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Wednesday, 17 January 2018


I got up to Tignes on Saturday after a Crystal transfer down to Chambery airport and Altibus from there back to Tignes. Amazingly I had a two minute transfer in Bourg so got here 90 minutes before the schedule had promised.

Installed in Tignes Chalet Company's Chalet Les Martins, which has the best views of any chalet I have been to in Tignes (it helps that I'm in the top floor slice).

Admittedly zoomed, but the view of the Grande Motte from the dining room...

Lots of snow in Tignes

Decent weather on Sunday (did la Face down into Val, then back over here and down Sache to Les Brevs).

Weather not too bad on Monday, though closing in. All around in Tignes, up to the Aiguille Percée and down Sache again in the morning. With the flat light up with Snoworks to do the Tour du Charvet.
Aiguille Percée
On Tuesday the weather was unpleasant, so I did one run down Trolles and then gave up for the morning. Out with Snoworks in the afternoon where we did the Almes lift six times (exploring the powder), since it was almost the only lift open.  When it closed, up to Val Claret, but Piste Henri (the one which used to be the punning "Piste H") was so unpleasant in strong wind and the real, biting, ice-crystal teeth of the storm that we packed up early.

No lifts at all open today, so Café Flo this morning for Nick's avalanche education films, then an hour or so digging out transceivers.

Mont Blanc over La Rosiere

Les Deux Alpes

I spent last week in Les 2Alpes with much of my family. We started the week on crusty snow which had been rained on, then frozen, but got a great last couple of days in sun on a small amount of new snow. Eleanor (aged 3) seemed to enjoy the Jardin des Enfants, and Max (aged 2) the snow clearing equipment ("Hello digger").

Skitracks didn't seem to like me, and managed to pause itself every day without me asking it to, so the numbers don't make much sense.

I stayed in the friendly Hotel de la Valentin, which was pleasant and not too English, despite being booked through Crystal!

Here are some photos of the sunny days.