May the Powder be with you

Spring Bank Holiday weekend – Tignes [Photo to follow]

Health warning: this post may make you jealous and possibly green with envy.

Question: What do you get when you mix a great group of clients and mix it with a passionate instructor (even after  teaching a whole winter season), fabulous sunny weather and the last 3 days of  brilliant spring snow… in May?

Answer: An incredible weekend of late season skiing!!

When many skiers had stored their skis firmly away behind the lawnmower, windsurfer and bike at the back of the garage, we were heading up to the Grand Motte and over to Le Fornet, Val d’Isere!

Saturday morning and you could hear us whooping and yee haa-ing down the powder (YES, POWDER) on the glacier in what were absolute dreamy conditions! With no-one around we were making fresh tracks everywhere!  From the top of the cable car right to the bottom of the Roslyn drag lift and then the Leisse chairlift-it really doesn’t get much better than this!

Sunday was a blast over to La Fornet,  Val d’Isere for the last day of the season before they close their lifts. By 10.30am the sun had got to work and the off piste was perfect-spring snow at its best on Pays Desert and off the back of the Signal!

Monday morning was firm first thing so we worked on piste to start with. We were the only ones on the lift up and most of the time the only ones on the way down! By 10.30am the sun had got to work and the off piste was perfect spring snow at its best on the north face of the Borsat, the steeps off the Col des Ves chair and then down the Wall off the glacier!

On our last run down off piste to the bottom of the Leisse chair we were then treated to a rare sight of a Lammergeier vulture flying just above our heads. Its soaring majesty was quite a sight and was a fitting end to what was a fantastic closing weekend’s skiing – as well as a lesson to us all: never write off the snow or conditions this time of year.

At Snoworks we never do.