Well it was an Oklahoma morning in Tignes and Val D’Isere:
Oh, what a beautiful mornin’
Oh, what a beautiful day
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’
Everything’s goin’ my way
There were just a few clouds on the local mountain tops but essentially a sunny but chilly morning. It was a charge round the pistes for me to day, but, as you can see in the picture, we did have time for a coffee in La Daille. We then tried the newly regraded ‘Red’ Santons run, it is now so wide it is the easiest I have skied it. After a trip up the Solaise, L was the same. Over in Le Fornet the snow is equally as good, around 1pm the light started to go so we delayed lunch to make the most of it. It did get quite gloomy around 2 but then the sun made a brief reappearance which was handy as I skied home down Trolles. Throughout the two resorts the pistes are in great condition, though I did see 2 stones on Trolles. The off piste is now chopped and with a couple of surface freeze thaw cycles bits of it are very bumpy. If you are prepared to hike there are still some areas of reasonable snow. But we could do with a top up……
The cloud will rapidly fill the sky and light snow will start somewhere around dinner time this evening. Around midnight the wind will pick up and the snow intensity will increase. The official avalanche risk will rise to 3 in the morning and 4 by the end of play tomorrow afternoon. It will also be very windy tomorrow, tricky to say how much as the isobars are wiggling around but the high lifts will be shut and I wouldn’t be surprised if the links are shut. Wednesday looks like a write off at the moment with 130kph winds in the villages and moderate snow all day. Thursday offers some hope, the winds will still be strong but we should have sunny spells in the morning and the afternoon will be cloudy. We are then looking at a couple of days of fast moving sunny spells and snow showers. But the temperature should drop markedly on Saturday.