The view of Tignes and Val D’Isere from the pillow this morning was quite promising – blue skies but the clouds soon appeared and were quite clearly whizzing across the sky above the mountain tops. As the morning progressed there was more and more cloud and a very strong wind in places, even down into Tignes. There was generally enough light until lunchtime. From 2pm we have had mostly light snow showers but one or two heavy ones as we caught the edge of the thunderstorms which were quite prevalent down the valley. The conditions on piste were very mixed from hard pack to soft lumps, a lot of the off piste was hard and chopped up this morning. The quality of it was reflected in the number of off piste skiers – not many at all! The avalanche activity continues apace, a lot of slips yesterday, including one just above the Triffolet Piste which was significant in size. The picture is a view of Col de la Tourne at midday – a sort of average of the conditions for today.
So what can we expect over the Easter weekend? Traffic jams certainly, some snow, some cloud and some sunny periods. Maybe not an Easter Bunny – but who knows the first Marmotte in Tignes can’t be far away! Because of a weak occluded front over the area there is much debate over the detail of tomorrow, it will be cooler than today, the wind will drop (maybe some gusts around lunchtime) and it will mainly be cloudy, the sun may appear in the afternoon. Never rule out the chance of a light snow shower, but I don’t think there will be many until after dark – fingers crossed for the roads. With the changes in temperature, new snow and wind the avalanche picture will get even more complex. Sunday looks like being a windy and snowy start but the sun should come out in the afternoon with some residual cloud. The temperature will ramp up significantly on Monday with sun and fluffy clouds. These will thicken through the evening into Tuesday which will be warm and showery, potentially some of them may be thundery, it may well be raining up to 2400m – looks like spring!
The Savoie is expecting 23000 vehicles to leave the Tarentaise tomorrow, which shouldn’t be too bad providing the snow eases off as forecast, but there will be 33000 arriving filled to the brim with Easter Eggs so there will be traffic jams irrespective of the weather which may contribute a complicating factor in the late evening. If you are flying tomorrow it will be a bit dank and dreary in England initially, but there is only a slim chance of fog at Leeds, Luton and Bristol which could cause the wheels to turn a bit slower. It will be quite blustery in Scotland. Over here it should be OK for flying with a chance of a bumpy shower in the afternoon. Bing Bong Doors to automatic!