What a difference 12 hours makes. The snow was in great condition on piste, but it was very difficult to see for most of the day. There was the odd slightly less dark period and we had a mixture of snow grains (the type that rattle off your helmet) and big fluffy flocons. However, it was quite a bit warmer than yesterday. The pistes were very quiet but I can’t comment on the off piste as there was never enough light to venture even off the edge for me. However, all of yesterdays tracks will have been filled in. The wind picked up post lunch and seemed to be blowing in all directions no doubt undoing all the good work the pisteurs have done – may be a progressive start in the morning.
The wind will pick up during the night and it will continue snowing until the morning. It will remain windy through tomorrow and the wind will become persistently northerly and the temperatures will also drop through the day. By late afternoon the freezing level will be down on the plains, and with the wind it will be ‘a top coat colder’ to use an old Yorkshire phrase. However there will be sunny periods from mid morning onwards. It should cloud over tomorrow night and there will be light snow showers through the night and all day Saturday, but the wind will die down by Saturday morning. So for those transferring snow tyres or snow chains! The polar air will continue to chill us on Sunday with a mix of light snow and cloud, the wind will also return. Monday and Tuesdays forecast are still unsure but lets settle for sunny periods, light breezes and the odd light shower, but remaining cold.
The avalanche risk remains at 4 above 2200m for tomorrow.
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