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PlanetSKI is in the French resort and has been making the most of the change in the weather after the storm.





Tuesday 11th December


What a difference a day makes.

We reported below on the big snowstorm and high winds that affected Tignes on Monday, all but closing the resort.

As Tuesday dawned, the skies cleared.

It was a clear, cold, sunny, bluebird day and there was lots of good skiing to be had.

TignesTignes on Tuesday
















Caution was required, however.

The conditions meant there was a high risk of avalanches.

It's all too easy to get caught up in 'powder fever' and head for the best snow, regardless of the danger.

Unfortunately some skiers were hit by two separate slides on Tuesday morning in neighbouring Val d'Isere.

Fortunately, this time no one died:

We skied off piste in both Tignes and Val d'Isere but our guides chose the routes carefully, generally sticking to slopes of less than 30 degrees which are less prone to avalanche activity.

Val d'IsereVal d'Isere powder
















As you can see below, it was still possible to have some fun...

Monday 10th December

It didn't look as if there was going to be much skiing first thing.

The snow was still falling and the wind was still howling with gusts of at least 100km an hour reported up on the glacier.

The ski patrollers were out of their beds early, blasting away to protect the resort's runs against avalanches.

Ski patrolWorking hard to keep the pistes safe















By mid-morning two chairlifts, Paquis from the Lavachet area and Tichot in Val Claret, were open along with two other short chairs that serve only beginner runs.

Visibility was poor, the wind continued to blow but there was skiing to be had, some of it in lovely new snow.

The official word is there's been 30cm of fresh stuff fall at Tignes 2100 with the base now deeper than 1 metre.

There's a lot more up at top, which will be good when we can get there.

TignesColourful skiwear is a good idea
















Heavy snow and high winds mean the avalanche risk is very high.

On Monday it was 4 on the 1 to 5 scale where 5 is so dangerous the whole ski area is closed. 

Despite the conditions, Planet SKI braved the storm and hit the slopes with Snoworks.

We'll bring you more news about the Snoworks ski course experience in a later article.

Skiing in TignesYours truly heading out with Snoworks
















Snoworks courseSnoworks
















Winter has most definitely arrived and it's looking good if you're heading here between now and Christmas..... 

TignesTignes, Monday 10th December















TignesTignes, Monday 10th December
















TignesTignes, Monday 10th December
















TignesTignes, Monday 10th December















TignesWinter has arrived in Tignes














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