Today was a mixed bag of weather, which gave our Evolution 2 instructor one or two conundrums! The hill fog/mist moved around all day, so it was a bit ‘suck it and see’. It also became noticeably cooler through the day. But we shot up to Tignes’ Grande Motte first thing and did 3 laps of Leisses, whilst the pisteurs finished blasting the top of the Glacier. We cracked the first cable car load up where there was about 15cm of new snow – freshtracks for everyone. However, we only sank in 5cm or so as it was quite heavy – talk of a powder day in the bars tonight would be a bit wide of the mark. After some great spring snow below the Panoramique we launched into the P7 couloir (to the left of the Lanches Chair as you ascend) and the soft snow meant it was a lot easier to control your speed and not have to stop to avoid the rocky edges! The morning finished with a good run down Lognan; spring snow at the top, glue down towards the bus stop. I also saw my first marmot (well 5 actually) under Palafour and on the Golf Course.
After lunch we picked our way down to Tignes Les Brevieres. If you are wondering why Sache is closed, you can see why when you get into Brevieres, there has been a colossal (I don’t do hyperbole – remember) avalanche from the avalanche barriers above the bit of Sache that is steep and mogulled. It made it all the way down to the edge of the beginners piste, about 450m vertical. We are now short of quite a few trees and a snow cannon or two! On the way home we spotted a credit card under the Aiguille Rouge Chair so we did an off piste ‘Womble’ Run; 6 bottles, one pole and if Mrs Castle-Doughty is still looking for her (unsigned!) business debit card it is with the Police Municipale in Tignes Le Lac.
Tomorrow should be a much better day – a little cooler than today (in the shade) but we should see the big orange thing in the sky all morning. There will be a few fluffy clouds building up in the afternoon and there may be a sea of clouds well down the valley. There may be a snow shower or two as you walk back from the pub! Friday looks like cloud and snow all the way down to below Tignes Les Brevieres so a great refresh from the piste. It’s all a bit chaotic on the charts, but at he moment 10-15cm (maybe!). There will also be a stiff breeze. On Saturday it will be cool for the time of year and sunny spells will be the order of the day. Sunday now looks similar but warmer (a bit). Monday looks like a mixed bag of showers (the odd one may be thundery) and sun.
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