Today in Tignes and Val D’Isere there is no better track than Disposition by Tool to describe the weather:
Mention this to me
Mention this to me
And watch the weather change
The day started cloudy windy and snowy so I hopped down the hill to stock up. As I came back it was raining to Brevieres and the wind was blowing. So I opted for the gym, as I walked across we had a full-on giboulée – the term for a heavy spring time shower. About 8cm fell in an hour up at Le Fornet. After an hour the sun came out and it is now a beautiful but windy afternoon. As this snow did fall on a refrozen surface I did see a number of folks triggering small slips and we have had one come down onto the road between Le Lac and Tignes 1800 (just to the left of the hotel chimney in the picture! I think you would have to go very high to find anything but heavy snow off piste – I suspect that most of it will be heavily windblown but maybe, just maybe in the gullies it might be nice.
There will be a lot of showers over the next few days. the atmosphere is in a stroppy mood though so timings may be a bit off! Tomorrow will be overcast but the wind will have been gusty overnight and this is likely to increase through the day. So the pisteurs will be facing a toxic mix of wind, fresh snow, temperature swings and poor light. So give them a chance to sort things out, if the wind speed reaches the forecast then a lot of lifts will be closed. You can expect some snow showers moving quickly from around Happy Hour. Thursday will still be windy but there is likely to be sunny periods in the morning, some showers will kick off in the afternoon. The wind should abate a bit of Friday when there will be an eclectic mix of sunshine and showers (snow down to 1600m or so). Saturday looks similar, but the showers look light. As the next few days will see the wind from the east there is likely to be more snow towards the Le Fornet ends of the resorts.