The curtains were drawn back to find a partly obscure sky, 10cm of new snow in the village and 20cm higher up. There was good skiing to be had all over the resort, although the wind up high meant I went lower and found some good fresh snow around Val d’Isere’s Bellevarde – not quite deep enough to avoid bumping off the hard layer beneath. After coffee in La Daille I ventured down to Tignes Les Boisses and Brevieres where the new snow was not so deep, as I suspect the early falls were close to rain. At about 1.30pm the wind started to pick up dramatically and has done so all afternoon. By 4.30pm the only way back to Val d’Isere was the Combe Folle drag – back to Tignes looks like a bus as even Tommeuses had to close early. I think some snow is falling now but it’s difficult to tell with the wind blowing stuff off the roofs.
The wind and snow will continue through the night and through tomorrow with potentially 30-40cm of snow over the next 24 hours. It will feel very cold in the wind despite the freezing level being at around 1900m by Tuesday lunchtime. This may mean it will be sleeting close to Tignes Les Brevieres tomorrow. So head for the trees and stay relatively close to home, as connecting lifts may well close in the afternoon (if they open them in the first place). The avalanche risk will rise to 4 by midday. As I said yesterday, getting accurate timings of the weather is very difficult – the isobars are wiggling round like a pot full of spaghetti! Wednesday’s forecast is still open to debate as it changes every time they run the computer models but let’s settle for very windy, very cold (freezing level at 600m) and some snow – it may be heavy, it may be light and it may even stop after lunch…….
Thursday looks more benign, with the wind and snow abating. Friday brings more snow and winds picking up in the afternoon. I will leave Saturday’s weather down to Frank Sinatra: “There may be trouble ahead, but while there’s music and moonlight and love and romance, let’s face the music and dance.”
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