We woke to blue skies today in Tignes and Val D’Isere, a chilly morning with little wind. There were variable amounts of cloud today, especially in the Le Fornet sector and after about 4 o’clock a thin layer of cloud obscured the setting sun. Now, because we have had huge amounts of snow today was, in the words of Madness:
One Step Beyond!
Or to mix song and film I boldly went to where I had never been before. For many years the Gorges du Malpasset above Le Fornet have been officially impassable as there was not really enough snow to form snow bridges over the nascent Isere River. Not this year, as there is tons of it; there is no need of tales of daring do and hanging onto ledges. However, I was shown the route by an experienced hand its not one to follow if you don’t know the conditions. We traversed from the Pissailas Glacier to Col Pers and then descended, there were tracts of fresh light snow. And then down iton the gorge, where we reckon there is well over 30m of snow covering the babbling brook that is the Isere.
In fact the whole thing was so much fun we did it twice. Normally when you leave the Col Pers area via Vallon you get to see Pont de St Charles – completely buried this year.
The weather tomorrow will be sunny after a cloudy start over breakfast, cold but with little breeze. A few clouds may bubble up late afternoon. Friday will be similar but there should be hardly any cloud, a great day to end the week. Saturday will start with sunny periods but the cloud will build, maybe enough to give a light snow shower in the afternoon. Sunday looks like a similar pattern, sunny periods followed by snow showers in the afternoon and evening. After that I am not so sure what will happen.