The vague and unpredictable weather continues in Tignes and Val D’Isere. We had rain in the villages until late evening which then froze on the pistes leaving a hard layer. There then fell another 15-20cm as I have already used the box of chocolates analogy it will have to be Liquorice Allsorts to describe today’s conditions. The early morning fog and light snow soon cleared to leave a morning with plenty of light though there were a lot of clouds and the odd bank of hill fog to negotiate. The new snow bumped up on the pistes very quickly, off piste was a collection of hard crust with heavy fresh snow on top, sastrugi, gullies with fresh snow. As lunch was taken the sky started to cloud over and we now have ‘bright but overcast’ and snow showers. There was a couple of loud bangs, the brains trust at the Rosée Blanche could not decide whether it was a couple of avalanches, a couple of Gazex bangs or thunder! As it is very warm the day was abandoned as flat light and clumpy snow are a recipe for getting hurt. Having said all that we did find some nice turns down Familial (today’s photo), quite hard work in the heavy-ish snow, but very pretty none the less!!
Tomorrow will start OK with sunny periods but a strong wind is likely at altitude, though not guaranteed. The cloud will thicken through the day and the wind speed will increase, just keep an eye on the links. We should get snow showers in the afternoon, maybe later rather than sooner. The light snow should continue until the early hours of Saturday, and then stop leaving a cool and cloudy morning. We may see some sunny periods before it clouds over for Happy Hour and the snow showers start again, it looks like snow down to 1100m so lets hope the sun warms the roads during the day so they stay wet and the late arrivals won’t have to do the ‘chain dance’. Sunday looks mainly sunny, a bit cooler than the last couple of days, but don’t rule out a snow shower in the morning. Spring returns on Monday with sun and fluffy clouds and much warmer temperatures.
For those travelling to Alpe D’Huez tomorrow, an early start would be a good plan, you will probably go low and it will be a bit bumpy 😉