Well it was another glorious, if a bit nippy, day in Tignes and Val D’Isere. Although a few clouds did creep over from Italy into Le Fornet. It was another early start so as I came down Piste Henri it was Meat Loaf ringing in the ears:
When the night is over
Like a bat out of hell
I’ll be gone-gone-gone.
We were also the first on the Grattalu lift and as they had groomed it to perfection with silky corduroy it seemed a shame not to rip it up with no one else on the slope! The snow off piste has compacted and was a little more chalky today, aspect was everything really, so we tried above the snow park which was OK. Then onto the Palet Drag, where there were still fresh lines to be had (our escape was made easier as they have pisted the track out of the Col de Ves). I can safely say it is now tracked out, but the picture shows can be had a few days after a storm.
A final trip down Lognan was a bit chopped up before it was down the black run to Bourg. I am being invaded on Sunday and the hungry must be fed evidently!
The forecast has changed a little from yesterday. Tomorrow should be a bluebird day, with temperatures like today. Sunday will see a milky sky in the morning which may burn off in the afternoon. It now looks like we may get a half decent day on Monday with sunny periods before it all goes downhill on Tuesday with strong winds and snow showers, there may be the odd break in the cloud to let some light in. Wednesday will see gales blowing at altitude and more continuous snow showers. Thursday and Friday will be similarly snowy and windy and cold. Winter is back. If this all comes to fruition then we could have another metre of snow by next weekend!
For the air travellers the weather in the UK may be a bit dank and dreary but the only real issue is a chance of fog at Leeds, it shouldn’t delay the early departures, if it forms there could be the odd delay inbound. Geneva and Chambery look OK at the moment but again there is a reasonable chance of fog at Lyon and Grenoble which could slow things up a bit. On the trains, the line between Moutiers and Bourg is now fully open again so hopefully no chaos at Moutiers. On the roads the Savoie expects 21000 vehicles arriving and 14000 going home. There may be the odd small queue at the lights at Aigueblanche in the afternoon. The road surface is pleasingly black all the way to the entrance of Tignes Le Lac, chains may be required n the village if you are determined to get your vehicle to the door.