This morning the view from the window was not great, windy and snowy. We had received another 10cm or so of snow but a lot more had blown into hollows. So the picture (taken from under the duvet!) shows a piste basher moving the snow so the Almes chairlift could actually move.
The chairs progressively opened and then about 11AM it was time for ‘Our Cilla’:
Surprise, surprise, the unexpected hits you between the eyes
The unpredictable, that’s the surprise you see, surprise! surprise!
Yes the sun came out we could actually see the fresh snow, so a few laps of the Palafour were in order. Off piste was very variable, the gullies had some light stuff but it was mostly very heavy with the odd patch of windblown hardpack. We also shot down to Brevieres where the pistes had lumped up. At about 2PM the light disappeared and light snow started again.
The weather remains unpredictable but the light snow showers will continue through the night and tomorrow morning. There will be the odd respite in the early hours but the temperature will drop by 5 or so degrees, so tomorrow morning will feel much colder than today. Moderate snow down to 600m will then start just before lunch and continue into Sunday, the winds will also pick up from lunchtime on Saturday. Sunday will be snowy but it will warm up significantly such that the snowline may well reach 2000m by early evening but there will be little wind. Monday will also be snowy with a stiff breeze and a snowline around 1500m, there may well be a glimpse of the sun just as the lifts close. We are not sure what is going to happen on Tuesday as we are right on the edge of the weather system. For Wednesday we are looking at blue skies and sunshine.
For the travellers tomorrow: The advice would be to carry a ‘bus buffet’ as it may well be a long journey. The snowline will be around Moutiers so do not even think about passing Albertville without snowchains. This includes drivers of BMW 4x4s! Normally with 20000 vehicles arriving and 17000 leaving there would be few problems, but the weather will be a major factor so queues are inevitable. The local authorities are already on standby to provide emergency accommodation – lets hope its not needed. For those travelling by air there is a chance of a sleet shower almost anywhere in the UK which may mean that aircraft have to be de-iced and perhaps the runway surfaces too. The same applies to the 4 airports over here where there will also be a gusty wind so fasten those safety belts tightly. Overall I am not expecting too many delays but if Chambery gets a heavy sleet shower then you may have ‘to go round the hold’ a few times.