This morning was nice in Tignes and Val D’Isere, mostly blue skies with a hint of clouds whizzing across the blue. However, high cloud soon moved in from the west and stole the visibility and these have gradually thickened through the afternoon, but the main story is the temperature – about 10degs in Tignes by lunchtime. So we set off early and I now defer to Robert Browning:
Out came the children running.
All the little boys and girls,
With rosy cheeks and flaxen curls,
And sparkling eyes and teeth like pearls,
Tripping and skipping, ran merrily after
The wonderful music with shouting and laughter.
I have never seen so many kids on the snow front – surely the Pied Piper must have come from Hamelin to Tignes and Val D’Isere! We had decided on a short tour this morning, so off we went up to the Panoramique and skied across the lower glacier to skin up to the top of the Pramecou. From there we could see that Mr P Piper had taken the whole world up to the queue for the cable car, they must have read the forecast! And then we skied back down round the Dome de Pramecou where we found great snow and very few tracks! After another short skin we worked our way to the Grand Balme and home for lunch. Fab.
There is really only one word for tomorrow’s forecast – miserable. Luckily the precipitation will only be light but it will start in the early hours and will be drizzle/rain to about 2300m. There will also be a strong wind, it will not freeze in the villages tonight and it will be warm tomorrow (it won’t feel like it though). This all adds up to a complex bubbling cauldron of trouble for the snowpack off piste. The official avalanche risk is 4 tomorrow. So my plan is to go to the gym! There is much discord between the forecasting systems on Wednesday, from sun in the morning and snow later on (from 1900m) to snow all day with thunderstorms, they do agree it will be windy; hopefully there will be more clarity tomorrow. Thursday will also be windy, with lower temperatures, snow showers in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Friday and Saturday – scorchio, sun, high temperatures bikinis and board shorts!