The random weather continues in Tignes and Val D’Isere. It was quite bright first thing but it soon clouded over and the light went flat with light snow which kind of precluded off piste. Most of the pistes were busy and in some areas are now a bit hard, notably Triffolet which required quite a bit of skill to negotiate, in parts it was icy. The other runs down into La Daille are now very firm after all the use they have had. By lunchtime it was quite miserable so I decided to go shopping so I too today’s photo on the way down – if you wondered where all the snow has gone from the village it has been trucked to below La Ferme restaurant. Quite a pile to melt! As luck had it the sun did come out again as the cloud retreated allowing for some late turns for those going home tomorrow but the wind did pick up closing the Grande Motte cable car.
The weather is still very indistinct, so like today the cloud will ebb and flow and may give small amounts of snow. Tomorrow will start cloudy and this may thin through the day, the main problem will be the wind overnight and into tomorrow, this will move some snow around and preclude the high lifts so expect a progressive start. There may be the odd light snow shower after dark. On Sunday the wind will drop and again there will be a mixture of cloud, the odd sunny spell and a light snow shower. The cold arrives on Monday, the weather will look similar to the weekend but it is likely to be 10 degrees colder. Tuesday will be a repeat of Monday, but another couple of degrees cooler, a real shocker for the last days of February. Overnight into Wednesday we may well see less than -20 degs before another day of cold, sunshine and snow showers.
For those coming and going tomorrow the Tarentaise is expecting 33000 vehicles to arrive and 28000 to leave. I don’t think the snow will add much to the delays (if at all) but that amount of traffic will cause jams in the usual places as the traffic is regulated. For the air travellers I don’t see any problems at all to affect flying (although the French airports seem to have forgotten to update their forecasts this afternoon!!).