As we awoke this morning Tignes was in cloud, but it was only thin and soon the resorts looked resplendent in the Spring sunshine. There was a small amount of thin cloud around after the lifts opened, especially down in the valley. We had a couple of cm in the villages overnight and 5cm on top, but there was a cold breeze which kept the apparent temperature down and the very top lifts closed. We skied round Grattalu and down into La Daille for coffee where it was a bit dark. They have now opened Col De Ves so that’s just about a full of house of pistes in Tignes; we are just waiting for the last few to be opened in the Le Fornet sector in Val d’Isere.
So what’s in store for next week? High pressure is going to dominate meaning blue skies, sunshine, warmish days, light winds and cold nights. So that should make forecasting easier – but we are on the edge of the high pressure. The unpleasant weather is not that far to the North, so I will keep an eye on it. As it stands, tomorrow will be ‘post card weather’ as the Avalanche forecaster called it yesterday. The sun will shine all day and there will be light winds (a bit higher at the very top of the Grande Motte). The freezing level will be at 2700m by lunchtime, so just like Spring. Monday will be the same and a bit warmer still. Tuesday may see a milky sky as the fronts to the North try and encroach (it will be awful in the UK!). Wednesday and Thursday will be made up of sunny periods and some big fluffy clouds around the peaks, one or two of which may give a light shower on Thursday. So if you have just arrived it’s going to be a fantastic week, but if you are a powder hound there is little on the horizon other than a long walk to find some.
The flip side of high pressure is fog down in the Valleys – so here’s tomorrow’s travel news. In the UK it is going to be dank, drizzly and gloomy – there is also a chance of this being so thick that fog forms, the risk being highest at Luton, Manchester and Leeds Bradford. If this forms, and it is an if, there might be delays. And now for the not such good news: Geneva should face no weather problems but Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery are all forecasting fog until mid-morning. This will slow down operations at Lyon, it may cause problems at Grenoble and if it forms as forecast at Chambery it will be shut, although the forecaster there suggests it will be temporary patches. So make sure you have a book as there may be delays in the UK as Biggles waits for the weather to improve. As the nominated diversion airfield for any of these 3 is often one of the others they cannot be relied on tomorrow which compounds the problem. Yes they can carry more fuel but if the destination is Chambery they have to be light weight before making an approach – who would be a pilot? But when you get here – it will be fabulous!
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