Tignes Val d’Isere Snow Report & Weather Forecast – 31.01.17

Meteo Mike Snow Reports Tignes Val d'IsereBy Meteo Mike
Well there is only one way to sum up today’s weather: Miserable! It has been warm and damp all day. It snowed lightly all morning and for some of the afternoon it has increased to moderate snowfall. For this season’s new readers, the Chocksaway Scale of snowfall relates to how far I can see through the snow from the pad. Light snow means I can still see Val Claret, moderate means I can’t see Val Claret but can see the end of the Bec Rouge. If the Bec Rouge disappears then its heavy and if the Palafour Chair goes its very heavy! It is loosely based on a Canadian system. However, the good news is there was 5cm in the village overnight and 10cm up high, but it has only just started settling on the roads and the balcony. To add to the woes we have been sat in cloud for the day, but that has meant more snow than was forecast.  So, it won’t come as a surprise to say that the only piste I can report on is the one on the treadmill in the gym. Time to exercise some muscles that don’t get used whilst skiing!And now for the forecast – same caveats as yesterday – it will change! The snow will continue into the evening, but the clouds will then break up and by just after breakfast we should be left with a mainly clear sky. It will be warm so tomorrow will be the day this week to grab lunch on a mountain terrace. I may well be reporting about the Palet Refuge tomorrow. A thin layer of cloud will block out the sun later in the afternoon. Thursday will be a bit cooler and the cloud will build through the day to potentially give a few light showers of snow down to 1500m in the afternoon. Overnight into Friday it should snow down to 1500m or so. After a glimpse of the sun in the afternoon the snow will return on Friday evening. It will be windy throughout so expect high lifts to be closed. Saturday looks interesting to say the least. The wind will drop but there will be significant precipitation; the key will be the freezing level. At the moment it looks like it will snow down to 1400m overnight rising to 1900m in the day, before dropping again. Sunday will be very similar. So hopefully any rain will not do too much damage to the snow amounts in Tignes and Val D’Isere and it should be replaced through the nights. However, for the lower resorts I am not hopeful. Of course, Saturday is the first transfer day of the French Hol’s; there will inevitably be talk of another ‘Snowmageddon’. If this forecast comes into being there will of course be problems and snow chains will likely be compulsory to get into resort. But the snow level will be well above Bourg St Maurice, so hopefully there won’t be chaos on the main routes into the Tarentaise from Chambery and Grenoble.

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