The snow gods blessed us last night, with 30-40cm in the village and about 60cm at altitude, Tignes and Val D’isere were transformed overnight! However, with the wind and the heavy snow the avalanche risk was increased to 4 locally and we could soon see why – avalanches everywhere. Most of the snow fell after the bashers had gone to bed, leading to some interesting pistes. The starting pistol was fired at 10am so off we went armed for a big day. Even off the side of the piste the snow was deep but dense, not surprising given the temperatures and the wind really. So unless it was steep you ground to a halt quickly. We tried numerous pitches round the Tignes Palet sector including Lognan which was just about skiable. I did remark that I needed a snowboard, well one on each foot might have made the difference. As the funi opened around lunchtime I was hoping for softer snow up there, no such look. Bumping into groups of mates we all tried to find the elusive soft to no avail. We did pop over Fresse to Val D’Isere but it was covered in thick cloud so back to Tignes! The cloud finally conquered the whole of the resort and the light degraded so enough was enough. The pistes are now a mass of moguls; however, tomorrow they will be fantastic. DoubleM, the only way down from the Grande Motte, looked like Carnage Corner!
Tomorrow will be gloriously sunny after a few early clouds dissipate, a couple of degrees warmer with a light breeze to ruffle the flags. The avalanche risk remains at 4, expect to see a number of natural avalanches as the day warms up. Tuesday will start sunny with a few fluffy clouds building up over the afternoon. Wednesday to Friday morning – sun and warm temperatures will prevail, the weather may well break after that giving some more showers.