It was a while before the lifts opened across Tignes – Val d’Isere this morning as the pisteurs worked their magic with a variety of explosions to rattle the windows and reduce the avalanche risk. Officially there has been 30cm but in some places there was less and some places much more as the wind redistributed the snow. The higher lifts were unable to operate because of the high winds.
So, as ever, on a day like today I headed for the trees – to Tignes Les Brevieres where there was a lot of new snow but it was quite heavy so the legs had a good work out! There were still people skiing past piste closed signs – it may look promising but do you really know better than the pisteurs?
The sun did put in an appearance late morning for a few minutes but it started snowing moderately about 2pm. This will continue for a while before a 6-hour respite and it will then snow again through the early hours. There will probably be between another 10cm and 15cm based on a 8am to 8am period. The snow will stop mid-morning tomorrow and it will be cloudy and cold all day but the wind should be much lighter than today. Wednesday will see light snow for most of the day and the winds will pick up late afternoon. Thursday looks like being a repeat of today – windy and very snowy. Friday looks much more benign with a few snow showers, a few sunny periods and it will be quite a bit warmer – the snow level will be somewhere around Tignes Les Brevieres. Saturday looks quite promising for those with a Sunday transfer. The avalanche risk remains at 4/5 tomorrow above 2000m.
Finally, just a note for next week – a long way off I know, but it looks like being very unsettled again. The jetstream forecast parks the most active part of these high level winds right over Tignes – Val d’Isere, so it could be another wild week!
Photo by Val d’Isere Tourist Office.
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