Postcard from Val
I hope everyone had an enjoyable New Years eve. May 2018 be a good year for you in all ways possible.
We are having an amazing season here in Val – snow wise. The photo below shows a friend outside her chalet last week. Since then it hasn’t stopped snowing! We’ve had over 2 meters of additional snow (6 1/2 feet) and it still snowing hard as I write this.
I know it’s been freezing in the East Coast of America these last few days but we’ve had rather warm temperatures even though it’s snowing. I actually wish it were colder as then the snow would be lighter and drier and the streets wouldn’t be as wet and slippery. Yesterday I skied with some Ozzie friends on the lower run in Le Fornet that goes through the trees and we were the only people there as the heavy snow and high winds kept most skiers indoors. Fortunately Ozzies are hearty types, not wimps, as it was wonderful!! 10 cm (4 in) of fresh snow and good visibility thanks to the trees. Today Le Fornet was closed because of high avalanche risk (5 out of 5!) so we skied some of the few open runs on Bellevarde. It was snowing very hard and the visibility on top was dreadful. The best runs were down to La Daille from mid mountain as those runs are cut through the trees. More snow is forecast for tomorrow but then the sun will shine on us again.
Anyone planning on coming next week should have a ball as the runs will be brilliant.
Tip(s) of the week
– When the visibility is poor, ski runs that are cut through the trees.
– If the snow is wet, carry a 2nd pair of gloves to change into when your gloves get too damp.
– Carry plenty of tissues to wipe your goggles.
– When wiping your goggles outdoors, turn your back to the snow, bend over and hold your goggles beneath your chest.
– If you wear glasses don’t let them get wet or they will fog up when you put on your goggles.
– If you are above tree line and can’t see the piste contours, ski close to the side of the run and follow the colored poles that mark the edge of the run. In France the poles are numbered indicating how far it is to the end the run.