March 13, 2017

The majestic Mont Blanc mountain range on the Italian side
The majestic Mont Blanc mountain range on the Italian side
The Mont Blanc mountain range on the Italian side
The majestic Mont Blanc mountain range on the Italian side

Getting back to normal

Val is getting back to normal as the ‘heat wave’ has started to subside and temperatures are what we normally get at this time of the year. We didn’t get the snowfall that was promised; instead today is brilliantly sunny and this sunny weather and moderate temps are expected to last until Saturday. Friends skied La Rosiere/La Thuile yesterday which is a short drive down the valley from Val. La Rosiere is in France and La Thuile is in Italy so you ski from one country to another. (Photo below taken by Chris Souillac looking at the majestic Italian side of the Mont Blanc mountain range). They informed me that they found some fabulous ‘spring snow’ off piste on both sides. That is an added bonus as one of the reasons we go there is to have delicious Italian meals at a fraction of the price of what it is France. In a future post I’ll talk about the restaurant in La Thuile that many of us consider the ‘best’ of the best.
As temperatures have once again dipped below freezing at night the off-piste slopes in Val are starting to transform and the good ski guides are finding some lovely ‘transformed snow’. With the sun blazing and the nights cold, each day the off-piste ‘spring snow’ should get better and better. Another ‘Ski Tip’ for skiing ‘spring’ (transformed) snow is ‘TIMING’! Ski too early on an off-piste slope that is ‘transforming’ and it could be very hard and icy; ski it too late and it could be very wet and heavy and the slope can avalanche. It is like Goldilocks and the 3 bears; you need to ski the slope when it is ‘just right’!! I explain all this in detail in the ebook: ‘Powder & Off-Piste Skiing’.

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