The day dawned with sunny skies and the search for spring snow, which to be honest wasn’t that difficult by following the sun (but if you didn’t get it right the consequences were teeth rattling). Most of the morning was spent lapping the area to the left of the Grand Huit chair in Tignes – perfect spring snow. The pistes were quite soft by 1.30pm so an early finish and a siesta! The sky progressively clouded over through the afternoon.
Tomorrow could be a wild old day. It will be cloudy at daybreak and then sometime between breakfast and morning coffee the rain/snow will start. There could easily be thunder and lightning as a trough of low pressure is parked over us. So maybe a day to stay close to home (or a bar). Also if you get caught, ski next to someone with a camera on their helmet – lightning likes tall metal objects . The showers will be less intense by evening and a stiff breeze will pick up in the afternoon. The all-important snowline should start around 2200m falling to 1500m by the evening. As ever, with showers it is difficult to predict how much snow, but if we are parked under a big one 10-15cm is easily on the cards, maybe more if we are lucky.
Thursday will be much nicer with sunny periods in the morning. High clouds will gather and cover the sun in the afternoon – a bit like today really. Friday is a mix of showers and sunny periods, nothing to bad but there will be a strong wind at altitude. Saturday and Sunday look like being showery and it will be much warmer so the snowline by day could be most of the way up the mountain. The Jetstream is still parked over France for the foreseeable future so the outlook remains showery – a mix of sun, snow and rain.
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