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Henry's Weekly Radio-Tv Val d'Isère Off Piste Skiing Report with Katrina!

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Henry s Weekly Radio Tv Val d Isere Off Piste Skiing Report with Katrina!

 

This week's Radio-Tv Val d'Isère off-piste skiing report (featuring Katrina too!) is on their home page under, "Ride Hard Ride Safe by RECCO" for the next 24 hours on this link

It is snowing in the Northern French Alps and that is the main reason that the avalanche rating is up to a 3 for tomorrow (see bulletins of the full forecasts for the N. French Alps below).

The skiing was great today again in Val d'Isère and Tignes.

Henry's Weekly Radio Val Off Piste Skiing Report with Katrina!

Nice fresh snow on leeward slopes today 9 April

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Fionaula

It was windy and cold yesterday and snowed about 10 cm max in the Espace Killy area of Savoie. The winds have been coming from the North Northwest mostly. 

Jean Ribart first thing this morning Photo by Wayne

Avalanche Control - positive result SSE exposure, Grande Motte Sector, Tignes

Today was 'only' a rating of 2 on the scale of 5 avalanche danger ratings. The photos below show avalanche control positive result in Tignes (next Chairlift 'Leisse' on Grand Motte sector). It's about 50 m wide and 40 to 50 cm crown in the deepest part. The slope is steep about 40+°. Please click on the photos below to enlarge.

off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk
off piste avalanche Henry's Avalanche Talk

Less Snow than Forecast, but a Good Time!

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Great skiing above 2500 m and since it didn't snow all that much it helped to be North (or skiing on piste!) to avoid the crust underfoot. But there was some great off piste skiing 

The snowpack was pretty much rotten below 2500 m on all aspects due to the warm temps, rain and insulating effects of the new snow.

off piste skiing in le Fornet, Val d'Isère today (skier Gabby Pinn)

Snow Is Here - Better late than never!

 
It started snowing later than the forecast (and less snow than forecast too which is always frustrating).

Snow is Coming - Back to Winter in the N. French Alps!

After a week of stable weather and very stable snowpack (avalanche ratings down to a solid '1' for several days now in Savoie & Isère - see links below), the weather is changing: colder temps and snow flurries starting - off and on - on Monday late afternoon and Tuesday especially near the Italian border then it looks like 10-15 cm of snow coming in for Wednesday morning with a rain/snow limit of 1800m.

Back by popular demand & the current snow conditions... one more time on the spring snow tips!

 

The FORECAST is for sunny and warm weather at least until this weekend. And while there is still cold snow off piste on North faces above 2400 metres, the skiing this week is mainly going to be about spring snow. Here's some ideas about how to have fun and be safe on off-piste spring snow - click on image below!

Understand 'melt-freeze cycles’ and have fun with spring snow!

Spring snow this week!

HAT OFF-PISTE SNOW REPORT FOR 23 March N. French Alps

 
WEATHER FORECAST 
Sunny (with the exception of tomorrow 23 March: partly cloudy in the morning/cloudy in the pm) and "as warm as the end of May" until Saturday 31 March when colder and possibly snowier weather will come in with winds from the Northwest.
A spring snow day..
AND a powder snow day

'Beeper Training' with Tignes Spirit Today

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Roddy coaching the Tignes Spirit Team

 

Tignes Spirit is the latest company to achieve 'Ride Hard ! Ride Safe' status from HAT. Today with trainer Roddy Clarke. See photos above and below. 

The HAT 'Beeper' training courses are focused on allowing participants to get a maximum number of searches (both single and multiple).

Today everyone got at least six searches in.
Tignes Spirit is the latest company to achieve 'Ride Hard ! Ride Safe' status

Back to winter - it's snowing!

It's snowing in all of the Northern French Alps down to 1200 then 800 m tonight. 5cm to 20 cm, even a bit more in places, is forecast for tomorrow. See photo below from my apartment in La Daille, Val d'Isère.

Snow, off and on, is forecast to continue until Tuesday morning. Then clearing for Tuesday and Weds. After, Thurs-next Tues, the forecast is saying 'unstable weather' with periods of sun but also snowshowers from time to time.

Snow March 18!
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