Today was a game of two halves! There were a few misty patches as breakfast was consumed, but obligingly they disappeared before I launched across the Espace Killy, and left a glorious but chilly morning. However, by about 10.30am Mont Blanc had donned his ‘chapeau’ – a sure sign of things to some. It progressively clouded over and it started snowing about 3 o clock. The pistes around the area are now in superb condition and off piste is filling in – although there was an understandable reticence about the off piste today. After a run down to La Daille it was up to the Solaise, then the up-and-over to Le Fornet. I also sampled the slopes of the Grand Motte and Grattalu in the afternoon.
I think I can safely say that we now have a season on our hands, so despite the efforts of the British Press to condemn us all to Benidorm its time to call work, tell them you have Icelandic Flu, put the kids on E-bay and check out the late deals!
The weather forecast has become no less complex overnight so there are a few changes compared to yesterday. However, one thing is for sure; tomorrow is going to be snowy, windy and cold through the day – although it does warm up a bit late afternoon/evening leading to sleet in the lowest villages by then. But the wind will make this purely academic as far as warm blooded skiers are concerned. So tomorrow’s advice would be to stay low, head for the trees, wrap up and stay in your respective valley. The wind may mean the links are closed from the start (which may be a bit delayed as we are expecting 30-50cm over the next 24 hours). This also means the avalanche risk returns to 4 tomorrow, enough said.
Friday will be miserable with snow showers and sleet in Tignes Le Boisse and below. There will still be a breeze so again the rise in temperatures will be barely noticeable. Because the fronts have moved slightly the forecast for Saturday is warmer than forecast yesterday and the snowline will be around 2100m, but it could be really quite snowy. Sunday is still looking like autumn, winter and spring in one day and after that it becomes really unsettled – so its a bit of a wait and see!
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