By Meteo Mike
What a day, blue skies, fresh tracks and transforming snow! We woke to a beautiful day, the weather overnight had worked its magic on the snow and we were faced with many choices. The snow down to 2200m was about 30cm deep on average after it had settled off piste. I would call it medium weight, certainly not light and fluffy, especially on high where the wind had played a part too. The first run was off the side of Creux to test it out and then the Campanules slope. It was then the Col du Ves, where the snow on the north facing slopes was fab, but a number of British Families seemed to be determined to finish off their lids by sending them to some daft places! It sometimes amazes me what folks do on their holidays, when they would be soooo careful back home. Another lap of Ves was followed by the Palet drag, by now the sunny slopes were transforming rapidly. So it was up the Motte where thanks to the wind we didn’t sink more than 5-10cm in the snow, we were still at the top of the pleasure scale. After lunch we attacked the north face of Borsat (it was a warm walk!). Very deep snow in good condition. And finally it was Lognan which had almost transformed into spring snow, which I think will be tomorrows game. All the pistes we used in between were in excellent condition, but we didn’t go below 2100m
In other news a new route has been opened up down the Grande Casse, according to Le Dauphiné by a chap called Tardivel, the photos make me feel dizzy!
Tomorrows weather will be similar to today, there may be a bit more cloud about on the peaks, there is a slim chance of a shower late in the afternoon and into the evening. Wednesday will again be mainly sunny with some clouds up high, Thursday looks similar but there is still the chance of a strong breeze at height. The sun will dominate for Friday and Saturday, the temperature will rise by 4 or 5 degs for Friday, those terraces are beckoning.
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