There was the odd sunny patch this morning – but not very many and not for long. It was also a bit warmer than was forecast so in general the pistes were in good condition and the snow off piste was mostly heavy and damp. Not that that bothered our intrepid instructor from Evolution 2, as we ticked off couloir after couloir in very mixed conditions. After a warm up down Campanules, it was the north face of the Petite Balme, followed by the main Chardonnet Couloir in cloud! The light returned for a trip down La Pente du Lac (Le Lac side of Golf naturide) but with lots of terrain traps to avoid courtesy of the Golf Course – I believe they call them bunkers! After lunch it was Couloir de Palafour and then ‘Under the Boisse Gondola’ -a run where a guide is almost essential as cliffs abound. Finally, we popped down Cheminée du Gurran – but the weather had deteriorated quite a bit so the photo lacks a bit of postcard quality!
The light snow will soon stop, only to start again for breakfast time. We should have light snow all day, with the odd heavier shower. It will be a degree or two colder than today which will make for better snow.
Friday looks a much better day – it should have stopped snowing by the time the lifts open and we will have sunny periods all day and a freezing level at 1500m. Then it all gets a bit complicated – the low pressure systems over the Northern Med are still proving unpredictable and the snow forecasts on various apps are up and down like the proverbial fiddlers elbow!
Saturday will be a mix of cloud and sunny periods and it will be cold – when you throw in the gusty wind it will definitely be a day for an extra layer or two. Sunday will be a real mixed bag of snow, rain to 1800m over the middle of the day, sunny periods and more snow. Monday will be similar but the snow line will be down the valley where it belongs. As the wind will be a south easterly for most of the snow, the snow forecast amounts between Val d’Isere’s Le Fornet and Tignes (and Tignes and Paradiski for that matter) will vary by a lot so I won’t be tempted to try and guess how much is going to make it over from the Aosta Valley.
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