Another bluebird day, so we had a Gentleman’s Off Piste Day. The Fab Four set off for the Cugnai Valley in Val d’Isere. The Face de bellvarde was quite firm this morning, the top of the Solaise was great. Clearly there was not going to be any fresh tracks or powder but we were hoping for chalky snow getting softer as the day went on. As we entered Cugnai, the going was good to firm. The picture above shows the view up towards Col De Four. We thought it may soften up so we did another lap – it had but only a little. By then we had earned lunch at the restaurant/refuge just above the deserted village of Le Manchet. Following lunch we then did Super L on the way to Grand Vallon where there was some nice chalky snow. The pistes stayed remarkably firm, there was only soft snow in the last few metres into the villages, but not slush.
The sky has just become obscured by thin cloud which will thicken through the night and tomorrow will be grey. The wind will increase in the morning and it will start snowing some time after lunch – about 5cm or so at mid altitudes and the snow level will be halfway to Bourg. Definitely another layer needed in the morning. Saturday will be another glorious one, just watch out for the winds in the morning. No problems for the roads though for the 29,000 vehicles coming up and the 26,000 going down, so expect similar traffic jams to last week at the usual spots. The forecast for Sunday is firming up – it will be cloudy, the winds will pick up through the day (some high lifts will close) and there will be snow showers down to 1900m in the morning. The snow line will drop rapidly to Bourg during the afternoon. It’s too early to say how much snow we’ll get but more than tomorrow, probably….
Tuesday will be dull and quite breezy. Potentially Wednesday might be quite lively with thunderstorms, high winds, snow down to 1600m and perhaps a plague of frogs.
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