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English Weather, News, Ski Report - April 20, 2024



Forget that it is the 20th April, we have winter weather !
Dress appropriately !
Don't forget your neck warmer and face covering,
20 centimetres more snow last night, and snowing again as I type this at 10 30.
This afternoon we may have some clear areas in the sky.
Sadly the wind is spoiling some of our fun,
blowing at up to 90 km/hour,
particularly on the Pisaillas glacier where it hit 150 km/h during the night,
but even on Bellevarde it is gusting at more than 40 km/h.   
At 09.30 the temperature is

  • -2° in the Village.
  • -8° on Solaise.
  • -10°  on Bellevarde.
  • -13° on Pisaillas.

The maximum temperature at 2000 metres will be -2°.


Despite the snow on the roads, properly equipped cars with careful drivers shouldn't have a problem.


Most lifts and pistes were due to open but
there has been plenty of new snow and wind over the last few days
so there has been a delay safely opening the lifts
to allow the ski patrollers time to complete the procedures
which protect our pistes and village from avalanche prone slopes. (“PIDA”)

The lifts that were open by 10.30 :

Everything on the nursery slope.

Everything is open except :
Loyes, Marmottes and Borsat chairlifts
And the Funival – though this should open shortly.

Everything is open except :
Leissiere and Cugnai  chairlifts
3000 draglift

Only the
Cable car and Pyramid chairlift are open.

Nothing has yet opened.

The above may have all changed by the time you read this page.
Always check with the electronic noticeboards when you are out.

The snow on lower areas is thinning out
 so the following are closed

  • Brinzei touring track
  • The lower parts of the:
  • Marmottons
  • Signal
  • Epaule du charvet

The following may either not open, or close early
due to the high risk of avalanche.

  • L
  • Santons
  • Vallon
  • Combe du Geant

Runs are always open when it is safe to play on them.
Don’t ski down a closed run !

There is training this morning
on the upper parts of the Orange and OK

The Boarder Cross will be closed.

Most pistes were groomed overnight, but it has snowed since then.
Fresh snow on a smooth base is great for most of us,
but definitely more "complicated" for beginners.
Take it easy, and if you are getting tired, take the lift down.

The following were not groomed :


  • Fôret
  • Signal
  • Tunnel
  • Petit Bois


  • 3000
  • Cugnai
  • Rhône- Alpes
  • S

Everything was groomed on Pisaillas,
ut it may be tricky getting there today.

Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses now,
and the Borsat chairlift when it opens.

The avalanche risk today has risen to a significant 3 out of 5.

Before skiing off piste today,  consider :

  • Poor visibility
  • New snow
  • Wind
  • Slabs
  • Rocks

Only ski with people who are fully equipped,
both  brain and kit,
to help you in an emergency.
Maybe book to ski with a mountain guide as they
definitely know what they are doing.

Cross country skiers can enjoy the tracks

  • In the Manchet
  • Lac Ouillette

All our walking paths are open except for

  • Les Branges
  • Joseray
  • Laisinant
  • Col de L'Iseran


Already, the penultimate week of the season.
The season seems so long when we start early December, then flies by.
More school holidays, including local, but the Parisians are heading home.  
Many own property here, so although the official figures for the occupancy
this week are the same as for the last 7 days,
it is likely to be even more peaceful, as these figures don't include private residences.

Congratulations to the French Ski School's (ESF) Charlène Magnin
who coaches the under 12's in our Sports Club. (Club des Sport).
Yesterday she won the womens instructors challenge in La Plagne, and
Val d'isère's team came 2nd.
Good luck to all our local instructors competiting in the finals.

The road between le Fornet and Pont St Charles has opened to traffic,
and the lift company is providing a free shuttle bus
every 30 minutes from 10.00 - 15.00.
This has been cleared earlier than usual, in preparation   
for the work replacing the bubble lift in le Fornet.
They start removing the snow between Pont St Charles and the top of the Cable car tomorrow.
Even more of a challenge if it keeps snowing !

Maxence Cavalade's Speed Riding World Record attempt was once again thwarted !
He was on track to achieve his goal,
but after 38 descents,
the wind made it too dangerous
to complete the final 22.

A few messages from our partners

The Signal restaurant's Closing-Party weekend continues today and tomorrow.
From 12.00 - 19.00 DJs will be playing music on the terrace.
17.00 - 18.00 The cable car will take pedestrians up for free.
Everyone is invited to continue partying at
la Poya, on the main road oppositee the bus station until 02.00.

Bananas is also planning its end of season celebrations.
Come to their Après Ski everyday from 29th April.
Notable dates for your diary :
Tuesday 30th :  an 80's and 90's themed evening
Friday 3rd May :The LAST but  not the LEAST” Closing party.
40 years of Bananas means 40 years of music, so expect hits
from the 80's to the present day.

CASH 2000
The end-of-season clearance sale is ON.
Lots of frozen foods and groceries at 50% off.
And a wide range of drinks: beer, fruit juices and soft drinks at 25 cents each.
Open Monday to Saturday, 7am to 12.30pm.
Last day open: Friday 3 May.
NB Alcohol is dangerous for your health.

Free Public Transport

The red shuttle bus (‘le train rouge’) runs between La Daille and Le Fornet, via the roundabout adjacent to the nursery slopes (‘Rond-point des pistes’) every 6 minutes from 07.00 to 20.00 and then every 20 minutes until 02.00.
The blue shuttle bus (‘le train bleu’) travels between the Rond-point des pistes and Legettaz every 15 minutes from 08.30 to 23.20.
The yellow shuttle bus (‘le train jaune’) takes you to the Manchet valley via the main street and the rue de la Balme every 20 minutes from 08.30 to 23.20.
There is a new shuttle bus, between Le Fornet to Pont St Charles every 30 minutes from 10.00 - 15.00.

The shuttle bus between Val d’Isère and Tignes does 6 round trips a day.

  • Leaving La Daille at 07.55, 08.35 and 10.50 in the morning and 16.25, 17.25 and 18.20 pm in the afternoon
  • Leaving Tignes 1800 at 8.05, 8.45 and 11.00, in the morning and 16.35, 17.35 and 18.30 in the afternoon.

Opening times

The Swimming Pool and Sports Centre is open from 10.00 to 21.00.
The Tourist Office is open from 08.30 to 20,00
The Reservation Centre (in the basement of the Tourist Office) is open from 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.00.
The Post Office is open from 09.00 to 12.00.

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