The break in the clouds across Tignes and Val d’Isere was a little unexpected this morning. Initially there were a few clouds around Tignes so I headed to that well known sun trap – Grand Pre, where the pistes were great and also the benign off piste was good too. I wouldn’t say light powder – it was quite hard work, but fresh tracks are fresh tracks! As we skied round the pisteurs were still busy blasting and there was quite a few natural avalanches and ones triggered by skiers.
After lunch I then shot up the Grand Motte, where the snow was lighter where it was not windblown – the art of picking shallow gullies. Then a cruise round home via Grand Huit where the snow had bumped up quite badly – but that will be fixed by midnight tonight as the piste bashers work their magic!!
And now for the weather:
The Atlantic charts are chaotic at the moment so please don’t hold me to exact timings or amounts of snow, particularly for Friday where 2 fronts are lying almost east-west over the top of us. This is quite unusual and could mean that the weather may change a lot if they move north or south. But here goes: There will be a few showers through the night but there may be a few sunny periods early tomorrow. They will not last long as snow is expected between 10 and 11 in the morning – this will continue all day and night with snow down to Bourg. Thursday will be equally snowy but it may be a bit sleety in Tignes Les Brevieres in the afternoon as there will be a spike in the temperature. However, it will not feel like it as the winds will increase in the afternoon significantly. It may be a good day to stick relatively close to your home resort! Friday currently looks, frankly, not good – windy and snowy throughout the Espace Killy. Saturday looks better with a mix of cloud, then sunny spells and snow showers after dark. Sunday looks like a real mixed bag (that could be construed as an excuse!). And now for a real punt – by Saturday we’ll have another 30-60cm of snow – but I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual amounts break either of those extremes.
The Avalanche Risk is 3 out of 5 tomorrow; much care is still needed.
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