The end of the season in Val d'Isere
It’s been a long winter and everyone is waiting for spring, and it just isn’t happening. At this time of year we are normally skiing a little powder after a fresh snowfall and skiing fantastic spring snow with brilliant sunshine in-between, but this season winter just won’t let go. We’ve had some wonderful powder of late but after one day of magnificent skiing it starts to get difficult because of the afternoon heat, which is just warm enough to damage the snow except on northern slopes but not hot enough to transform the spring slopes to proper spring snow.
This past week we’ve had close to a metre of fresh snow at the Fornet and with the lack of freeze during the night and a week’s worth of strong foehn winds the avalanche risk has been 4/5. There was a massive avalanche on the steep bottom slope of the Vallonnet on Friday and a 32-year-old woman was buried 1.5 metres deep. She was wearing an airbag but still went under and thankfully the first person on the scene called the rescue services and located her with his ARVA. She miraculously survived after being under for at least ten-minutes but Thierry (who called for the rescue and found her) and the rescue service did a brilliant job to dig her out alive.