It snowed 10 to 15cm Sunday night but it was accompanied by a nasty north-westerly wind, which made Monday an extremely cold day. The skies were overcast making the visibility relatively poor for the most part and it was a question of staying out of the wind as much as possible.
Because the wind was howling from a northerly direction the south to easterly slopes were not only in the lee and protected from the wind but also had the greatest accumulation of snow. I had a cracking day skiing off the Tour du Charvet, which was protected and as warm as possible on a bitter day. We had some lovely powder but also benefited from a ‘light-bulb’ of visibility that made all the difference. A ‘light-bulb’ is when the sun is just visible through the clouds. Although it doesn’t seem like much it brightens things up and makes a massive difference when skiing off-piste above the tree-line. We also had another wildlife sighting with a herd of chamois above us on the way out, which is always a nice touch after a great run.