January 9, 2019
After a very hectic Christmas/New Years period Val has become wonderfully mellow as the families have left to return their children back to school. Many British schools don’t reopen until the 2nd week of January so the first week of January stays busy as Val is a major destination for the Brits (one of the reasons one hears more English spoken here than French!) and some Spaniards who also have that week off. This week is a Russian holiday so there are some Russians about (good for the restaurants and shops as the ones who come to Val are usually very wealthy and don’t mind spending their riches), Aussies, who are on their summer break, and wise people who know that this is one of the quietest weeks of the season with very few skiers on the slopes. The photo was taken 2 days ago looking out of the window of the new ‘cheese room’ of the Folie Douce, looking out over the new La Daille cabin lift. As you can see on the left, the piste that runs alongside the Tommeuse lift, which is normally very busy, has no one on it!
The new year’s weather started off as the previous year finished, with blue skies and bright sunny days. What changed is the temperatures, as it got colder which dried up the snow, making the snow on piste much more enjoyable to ski. It also enabled the pisteurs to run the snow guns and make snow on most of the pistes. Now the runs down to La Daille, which had been hard and icy in places, are very nice and easy to ski. I skied down Solaise yesterday and that too was very enjoyable thanks to the man-made snow. What changed though yesterday was the weather: It FINALLY has started to snow! Yesterday was just the beginning of the front and we only had snow showers and lots of clouds and very high winds. Today the winds are even higher (they closed the entire Pissaillas glacier area) and many of the higher chair lifts in the other areas and it is properly snowing!! The predictions vary from 2 – 6 inches (5 -15cm) and then turn sunny again tomorrow. But Val often gets lots more snow than the predictions so skiing tomorrow could be amazing. I’ll let you know in my next postcard just how good it was!!
‘Ski Tip’ of the week:
Wax your skis.
The long range forecast is for lots of snow due to fall in January. With the temperatures also forecast to be cold you will need to change the wax on the skis so they slide better in the cold new snow. Not only will your skiing be more enjoyable but it will be safer as your skis then won’t ‘stick’ in the new snow.[retweet] Tweet