The weather was fantastic yesterday morning with blues skies and sunshine across Tignes and Val d’Isere but through the afternoon the skies darkened, as a sentinel of approaching storms. I skied around the Grattalu first thing where the pistes were fantastic, then up to the Grand Motte (the cable was car closed due to wind) and then Bellvarde down to La Daille for lunch. By mid afternoon some of the snow had been pushed off the hard base – on piste that will soon be fixed but…..off will be very different.
The first flocons arrived just as it got dark and the main band of snow and wind followed about 2000hrs last night. As ever amounts vary across the resorts as dictated by the capricious weather elves but somewhere between 25 and 40cm between last night and this evening is expected. Now I don’t often shout online but: THE AVALANCHE RISK WILL BE 4 OUT OF 5 ABOVE 2400M! The new snow has fallen/will fall on a generally hard base, so please take care. Amongst the first year seasonnaires there will undoubtedly be powder fever; wear a transceiver and be very careful folks.
Today will be very windy and snowy through most of the day. There will be a lot of avalanche prevention to do – so it will be a slow start and we may well be limited to lifts below about 2700m by the wind. For Tuesday the various forecasts are disagreeing between snowy or just cloudy with less wind, but Wednesday seems to be going to be snowy with little chance of the sun. Thursday will be showery again and the wind is set to return, and Friday will be similar but a little warmer but the all important snow line will be virtually down as far as Tignes Les Brevieres. Beyond that it is all a bit of a guessing game……
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