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Off Piste Snow and Weather: 23 February – 1 March

23 February 2017

A mixed bag of weather this week, with mild temperatures. Off-piste snow report for 23 February to 1 March Snow depths are below average for the time of season, with higher-altitude resorts faring best. We can ski down to around 1200 m on N facing slopes and down to around 1800 on S facing ones. Ski touring, using skins, is really the best way to find any good off-piste snow at the moment. The best quality snow can be found on N’ish facing slopes […]

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Off Piste Snow and Weather 16 – 22 February

16 February 2017

Sunny days and settled weather ahead. After the shock of the Tignes avalanche accident, the off-piste snow stability will improve.  But there are still places where we need to be careful. There is a weakness in the snowpack that has been present since the start of the season.  See ANENA warning.  The weather will encourage you to go out and explore.  Read the bulletins to find out where the risks exist each day Off-piste snow report for 16 to 22 February With current off-piste snow depths, […]

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Lessons from the Tignes avalanche accident

16 February 2017

We don’t have a full picture from the investigation as yet. But it is possible to identify some lessons that we can learn based on what we do know about the Tignes avalanche accident. This post makes no comment about the decisions and actions of the victims as we do not know anything about their discussions and consideration.  We do know they were fully equipped to go off piste. The official investigation will cover that. This post is to help everyone who […]

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Expert’s thoughts following Tignes avalanche

15 February 2017

Following this week’s tragic Tignes avalanche, interesting words from expert Dominique Létang. In French. Dominique Létang, HAT Partner, is Director of L’Anena (French Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanches). Speaking on France Bleu Pays de Savoie, he talks about the Tignes avalanche and this year’s particular off-piste conditions. The avalanche risk of 3 that day (and most of that week) is a risk attributed by Meteo France to roughly one day in three, every season.    

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Fatal Avalanche in Tignes 13 February 2017

13 February 2017

Nine people caught, four dead, two safe, three more missing. Story by: Kenny Jesus, writing for the Mountain Echo (Val d’Isere/Tignes):  13 February 2017 (2 pm) Rescue services and helicopters quickly arrived on the scene this morning after a 400m wide avalanche was released on the Lavachet wall in the Toviere sector of Tignes this morning around 10:30am.  So far six people have been removed from the debris but, sadly, only two of the six have survived.  The death-toll is expected to […]

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