Obligingly the weather front approaching Tignes and Val D’Isere slowed down overnight so we had a morning of mostly sunshine, followed by a milky sky. The light faded rapidly as I came back from Bourg at 4 o’clock. However, there was a sharp breeze at altitude which did redistribute some snow. This morning the pistes were in fabulous condition. As more of the resorts are open there was less ‘bumping up’ of the runs. Off piste is a different matter, we went on a search and found everything from frozen crud (almost anywhere) to untracked powder turns on Cairn (OK there was only 8 of them but you have to celebrate every success!). We did get to th etop of the funiculaire but to describe that I have too resort to the Beach Boys:
Let’s go surfin’ now
Everybody’s learning how
Come on and safari with me
As you can see in the picture we were surfing the sastrugi, mercifully they were quite soft
The weather front that is now with us has weakened significantly and it is waving around tomorrow in a lackadaisical fashion. This means a few things, we are now only expecting around 8-10cm of snow and tying down the timing of the passage of the clouds is a variable feast. So here goes: We should have a cloudy night, there may be the odd sunny period in the early morning but then it will cloud over and we will have light snow on and off for most of the day, there may be a glimpse of the sun just before Happy Hour. It will be breezy at altitude. The wind will disappear on Saturday which will start with sunny periods before the clouds essentially vanish around lunchtime until Wednesday. Yip four bluebird days getting warmer by the day. Think March and beers on the terrace if you are packing to come away, but pack the odd layer as it cools down and becomes snowy again at the end of the week.
For the weather anoraks (like me) Tignes has just announced that we have had 2.72 meters of snow in January (which is not yet over……). This is more snow than any month since accurate records began in 1981.