Powder. Lots of it. It was the news everybody in Val d’Isère had been waiting for after ten days of near-continuous sunshine and mild temperatures. Overnight, snow clouds drifting over from the Italian side of the mountain – known locally as the ‘retour d’Est’ – has deposited 15 cm of fresh stuff on the hill and 50cm on the Pisaillas glacier. But as snow hounds were reaching for their fat planks, further news came through: residual high winds meant the lifts on the upper parts of the resort would not open today and the glacier would remain shut. Perfect day, then, to rediscover nearby off-piste areas that had become tracked out and icy beyond skiable – and where else to go other than the magnificent Laisinant forest.
The last day of the ski season in Val d’Isere was a blissful, sun-kissed affair, with a couple of runs down the Vallonnets, a skim over the Combe du Signal, and an unmissable foray into Pays Desert once again. All under Chris’s masterful stewardship. Continue reading “Vallonnets, 4 May 2014”
Fabulous morning’s skiing which started off in the Pays Desert before heading east to a remarkably little tracked Vallonnets area on the other side of the Signal. Continue reading “Vallonnets, 1 May 2014”