After 25cm of snow in the villages and 30 up the mountains, as well as high winds, it was always going to be a slowish start and it was a grey one. But shortly after 9.30 we were allowed on the lifts. The first run up Palafour was in very poor light but you could tell the snow was good. The Chaudanne lift then opened and everyone had the same idea about heading to the trees, the queue was long so we opted for Paquis to head high. A good run down the sides of Henri. Val Claret was deserted so Tichot and Grattalu it was, staying within sight of the piste poles for safety and as a point of reference. To be fair the rides up Grattalu were brutal! In anticipation of a break in the weather we had a very early lunch and headed up to the lower part of Lognan where there were many fresh tracks to be grabbed. Shortly, after the sun broke through above the Grande Balme and then we could see what we were doing – it was just perfect. Can’t remember how many laps……
It turned into a beautiful if cold afternoon – even at 3pm there were fresh tracks to be grabbed. And then time for a rest but not before seeing some colossal avalanches in Chardonnet and Grapillon, and someone had also ignored the advice of ‘never go skiers left of the Toviere Gondola’.
The not so good news is that after a clear night it will be snowing again by breakfast time and it will snow again all day. The wind will drop only to rise again in the evening – we’re expecting in the order of 20-30cm through the day so above 2200m the avalanche risk will remain at 4. The wind will persist through Friday and we will have very light snow showers and cloud through the day, and it will be very cold in the wind chill. Saturday will again see light snow showers all day and it will be ‘Froid de Loup’ in the local vernacular (as cold as a wolf). After that all forecasting bets are off.
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