Well today in Tignes and Val D’Isere reminded me of the quotation “there is no such thing as bad weather – just bad kit!” There was very little colour to be seen – good job there were some ‘loud jackets’ about to liven up the picture!
We headed up Palafour where it was blowing a gale in the whiteout with ice pellets thrown in for good measure, so a bit like Glenshee on a good day. There was some reasonably soft snow on piste but it soon bumped up and in the bad light cat like responses were essential. After that we headed amongst the trees to Les Boisses, where the visibility was better. After a ‘savoyarde lunch’ it was time for a siesta (multi-cultural day!). The resorts progressively shut the lifts as the wind speed increased, by mid afternoon the only way back to Val was by the Combe Folle drag or by bus the other way.
The snow will continue through the night and tomorrow, the wind speeds will increase and the avalanche risk for tomorrow is 4. So it will be a very slow start, if indeed it starts at all, with avalanche blasting from first light. I wouldn’t rush to be first into breakfast…… Every forecast I have seen shows a different amount of snow for the next 24 hours, pick a number between 20 and 60cm. One forecast even points to a glimpse of the sun just before dusk, mmmm. The wind will drop to manageable levels on Thursday but the sunny periods seem to have dropped out of Mother Nature’s intentions. The snow will ease off through the day. Friday will be cloudy and snowy and quite windy, the snow intensity will vary. The air will be much colder on Saturday with fast moving snow showers, Sunday might just be a great day to start to a holiday.