Again from under the duvet there was much promise for Tignes and Val D’Isere! To the west there were blue skies but just to the east there were dark skies, the photo was taken early doors of the Toviere looking towards Italy
However, we had had another 5-10cm of snow, in some places this was quite a bit deeper. It was a nice addition to the pistes and on high it was quite fluffy. So we headed up the glacier after the pisteurs had finished blasting away and were rewarded with plenty of fresh tracks. The battle between the clouds and the sun continued all morning until the clouds won just after lunch, the wind also picked up so it was decidedly chilly on the face. We have also had some quite heavy snow showers this afternoon.
So what of the weather, there is nobody better than Al Jolson:
And where you see clouds upon the hills
You soon will see crowds of daffodils
So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song
Whenever April showers come along
Whilst I can’t promise daffodils on the Palafour (maybe a Marmotte) it looks like a week of change and showers. Tomorrow will be a reverse of today, the snow showers will continue through the night and will continue until just before r just after lunch. There will be a gusty wind in the morning so expect a delayed start in some areas as the pisteurs get all noisy again. The big change for Monday will be the temperature, it will be 8 or so degrees warmer at lunchtime, there will be quite a few clouds around but lots of sunny breaks. the wind will pick up in the afternoon. The light showers will start on Tuesday, which will be warm and windy, the night may be frost free so the snow pack will be more complex and rain showers up to 1900m will not help. We may well be treated to evening avalanche control this week – standby for the windows to rattle about 5.30pm. Wednesday will be similar, warm, showers and windy, some of the showers maybe a bit thundery.
For those arriving on Easter Sunday, there is a chance of a shower almost anywhere in the UK and a slim chance of fog at Leeds, Luton and Stansted, nothing too worrying. Over here it will be fine for flying.
And finally……….watch out for the fish! (le poisson d’avril)