Tignes Val d’Isere Snow Report & Weather Forecast – 27.01.17

Meteo Mike Snow Reports Tignes Val d'IsereBy Meteo Mike
Today was a funny old day. The sky was overcast with a thin layer of high cloud, this allowed enough light through. But there were also varying amounts of medium level cloud which made for some interesting sky-scapes. As the wind was from the south east there was quite a lot of cloud over towards Val D’Isere and over the top of the Panoramique Restaurant as it sneaked up the Col de la Leisse. The wind was the main problem, closing exposed lifts. It was gusty at times and the direction was swinging around which made it tricky to avoid. The air was damp as well which made it a tad unpleasant in exposed places. The pistes are holding up, there are still some scored areas and one or two well marked bare patches. Some of the steeper busier slopes are a little polished but hopefully…..Tomorrow will be overcast and there will still be a sharp south-easterly wind at altitude, it looks like it will be snowing lightly for most of the day, it won’t amount to much but it will help. I would also say that Le Fornet will probably get more than Val and so on across to Les Arcs. Sunday and Monday look very similar with sunny periods and light winds, it will feel much warmer without the wind and the temperatures in the villages will be just above zero by lunchtime, so hard pistes first thing, softening later. Tuesday and Wednesday look overcast, but with similar temperatures. Beyond that it looks much more unsettled, I don’t want to curse the forecast but it could be quite snowy…….

Now regarding trains, planes and automobiles: tomorrow is going to be busier on the roads compared with last week, especially for those on the way home. With 25000 vehicles heading out of the Tarentaise there will be queues in all the usual places, especially if the snow is heavier than forecast. I would aim to be on the road by 7am or wait till mid afternoon. For the 28000 vehicles heading up the valley there will be slow traffic/jams from around lunchtime onwards. For those flying: the airports in the UK can be summed up as damp miserable and misty. This shouldn’t be bad enough to cause problems like earlier in the week. The only issues I can see are fog at Leeds before breakfast, but for take off it will be fine and there may be a bit of sleet at Edinburgh that would then require a few moments for the de-icing truck to do its stuff. Over at the snowy side Lyon looks fine. It will be drab at Grenoble and Geneva for short periods, that won’t cause a problem. However there is also a slim chance of short periods of mist at Chambery that may delay any approach, so maybe a hold on the ground in the UK or a few laps of the skies in France whilst it clears.

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