Tignes Val d’Isere Snow Report & Weather Forecast – 03.01.18

Meteo Mike Snow Reports Tignes Val d'IsereBy Meteo Mike

Well as the locals in Tignes and Val D’Isere would say “Il fait un vent a décorner les boeufs”. It’s a wind to blow the horns off the cattle! I think the easiest way to describe the weather is: vile. But beginner boarder mate braved the elements for 2 and a half hours on the Rosset whilst we stayed in and drank coffee. Not sure whether to award a medal or have him sectioned!

So this morning was a deal warmer than forecast and the wind did drop, but not for long. The rain was distinctly unappealing at breakfast time.  By lunchtime the temperature had dropped 5 degrees and it was snowing in Tignes Le Lac. The official snowfall was 15cm yesterday, we may well have lost some of that with the warmth and the rain but it is now being replaced. The atmosphere is still in a tempestuous mood but here goes with the forecast:

Tonight will be snowy and windy, but from around daybreak the snowline should climb the mountain to around 2300m by mid morning so the villages will be damp at best. The wind should be less than today, but as we saw this morning, no forecast is perfect.  It will be miserable again with few lifts open to start with – more may open as the day progresses. The precipitation will continue into Friday, but the snowline will drop to 2000m. Friday morning will be wet/snowy but the wind will drop and the weather should improve in the afternoon, we may even see the sun again. Saturday will still be windy with a milky sky but no snow, a bit of travel relief for those heading home. Its a long way off but there appears to be a retour d’est forming for early next week – Le Fornet may well be buried in snow…

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