It has been a mixed day today in Tignes and Val D’Isere, this morning there was the odd patch of sunshine (especially around midday) but it has generally been cloudy. What was a surprise to most of us was the strength of the wind, which closed the lifts on the Grande Motte, the isobars were much closer together so at the top of the newly opened Palafour it was very chilly and the light was poor so I chose to take inspiration from Wallace Steven’s The Snowman:
One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow
and I went in amongst the trees of La Daille and did a few circuits round the Bubble. There was quite a bit of new snow around (5-15cm) and one or two groups of trainee instructors; but on the whole it was quiet especially on Raye (pictured).
The wind should drop tomorrow but it will essentially be like today with light snow showers and the odd glimpse of the sun. It will seem a bit warmer with the drop in wind chill. The 2 major forecasting systems are starting to agree for Saturday, not surprisingly they have kind of met in the middle. The best summary would be the odd sunny spell with some moderate snow showers but a brutal easterly wind, more layers and a face mask!! There will be more snow towards Le Fornet than in Tignes. Sunday looks brighter with the odd cloud but the wind will still be there, do not be lulled by the calm in the villages…. As for Mondays forecast there is little agreement or confidence so I won’t bother but it then looks better until next Friday.