A lovely last day for those leaving tomorrow, so the slopes were very busy today as the ‘cabin fever’ turned into a ‘Friday Frenzy’. The sun shone through the morning and even late afternoon. The pistes are in fabulous condition. Today the team sampled Tignes’ Toviere and Bellvarde. Off piste is a mixed bag as the wind has moved things around and contributed to a lot of settling, but there are still good patches to be found if you know where to look. The avalanche risk remains at 3 thanks to the wind – some of which came from the Sahara and has left a layer of sand which will act as an unstable layer in the snowpack. On previous occasions it has been much easier to see – maybe when the top layers melt a bit it will become evident. All in all it makes avalanche risk assessment more tricky.
The weather forecast remains changeable as does the weather itself. The low pressure seems to have slowed down a little but be prepared for lots of wind, cold temperatures and a snowy Monday. In detail; tomorrow will start with a thin veil of cloud, thickening through the afternoon. It will be windy in the morning and this will get stronger through the day. The freezing level will also be a little lower so definitely wear a layer or two more in the morning. Expect the top lifts to close and keep an eye out for the links to close between Val d’Isere and Tignes – stay close to home after lunch! It should also start snowing as the lifts close.
This snow and wind will continue well into Sunday, but don’t give up entirely; there should be some sunny periods in the afternoon and the wind will drop, it will remain chilly….
On Monday we expect the majority of the snow (15-25cm hopefully). It will be a grey old day, so one for the trees of La Daille or Le Fornet in Val d’Isere and Les Boisses or Les Brevieres in Tignes.
Tuesday will start sunny but then cloud over. It will still be cool, but after that it appears unsettled. It may be March on the calendar next week but it will still be winter in the Espace Killy!
For those flying tomorrow, conditions should not cause any delays, save for the chance of a light snow shower at Leeds or Newcastle. Geneva will be fine, but currently there are no airfield forecasts available for France (I wonder if they are on strike!) on any of the systems but it appears OK from the general forecasts. If you are arriving late by car then you may need snow chains as it will be cold when it starts snowing.
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