It’s not happened for about as long as anyone can remember, but not a lift turned in Val D’Isere or Tignes today. The restriction on movement (we were confined to the building you woke up in!) around Tignes and Val d’Isere was lifted around lunchtime in but sledging was the only snowsport left. Some roads were due to open at 6pm.
It started raining in Tignes at 1 o’clock which made it miserable but this is now turning back to sleet as I type at 5. This light snow and rain will continue until around mid morning tomorrow with a snowline between 2000 and 2200m. Clearly there will be a lot of work to do to make the resorts safe in the morning. So please be patient with the pisteurs, they really are out risking their lives so we can be safe.
But hopefully there will be some on piste skiing tomorrow, expect very hard pistes where it freezes tonight – it will be softer lower down. The avalanche risk will start at 5 above 2200m and 4 below, these will drop around lunchtime by one level each. The avalanche reporter from Meteo France suggests it will be easy to get hurt tomorrow on unpisted terrain as well as the fact that it will be very easy to trigger a spring style avalanche – water logged snow. The rest of Friday will be mostly cloudy, we may see the sun very late on for a while, it will remain mild in the villages. This will allow the roads to be made safe for those escaping on Saturday, when the weather will be benign and mild, there will be a few strong gusts as altitude and the sun will appear through a milky sky. The wind and snow will return on Sunday and Monday, as it looks like a retour d’est, Le Fornet will probably get a lot of snow, the depths will reduce towards Tignes. The middle of next week looks better but mild for the time of year. Stay Safe tomorrow!