Well it was another tip top day in Tignes and Val D’Isere, not a cloud in the sky, the merest hint of a breeze and pleasant temperatures. Today was the first skin of the season and a couple of us skied down to just above Les Boisses and then came back up the hard way to the top of Chaudannes. The pic shows us at the changeover point at the Colchique junction and if you look closely (about 25% in from the right) you can see that their was a lot of overflow from the top water storage area for the hydroelectric system – it was even quite noisy where we were stood, coming along the road from Val it must have been a crescendo!
There was a lot of work going on in the Breviere sector with snow cannoning, piste bashing, lift servicing and general safety work. We had a chat with a friendly pisteur who told us the plan is to open up all the way to Les Brevieres on Saturday. The resort has now confirmed most of the runs, with the exception of the legendary Sache, will be open.
As for the weather, it’s over to Frank:
There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s music and sunlight and love and romance
Let’s face the music and ski
Tomorrow morning will be very similar to today but a few high clouds will encroach by mid-late afternoon and the breeze will start to pick up. There will be a dramatic change around midnight, the wind will begin to howl and it will start to snow, Friday will be a whiteout with high winds and snowfall all day and low, low temperatures. Expect most of the high lifts to be closed, the links to be closed and maybe a delayed opening as the pisteurs deal with the avalanche risk. Now forecasting the actual detail for the weather from Saturday is a bit tricky as the isobars are wiggling about like a pan full of boiling spaghetti, but here goes. There will be light snow showers all day but I am currently expecting the wind to drop around breakfast time and hopefully that will allow the lifts to open after safety work is complete, the sun will be notably absent and it will be cold. Snow chains will likely be mandatory for changeover day. Unfortunately, the wind seems like it will return on Sunday, but we will have sunny periods and snow showers, but low temperatures means the wind chill effect will be marked. Its all a bit uncertain after that but three days of sunny periods and snow showers are on the cards.