The sky was mostly blue this morning in Tignes and Val D’Isere before the lifts opened and it was windy. As we ventured out the clouds started to roll in and out from the east, this gradually got worse through the afternoon, it is now snowing lightly. To describe the snow conditions I defer to Emma Thompson:
Just a little change
Small to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast
A quick run into Val Claret showed the steeper slopes had been scoured back to the hard layer that formed before last nights 15-20cm of snow, the higher you were the more scoured that layer was. So we opted for Familial where the snow was soft, not powdery, and we had 2 very good runs before the low cloud forced us into Rosée Blanche for coffee. After that another gap appeared and we opted for the Grand Motte. The wind was strong and Leisse was virtually unskiable – boiler plate with a dusting on top, the wind on the ridge in was brutal. Trying to cross off piste to Genepy was awful so it was back to the piste and home. The picture shows typical conditions from this morning.
The wind will drop tomorrow thankfully, and the morning should be sunny periods, the cloud will thicken as the day progresses but it wont be that warm in the shade. there will probably be some work to do for the pisteurs before the top lifts can open. Saturday will be warmer, there will be a thin layer of cloud in the morning, this should break into bubbly cloud for the afternoon. Sunday, as befits, should be warm and sunny, perhaps a few clouds in the morning. Then its back to sunny periods and showers for Monday. During the day it will be warm so any showers will be drizzle to around 23 -2500m.