The skies were clear and the sun was out, so a group of us decided to go skinning over the Col Du Palet to the Col de La Grassaz. I could still see my tracks from my last trip over there on 17 December! The snow was mostly slick or sugary but on the more positive side the food at the refuge is great and I won’t need to go to the gym this week. Little did we realise that we had actually been trapped in the valley as 4 cars and a lorry had been playing dodgems just below Les Brevieres blocking the road out. It looks like the 11 people involved are all OK, we are still waiting for news of the 25 sledding dogs that were in a trailer behind one of the vehicles. Initial reports seem to blame an Opel Tigra for overtaking in front of a stream of oncoming traffic.
In the words of Bob Dylan – the times they are a changing! There may be a hint of sun tomorrow but it will cloud over progressively through the day. The wind will also pick up dramatically in the afternoon; watch out for the links between the resorts closing early. A wise man would be in his own valley by just after lunch. It will be a wild old night and we should get a cm or 2 of snow. There is only one word for Thursday – Brutal! The maximum air temperature will be -7 degrees and it will be windy. I expect the links and the high lifts to be closed. If there was more snow I would advise heading for the trees (or going to the pub to be frank!). But the sun may make an appearance between fast-moving clouds. Friday will be cold and sunny, and after that it’s all a bit variable.