Only a week remains of Autumn skiing in Tignes as the ski area officially opens next weekend. We haven’t seen as much snow as last year, but this past week has had me grinning like a Cheshire cat. He’re a couple of photos taken last Wednesday by Abra-Ski-Ania on a camera phone:
Skiing with New Gen Tignes Antony (second shot), we managed to lap the Vanoise chair time and time again, picking more novel routes through the rocks and finding fresh tracks everytime. Days like this are few and far between, and quite a treat for the third week in November.
There’s more snow forecast for the next few days, and with the cold temperatures at the moment, the snow cannons should be pumping out plenty of artificial stuff at resort level in preparation for the opening of the Espace Killy next weekend.
Boy, oh boy! Summer didn’t last very long. After my gallivanting around Europe in May and June I eventually got down to work in Val Thorens on a ski-lift construction project, connecting Val Tho to Orelle. Of course the 2010/2011 ski season is now upon us in Tignes, and with construction work still ongoing, most of my Autumn skiing will be limited to the weekends.
For the high-altitude builder, the autumn weather has been a bit dismal, and I can report a some heavy early snow falls above 2500m. This has put some smiles on the faces of visitors to Tignes, and the glacier is looking very white. A great reference point for the condition of the Tignes glacier is the Snowheads ‘Tignes’ forum, which has regular updates from other site users, with some nice photos too.
Many of the British visitors coming to Tignes right now seem to be taking adavantage of Mountain Sun’s £99 three night deal at the Hotel Melezes, which includes lift pass, half-board stay and transfer from Geneva. Which is an unbeatable price, and top hospitality. If you need an Autumn short-break then it’s worth a look. I might be able to help you find a ski instructor too!
I must have been too busy teaching snowplough to notice that the abraskidabra.com domain name was pointing to a Spanish advertising portal! Thanks Louis for phoning me, it all seems to be fixed now.
Tignes has had a fair bit of late season powder, which after a sunny March was much needed.
Happy Easter to one and all! We’re in the thick of it here, with Tignes and Val d’Isere at full capacity once again I hope to find some time to blog before the end of the month!