It was basically a glorious day – just a few bits of mist floating around. It had also frozen overnight down to below Tignes Le Lac so the pistes were bullet hard this morning. But today was an early alarm to resurrect our cancelled tour from the other day. After skating round the pistes to the top of the Grand Huit we skinned up the Col de la Tourne (only 20 mins or so). Spookily, the mist blew in as we donned skis. The ski down was on very hard pack – but the best was to come (such is touring at this time of year as you have to leave early to avoid afternoon slips).
The second skin of 40 mins took us past the buried (in snow) Chalet Des Aimes up Les Aimes where there was a fantastic pitch of sublime spring snow ,pictured above. It was then the 40 min haul uphill to the Refuge du Col Du Palet for a well earned Savoyarde lunch. A final 20 min skin took us up to the top of Col Du Palet where we rejoined the masses on slushy bumps.
What a difference a day will make… There is a front parked over us for the next few days. As it ebbs and flows the temperatures, snowline and amount of cloud will vary (just check the latest forecast vs yesterdays). Tomorrow will be cloudy and snowy all day – the forecast snowline has crept up to 1900m in the morning, falling down the valley towards the evening. The winds will pick up during the day as well. I am still hoping for between 10c, and 20cm of snow, though some forecasts are predicting more. Saturday now looks cloudy and dull down low. It may be sunny at height, we will have to check the webcams…. Sunday will be a day of sunny spells and a 4 or 5 degree increase in temperature. Monday looks like being cloudy with a chance of a shower in the afternoon. Tuesday’s forecast is for a nice day with a few fluffy clouds – stand by for changes to this plan though!
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