What a day in Tignes and Val D’Isere. To quote the Loving Spoonful:
What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreamin’ boy
And I’m lost in a daydream
But it wasn’t a daydream, it was too cold for that! To use a northern phrase it was definitely ‘a top coat colder today’. But the sun shone through a milky sky all day and up high there was quite a lot more snow than any of us anticipated. Our first trip was down the side off Leisse where it was approaching knee deep, if a little windblown. At one stage it was up to my waist and there then followed a passable impression of a submarine. Conditions were a little more friendly below the Panoramique, the snow was lighter and not quite as deep as you can see in the picture
Lower down there seemed to be less snow so you were bouncing off a hard layer below, you just had to pick the gullies. After a restorative coffee to defrost the toes we set about Grande Balme – just fab. Around the resorts the pistes are in fabulous condition just right for the impending school holidays.
Tomorrow looks pretty much like today weatherwise, maybe the cloud will be slightly thicker. It will be a couple of degrees colder though. The weather systems are a bit indistinct still but Sunday looks similar, mercifully a few degrees warmer by the afternoon. Monday currently looks very wintery, cold, a strong wind at altitude and light snow showers all day, with the cloud cover it will be much warmer out of the wind. Tuesday and Wednesday look much more benign with sunny periods and more reasonable temperatures.
For the travellers, we are expecting 28000 cars coming up and 23000 going down. Given there is little likelihood of snow there shouldn’t be too much of a problem but the traffic will be regulated both ways at the lights at peak times so the odd delay (going home mid morning, coming here mid afternoon). For the snakes on a plane it is a bit tricky to say as the temperatures in the morning in the UK are low so what may be rain/drizzle at one airport maybe sleet or snow at another. So showers of sleet could happen at Luton, Bristol and Manchester and snow up on the hill at Leeds Bradford. There is also a chance of fog at Stansted and Bristol which would also make things run a little slower. Over here there is a reasonable chance of a light snow shower at any of the 4 airports, it shouldn’t prevent an approach even at Chambery but you may need a spot of deicing before departure.