The calm before the storm

In the wake of Autumn half term, the glacier in Tignes has an eerie calm about it. With fewer teams training this week and more slopes now open, queuing in Tignes has never been quicker.

Lower temperatures have helped preserve good snow conditions on pistes, and this morning I had the delight of finding some untouched ankle-deep powder beneath the Vanoise lift. Keen off-piste skiers will have to hold their horses, it’s just a bit too early for that. Though ski-touring enthusiasts were common place in the Grand Motte car park, I can’t justify this sort of ski-trashing excursion in the quest for a greater lung capacity!

The pistes of Double-M and Carline still rely heavily on the work of the snow-cannons as they finish in Val Claret, and will hopefully benefit from the snow-showers forecast for Sunday and Monday when the freezing level should drop to 1400m altitude. This optimistic outlook holds Tignes and Val d’Isere in good stead for the official opening of the Espace Killy on the 28th of November.

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