It was an odd morning in Tignes and Val D’Isere – there were patches of blue this morning and some hill fog which was very chilly on the face, although the temperature in the village meant everything was dripping. As the cloud thickened from the west we decided to stay on piste. The few cm of fresh snow have improved them and hidden some of the polished areas. As lunchtime approached the light went flat and it started snowing at around 1.30pm. Since then we have had moderate snowfall, almost heavy at times. However, the roads are still wet and black. Meanwhile, all the melting snow and ice is continuing to cause problems, the tunnel just out of La Daille is currently closed as they clear the ice off the road that has been ‘encouraged’ to drop off by the Council. The shot shows the top of Toviere – you can just see a veil of cloud to the right drifting up the valley.
That pan of spaghetti is on a rolling boil now, the next few days weather is going to be a lottery, there is less consensus than at Prime Ministers Question Time! It will continue snowing until early tomorrow morning and the wind will pick up through the night. So expect a progressive opening as the pisteurs check everything is safe. There may be some sunny spells like this morning, or it might just continue snowing lightly, the snow intensity will pick up in the afternoon, the high lifts will probably close; it would be a good day to stay close to home (or indeed in it!). Thursday still looks windy (more work for the pisteurs!) and it will probably be snowy but on a one in four shot there may be some sunny spells, more likely in the afternoon. Friday will probably be breezy and a mix of snow showers and cloud, it will be warmer later and perhaps the odd flash of lightning after dark. As for transfer day it would appear that it will be mainly snowy, the all important rain snow line will start down the valley, move up to the Dam and then pop down to Bourg for a late meal! So the roads may be black initially, but for arrivals after dark expect to need snow chains (Stay tuned for more).