The clouds built up a bit quicker to the south today and one or two of them dispensed a few flakes to the souther flanks of the playground that is Tignes – Val d’Isere! The wind was also quite cheeky at 3000m or so. Today was another adventure and quite a long day too. The plan was to ski over to Val d’Isere and disappear on a skin from halfway down the Cugnai off piste run. As this involved a trip via La Daille, I have to say that there is still loads of snow down there and no sign of any stones, which is unusual for this time of year. One or two of the other pistes have a few bare patches over there (notably Arcelle and Rhone Alpes but nothing to worry about).
So having descended Cugnai we skinned up past the Refuge du Fond Des Fours and on up Vallons Des Fours to the Col of the same name. Unfortunately, a cloud just obscured our view at the top after an hour and 40 mins and about 520m of uphill! The light for the ski down was fine, we had a few cm of powdery crystals at the top, some transforming snow and spring snow all in one pitch, and we only saw 6 other people. Lunch was taken at the refuge in the picture!
Tomorrow will be a carbon copy of today. There may be a bit less wind and the amount of clouds on the peaks may vary a bit. Wednesday still looks like the worst day of the week – almost complete cloud cover, a breeze and showery precipitation all day, possibly thundery in the morning. The snow line will start at 2100m and slowly creep down to 1500m. So Thursday should be a good day, a bit of new snow, sunny all morning and a few fluffy clouds in the afternoon. Friday and Saturday will be a mix of sunny periods and light showers.
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