How does that carol go, oh yes: ‘In the deep mid winter the frosty wind did blow’, but luckily for us the pistes were fabulous and the off piste in most areas (subject to risk assessment) was the same. The sun was out for most of the day. Although north-facing slopes had been blasted by last nights wind, making for some interesting surfaces. East and South-facing slopes were just FAB. We made fresh tracks all round Tignes’ Tichot/Grattalu all morning and with tired legs cruised the pistes in the afternoon around Toviere. It was barkingly cold in the wind. But just like Wednesday the grins were from ear to ear. It clouded over late afternoon and has just started snowing.
This light snow will stop and start through the night and into tomorrow – but not a great deal to shout about. Tomorrow, the light will not be great under thick cloud, the temperatures will be low but luckily there is some good news – the wind will drop. The wind will return for Sunday, when it will be cloudy in the morning with sunny spells later. With the feezing level being at sea level it will be (I’m running out of superlatives) colder than a cold thing in a fridge. Monday will be better with less wind, slightly warmer temperatures and a milky sky for the day – so not too bad. Tuesday and Wednesday will see snow showers and sunny periods.
Tonight we are expecting more snow to our west (Chambery) so this makes the travel picture quite complicated. The snow is mostly due to finish by daybreak but the roads may be a bit tricky for the 17,000 vehicles leaving the Tarentaise and the 19,000 arriving. So standby to meet snowploughs etc and also remember folks down there are not as used to snow as we are up here……
For those flying – the UK airports are fine with the exception of snow showers at Stansted in the afternoon. Over here really depends on how much snow the airports get and how ready they are for clearing it. Lets start with Chambery; they are expecting snow in the early hours and then light snow and reduced visibility at daybreak, so I suspect that there will be some hanging around before take off to wait for the weather to clear up (this could be midday depending on the actual visibility in the light snow). Lyon is expecting similar but the visibility wont be a issue because of the high tech ground equipment – they also have 2 runways so that makes snow clearance easier. Similar conditions apply at Grenoble but with one runway there may be some delays whilst sweeping occurs between aircraft movements. Basically the same applies at Geneva – potential for delays if there is a heavy shower.
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