Well to describe today in Tignes and Val D’Isere I need a new box of superlatives! There was a lot of fresh snow, blue skies and gentle breezes and I was with Evolution 2 on an off piste jamboree. We started with a run down Grizzly for group assessment, all passed. So it was onto The Thumb (pictured), much fuller than normal seasons – fab snow. After a trip up the Tov we came down the Lavachet Wall (excellent, occasional bump off the bottom). A bus to Val Claret allowed access to Col de Ves via Tichot and a traverse round to the western side of the Grande Balme where we had the turns of the season. Fresh untracked snow to well above the knee. So good we did it twice! To get to lunch we did a different variant of the Lavachet wall, where I managed a forward roll and was awarded 5.9 by the Russian judge! After lunch it was all about the aspect (ie out of the sun) so up to the Eye of the Needle and down Vallon de La Sache – fantastic and then a trip on the Marais chair to Dos Rond – untracked. Back home for tea and medals.
And now the weather: The sky will progressively cloud over tonight and light snow will start around midnight. Tomorrow will be snowy, cloudy and windy especially in the morning, so delayed openings and high lifts closed. As last night was no sauce tonight may include a few glasses of red! Friday will be much better, quite mild, sunny periods in the morning and more cloud in the afternoon. It will start snowing around hire shop return time and continue all the way through Saturday. The snow on Saturday won’t be that heavy but it will be snowing to Bourg, chains and queues! Sunday will be much colder with some sunny periods and some snow showers all the way down the valley.