Because of the high winds there were very few lifts open outside of the village drags in both resorts. So we elected to aim for Tignes Les Brevieres. The ride up Chaudanne was a bit brutal this morning, but as the wind was from the North West we were quite sheltered heading down towards the Dam. There was enough light in the trees to enjoy the piles of new snow and so we did 5 laps of the Boisse/Breviere Bubbles over lunchtime whilst it was quiet. There was a lull in the wind early afternoon, it is now blowing very hard again.
In terms of total snow this year Radio Val have just announced that the centre of Val has had 5.19m of snow to Mar 3, against 3m last year and 3.5 m the previous year to the same date (the totals for the whole of last year was 4m and the previous one 4.4m.) The demise of European skiing as forecast by the doom mongers in the British tabloids early in the year seems a bit misplaced!
It will stop snowing in the early evening and the winds should drop by morning, although there will be a stiff breeze still. Tomorrow morning will see a progressive opening (avalanche work) and there may be a glimpse of the sun at breakfast time through a milky sky. This will not last long as snow down to 1400m is expected to start again mid morning.
Saturday now looks snowy all day with winds building through the afternoon – the snow level will be Bourg. So with the 31,000 cars coming up and 27,000 going down expect a fair few delays once you have left the motorways coming up and a slow crawl if you are leaving. Go early (0600) would be the advice. For those coming up keep an eye on the apps and consider having a break down the valley if you are arriving after lunchtime. Expect transfer bus times to come forward.
Sunday will see sunny periods with snow showers – it will still be cold. Monday morning looks OK with a few snow showers in the afternoon, but in weather terms that is a long way away.
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