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.
I was beaming like a Cheshire cat when I hit ‘Campanules’ for the third time today. With the quick turn around on the Tufs lift in Val Claret, access to thigh-deep powder on this Tignes itinerary route couldn’t have been easier.
My clients Kyle, Wilfie and Gail agreed that this morning in Tignes was like those glossy ‘Ski Holiday In Canada’ brochures*; light and fluffy, seemingly endlessly deep and perfect visibility. It was pretty exciting to say the least. It made me want to take pictures or ask anyone if they had one of those O2 Mobile Phones with a good camera. You kind of have to see it to believe it was really like that. I must have been a good boy this year as Santa has come early!
* In the two seasons I worked as an instructor in British Columbia, I didn’t see many days like this, it’s all camera trickery.
Skiing in Tignes is looking great for this coming holiday period. Thanks to the recent cold spell, the pistes have remained in excellent condition and the forecast of fresh snow this Friday is the perfect Christmas present for off-piste fanatics visiting Tignes next week.
Despite several thousand students having visited Tignes these past few weeks, the resort has had a certain calm about it. Whether it be the result economic crisis, or just early season, there seems to be plenty good deals on ski holidays circulating on Twitter and the internet in general.
If you are thinking of grabbing a last minute bargain, then choose Tignes- we have the most snow at the moment. The lower altitude resorts missed out on the early-December snowfall, and until more snow comes, the choice is clear. If you don’t believe me, check out this clip of yours truly filmed 11 days by Ania on a camera phone, just 5 minutes walk from the Grattalu chairlift.
With my favorite weather site, snow-forecast.com, predicting further snow on Sunday and Monday, the chances of skiing some of Tignes’ classic off-piste itinerary routes looks good.