Tignes/Val d’Isère Backcountry & Off-Piste Skiing Roundup 04/02/18

I’ve spent a lot of this week over in our Heliski drop zones in Italy (Valgrisenche and La Thuile), but the days that I have managed to ski back home in Tignes have given some amazing off-piste skiing conditions!

Avalanche conditions have settled quite a bit since our last ‘big’ snowfall (check the avalanche advisory), allowing us to get out and enjoy some steeper descents and start to tick of some of the bigger lines that are on my endless wishlist of ski descents 🙂 If you’ve been keeping up with my Journal then you’ll see that me and Holly had an interesting time on the South Face of the Grande Motte (5.3 E3) with some pretty firm conditions to be found in there. Friends of mine also skied the South Face of the Grande Sassière on Wednesday (31/01/18) but I was sadly on a Heliski trip, so couldn’t join them.

I’ve not really been doing too many resort accessible descents from the lifts, my focus has been on the bigger faces in the recent settled conditions, but I’ve heard that there are some amazing off-piste conditions in resort right now, with fresh snow still to be found not far from the lifts!

It looks slightly unsettled at the start of next week, with the chance of a dusting of snow early on in the week, but I don’t think it’ll come to much. Things look to be settling down towards the middle/end of the week, with clear weather forecast again – enjoy!