Well that was Spring! Warm temperatures, blue skies, a breeze built up in the afternoon and a lot more people than normal for a Saturday. The Magnificent Seven were planning on the Grande Motte but so was everyone else – the queues were big for a Saturday. Additionally, they can only use one of the two cars on the Telepherique at the moment so that queue was a non starter! The new snow up high had been blown and so the tops of the moguls were hard pack. Between them was dense new snow that acted as a break on the skis – quite odd and quite tricky. However, the snow down Familial into Val d’Isere’s La Daille was much nicer offering fresh tracks for all of us even though they were only 4cm deep! After coffee we cruised round Grand Pre and Borsat with some nice pitches off piste when you know where to look. The pistes are much improved over yesterday.
And now for the not such good news for the new arrivals, the weather. The sky will cloud over sometime after midnight and by morning there will be light showers – the snowline will start off at 1800m and slowly move down the valley. The wind will pick up at altitude, so somewhere in between there will be some good skiing, albeit in flat light. It will be and feel much colder. Overall, where it is snow all day we are expecting about 10cm. Monday will be similar, not quite so windy perhaps and light showers on and off all day – the snow line will be around Tignes Les Boisses. Tuesday will be a real mixed bag with sunny spells and light showers – the snowline will be around Les Brevieres, however, it will be very windy. Wednesday will be similar but the snowline will be higher at 2700m in the morning, lowering to 2100m – let’s hope the showers are very sparse. Confidence in the forecast drops for Thursday onwards but thunderstorms look to be on the cards…
Flying conditions will be blustery and showery tomorrow. In the UK all of the English airports are forecasting a chance of a thunderstorm. These will pass through quickly, so only a minor delay. If you can see showers around you expect a bumpy descent and landing. Over here it will also be showery, a thick one could reduce the visibility enough to cause issues at Chambery. Additionally, the weatherman there is forecasting strong gusty winds from random directions early in the morning. If these last into the mid morning they could also cause delays whilst Biggles waits for the showers to pass through. As to whether your flight is affected – that’s a bit of a lottery.
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