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Intro Hut Tour Day 1 Warmup

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Good start to our intro Hut Tour today in better conditions than anticipated. We did a little bit of walking and a lot of skiing and found some good 'spring powder' up high in Fornet that was firm, but more than just skiable.

The snowpack seems like it is settling more and the weather is looking better for the next three days that we will be out on the mountain aside from the fact it is supposed to get v warm during the days..., but it is almost May afterall.  

Full report after we get back on Sunday

Sarah gets off-piste skier of the day - relaxed but aggressive!
.. and the snow was firm 'spring powder' but very nice

Avalanche Danger Rating Down to 3 in Savoie and Haute Savoie

The avalanche danger rating is at 3 tomorrow above 2300 m (rating of 2 below that) in Savoie. Haute Savoie has similar ratings and Isère has kept their ratings at 4 as the day goes on (3 earlier in the day in most areas).

Warnings of the most acute instability is on North facing slopes which is consistent with the various reports of accidental avalanches in these departments that make up the Northern French Alps. However, all slopes will be suspect as the day goes on and the unseasonably warm temps hit the snowpack.

HIGH AVALANCHE RATING remains in all of Savoie & most of Isère above 2300m for tomorrow

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It has been a real return to winter over the last week or ten days (see photos here of today). However, starting tomorrow, sunny spring weather will return at least until Saturday.

The avalanche danger rating is up to 4 'HIGH' for tomorrow in all of Savoie & most of Isère above 2300 m. See avalanche bulletins below for: 

Great powder skiing in the snowfalls today
Looks like winter but this is April 24 at 1850 m la Daille, Val d'Isère!

HIGH AVALANCHE RISK (in most of Savoie & Isère above 2500 m) & Accidental Avalanches in Espace Killy Today


It's starting to get unstable, especially on North facing slopes, and it's snowing again (20 cm for tomorrow). 

For a summary of one of the avalanches triggered, see Wayne's Blog post from today 'It's not over 'till it's over' click here (the Sachette where this occured is at approx 2600 m; North Facing; and there was another accidental trigger in the same area by ski tourers that I think was also without consequence - just a serious wake-up call.

Powder on the Piste April 22nd

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Nice Turns on and the piste this morning in Val d'Isère and Tignes. For more photos featuring Dave's intro to off-piste skiing click this link

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It just keeps on snowing..


.. and it's supposed to keep going on and off at least until Wednesday in most of the N. French Alps (most of the time down to 1500 m)..

It's still snowing hard in Val d'Isère


Still snowing hard in Val d'Isère. We could easily get more than 40 cm of fresh snow for tomorrow morning. 

Avalanche rating is at 3 for just about all of the N French Alps for tomorrow.

from my flat at 1850 m a few mins ago

Off Piste with Andy VIP

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The weather cleared more than forecast this morning and we found some powder in Tignes with Andy VIP! More images of Tignes this morning - click here 

The forecast is for more snow - on and off - through Saturday. And it's snowing pretty hard right now at 1850 in Val d'Isère right now.

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Off piste skiing in Tignes this morning

Off Piste Skiing with Henry & SkiClinics

A quick vid that shows what the off-piste skiing was like the past few days with me & SkiClinics


in Val d'Isère

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