Tignes Val d’Isere Snow Report & Weather Forecast – 17.11.16

Meteo Mike Snow Reports Tignes Val d'IsereBy Meteo Mike
As I emerged from beneath my sombrero at the end of my summer hibernation, to my surprise it appeared that winter had already arrived across Tignes and Val D’Isere!  With snow depths in Tignes Le Lac already at 45cm and huge amounts of snow across the higher parts of both resorts it seemed appropriate to issue start the forecast again.  I don’t actually arrive until next week to give reports of the days’ fun but I have just had a look at the weather for the next week – so for the first time this season here goes:
It’s going to be changeable and quite windy at times. The settled weather of the last few days will be displaced as the jetstream heads south again and it is going to warm up quite a bit. Today, Thursday,  will be the last nice day as tomorrow looks showery; nothing too heavy but the snowline will rise to around 2100m so expect some of the snow down in Les Brevieres to disappear and it may well look a bit slushy in the very lower parts of Val D’Isere. The wind picks up on Saturday and there should be a mix of snow showers and sunny periods. Hopefully the winds should not be too high to close all the lifts. As both the Funiculaire and Lanches are now open there shouldn’t be the massive queues of last weekend. Sunday looks like a half reasonable day – still quite windy but there will be some sunny periods to enjoy.

It then goes downhill. The precise track of the depression is a little uncertain but Monday and Tuesday could be quite stormy. During the dark hours the snow will fall as low as Les Boisses but during the middle part of the day it may well rain to between 2200 and 2400m. I don’t think this will rob the snow from the main villages upwards but it will feel quite unpleasant. The wind will also be a feature, the high lifts are likely to be closed and the slush lower down may well cause some icing on lift cables. Beyond that it is a mixed bag, but there should be plenty of snow from both Tignes and Val D’Isere for the Grand Opening of the area on Saturday 26 Nov. I can’t wait!

Katie Downs

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