Great news for pre-season beginners, there’s no more snowplough lessons at 3500m altitude! The Tignes Le Lac lift Rosset has been operational since the weekend, as has the Tichot lift in Val Claret and Leisse on the Glacier.
Warmer weather has transformed the previously firm pistes to spring-like conditions, a little bit slow and sticky for my liking, though the higher altitude slopes were unaffected.
Venturing out on the cross-country skis again, I found myself breaking-trail in Val d’Isere’s Manchet. The heavy spring-snow was a real test for my novice technique, frequently tripping myself up as the toothpick skis dissapeared into the aged powder (In mid winter, this area is dedicated to Nordic skiers and the tracks are well maintained).
I finished the day with several descents, a dozen good falls, and the conclusion that there’s not much I can hurt while on these skis, other than my pride.