It was snowing lightly when we woke this morning in Tignes and Val D’Isere and that has continued all day. The big variable was the light, from really flat to decent, the sun was never more than milky in places but at times it was much better than yesterday. In fact it was much like the photo of Petite Balme from the top of the Toviere.
However by 3pm it was definitely worse. Initially, we skied down to Boisses and then to Brevieres where the last 200m vertical was a little firm. There was also a decent queue for the bubble so we took the ancient chair back to Boisses where the Bubble promptly broke down and needed some attention from a hammer. Luckily the bus to Lac appeared right on cue. After coffee we took Lanches and Vanoises where the wind picked up and turned it into a winters day. Lunch was taken in La Daille and todays song is dedicated to the fashion victim in the queue for the bubble – take it away Englebert:
Please, release me, let me go
Yip, you guessed it, the braces to his sallopettes were dangling and got caught in the turnstile. By the time he realised the next guy had come through and it was a proper mess. After the 20th person had gone through the other turnstile giggling, I am sure he was not feeling like one of the cool kids! We finished the day with a tour of the Palet sector.
Tomorrow will be pretty much like today, there may well be better sunny spells mid morning, but no guarantees. The wind will pick up in the afternoon and there looks like there will be a few more light snow showers and it will be a bit cooler. Thursday can be summed up in one word: Cloudy. Friday morning will be cloudy and windy but hopefully the skies will clear mid afternoon to give a couple of good last runs. And guess what Saturday is transfer day so expect wind, snow showers and sunny periods. Luckily it looks like it is going to be warmish so the snow/rain line will be no lower than then Brevieres (early) and then may be as high as Lac. So possibly snow chains for the last kilometre. At least the chaos will be limited to the villages.