More blue skies in Tignes and Val D’Isere this morning and it was quite warm, the clouds did build through the day but it is still too bright to say that it spoilt the afternoon. As you can imagine the pistes were anything from hard to fantastic to very soft, but they still have full cover. Off piste even at altitude the snow has consolidated significantly, what was good yesterday was less than average today even on north facing slopes. There was the hint of some spring snow but not the real deal (that we found!) yet. The thin layer of cloud did not help matters there as it took the sting out of the sun. So after the first marmotte was spotted from my window this morning, its over to David Essex for what we saw next:
She flies like a bird in the sky
She flies like a bird and I wish that she was mine
So perhaps (he or she) the Gypaete Barbu (or bearded vulture) was out for a quick meal before the newly emerged marmottes had regained their senses! After that interruption we skied the Bellvarde, all the way down to La Daille, where cover is still excellent and finished off with a non stop from the top of the Motte to Val Claret (1451 vertical metres for the bobble hats).
Tomorrow will be warm and cloudy a bit like this afternoon, but there will be a brisk easterly which will pick up during the afternoon, just keep half an eye on the links and exposed lifts. After a windy and warm night (there may be the odd light shower) Monday will start with sunny periods, the wind should drop and leave us with very light showers in the afternoon, a rain snow line around 2000m. At the moment Tuesday looks predominantly cloudy with a breeze. Some light showers may pop over from the east, or they may stay in Italy! The best guess for Wednesday is breezy, sunny periods and showers. It is April after all!
For tomorrows travellers, pretty much like today. The roads will be fine (if a bit pot holed), there is a chance of a shower almost anywhere in the UK but the only issue I can spot is a slim chance of fog at Bristol and Stansted. Over here it will be another fine day for flying.