After the exertions of yesterday, today was a gentle stroll round the pistes to get some fresh air. There were patchy clouds at most levels and some were just thick enough to give a light shower of snow grains on high and some annoying drizzle down low. The snow up towards Tignes’ Grande Motte is in excellent condition and even down to La Daille in Val d’Isere there are only a few small bare patches below the Triffolet Restaurant and very few stones, which is unusual for mid-April. So there is plenty of snow for anyone planning a last-minute getaway.
Tomorrow will be similar to today in terms of cloud, glimpses of the sun and some light showers (snowline about 2200m) but the wind will be much stronger and gusty at altitude – an extra layer perhaps? Sunday will be similar but the wind speed may pick up even more and there is a slim chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Monday should be much more benign with sunny periods in the morning; the sky should cloud over in the afternoon. Tuesday looks smashing, sunshine all day. On Wednesday there will be a few fluffy clouds and the temperatures will rocket – the freezing level will be well above the top of the Grande Motte, so a day for skiing early and retiring to the terrace for a beer or 3.
For the fliers tomorrow; the UK could be summed up as grey and damp with some heavier showers in the afternoon. There is even a chance of snow at Sir Geoffrey Boycott International (LBA) before breakfast, though I don’t see this causing too much hassle. Over here, there will always be the chance of a shower, again no problems. But Lyon and Geneva are forecasting a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Thunderstorms and aeroplanes don’t mix so if you are unlucky there could be a bit of holding until the shower moves away. As ever with thunderstorms there could be a bit of turbulence around.
And finally, Sunday is the Annecy Marathon around the cycle tracks around the lake (the transfer route of choice to Geneva). This used to cause absolute havoc, but the tracks have now all been tunnelled under the road. But there will still be big delays, having spoken to a transfer operator he will be going the long way round via the motorway as should any of the professional transfer companies, so if you are in a renter do the same!
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