Well today was the classic “Game of Two Halves” in Tignes and Val D’Isere, a well known football quote but with no known attribution. It started windy with mainly blue skies and reasonably warm. However, there were menacing skies to the south of the Grande Motte which appeared to be kept at bay. And then we had ‘half time’ which was barely long enough to suck on a segment of orange as the clouds shot over the resorts and it was snowing by 1230pm. The air also became damp, so it was time for home. There was little off piste activity today and the pistes were very firm on high and slushy down in Les Brevieres. The Sahara has also deposited some of its sand on us courtesy of the southerly wind (that funny orange hue on north facing pitches), yet another complication for the avalanche forecasters and pisteurs. There were quite a few pistes closed today due to avalanche risk and pisteurs were patrolling the woods above Brevieres triggering wet slides. But to return to the footy and Kenneth Wolstenholme “They think its all over – it isn’t now” as the sun reappeared at 3.30pm allowing people to draw pretty lines in the 2 cm of fresh snow!
The snow showers will return later and we will have a windy night, so expect a progressive start as the pisteurs deal with all the complications. We should have sunny periods and snow showers until some time between morning coffee and afternoon tea (maybe lunchtime!) and the wind will abate a bit. As the wind is from the north the air will be cooler than today, might be worth another layer. Again the pistes will be hard early doors and softening lower down. Friday looks like being sunny all day, very warm with light winds, tanned faces and beers on the terrace. Saturday will be similar but with a few clouds on the peaks, if there is enough sun perhaps some real spring snow?? There is much debate about Sunday, it looks like a mini retour d’est forming, so a strong and warm easterly wind will blow. How far the showers of rain (to well above the villages) will get over the border from Italy depends on which forecasting supercomputer you believe!