What a day with Evolution 2, an off piste extravaganza starting with Spatule above Val d’Isere’s la Daille, where the snow was good and the trees not too close together. Following that we did the south face of Charvet, which at the top was a untouched pitch of almost Spring snow. Lower down towards the stream was different, ‘collante’ as the French would say – sticky, very sticky. We then shot down Super L into Laisinant – varied – and then up to Grand Vallon where the snow was chalky and fantastic. After a quick lunch in Val d’Isere we climbed up to the North Face of the Borsat – great at the top, glue at the bottom – and finished off with Couloir du Lac du Chardonnet which had just crisped over. Quite tired now!
Tomorrow will be dull, cloudy and windy and some of the top lifts will be closed. It will barely freeze overnight (freezing level at 2900m as we sleep) so the avalanche risk is 3 as the snow will continue to humidify through the night, so expect more slips of wet snow – we did see evidence of that today.
For Friday there is a complex set of weak fronts over the region but the low pressure has not developed, so not much in the way of precipitation, so the apps are telling a different story to yesterday. Friday will be windy and a bit cooler with a few showers in the morning. Saturday will be a day of fast moving sunny periods – hopefully the wind will drop a little to allow more lifts to open. Sunday looks like a nice day, sunny periods and maybe a light shower in the afternoon. After that it looks like April showers, but a little cooler.
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