Wow, what a day. The fog was a little slow to clear this morning but when it did, it was like a perfect winter morning. Chill on the face, fab snow on piste and great off piste. Not surprisingly it got very busy and although both resorts were close to fully open there were lift queues at times. A little local knowledge goes a long way though…. We skied all around Tignes and the first trip up the Grande Motte for a couple of months – I had to check the view out with a mate who is here for 3 days. Later in the afternoon we had a whizz round the Bellvarde in Val d’Isere. There were beaming smiles everywhere, but some crazy busy pistes and with all the soft snow even the blue runs became mogul fields by mid-afternoon. Around 1530 Mont Blanc donned his hat – a sentinel of things to come……
There are a whole string of fronts gathering in the North West to attack us over the next 4 days. Not surprisingly some of the apps are going mad – I would opt for 50-70cm between now and Saturday. As ever the passage of the most active parts of the fronts will determine how much we get. At least it will be shared equally with all the resorts in the Tarentaise. Val d’Isere will not be able to claim it all this week.
The sky will progressively cloud over tonight and it will start snowing later, this will continue with a short break around day break. Initially, the snowline will be around 1600m so a bit slushy in the lower villages. The winds will pick up quite dramatically after lunch – stay close to home and the snowline will plunge down to 800m. So wrap up warm after today and don’t forget the low light gogs/shades. Thursday will be very windy and snowy, there may be the odd glimpse of the sun, but expect the high lifts to be closed and a lot of avalanche activity. Friday looks pretty much the same. Saturday is a long way off but looks less windy with snow showers and the odd sunny period. Hope you enjoyed today!
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