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English Weather, News, Ski Report - April 3, 2024



After a  warm, dry night, soon after 07.00 it started snowing and
by 10.00 the initial  skinny flakes are now quite chunky, and falling straight down - no nasty wind !
Up to 20 centimetres is expected on the mountains today.

Sun doesn't get a mention, and we recommend low-light lenses in your goggles.

At 9.30 the temperature is

  • +1° in the Village.
  • -2° on Solaise.
  • -4° on Bellevarde.
  • -6° on Pisaillas.

The maximum temperature at 2000 metres will be +8°


No problems are expected on our roads.

Cedric, our Head Ski patroller (pisteur), described today’s conditions as « ideal », albeit sun-free.

Nearly all our pistes and lifts are open, and were groomed overnight.

The only lift that is closed is the elderly Mont Blanc chairlift,
which is being repaired and we are hoping it will finally reopen tomorrow.

They are busy digging out the 3000 draglift on Solaise.
The snow is so high that even our high tech machines can’t be used, in case they get tangled with the cables.
So we have to thank the dedicated, strong lift people and their shovels.
It should be open this afternoon. Thanks guys !

The exciting news is that, for the first time in many, many years,
the snow conditions are so good that the Tunnel piste may open today.
First the 3000 draglift needs to be dug out !

The following pistes are closed :

  • Moutons as you can’t get to it.
    There is training on Raye and the
  • The French qualifying races for the  Scara are on
    the upper parts of the Orange and
  • The Boarder Cross is closed while visibility is tricky.

The following were not groomed :


  • Fôret


  • Cugnai
  • Glaciers
  • Marmottons

Everything was groomed, Including the steep black run the Epaule du Charvet.

Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses and  Borsat chairlifts.

The avalanche risk today is  3 out of 5.
Always think carefully before venturing off piste.
Only ski with people who

  • regularly do beep searches,
  • can flick out their probe,
  • click together their shovel, 
  • and dig.

If you have any doubts, stay on piste until you can ski with a mountain guide.

All our cross county tracks and walking paths are open and recently groomed except Les Branges.


Unfortunately, the first day of the Scara,
an international Alpine Ski competition for the Under 14 and 16's,
had to be cancelled yesterday.
The covering of new snow was too soft, particularly as the base underneath was not hard base, so racing would have been dangerous.
Therefore, the U16s who will race this weekend will be the 40 boys and 30 girls who over the season had already acrued the most points.
Today is the qualifers for the U14s.
Let's hope that the snow is suitable, and the weather is kind.

There will be an awards ceremony for the French skiers
in the Avenue Olympique this evening from 17.45
with famous Savoyarde DJ Matafan in charge of the party, and
local Olympic Hero Clément Noël will be promoting the new-this-season-event, Alpine Park.

Looking ahead :
Tickets for the « Adventure and Discovery Festival » from 15-18th April are available online.
It has become so popular that passes are already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for
individual films.
There will be plenty to see apart from the films, and you don't need tickets to go into those areas.

Finally : You may have heard explosions yesterday evening.
The ski patrollers were working late to protect our pistes and village from avalanche prone slopes.
This  helicopter PIDA was finally possible when the visibilty was clear enough to safely fly.
Big thanks, once again, to our excellent ski patrollers.

Today's Events

17.45 Airboard.
Come to the Savonnette piste for this fun and free experience.
The snow bodyboard is controlled by transferring your weight and
gives you the impression that you are
flying above the surface of the snow.
You must wear a helmet and be over 9 years of age.
Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Evening event at the Swimming Pool and Sports centre.
You are invited to relax in the centre’s beautiful pools.
From 19.30 until the centre closes at 22.00,
anyone who has bought a ticket for the swimming pool
can take also use the Wellness Centre’s
jacuzzies, saunas and the hammam
without paying the usual extra charge.
What we call a BARGAIN

17.30 - 19.30
The main road, The Avenue Olympique, will be closed to trafic between the 2 roundabouts
while our Sports Club hosts a party !
On the main stage, there will be a prize-giving ceremony
for the Scara French Under Fourteens qualifying races
hosted by Sergio and Mowglie with DJ Nico.
Guest DJ, the famous Savoyarde Matafan will start the party at 17.45.
Everyone is welcome, and there will be free hot drinks to sip.

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.
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 07.30 to 22.00.
The Ice-Skating Rink is open from 14.00 to 20.00.
The Tourist Office is open from 08.30 to 19.30.
The Multimedia Library is open from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00.
The Town Hall (La Mairie) is open from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00.
The Association for Employees in Val d’Isère (Vie Val Dis) is open from 09.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 19.00.
The Reservation Centre (On the Lower Ground Floor of the Tourist Office) is open from 08.30 to 19.00.
The Post Office is open from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.30.

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