The weather threw a bit of a surprise last night in Tignes and Val D’Isere. There was heavy snow for about 90 minutes which left us with another 10-20cm of snow. So we when we woke up to blue skies and light winds this morning…….
It was Kodak that coined the phrase the gift that keeps on giving; this is the season that keeps on giving.
We piled out for the first lifts and the snow was fantastic above 2300m, boot deep and relatively light for April. We did a couple of laps of Creux (even the piste had fresh on it) off the sides was great as you can see in the picture.
We then went and did the same around Grand Pre and Jardins du Borsat, nothing too steep as the Avi Risk is still 4, but lots of great lines. The sky started to cloud over at lunchtime which made the terrace a bit chilly during lunch, by which time the new snow had consolidated and became much heavier.
After a warm and overcast night the clouds should break up tomorrow to leave sunny periods and a warm day. Sunday will be mostly sunny with the odd cloud on the peaks later on, the temperature will rise again. Monday looks like being mainly overcast with the odd sunny break before spring really arrives on Tuesday with warm temperatures, mainly sunny skies and the odd light shower, which will be drizzle to about 25500m if you catch one.
With only 19000 cars going down the hill and 20000 coming up the traffic in the Tarentaise should not present many problems; maybe the odd light queue at the lights at peak times. For those coming out by air the UK will be a bit dank early on, there is a reasonable chance of fog at any of the London airports, Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh. Not sure where it will form but where it does the odd delay will ensue. Over he it will be a lovely spring day, Geneva is forecasting 19 degs tomorrow afternoon, but don’t despair there is enough good snow to last a good while yet!