Well it was an Oklahoma Morning this morning in Tignes and Val D’Isere:
Oh, what a beautiful mornin’
Oh, what a beautiful day
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’
Everything’s goin’ my way
Today was another Evolution2 off piste adventure day, and yes it was! The sky was blue, it warmed up quite quickly and apart from half an hour of poor light mid afternoon a great day to be off piste skiing. On the way round we did cross some pistes, some of which are now getting hard as you would expect, next weeks weather should sort that out.
As a starter for 10 we skied down the thumb which was mostly tracked out but still enough compacted light snow to make the turns. After that we went over to Vallon de la Sache where there was still the odd freshtrack to be had and as the slope is in the shade all day it was still knee deep if a little compacted, further down you had to be careful of the slopes in the sun. After a lazy trip up Marais we boot packed up Aiguille Percée and reappeared above the Gazex above the Aiguille Rouge Chair – untracked and quite deep. After lunch it was time for a view of Tignes that I have not seen before (pictured) – Finger no 4 (kids don’t try this at home!!) again lots of soft snow to make us look better than we really are, blimey it’s steep in parts. And finally we picked one of the steeper couloirs to the east of the Chardo Classique and then traversed across to Croix de Bruno for more untracked before retiring for a rest.
Tomorrow looks lovely, after a cold night it will warm up quickly in the strong sun, just the odd fluffy cloud to break up the blue. Remember aspect is everything, the slopes that were sunny this afternoon will be hard in the morning until the sun works its magic. Watch out off piste for sunny slopes especially below exposed rock faces. Amazingly Saturday will also be a warm spring day, maybe a little more cloud in the afternoon – deserted slopes, sun, beer ahhhhhh. Sunday will start with sunny spells and a few more clouds which will thicken late afternoon and we are expecting light snow showers as we all crawl under the duvets. Monday will be mainly cloudy with light snow showers on and off all day, it might be a bit sleety in Les Brevieres around lunchtime. Stay safe think spring and watch out for changing conditions, what is good on a morning may be lethal after lunch.