It was noticeably cooler today than yesterday, there was quite a lot of high cloud about and persistent contrails which blocked out the sun a bit. The breeze also picked up a notch or two, and there was spindrift from the top of Les Grandes Caisses et Motte. Indeed the Motte cable car was not running due to the winds. By 11am Mont Blanc had his hat on (or more correctly Mont Blanc had a veil of altocumulus lenticularis). Now this is normally a reliable indication of poor weather to come in the next 24 hours. Sadly, today it was just a reflection of the remnants of the cold front which is dissipating as it passes over us. In general today the pistes were hard, after softening in yesterday’s sun and warmth and then refreezing last night. We skied around Tignes and then over to Val for the second run of the GS. Luckily I had my skis serviced yesterday, fresh edges were a good idea. We could also see the floodlight on La Face de Bellvarde that spontaneously combusted yesterday afternoon, not much snow left round the bottom of the pylon. Luckily it was after the racing and was soon extinguished.
Tomorrow will also feel cool as the breeze may develop into wind by mid morning. Most of the high level cloud will disappear leaving us with a sunny winters day. Tuesday and Wednesday will be predominantly sunny with light breezes. There may be a bit more cloud about on Thursday and Friday with a breeze, so sunny periods rather than wall to wall sunshine. Beyond that there is change on the horizon with Atlantic systems starting to exercise their muscles. Its too early to say if it will bring any snow over next weekend, but after 3 weeks of sun we could do with a change.