What a day! Between 10 and 15cm of new snow, blue skies, sunshine and fresh tracks for everyone. As ever at this time of year the snow soon consolidated on all but north facing slopes and the early bird got the worm (or the fresh tracks). But we decided to work for our turns – we had had a big day tour planned so off we set up to the top of the Palet drag lift and skied down towards Plan de Janin, skinned up Les Aimes to The Col de la Grassaz where the views are stunning. As you can see from the photograph, we had that slope all to ourselves on the way down!
So, what can we expect weather wise? It will cloud over tonight and tomorrow will start cloudy at most levels but we should get a glimpse or two of the sun in the afternoon. However, the wind will start to pick up mid-afternoon. Saturday will be made up of sunny periods with the chance of a light shower in the afternoon (snowline 2500m) but the wind will be the main feature – strong and gusty. This wind will continue into Sunday, where forecasts vary but showers and fast-moving sunny periods seem to be on the cards. For Monday the levels of confidence in the forecast are low but showery with the potential for a thunderstorm or two is the best guess. Throughout, the snowline will vary depending on the time of day but during the heat of the day it will be in the range 2200-2500m.
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