, these runs tend to be completely empty, yet have immaculate snow.

Most people miss out on these pristine pistes because of the green classification. They may be not steep, but they do provide an excellent carving opportunity for those more experienced skiers and are a perfect, secluded spot for those newer winter riders looking to build some confidence.

The stats:

Runs open- 78 of the 165 slopes in the Espace Killy are open, with the majority of the closed slopes being around the Tignes Le Brévières area.

Lifts open- 40-78. The main linking lifts are all open, but some of the outer lifts (such as in the Tignes Le Brévières and La Fornet areas) are yet to open.

Snow base- 60 cm at 3000m and 29cm at 1850m. The snow cannons will be working hard to maintain the snow base overnight.

Forecast for the week- A light dusting of snow on Sunday night, but generally dry conditions for the week ahead. Temperatures will be hovering between -2°C and -4°C at 2700m, relatively mild for the time of year.

It’s not too late to book an early season ski trip, give one of our Travel Consultants a call on 0203 603 3555 or visit scottdunn.com

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