Tignes Val d’Isere Snow Report & Weather Forecast – 06.01.17

Meteo Mike Snow Reports Tignes Val d'IsereBy Meteo Mike

Today was fantastic. Blue skies, but barkingly cold. Luckily the breeze dropped quite quickly to make it bearable, but getting changed after skiing was a bit like the dance of the 7 veils! The new snow has improved things a lot. There was a lot of varying conditions off piste, every turn was different. The best places were in the little gullies where there was up to 10 cm of really light snow. In other areas where it had settled over a smooth area it was just like warm apple pie, smooth and velvety. Where the wind had affected it most (up high) there were very hard sastrugi about 30cm high – cue surfing music, de de de da da de de de da (you get the idea). We started with Grizzly which was scoured at the top, but good from half way. Familial was very pleasant. We then had a bit of a faff as we were just about to get on Borsat when there was a funny burning smell and it stopped for 40 mins. It was then on and off for the rest of the day (including early afternoon when there was a helo flying round the top). We eventually got to Grand Pre where the new snow was not really deep enough to call it powder, but we made some pretty lines. After a quick lunch it was up the Grand Motte where most of the Sastrugi were to be found, but again some nice pockets off the ridges. Our last run was Leisses, it was this first time this season for me. Crikey, a lot of snow has gone from the bottom, so to get to the lift you need to be able to do big moguls – they cannot get a piste basher through. There is a sign at the top saying expert skiers only – they mean it! However, the snow to the side was fab.Tomorrow will be like today, it should be a few degrees warmer, or should I say less cold! It will be cloudy overnight into Sunday with the chance of a light snow shower. Sunday itself will be a day of sunny periods and fluffy clouds, and another couple of degrees warmer. Monday will be similar to Sunday but with a bit more of a breeze. After that we have a battle of high pressure to the west and a series of fronts to the North (those coming from over the UK this weekend) so this forecast will change. Currently Tuesday will be very cloudy with light snow until daylight on Wednesday. The wind will also pick up. Wednesday will be a mixed bag of snow showers and sunny periods.

And the travel, firstly the roads; With only 19000 vehicles coming up, there should not be many holdups, same going down as there are only 21000. Unless they all leave at once after another days skiing. For those coming by air there is one way to sum up the UK airports – drab. There will be mist and drizzle almost everywhere. there is a slim chance of fog at Leeds Bradford until 7am. There is more of a chance of fog at both Stansted and Luton throughout the morning, which would cause delays. I wouldn’t be surprised if this cropped up at the other London airports either (especially after last weeks forecasting failures). Over here the 4 airports will have fine weather. The only thing to mention is the northerly wind at Chambery which may be strong enough to make the pilots land on the northerly runway. You will approach over the lake as normal, heading south,but then Biggles will throw a rakish but safe manoeuvre through 180 degs to get to the northerly. For those in seats A-C you will get a close up view of the mountains to the left. If you are in D to F standby for a view of the Velux windows of the city itself!!

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