The high cloud was a little late in arriving in Tignes and Val D’Isere. Todays picture of the moon setting over the deserted pistes of Tignes Le Lac is dedicated to two great mates who were sadly already on a bus! Not surprisingly I was off like a shot and the pistes around the Palet sector were in fantastic condition. Down into La Daille we found lumpy pistes as the surface had frozen overnight. However, on some of the beginner runs into both resorts the surface was very hard, more like a skating rink. This softened during the day! It was warm first thing but the wind soon picked up at altitude, blowing the snow from up there to lower down! There were some really stunning vistas with the sun behind the spindrift. Initially the off piste was a catalogue of horrors really, but thanks to the wind and some local knowledge things improved after coffee and with the aid of the Palet drag we found some really nice fresh snow on top, not deep but satisfying.
All in all a great Saturday.
The cloud started thickening mid afternoon, this will persist all day tomorrow with a strong easterly wind. The temperatures will be similar to today. We are expecting light snow from mid morning until the bars open, not much to shout about really but it will fall as snow down to 1600m. Monday will be equally cloudy with snow all day, not a glimpse of the sun and high winds, much on high will be closed. As I have been saying for a while, the eastern parts of the resort (Le Fornet) will receive significant snow, the rest of us should get a decent top up, forecasting the actual amounts is down to chance really. The snowline will be around 1500m for most of the day, it might pop up to 1900m around lunchtime. It looks like it is going to cool down on Tuesday, the snow will peter out through the morning and there should be some decent breaks in the cloud in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday look like they are going to be days of sunny periods and light snow showers, before a decent end to the week.
For those heading to paradise (or home) travel should be a doddle, the roads will be mercifully free of traffic, there is little to worry the airline pilots with the exception of a slim chance of patch fog at Grenoble and Lyon, really nothing to worry about at this stage.