Well it was a slow start in both Tignes and Val D’Isere and with a wind at altitude the lift openings were limited. I waited until just before lunchtime before venturing out and the queues died down a bit. Ideally it would have been a day for the trees but the links were closed and the Brevieres sector did not open until too late for me! Today’s picture is how I imagine the trees above Boisses looked. The snow intensity picked up after a late lunch such that you could see nothing. It is now (4pm) snowing heavily. The snow on the pistes soon bumped up, off piste was OK, but its not champagne powder thanks to the wind and the temperatures. But as the light was so poor it wasn’t really for me, I did see quite a few people digging for skis though….
Misquoting “Ch Ch Ch Changes” by David Bowie is my excuse for the forecast, the atmosphere is chaotic for a few more days so, once again, here goes:
This moderate to heavy snow will continue into the small hours when the winds will pick up but the snow intensity will drop to light. So tomorrow morning is likely to be similar to this morning, more blasting, poor light, a slow start and limited lift opening. But there may be the odd decent patch of light around lunchtime before the light snow comes back. This will continue into Saturday morning when it looks like it is going to be colder with light to moderate snow and strong winds. As it is transfer day things are going to be slow as the snowline will be between Moutiers and Bourg. Unless you have a 4×4 with winter tyres then chains will be essential – have a practice. Sunday will be equally snowy and windy. Monday is currently expected to be a day of sunny periods and snow showers, these may well be sleet in the villages in the middle of the day as it’s warming up. We are a bit unsure about Tuesday but there is hope from mid week as the Jetstream is moving north which should give us clearer weather and maybe a couple of bluebird days.