A game of two halves (ooo jumpers for goal posts….). We awoke to glorious blue skies, so after a poor week there were predictably long queues in the villages until about 0945 when people were dispersed around the mountains of Tignes and Val d’Isere. Luckily the Chaudanne lift was not too busy and there were no crowds down Glattier, as seen in the photo above. We then took in the off piste run down from the Eye of the Needle, and then around Grattalu and the top of the Palet drag – all light snow and untracked. Just as we reached the bottom of the second ‘Tour de Palet’ they opened Col de Ves – to a huge whoop of approval. Unfortunately, the clouds had started to fill the sky and the light deteriorated, but the snow was fabulous. The pistes are also in great condition having been bashed to perfection last night.
The weather remains unpredictable, but the sky is now obscured and the cloud has obscured the peaks. It will soon start snowing (about going to the pub time) and this will continue through the night, with perhaps a small lull around midnight. The snowline will be way down the valley. It will snow more or less through tomorrow with a low snowline. There might be the odd break and the winds will be strong in the afternoon.
For transfer day, it will basically snow all day and be windy; the snow line will rise to around St Foy village by midday. Snow tyres or chains will be obligatory I should imagine – it might be your last chance to buy them tonight…. The Savoie authorities are expecting 35,000 vehicles coming up the hill and 30,000 going down – so pretty much as last week but with bad weather – remember what Frank Sinatra said earlier in the week (There May Be Trouble Ahead)…
There will be traffic jams in all the usual places, but after last year’s chaos (read about it here) expect the police to be ruthless in applying the rules. Sunday will be a mix of snow showers and fast moving sunny periods in the wind. Monday will be the same but with much less wind. After that it will still be mixed weather but at the moment it looks better than this week. There is the potential for quite a strong ‘Genoa Low’ around Tuesday – this area of low pressure often brings a lot of snow from the south east, where Le Fornet can get a significant amount of snow and the rest of Val d’Isere and Tignes get much less, which is how it happened quite a lot last year.
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