By Meteo Mike
So lets start the season with a bit of poetry (now there’s a thing):
I wandered lonely as a Skier
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd – oh hang on I was first on the Toviere lift (they had forgotten to turn on the gates!).
And after a quick handshake with the pisteurs I was off down Creux (shown in the picture). And then after another handshake with the liftie at the bottom of the Tommeuses (it’s just like a big family) I was first on there too. It soon started snowing quite heavily and it was damp so a morning for the foolhardy (with the emphasis on the fool!). The pistes that are open are generally narrower than normal (they have been stealing snow from the other side) and a bit thin in places but overall what is open is good. The visibility was poor and getting worse so I popped down into Val Claret for a couple of laps of Grattalu and then down Carline. The wind was picking up and the glacier did not look inviting (the top lifts were shut) so it was time to come home to the STGM 50th party in some teepees by the Lagon – all very jolly and food to feed the 5000.
The snow will peter out into the evening and the temperature is going to drop, expect snow cannons to be screaming. Tomorrow will be a day of sunny periods, the wind may be a problem at altitude, so keep an eye on the signs and there may be a light shower as the bars open. Monday and Tuesday look mainly sunny and cooler, it looks like it will deteriorate a bit earlier than we though yesterday, so late Tuesday may see an odd shower. Wednesday and beyond will be markedly cooler by day and you can expect sunny periods and snow showers. The good news is there is no sign of any more rain unless you are down in Lyon. This regime should continue until at least Friday, not huge amounts of snow but expect conditions to improve markedly on piste. Cover off piste has quite a way to go below 2800m.