Monthly Archives: January 2010

Perfect pow

Long time, no blog. I’ve had a belter today so I though I better post something.

Ania, Louis and I were out and about in the best powder we’ve had in a couple of weeks, and I put this short film together. I’m loving the randomness of youtube’s audioswap feature. Hickory Dickory Dock seems to fit perfectly with this video montage…

As you can see the weather and snow was fantastic. We had a couple of days of lousy visibility this week, though on the whole the weather has been kind.

I had the pleasure of skiing with Jane Peel from last weekend, when we were lacking a bit of fresh powder. The blues soundtrack finishes this footage nicely.

Glorious Glattier

Another perfect day for off-piste in Tignes, and a perfect bunch of powder-hungry recruits to match. Today I took the pleasure of guiding a group from the Ski Club of Great Britain to fresh snow in and around Les Boisses and Les Breviers, including a morning visit to the Glattier where we were still able to pick out some fresh tracks as we made our way into the trees in search of better visibility. An unexpected delight was the relatively few skiers who had beat us to the Vallon de la Sache by the afternoon.

Cold temperatures for great snow and fewer visitors in the month of January make this an excellent time to be skiing in Tignes.

Here’s some action footage of a steeper pitch we hit in the afternoon. Two more clips can be found on my youtube page at

Merry Eastern Orthodox Christmas: The snow is good!

I couldn’t be having a better week at work.

A ski school allocated visit to Tignes Val Claret’s Club Med usually means a chilled out week with belt-busting long lunches (courtesy of their top restaurant), and so far I haven’t been disappointed, though the greatest blessing is the snow that my eager teen-aged group and I have had the pleasure of skiing every day.

Heavy snowfall on Sunday night dropped quadricep-burning knee-deep powder all over Tignes, much to the delight of my Russian Comrades who are holidaying on this Eastern Orthodox Christmas week.

Cold temperatures have been preserving the snow, and the last remaining patches of fresh are still as good, now two days later.

Complaints of poor visibility have been commonplace over the past fortnight, so the moaning-masses had to scratch their heads for new excuses, when yesterday morning the skies cleared to present the best day of the season so far.

Today was another belter, though a bit on the chilly side, with more heavy snow forecast to fall before the weekend, it looks like a good time to pick up a last minute holiday bargain.