Monthly Archives: January 2016

Perfect Snow and Empty Pistes in January!

Over a metre of snow has fallen across the French Alps in the last couple of weeks, with the depth now at around 180cm on the upper summits of Tignes. After the low levels of snow during the Christmas and New Year periods, the snow is a welcome relief for the tourist industry and also for those guests booked for later trips in the season.

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Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret with an abundance of snow, taken yesterday the 21st January 2016

January is renowned for being a quiet month in the Alps, and due to the sparse snow in December it seems that people that would normally come at this time of year have been deterred somewhat. This is a huge shame as the conditions right now are incredible, with ample snow and bluebird days -the seasonal staff are in their element! Wide, empty, corduroy pistes are there for the taking and with no lift queues at all, so much more ground can be covered in a day. There is still a lot of off-piste powder to be had, with ski touring being offered by numerous guides. In Tignes we would recommend Flossie Cockle from Freeflo and Rab Bickerdike from TDC.

After a busy start to the year, our chalets in Villaroger, Les Coches and Tignes are all fairly quiet right now and as a result we are offering some great last minute deals. Flights are proving to be reasonable last minute too, maybe due also to lack of bookings. A recent flight I was on from Geneva to Manchester was extremely quiet giving me an entire row to stretch out on! So if you have the luxury of being able to take time off as and when, I can only recommend coming out to see us sooner rather than later. If you want to find out more about what’s currently on offer in France, contact for more information.

There is no snow forecast for the next week or so but things can change incredibly quickly in the Alps and with the cold temperatures that are currently being experienced, the snow that is already here is set to stay. Add to this, the fact that the pisteurs are working hard to maintain the pistes and the snow cannons are constantly creating new snow and the pistes will continue to be in great condition for everyone to enjoy for weeks to come.




Kronplatz hosts International Snow Sculpture Festival

The XXV1 International Snow Festival takes place in Dolomiti Superski this week.


Creation of imaginative sculptures begins tomorrow (13/01/16) in San Candido, in the Sextner Dolomiten region, and from the 18/01/16 in San Vigilio in Kronplatz. This year, over 30 artists are participating in teams coming from USA, Russia, Romania, Latvia, France, Netherlands, Mexico, and Italy, as well as Sud Tyrolean teams from the School of Stone Processing in Lasa, School for Sculptors in Innsbruck and from the Ortesei Art School.


The festival promises to be spectacular. The rules are simple:- Fresh snow is pressed into 3 x 3 x 3 metre blocks which are located in the main streetss and areas of the villages. A raffle is drawn to decide the blocks and each team then carves their design ideas into the snow using tools and nothing else but water which will of course quickly turn to ice in winter temperatures. The artists have just 3 days to complete their masterpieces after which time, tourists and local residents can vote for their favourite. The sculptures will be illuminated in the evenings creating amazing effects that differ from daylight views. The sculptures can be admired until mild weather melts them away and this will hopefully be some time in low winter temperatures.


San Candido, SEXTNER DOLOMITEN – snow sculpture building 13 Jan to 15 Jan 2016

San Vigilio, KRONPLATZ– snow sculpture building 18 Jan to 20 Jan 2016


These pictures are of previous year’s sculptures and we look forward to seeing 2016’s creations of this increasingly popular form of artwork. Our Chalet Hotel Diamant, Kronplatz, is within easy access of the San Vigilio festival and with fresh snow this week and more forecast, our guests will definitely be having fun!



Sculpture of skier

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Sculptures in 2015 International Festival, Sud Tyrol