The thin veil of cloud at breakfast time soon thickened and from mid-morning on the light was flat. The winds on high have strengthened and closed some lifts in both Val d’Isere and Tignes. A few were also prohibited to pedestrians – a sure sign of windier weather to come and not such a good day for the altitude restaurants. The pistes are still in great condition. Off piste (in the Aiguille Percée area above Tignes Le Lac to be precise) was more varied with a cheeky crust to trip the unwary. Therefore, I elected to go and watch the Pisteurs have a training exercise with the avalanche rescue dogs (see photo).
On to the forecast – all change (as I highlighted yesterday nothing is certain!). The snow intensity will increase tonight, along with the wind speed. Tomorrow now looks like being a whiteout all day with the snow line climbing from 1300m to 1700m by the end of the day, so perhaps a bit slushy down in Les Brevieres, and sadly no sun at all. It will be a day for the trees (and the brave) and a progressive opening of the lifts as the pisteurs rearrange the snow into an eye pleasing and safe fashion!
Monday will be windy in the morning, but cloudy. There is a good chance of light snow – this could of course increase. Tuesday is currently showing as a mix of sun and sunny periods – as it stands, the best day of the week. From Wednesday on it looks very unsettled with wind, snow and sunny periods but it’s too early to offer detail. I can, however, see 40-60cm of snow over the next couple of days, followed by a similar amount in the latter half of the week. As ever, no promises.
For those flying tomorrow, there are no real issues with the weather. It might be a bit bumpy in the London area and grey and miserable in Scotland. Over here, Chambery and Geneva look fine (just the chance of an odd shower). Lyon and Grenoble are still not issuing forecasts.
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