By Meteo Mike
The 2 resorts, Tignes and Val d’Isere, have declared what is going to open on Saturday (one or 2 areas are subject to weather conditions).
In Tignes we have most of the glacier including the Vanoise Lift but not Pistes Leisse or Genepy. From Val Claret. Tufs, Tichot and Grattalu will be open serving Pistes Grattalu, Carline and Henri. From Le Lac we have the Toviere Gondola. Merles Chairlift and Piste Lac may open. For the beginners the Lavachet drag and the Magic Carpet in Val Claret will also open. Tommeuse will serve as the link to Val D’Isere with Pistes Edelweiss and Creux.
In Val D’Isere, around Bellvarde Sector the Olympique, La Daille Bubble, Funival, Carpe Diem and Marmottes will serve most of the Bellvarde pistes and down into to La Daille. Mont Blanc is not openingn so use Tommeuse. They are not sure about Grand Pre and Fontaine Froid. Most of the Solaise above the top of the Gondola will open served by the Gondola, Madeleine Datcha (new!) and Glacier. They have still to decide on the up and over for those coming back to Solaise. Over in Le Fornet its just a couple of pistes on the Glacier accessed by the cable car, gondola and both of the Glacier chairlifts.
So there is a lot of skiing at altitude to be had, no doubt some will be tempted to ski down to the villages. But if the pistes are closed it will be very much at your own risk and rescue costs would be at off piste tariffs!! It would be a good day to obey all the signs for the sake of skis/board, a long walk downhill or the credit card.
Today started sunny and it was unseasonably warm again at 7 degrees in Tignes Le Lac. The cloud did fill in during the afternoon. The weather is changeable over the next few days as a high pressure system waxes and wanes so it has changed a bit since yesterday and will no doubt change again. The sun will be out in the morning but the sky will fill with cloud from mid morning so early birds and worms and all that. On Saturday it will be cloudy and breezy and we are expecting snow down to 2000m, it will also be quite windy which is a shame seeing as we will be relying on the higher lifts for skiing. It will feel cold in the wind even though the freezing level will be at 2200m or so. Sunday will be much cooler with a breeze but it will be a day of mainly sunny periods. The temperature drops further on Monday, there may be a hint of sun, but mainly cloud. From Tuesday we should have 3 days of light snow showers and cold temperatures which will help a lot, but its a bit too soon to be specific.