There is a perfect Christmas carol to describe Tignes and Val D’Isere today:
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow
There was a bone chilling wind, it was very cold (the snow was squeaking) and Lac de Tignes is now frozen over, but the cloud was not too thick so the light was not bad. There was even a brief glimpse of the sun So it was a day for short bursts and then a coffee! There had been a light dusting of snow overnight so the pistes were pretty much as yesterday. The picture of piste Trolles pretty much sums up the conditions. For the off pisters there are only limited pockets of snow, we need another couple of storms to thicken the snowpack…….
Tomorrow will be mainly sunny there may be the odd errant cloud to the North which may scatter a few grains. The wind will be lighter in the morning so it will feel warmer but watch out tomorrow afternoon as the gusts may get up and threaten the operation of the highest lifts. That wind may still be around at breakfast time on Monday but it should soon slacken to leave a pleasant day with sunshine and a few fluffy clouds. Tuesday and Wednesday look identical – blue skies and sunshine and temperatures around freezing at lunchtime – so much better. It then all starts to change on Thursday as a storm approaches from the west, the timings are uncertain but between Thursday and Friday at some stage it is probably going to be a wild one with high winds and significant snowfall.
For those flying tomorrow it will be fine over here, in the UK it will be predominantly drizzly and there is a reasonable chance of early morning fog at Manchester, Luton and Stansted which could slow things up a little. But it will be a different world up here in paradise!