After a stormy night which tested the emergency services with floods and rock falls the weather has calmed down; the storm abated a little quicker than we thought and we had a sunny but breezy afternoon. There are a few flocons going past the window as I type at 5 o clock, but they won’t last long. The break in the weather has allowed all the resort elves to get onto the pistes and hopefully there will be quite a lot open tomorrow, but given the quantities of snow towards Le Fornet (up to a metre in places) we may need to allow a little time tomorrow for a full opening. There has been a lot of avalanche blasting today, Meteo France have not declared a formal risk, but lets just say it will be high.
Tomorrow will be a nice day, there may be a breeze at altitude and a few clouds around the peaks, but there should be a lot of sun and it will be quite mild for late November. Sunday will be very similar, but with less breeze. I think there will be fewer clouds on Monday, the breeze may return and it will start to cool down. It looks like Monday night will be the first time it will be cold enough to use the snow cannons at resort level. But given the vagaries of localised mountain temperatures I am sure someone will be on standby to ‘turn on the taps’ if it is cold enough (especially towards the bottom of the race pistes in Val D’Isere). The clouds on the peaks will return for Tuesday and it will get slightly cooler again (especially at night), the prognosis for Wednesday and Thursday are very similar.
So as they say at Le Mans “Gentlemen start your engines”, the season starts tomorrow!