Well it was another bluebird today in Tignes and Val D’Isere so it was out with the skins to earn the turns. So off we popped up the Grand Motte and descended from the glacier into the valley below. I can’t think of a more appropriate song to describe the photograph than ‘The Shadows’ cover of “Knights ‘on’ White Satin”. (Sorry!!). We cut off Piste Leisses and you can just about see our tracks into the valley above the shadow off the old bloke at the back with the stoop….. After reaching the valley floor on excellent snow we aimed to skin up to the Col between Pointe Boussac and Pointe de la Grand Pré but the conditions at the top were less than favourable (hard crusty snow with thin cover) so we didn’t quite summit, but the tracks down were good! Basically we then traversed down the valley to the east of Piste Genepy where there was a nice spot for lunch from where we you could see the STGM staff repairing the Cable Car. And finally some fresh tracks down a gully less than 70m from Piste Genepy
So what does the forecast bring? Beyond Thursday there is only confusion so things will change. The models are disagreeing so here goes with a middle of the road guesstimate. However, they do all agree that tomorrow will be like today, enjoy it while it lasts. A breeze will pick up in the late afternoon and cloud will start to form ahead of snow starting in the early hours of Thursday, the heaviest snow will be in the morning and the temperatures will drop significantly, together with the wind it will feel like winter again, at a guess somewhere between 10 and 20cm at the moment. Friday is a conundrum, it may be sunny in he morning, or it could well be cloudy with the odd flocon. But the wind will have dropped off and it will still be cold. For the weekend the confidence in the forecast is so low its really not worth typing, just about anything could happen.