Well this morning certainly put the B back into Baltic. As I was making my way through the cornflakes it was minus 12 in Tignes – Val d’Isere and minus 18 at the top of the Grande Motte. There was a bit more blue sky than had been predicted with thin cloud floating about. So the first lifts were a bit chilly, but as the morning wore on it was OK in the sun as the sun is now quite strong; out of it, or when skiing fast it was finger-numbingly chilly. The cloud built up through the day and the blue sky seemed to be favouring Tignes over Val d’Isere, especially in the afternoon – it looked quite gloomy over Le Fornet. A stiff breeze built up in the afternoon, meaning the glaciers were only for the hardy. The cold does have benefits, as it has kept the snow in ace condition – there was even fluffy light stuff between the trees down to Tignes Les Brevieres. The pistes are in awesome condition! To be honest the cold can last as long as it likes providing the snow remains this good.
The forecast over the next few days is a little tricky. There are lots of weak fronts around that keep coming and going, but it is going to be cool out of any sun and there will be a moderate breeze above 2800m or so for most of the week. So standby for forecasts of cloud and sun amounts to vary. Tomorrow will start sunny and very cold. The temperature will rise a bit but thin cloud will encroach through the afternoon – early birds and worms!!! Thursday currently looks sunny all day and a degree or two warmer again; Friday the same but that degree or two will disappear. Saturday and Sunday will bring sunny periods. Wrap up in the morning!!
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