By Meteo Mike
Today was a ‘game of two halves’. The weather decided to follow Friday’s forecast instead of yesterdays and we awoke to blue skies with just the odd cloud. So out of the door at full speed. First job was to negotiate round the lift office queue – it was huge, have people not heard of the interweb? Now, it would have been very easy to get carried away today as some inevitably did, skiing across between avalanches?? So it was mostly relatively gentle slopes today, but the snow was fabulous, about 25cm of fairly light snow on average. After a Merles to Tichot run we returned to the pimples to the west of Grand Huit for a couple of goes, followed by the Col de Ves and then Palet drag. Really good snow and easy to ski. By 11.30 it was time for a restorative burger at Aspen Burger, where we were joined by Kevin Rolland the half pipe wizard, who was celebrating his qualification from earlier in the morning. If it’s good enough for an athlete, it must be good enough for us!After that we could see the thin cloud starting to arrive from the West. A quick trip to the to top of the Grande Motte was in order where, unusually after a storm, the snow was soft and deep. We also lapped the off piste around Genepy by which time it was snowing and the wind was starting to blow. 2 hours from blue skies to white out. So it was time to call the subs off the bench onto the piste for the second half (probably all those people from the lift off ice queue). It has now been snowing heavily for the last 2 hours and the winds are wild.
The winds will continue to strengthen and it will continue to snow all day tomorrow. expect a lot of lifts to close and a slow start as the pisteurs rearrange the snow into an eye pleasing fashion. There may even be the odd thunderstorm in the afternoon. Tuesday will start with light snow which should stop for the afternoon. There will still be strong winds at altitude. Wednesday will be sunny with clouds bubbling up on the peaks in the afternoon, the wind will pick up late on too. Thursday will be much warmer, sunny, light breezes and the odd fluffy cloud. Friday will be like summer, blue skies and sunshine and the freezing level above the Grande Motte. The avalanche risk is 4 tomorrow, with the bad vis a good day to stay between the poles.
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