Thanks to an Evo2 full on day around Tignes and Val D’Isere I can’t think of song title today. So I will refer to my favourite weather forecaster from the Fast Show: Scorchio! It was more like mid March today, blue skies sunshine and temperatures well above zero, there was just a hint of very thin cloud as I crawled up our road as the sun dipped behind the Chardonnet. The pistes as you would expect were in excellent condition, they did bump up a little. But 95% of today was off piste where the conditions were very variable from compacted powder in high north facing and little used slopes to spring snow which then froze over later in the day leaving a crust to trip you up. You also had to have your spring avalanche head on, there are a number of reptations (or fish mouths in the words of our instructor) appearing where the snow is slipping down the mountain and slips triggered by the warming of the rocks. We did some technique work around Grattalu and then progressed to the Tour de Charvet, great snow (pictured) but spring like conditions in the gorge. We opened the Jardins du Borsat whilst lunch settled and then down Cairn into Val D’Isere. We opted for the side entrance to the north face of Borsat as the wind has completely stripped the snow from the top and scree running in ski boots was not for us. We returned home down skiers left of Trolles (nice snow in the shade there).
And the weather, the cloud will thicken but we may have a milky sky for a couple of hours in the morning. The cloud will thicken to leave a grey day. It will feel a bit cooler under the cloud and there will be a decent breeze from village level upwards. Friday will be cold windy and snowy, the snow won’t be that heavy but a decent top up none the less. Saturday looks like a day of sunny periods (and quiet slopes!!), maybe a stiff breeze in the afternoon. It will warm up a bit on Sunday, a few clouds in the morning but a sunny afternoon. Monday should be a bluebird.