Lots of new snow this morning folks so the pistes are in excellent condition, but the visibility was not great and as the avalanche risk is 4, I am unable to comment on the other side of the poles. It has snowed bits and bobs all day.
A couple of items of news on pistes and chairs… The Solaise Express, having realised it is to be condemned next summer, has gone on strike. As yet there is no definite forecast for its repair – a couple of days at least. Even though it is a quiet week this means the Solaise Cable Car – that small but perfectly formed one – will be very busy and there may be more queues on the Olympique. If you want to go up onto the Solaise then my suggestion would be to pop on the bus to the Laisinant Chair – it has more than enough capacity.
From the 16-22 of Jan, Red Bull will be in Tignes with its Linecatcher Freeride Competition. It will take place off piste in the Chardonnet Bowl and the Grappilon Area (the 2 main bowls to the left as you go up the Grand Huit Chair). There will be a spectators village by the Grand Huit chair (and associated queues I would think!) and the whole of that are of off piste will be closed to mere mortals. I just hope there is not too much snow for them to be able to compete relatively safely.
And now to the weather; snow, wind and SERIOUS Avalanche Risk. The snow will continue tonight down to 1800m, but the wind will pick up through the evening to potentially very strong levels. Be careful if you are out late – it will be wild. This will continue tomorrow with the wind increasing again and the snow level dropping into the valley. There may be road closures (avalanche prevention) and precious few lifts open. The Avalanche Risk is 4 tomorrow and is forecast to rise on Tuesday as we are expecting a storm-blown 50cm of snow tomorrow – so standby for the very rare black flag (Risk 5) and very limited activity around the village. The storm will abate slightly through Tuesday but the wind will be very strong creating a really difficult situation for the pisteurs. Please do not ignore any signs or any directions from the police – they will direct you to a place of safety if your building is deemed to be at risk. (Routes to the places of safety should be displayed in all buildings). There will be the odd glimpse of the sun but don’t be fooled – it will not herald the start of a nicer period. It does not get much better on Wednesday – but the snow will be more showery in nature. Thursday should be a bit calmer, but there will be more snow……… I think that’s far enough on the forecast. I did promise not to shout too often last week but please be careful over the next 2 days and follow the experts instructions.
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