Groundhog Day – but only from a weather point of view! A little bit warmer than yesterday. We had to drag ourselves out of bed for another day of unbroken sunshine, and just a very light breeze at the top of Le Fornet. As you still cannot ski down into Val D’Isere, unless you are a lycra clad immortal with a numbered bib (ie; one of the elite skiers on the OK getting practice runs in before tomorrow’s World Cup race!), getting to Le Fornet and back did involve downloading in bubbles a couple of times. The new Solaise Gondola is very slick, the heated seats are nice (not sure what the environmentalists would have to say…), and as it now goes to the top of the Solaise there isn’t that awkward pole to get down to the Glacier Express. The weather was too good to investigate the new lodge at the top.
So it was off to Le Fornet, where the snow was fabulous, and I suspect the T Bar had only opened yesterday as there was still untracked soft snow to be had without a walk. As the Pays Desert drag lift is not yet open, there is also a lot of untracked snow left over that side of the valley, but only for those with skins! After a number of laps we had lunch, and then lapped some more before coming home via Tommeuses and the Palet sector. There are still humps of artificial snow around the resorts to be aware of – they can be very slippery..
Now, at the risk of sounding like a cracked record, the weather tomorrow will be identical to today and that pattern repeats till Wednesday at least. There may be the odd cloud wandering about at some stage but nothing to spoil the view, and just occasionally there may be a gentle breeze.
PHOTO: ©YSE Ski
Elite race skier on OK course ahead of World Cup event this weekend.