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English Weather, News, Ski Report - December 03, 2023



Both the precipitation and clouds have disappeared overnight, in preparation for a cold and clear day to come. A light northerly wind is predicted across our mountains. At 9 a.m. temperatures are measuring -15 degrees in the center of the village and -16 in Pisaillas. We can expect a top of -8 degrees at 2000m throughout the day.


The roads remain white throughout town this morning. Snow tyres or chains are required by all vehicles, as required by law since November 1st.

Ski Report

Ski patrol are hard at work on opening more terrain. Please respect all closures, as they exist for your safety.
The Pisaillas area will likely open through the course of the day, giving access to the Moraine, Pisaillas,The Champions and Lac Cema. In the Fornet sector, the following runs will be open today ; Col, Pont Abatte, the top of the Vallon, and the bottom section of the Pyramid. Mangard is also open, permitting skiing down to the Fornet village.
Over on Solaise, at altitude the following runs will be open today. Lac d'Ouilette, Plan Milet, Col de la Madeleine, La Fourche, Marais, Lac Parc à moutons, Madeleine, with Plan and Piste M taking you back down to the snow front. Currently on the snowfront, the Savonette is the only lift in operation.
The Bellevarde area will have a variety of skiing open today to the public. Notably, the Face de Bellevarde will be closed to the public, as it is in preparation for the World Cup races. Open runs include ; Orange, OK, Diebold, Les Tines, Fontaine Froide, Collet, Génépy, Borsat, Col de Fresse, and the Raye. Access to Tignes will be possible today via the Tommeuses chairlift.
Cross country skiers and pedestrians can head out to the Manchet valley, along the summer road up to the waterfall. The avalanche risk is 4 /5 today. Always ski with a partner, have the appropriate gear and know how to use it, and if in doubt hire a guide.


The Olympic joy has been short-lived locally. Three days after the announcement of the organization of the 2030 Winter Games in France, the news broke yesterday morning that the men's and women's slalom events to be held, will actually take place in Courchevel and Méribel, as will the other alpine skiing events.
A decision motivated by budgetary reasons, the cost of each competition site being estimated at 60 million euros, but also environmental factors; as the movement of thousands of spectators, teams and journalists between the two sites unnecessarily generates pollution.
A decision which is not yet final, as stated by mayor Patrick Martin yesterday. Local legend Jean Claude Killy also wrote an open letter in which he explained he was saddened by this scandalous decision.

The road beside Lake Chevril was the scene of a dramatic accident yesterday afternoon. Hitting the snow-covered barrier at the exit of an avalanche shelter, a vehicle fell several meters off towards the lake, with a thick layer of snow preventing the vehicle from sliding into the water. Retrieval efforts included two tow trucks and a loader. The operation lasted about an hour, blocking the road in both directions of traffic, causing a backup of traffic on both sides.

New for this winter season, we have docu Sundays. On the first Sunday of the month, the Splendide cinema offers a special program for its 8:30 p.m. session, featuring one or multiple documentary films, on the theme of life in the mountains. A project carried out jointly by the cultural services of the town halls of Val d'Isère and Tignes; a repeat screening will be organized tomorrow evening with our neighbours. Two films on the program for this first screening, presented by Manali Chaibeddra, director of the cultural department of Val d'Isère.

It's difficult to organise a loyalty medal ceremony earlier in the season than the one held last night at The Blizzard. A Grand Gold medal was awarded to Patrick Gallienne as a testament to his 52 years of skiing in our mountains. Primarily off-piste skiing, Patrick also mentioned the summer courses on the Pisaillas with his guide Guy Bonnevie. Notably, they have also climbed the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn together, amongst other peaks.

Today's Events

Premières Traces: To celebrate the opening of the ski area, 35 brands of skis, snowboards and equipment are showing you their new equipment free of charge. To be able to participate in these tests, register on the snowfront. Don’t forget to come with your ski/snowboard boots and poles and bring two forms of ID.
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Discovery of the area with ESF instructors on skis or snowboards and depending on your level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). These supports are only open to people registered as part of the Premières Traces weekend.

- Cinema: 8:30 p.m. Sunday Docu Evening. Free entry.
Two documentary films offered: “Land Talk”, by Laura Mahler (10 min), then “Yallah! Higher than Mont-Blanc”, by Margaux Meurisse and Julien Masson (52 min).

- Sunday mass in the church from 6 p.m.

Public Transport

- The Red Shuttle will be circulating between la Daille and the Fornet every 6 minutes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until 2 a.m.
- The Yellow shuttle, up to the Manchet Valley, leaves every 15 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 11:20 p.m.
- The Blue shuttle will be going up to the Legattaz every 15 minutes between 8:30 a.m and 11:20 p.m.
- The free shuttle between Tignes and Val d'Isère runs 6 times a day.
Departures from the central bus station at 7:50 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 4:20 p.m. 5:20 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Departure from Tignes 1800 at 8:05 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 11 a.m. 4:35 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


- The Tourism Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Aqua Leisure complex is open from 10 a.m. To 9 p.m.

Daily Deals

This whole season Brigitte and her team are happy to welcome you today at Signal, at the arrival of the Fornet cable car. Reservations are not necessary.

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