So, setting off from home to East Midlands aiport yesterday, we spotted our first snow around Sheffield, we normally have to wait until we reach the Alps. Uneventful flight, and picked up the car. To quote the car hire desk, “no snow on the roads, none forecast, here’s an automatic Astra). Loaded up. To the guys trying to cram themselves into the Peugeot 807 next to us, I hope you got sorted. 7 people, plus luggage and a couple of ski and board bags were not going to fit. And they were going to Morzine, which apparently had no snow.
Once past Grenoble, the weather changed, and rain gradually turned to snow once we passed La Grave, as we climbed the Col du Lauteret. Visibility got worse, and there was snow on the road. Fortunately this automatic had a snow and ice setting, and we made it down to Monetier in one piece.
Snow had stopped this morning, and the pistes looked to be more like January than April. A quick breakfast, skis waxed, and we were up there for 9.30 . The first few runs were brilliant, empty slopes, and unpisted runs. Amazing that it is the 18th April. Very bad visibility on Yret though forced us down from the top before lunch, and the lower slopes were rather heavy and churned up. Looks like there is more forecast for tomorrow.