Last gasp from Les Arcs
Posted by Tim Wilson 27th April 2012
What a week to finish off this excellent season. There was some moaning and groaning when Les Arcs' management decided to close all of Peisey/Vallandry and Arc1600 and all but the Transarc gondola in 1800.
It dumped hard all day Tuesday making Wednesday fantastic when it cleared. I was glad in some ways that they did close the Peisey/Vallandry sector because it meant that I could spend most of the day shredding 40 cms of powder on what would normally be pistes.
If you're lucky (and you live here) you might be first up on a previously groomed piste after fresh snow once or twice in a season. A delight that doesn't usually last for long because everyone wants some. But here we did circuits time and again without seeing more than a handful of other riders. The amazing snow was one thing but the tranquillity of it was breathtaking. No chairlifts moving, no people, no noise at all really but the swish of my skis!
By the end of the day I was ready to call it a season and went home with a smile on my face after taking in the stunning scenery for the last time... until next winter!
About the author
Tim Wilson: Having done my first winter season in Whistler, Canada, I made my European debut in Val Thorens working for Erna Low. They are such a great company that I couldn't resist doing another season in VT before moving to Avoriaz for 2 more, followed by a winter in Val d'Isere. Since then I've been in la Plagne for the last 4 winters, still with Erna Low! Over this time I have gradually been converted from a snowboarder to a skier and now that I am good enough to ski in powder I am generally on two planks rather than one
- It's still snowing - 19th April 2012
- Water slide ride in Les Arcs - 11th April 2012
- Winter X Games - 19th March 2012
- More amazing snow art - 14th March 2012
- In search of powder in Sainte Foy - 6th March 2012
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