Val d Isere Snow Report, 04 Mar 2011

Val d'IsèreSnow depth at the top of the ski area:   175cm of snow on the upper slopes

Snow depth in resort:                                   68cm

Yesterday morning I took the first Olympique gondola lift up so I could live out my World Cup Slalom fantasies! The Face was freshly beaten so I took it upon myself to straight line it as much as possible, my, it was a rush and the conditions were perfect!

My day continued with a trip over to Tignes to do the ‘Sache’, another epic black run, and I have to say has become a fond favourite! It has everything from ‘straight-line-it’ flats, to rollers you can fly of and nice big sweeping turns, and then, to finish off you have a nice technical mogul run!

But still, nothing could beat Tuesday’s off piste session with the chalet hosts… well, today might! As I stepped out my font door my foot landed in two feet of freshly laden snow, after going weeks without any snowfalls, all the dumps seem to be coming at once! This is what a ski season is meant to be like, the chance to take advantage of the best snow as soon as it falls! I hope everyone is green with envy because I’ll have the biggest smile on my face for the next few days!

Currently the tips of the peaks are shrouded in cloud and it’s snowing heavily! But the clouds should be lifting as the day goes on and tomorrow will see a bluebird day, perfect for fresh tracks I’ll be laying down tomorrow!

Who needs celebrity gossip when you have this much powder? But for those craving the celebrity juice, Chelsy Davy was dancing away in the Folie Douce again last yesterday evening and going wild with the crowd to Kelly Starlight! This week we had another torch lit descent… I swear the instructors are going even bigger than usual on the freestyle demos! Taking of freestyle, when I was in Tignes yesterday, my Tignes counterpart pointed out the x-games pros Xavier Burtoni and Kevin Rolland training in preparation for one of the biggest events in the winter colanders!