By Meteo Mike
Another funny old day. There was all sorts of cloud types at all levels, I could wax lyrical (OK, then I won’t). On the whole there was more than enough light to see until late afternoon. We stopped in Tignes today as there seemed to be a bit more cloud in Val. That may have been an optical illusion, but who is going to leave a sunny area on the off chance? Going was good to firm this morning, but in the relatively mild temperatures conditions improved after a mid morning coffee. The very top section of the Grand Motte glacier was very hard though as this had been wind scoured. Not surprisingly Grattalu was in very good condition. Overall the pistes are in fine shape. We did see a few flocons floating past, but not as many as we had hoped.
The weather still aims to perplex! Tomorrow may well be similar to today. There should be sunny periods in the morning and then the cloud will build up again to obscure the sun in the afternoon. Winds will be light and temperatures mild. Monday will start with a thin veil of cloud which will thicken as a weather front approaches from the north. Sadly we are not expecting any snow here. Tuesday will be another day of sunny periods with the chance of a light shower in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday will again see sunny periods, the wind will pick up a jot. Friday sees the big change, snow down to 1500m early on, the snowline will then rise to about 2000m. Very unsettled weather is the due for the weekend to coincide with the first day of the French holidays……… So for those stuck in the traffic jams down in the Valley my advice would be max out on the skiing/riding early in the week!
For those travelling by air tomorrow the UK can be summed up as showery, it may look bleak but no weather issues for flying at the moment. Over here no snags.
In other news the Val D’Isere Town Council gave the go ahead last night for a new 10 man Telecabine from La Daille to somewhere just above the Folie Douce. If all goes to plan (ie no eagles nesting (Laisinant Chair construction) or rare wild flowers get in the way (new Solaise Gondy)) it should be opening in Dec 18. Goodbye to another bottleneck!