A day of deteriorating weather in Tignes – Val d’Isere. The sun was out this morning and it was well above freezing at 2100m. The pistes around the villages were already soft, so a quick charge round was in order. Sadly the heat of yesterday had mangled the off piste, very few folks were tackling the melange of crud, lumps and higher frozen crust! The clouds gathered through the morning and by lunchtime the sky was mostly obscured. Luckily the showers amounted to little more than drizzle, so the roads are all wet and the snow by the sides is all brown and horrible. Fortunately, order will soon be restored and by the morning our alpine will be back to its full glory!
There will be light snow showers through the night with the snow level well down the valley – so hopefully we will have a new layer of 5-10cm of snow in the morning. With a bit of luck this will start arriving before the damp snow on the surface freezes, otherwise it could be quite skaty in the morning. With the rain, snow and temperature changes the avalanche risk will be considerable – Level 3. The cold front to the north remains stubborn and will not make its mind up how far south it is going to come. So forecasts of how much snow we will get tomorrow vary, from a little to a bit! I will plump for cloudy all day, quite breezy and intermittent light snow in the morning and more in the afternoon. It will feel a lot cooler than today though. The winds will pick up as the lifts close and it should get snowier.
The wind should abate by Wednesday morning when there is a good chance of a sunny period in the morning, with the cloud filling after you have had the ‘Plat du Jour’. Wednesday night and Thursday will be more grey days with light snow showers. Friday will have a little bit of everything. For a summary of this week I will leave it to Forrest Gump: “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
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