All tings Tignes..,

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Dobby posted 06-Jan

Off to Tignes next week. Staying in le lavachet. Any top tips for competentish intermediate happy on reds and easy blacks? Tips on Val d'Isere also appreciated.

Bedrock barney
reply to 'All tings Tignes..,'
posted 06-Jan

Hi Dobby. We've skied Espace Killy a few times now, although usually staying in Val d'Isere. It's a great ski domain and will keep you very busy for the whole week. Not sure there are any easy blacks, they all have their challenges. I've done a couple of trip reports which you should be able to track down on the site. The Olympique black in Val d'sere is a classic run. Narrow at the top (more red than black) then a sweaty moment as you look down the main run fully on view to all around. It is reasonably wide but does have a couple of steep sections. First thing in the morning it's good fun. Last run and carved up and it's change your trousers time! (I've done both).

The red down from the Tignes glacier (Double M) is rewarding. For nice cruising there are some nice blues above Solaise in VDI. Also 3J, Diebold, Borsat, Fresse.

The piste gradings are a little optimistic at times, particularly in Val d'Isere so be ready for that. Watch out for Santons in Val d'Isere for example!

PM me if you want any more info. Have a great trip. We're off to Flaine 19th Jan. Snow arriving this week and next so conditions should be good.
slippy slidey snow......me likey!

Dobby
reply to 'All tings Tignes..,'
posted 06-Jan

Cheers bedrock. Will probably pm you. I note that Santons (half pipe of doom) is now a red but not yet open this year.

Admin
reply to 'All tings Tignes..,'
posted 07-Jan

dobby wrote:Any top tips for competentish intermediate happy on reds and easy blacks? Tips on Val d'Isere also appreciated.

As Barney said, Double M is a great run (long, wide, usually good snow) - try and maintain a consistent speed top to bottom and feel those thighs burn... up the funi and do it again!

No mention of Blacks in Tignes would be complete without La Sache! Long black down to Les Brevieres. Generally quiet and a fabulous ski, albeit with one or two unavoidable sections that can be tricky depending on conditions (from memory there are 2 short bits that are quite steep and often mogul up a bit).

Trolles ("home run" back to Le Lac) is great fun with good snow but the bottom section can get hard/icy quickly even after fresh snow.

Golf is an un-pisted but marked "itinerary" run that's fun too, but (IIRC) this ends on the road between Val Claret and Le Lac so you just need to grab a bus (or walk!) to get back to a lift. Buses are every 15 minutes or so and there is a convenient stop to aim for. If you've got the kit, and it's safe to do so, there's also some nice and fairly benign off-piste in the same area (all known just as "Golf" as it's a golf course in the summer... bizarrely enough...). Check with the Snoworks guys as they go through there often!

Have fun!
The Admin Man

Wanderer
reply to 'All tings Tignes..,'
posted 08-Jan

Admin wrote:
dobby wrote:Any top tips for competentish intermediate happy on reds and easy blacks? Tips on Val d'Isere also appreciated.

As Barney said, Double M is a great run (long, wide, usually good snow) - try and maintain a consistent speed top to bottom and feel those thighs burn... up the funi and do it again!

No mention of Blacks in Tignes would be complete without La Sache! Long black down to Les Brevieres. Generally quiet and a fabulous ski, albeit with one or two unavoidable sections that can be tricky depending on conditions (from memory there are 2 short bits that are quite steep and often mogul up a bit).

Trolles ("home run" back to Le Lac) is great fun with good snow but the bottom section can get hard/icy quickly even after fresh snow.

Golf is an un-pisted but marked "itinerary" run that's fun too, but (IIRC) this ends on the road between Val Claret and Le Lac so you just need to grab a bus (or walk!) to get back to a lift. Buses are every 15 minutes or so and there is a convenient stop to aim for. If you've got the kit, and it's safe to do so, there's also some nice and fairly benign off-piste in the same area (all known just as "Golf" as it's a golf course in the summer... bizarrely enough...). Check with the Snoworks guys as they go through there often!

Have fun!
The Black trolles home run to Le Lac is basically one long steep schuss and if you are up for it, you can hit some serious speed on it and there is a nice long run out at the end so no need for high speed braking at the end. However, it feels like the helicopter is on permanent standby to pick up those who don't get it quite right .

Dobby
reply to 'All tings Tignes..,'
posted 08-Jan

I've seen a few YouTube videos of Trolles - as you say, steep with a huge long run out

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