This morning was very pleasant, a bit cooler, a few clouds around and not many people. So for want of anything better to do I did a ‘top to bottom’ (but not necessarily in that order). Initially I skied all the way down to Les Brevieres (1550m), the main pistes are still OK, Myrtilles (the road) is now impassable at the bottom and doesn’t look good from Boisses. But with just the odd stone to avoid the red down there is fine (the odd bare patch to the side where a piste basher has got ‘a bit close to the wood’). I then popped down to Boisses, same story really, the main piste was fine, though I imagine in the afternoon it will be a slush fest. You can’t ride the chair from Boisses in skis as there is no snow at the top. Following that I went to the top of the Grande Motte (3456m) where the snow was excellent all the way to Val Claret. So in total I covered 1904m of vertical – not bad for mid April. I also managed to get off the Telepherique and ski all the way to Val Claret without stopping (thanks to good snow, lack of crowds and superb athleticism.) so a run of 1351m vertical. A great morning was made better by the spotting of a single eagle over Les Boisses.
In other news the Cugnai chairlift is probably shut until the end of the season as a critical but difficult to obtain part has broken. Given the age of the thing they are probably trying to find a blacksmith! I have had a look at the Savoie Route status a few times today, either it is broken or they got the forecasts wrong, because there seems to be very little traffic about. So perhaps tomorrow will not be busy on the pistes, time will tell!
The weather continues to be tricky! The Atlantic chart is a mess so the forecasts are going to be out in terms of timing. A lot will depend on the battle between warm air and the cold blast from the North, we seem to be on the half way line for a couple of days, so standby! The cloud will continue to thicken this evening and sometime tonight there will be a light shower of snow down to 1700m but the winds will pick up. Tomorrow will start with sunny periods and windy conditions. The air temperature will drop and with the wind it will probably feel more like mid March, the top lifts may well close and light snow showers will form later in the day. Monday will see fast moving sunny intervals. Tuesday is when the temperature drops again, current forecasts show freezing at midday at resort level with strong winds, early March really! But the sun will come out between the clouds. Wednesday will be cool, with gentle breezes and sunny periods. Not really the weather for spring skiing, I’m afraid.
For the travellers, tomorrow the UK will be dogged by showers with bumpy winds around them, nothing to affect flying though; however, Manchester are forecasting a ‘Manchester soaker’. Over here it will be much better. There should be no problems on the roads. “Bing-Bong cabin crew – doors to automatic”