I’ll leave the weather report to the Electric Light Orchestra: “Sun is shinin’ in the sky, There ain’t a cloud in sight”. Which pretty much sums it up! Today we decided to explore the vertical extremities of Tignes, so up to the top of the Grande Motte – the glacier snow and all but the last 100m down into Val Claret is in very good condition, you just have to watch out for the white hippos (piles of artificial snow) as you approach the villages. After a quick coffee, it was up the Aiguiile Percée and down Corniche, which is surprisingly well covered. The adventure continued to assess the conditions down into Boisses where it is fine, if mainly artificial snow. The last 200 or 300 metres are a little narrow though, as it is all man made. They are even trying to get the beginner piste open down there by bringing it in by the truckload. We will have to wait for the next snowfall at least before Les Brevieres comes into play. Although I suspect they are trying to open the nursery slope as there was quite a lot of artificial snow in evidence by the bridge. Just one thing to note, the paths and roads are still very slippy, there is still a lot of frozen slush around, as L’homme de la fourgonette blanche (white van man) discovered in Val this morning, his van now has its nose in the Isere itself!
And the forecast, tomorrow will be the same as today, perhaps a little cooler. Friday will see a slight pick up in the breeze. Saturday and Sunday will be pretty much the same as Friday. Confidence levels then drop in the forecast, there will be increasing cloud and it will get cooler and maybe, just maybe, unsettled later in the week – fingers crossed.