Happy St Patrick’s Day, but the green flags will have to go in the morning, as once again Tignes raises the Rainbow Flag to welcome European Snow Pride for the week.
The sun was out for most of the day, Mont Blanc did pop his hat on for a while and there is a bit of haze about now but a nice day for spring skiing despite the cooling breeze at altitude. As the sun worked its magic on the slopes we shot up Col de Ves for some nice chalky snow off piste, some slopes never see the sun up there so it lasts the longest. A trip up the Palet drag led us to some spring snow, the off piste areas have still not flattened out completely so the odd bump or two. The bumps off Grand Huit followed, again nice spring like snow. Having moved to Lognan the snow was just perfect as we glided down, so perfect in fact, we did it again. The pistes in between were a little hard first thing but have mogulled up in busier areas this afternoon, but they will all be bashed into submission again tonight.
The wind will pick up through the night and the air temperature will drop a good 5 degrees, so combined with the cloud which will become fully overcast by mid morning it will feel a lot colder tomorrow, definitely another layer. I expect high lifts to be closed and just keep an eye on the links. There may (or may not!) be a few light showers late afternoon with a snowline around 2200m.Order will be restored on Sunday, with sun in the morning and a few fluffy clouds on the peaks in the afternoon, the winds should have died down before lift opening. Monday – one word – scorchio! Break out the t shirts and Factor 50. Tuesday will start with sunny periods and then there may be some light showers in the afternoon and evening, the snowline will start at 2100m and drop to 1400m after dark. After that it is unsettled, one or two of the apps are getting very excitable at the moment, its too early to be precise, but the latter half of the week will see sun, showers of rain and snow, a real mixed bag.
For the travellers, the roads will be busy going down the hill, with 27000 vehicles leaving the Tarentaise, so before 8 or after 12 would be a good plan. With the 23000 arriving there will be jams but much smaller than of late, so a few less folks on the pistes next week. After a wild night in the UK the weather will be fine before any of you are “rolling down the runway, throttles open wide” and over here there is a chance of a light shower or two at the French airports, nothing to hinder flying so far. Despite the cloud it will feel very spring like down there, don’t panic there is plenty of snow for all up here.