Well it was definitely Dinah Washington again in Tignes and Val D’Isere today:
What a difference a day made
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
OK I lied about the flowers, but thoughts of 13 and a half hour bus rides were soon banished as the sun shone and the pistes opened more rapidly than we expected. There were a few bits of cloud in the afternoon, but nothing to spoil the day. However it was very warm (and the drop of ran last night didn’t help) so the pistes out of the sun were quite hard. There was not much activity off piste, the snow had a crisp surface and there were only a few lines across the pristine white and most of them were straight so not a powder day for most. I didn’t get high to see if there was anything better up there though.
So what is the New Year going to bring – chaotic weather patterns, which as regular readers will know is an excuse to say that this forecast will change (of course its never wrong when written!). The sky will progressively cloud over tonight and light snow will start soon after the midnight fireworks. The wind will also pick up which will be a feature all of tomorrow so expect the high lifts to be closed, but the pistes to have been refreshed with a few cm of fresh snow. The sun should make an appearance early on for those who can make it out of bed, but it will cloud over from mid-late morning and moderate snow will start falling as the bars open. Note it will be a good 6 degrees colder tomorrow and with the breezes you will need all the layers you wished you hadn’t put on today! Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with the odd sunny break and light snow should fall most of the day, the wind will drop though. Wednesday looks wild, windy, warmer and snowy down to 1900m or so by lunchtime. Thursday will be similar but its a bit far off to be specific. Have a good night!