Well there is really only one song today for Tignes and Val D’Isere – Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Electric Light Orchestra:
Sun is shinin’ in the sky
There ain’t a cloud in sight
It’s stopped snowin’ everybody’s in a play
And don’t you know
It’s a beautiful new day, hey hey
And it was unseasonably warm! First off we set off up Lanches to try and find some of the last tracts of cold light snow, the run down into Leisses was tracked out but down towards Genepy some of the secret stashes remained. But thanks to secret intelligence we knew the Col des Ves was opening for the first time this season (they have finally dug it out and made the pistes safe). To be fair we were nearly a minute late so on the 4th chair but managed to overtake most to grab first tracks in the bowl off Pramecou. The other tracks in the photo belong to pisteurs! We did that twice and of course the Col des Ves chair allows access to La Grande Balme (without a hike) so again virtually untracked swathes of compacted chalky powder. The second run down here was slightly spoilt by the group of 12(!) above me who congregated on the open slope in a huddle – (talk about how to load a slope) and then set off together, without backpacks. Darwin is entitled to his share but I really don’t want to go with them. It almost goes without saying that the pistes are still in great condition.
There may be the odd fluffy cloud at breakfast time in the morning but effectively it will be another ‘ELO’ day with similar temperatures to today. It all starts to change on Wednesday when it will be cooler but we should have a sunny start followed by fluffy clouds with the wind building in strength, followed by snow showers in the evening. Thursday will be much colder again, windy and snowy, the heaviest snow looks like it will arrive before morning coffee. Friday and Saturday both look cloudy and windy with light snow but the confidence in the forecast is not high so expect changes.