It was warmer today with no breeze, but there was a thin layer of high cloud. The resorts were a little busier and today was a charge round the two resorts on piste. After a circuit of the Palet sector we ventured down to La Daille. The piste down there is very firm and finishes about 100m short of the bridge. After a bus trip into the centre of Val D’Isere it was time to head up to Solaise. The snow on Solaise was excellent, as it was up at Le Fornet. We ventured back down into Val D’Isere via Piste M, which was very hard below the tree line. Unless it’s quiet and and you are a good skier, I would recommend taking the lift down!
The good news for tomorrow is the opening of the Boisses and Brev bubbles! No news yet on the piste into Boisses. The Aiguille Rouge and Aiguille Percée will also open, and it will be the first day for the new Almes chair in Tignes Le Lac.
The weather tomorrow will be the same as today, maybe a little less high cloud. It will cool down quite a bit on Sunday, and some clouds may build up as a cold front moves over the top of us. It is a weak feature, so no snow. Monday and Tuesday will be sunny, but there could be quite a sharp breeze on Monday. After that, broadly the same for a couple of days but increasing amounts of cloud on the peaks.
And the travel, where the news is not so good. Firstly, the UK. The only trouble spots may be Luton and Stansted where there is a 40% chance of fog. If this arrives then it will slow things up a little. The early departures should not suffer, though there may be a knock on effect from delayed arrivals. The rest of the UK will be OK for flying, if a little damp and a bit windy in Scotland. Over here there is a slim chance of mist at Lyon. It will be a nice day for flying at Chambéry and Grenoble (unless anything changes the breeze should keep the mist at bay). The problems will be at Geneva. They are forecasting thick freezing fog until lunchtime tomorrow, with a quick break in the afternoon before it returns. As I type at 1600CET the visibility is only just over a mile and reducing quickly, so it is not looking good. As Geneva is busy and only has one runway delays will be inevitable as they will have to use Low Visibility Procedures. There may even be some cancellations on high frequency routes.
ALTERNATIVE SNOW REPORT
Similar to the alternative Christmas message, here’s the alternative – and very special – snow report from the pistes of Tignes. Filmed by Man Watson, featuring Matt.